Obey or dissent; blackmail or befriend; develop or destroy. You have a choice. What will you choose?
Beholder is a video game about life in a totalitarian state. It was originally released on Steam on November 9, 2016, and supports Windows, macOS and Linux and as of this past January it’s available on the itunes Mac App Store. On the heels of being honored as one of the eight finalists for the Game Developers Choice Best in Gaming Award for 2017, Beholder has just arrived on a new platform: Facebook Gameroom, as of February 17, 2017
Beholder has garnered the attention of multiple publications and gaming communities and recently featured on Metacritic’s 100 Most Talked About Games of 2016 list. It was also awarded IGN Russia’s Best Adventure Game of 2016, and was recognized in numerous categories at Moscow’s DevGamm Awards.
Facebook Gameroom launched in November 2016 as a beta build for developers. The platform allows Windows desktop users to download an app that lets them play all their Gameroom games in one place. Within the app, players can utilize the social aspect of Facebook, creating a whole new world of gaming possibilities.
Beholder places you in a tormented setting – a society ruled by totalitarianism, fear, and violence.
In this grim world, you are forced into the role of a subservient State-Installed Landlord. It is your duty to loom over your tenants, ensuring obedience and complete allegiance. In essence, you are a spy for the State.
To succeed at your duties, and avoid certain misfortune, you’ll sneak around, eavesdropping, surreptitiously gleaning information from tenants with seemingly innocent interactions, installing security cameras, and planting bugs.
Along the way, you’ll have to make life-changing decisions. Who will you pledge your allegiance to? Will you protect your family, or the State that controls your entire world? The choices you make will determine the outcome of the game, of which there are several endings.
What the Reviews Say
“Beholder is a title that everyone should play – if not for the game itself, then for the questions it forces us to ask about the real world, and about ourselves.” – Game Time Reviews
“Beholder shows the disasters that can come from, perhaps, being too compassionate within the context of a totalitarian state.” – Pop Matters
Play for Free
You can enjoy a free 30-minute trial of Beholder on Facebook Gameroom.