Hypnospace Outlaw (also available on itch.io and GOG!) is a game that's hard to describe-in a really good way. The game is set in an alternate version of our universe (read: our universe but with different companies, brands, music, pop culture, etc.) in 1999 and cenetered around Hypnospace, a service that allows users to access a GeoCities-type Internet portal and use the HypnOS operating system in their sleep. You play as an Enforcer (a moderator) on Hypnospace, surfing this fictional sleep-web for content that violates its rules. What really makes Hypnospace shine is its adherence to the aesthetics of the era it takes place in (and its ability to effortlessly fuse these with its own unique stylistic choices), as well as the fact that it is not a parody or mockery of the web of old but rather a celebration of it. It also has an amazing story-I won't spoil it, but both the main story and its subplots are funny, heartwrenching, and captivating.
Now that my gushing is over with (sorry), here are some resources and extra goodies related to the game that I've compiled. Things marked with an asterisk* are ones that I made or helped make, so you can reach out to me with inquiries related to them.
|Hypnospace Productivity Suite*||The Hypnospace Productivity Suite is a free-to-download package that includes the Hypnospace Page Builder and Hypnospace Tune Sequencer, allowing you to make your own Hypnospace pages and .hsm music whether or not you own the game. (I didn't actually help make it, I'm just the only one hosting it right now.)|
|ChitChat Mockup Maker||This is the program used to make the ChitChat screenshots that appear in-game.|
|Upscaled HypnOS Wallpapers*||Every HypnOS wallpaper in the game (as of v2.04), upscaled to 1920px x 1080px.|
|The HypnOS GIF Archive*||The "GIFs" that appear in Hypnospace are actually a series of .PNG frames animated in realtime with a .speed file, so this project by Pixelrino aims to convert them all into actual GIFs.|
|Hypnospace Outlaw on mod.io||The official Hypnospace Outlaw mod.io page is where you can upload and download game mods. Mods uploaded here will appear in the game's built-in mod browser too.|
|Hypnospace Page to HTML Converter||An amazing tool by Tom.K that converts HSP files into HTML documents! Just make sure your HSP only uses the official game assets.|
|Hypnospace Outlaw official website||This one might be obvious, but it's worth checking out even if you've finished the game for the sake of that bit of extra old web goodness. If you've never even heard of the game, it's also where you can read a better explanation of the game than I'm capable of producing.|
"I know several incredible people that I previously did not.
I finally experienced Hypnospace and the beauty its citizens brought into the world for myself."
- Dylan Merchant