Mind over matter
Indie publisher Ratalaika Games, together with RedblackSpade, are bringing Fearmonium, a beautiful psychedelic Metroidvania game to the Switch today.
The talent of Slava Gris, who has a master’s degree in psychology, is remarkable. Once the player experiences and immerses themselves in this epic journey they will be impressed with his vision of battling mental health.
Fearmonium centres around the inner world, the mind of a boy named Max with an infantile, meek mother and a mad stepfather he disliked, who didn’t miss an opportunity to beat Max. The game starts some time after Max’s grandfather died. He was the only person in his family who knew what love and care is. Depression began to grow in Max’s mind and some new phobias started to manifest.
Fearmonium begins when Max visits a city fair with his girlfriend and she says that she is moving to another city so they need to break up. Right at that very moment, traumatised by that comment, he sees a clown which leaves a lasting impression which is how our main character was created – we play as a coulrophobia. Our character is moving around Max’s mind and destroys all the bright, good, memories he has because of Lady Depression. However, we also fight with mechanisms of Max’s psychological protection: for example, when real Max tries to find comfort in his old toys, Regression appears (it is a harmful defence mechanism when a grown up person pretends to be a kid). We fight Regression and real Max stops to hide from his problems.