Beholder is a thought provoking and moral-testing game set in a 1984-esque dystopian future where the state the state controls all and privacy is dead, in which you play the manager of an apartment who installs hidden surveillance equipment in tenants rooms and spies on them for the government.
In Beholder peeping and eavesdropping is a job – it’s your job in-fact – and you can decide how much or how little information about your tenants you divulge to the state. You’re not only tasked with reporting illegal activity, but must also track your tenants loyalty and are expected to imbue upon them the mind-set and values the state. This can throw up some tough decisions though – do you report a father, knowing the state will take him away? Do you show compassion and let him off with a warning? Or do you blackmail him for money that you and your family desperately need?
Beholder is certainly an enticing prospect, and looks set to push the same buttons Papers, Please did, with it’s oppressive regime in which you have to make difficult moralistic choices. Will you be a diligent, unflinching cog in the machinery of the state? Or will you risk it all by showing compassion for your fellow human beings? Sign up for the Beta to find out!