One of the Nineties’ Darkest Comedies Just Got Darker
We all remember Dreams, the game which had the core conceit of letting players design levels – and unlike LittleBigPlanet, without the constraints of creating a platformer. Dreams let players go wild, and as often happens when you give players the tools to create their own stuff, they draw inspiration from other sources.
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Enter Sinfeld, a horror take on the beloved nineties comedy, Seinfeld – which follows the misadventures of a group of friends including Jerry Seinfeld, playing a fictionalized version of himself. While a comedy isn’t necessarily the best source for a horror game, it’s worth noting that Seinfeld had a reputation for being dark – sure, maybe it’s not on the same level as The League of Gentlemen but hey, not every show can include characters like a toad-obsessed kidnapper or a shopkeeper who murders any visitors.
The game began life as a level in Dreams, and it quickly drew attention both for its bizarre concept and nightmarish execution – think PT with talking pelicans. Now, the original developers Rarebird games are looking to bring the game to the PS5 with their new Patreon – and if the trailer is anything to go by, the scope has only increased, and the game has only gotten more bizarre.
Sinfeld: Remastered follows Jerry’s nephew, Donathan, as he searches for his uncle in a post-apocalyptic New York, exploring familiar locations given a nightmarish, neon-soaked twist. The game looks like it’ll be as silly and funny as it is potentially nightmarish (The tall villain, in particular, seems drawn right from the uncanny valley) but hey, it’s possible for things to be both nightmarish and hysterical. Just look at The League of Gentlemen.