Tim Schafer is a bit of a hero of mine. Full Throttle was one of the Last Great Adventure Games of the Nineties, as was Grim Fandango (HD revamp for that next, please LucasArts!) and the recent Brutal Legend was a masterpiece in terms of vision and personality. In between this lot came Psychonauts, a bizarre tale of psychic powers and puzzle solving that might just be one of the best platformers of all time. It's incredibly weird, and even to this day there are few games that can match it for originality, wit and style.
There's never been a better time to try it either, as Steam are currently offering it at the absurdly low price of £1 until the end of Thursday, saving you £7 on the nearest competitor at Coolshop.
Psychonauts tells the tale of Raz, a young boy who runs away from his circus upbringing to a summer camp where the government are secretly turning gifted children into the game's eponymous psychic soldiers. Whilst training to become a Psychonaut, Raz discovers that someone is going around kidnapping psychic kids and stealing their brains. He must therefore dive headfirst into the minds of a cavalcade of weird and wonderful characters in order to unravel the plot, best the evil-doers, and complete his training.
This is not your average game: from the crazy premise, to the assortment of unique levels that constitute the minds Raz enters with his powers, to the frequently hilarious dialogue and wonderfully drawn characters, it's quite clear that this title has been created with heavily stylised consideration to one man's overriding vision.
For that reason, Psychonauts is a bit like Marmite, or Russell Brand: you'll either love it and accept Schafer's invitation to explore another section of his odd brain, or it'll simply leave you cold. For £1, though, you'd have to be absolutely barmy not to give it a go.