The Chameleon Direct Download
A short stealth game with super-powers, set in the 70s, filled with glorious fat pixels. Transform into enemies, dash, slow time, and super-punch your way through this moody retro stealth game. You wake up in a secret facility, with no recollection of why you are there, who you are or why you are wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Speakers are blaring an urgent message: evacuate. As you find your way out and sneak past the robotic security guards, you will uncover the secrets of this mysterious place. The game starts with all the unknown around you, not knowing what was going on, but soon you will find that you possess new certain powers such as shapeshifting, teleportation and even manipulating time. You can make a slight comparison with the good classic ‘Second Sight’, but the requirements to complete levels are much less story-bound in The Chameleon. All in all, I’ve enjoyed this game so far, especially for its nostalgic elements. Those interested in a new PS1/2 experience won’t feel disappointed playing ‘The Chameleon’. I’m not just saying this because of the fatty pixels or the rectangular limbs but even the stealth gameplay and the characters’ moves seem like the game is from that gaming era. Of course, the game has gotten some slickness in terms of visual effects and environmental details, but the sweet classic vibe remains.
I did some of the textures and models for the props in this game and got a free key because of it. This review is inherently biased but it doesn’t add to the actual review count as far as I’m aware so this is a courtesy more than anything else. That said, this game is really good. Short and sweet with a surprising amount of twists and turns, the punch and abilities are satisfying to use, and it has the most clever usage of vertex snapping I’ve seen yet with the transformations Stunningly beautiful, with atmospheric lighting and a vibrant palette that contrasts with the blocky visuals; sort of the best looking PS1 game that never was. The loud thuds of footsteps and sci-fi twangs on soundtrack also generate an otherworldly aura. The Chameleon might recall Remedy’s Control, in terms of recent releases. Escaping from the labyrinthine warehouse, evading mysterious security guards of seemingly-inhuman origin, all while picking up pieces of scrap paper notes and bizarre internal memos that paint a curious image of the company pulling the strings.
And in terms of gameplay, The Chameleon keeps things simple while introducing a slate of shocking powers to empower the player in their sentry-dodging and door-unlocking escapades. The trademark chameleon power, morphing into guards, is a lot of fun, making for some tense dodges and, as you level up your energy, fun sprints across corridors while your disguise lasts. As you find more power-ups for your energy gauge, The Chameleon becomes less about careful concealment behind crates and corners and more a test of the player’s restraint. Is it worth risking a mad dash across a long subterranean corridor, just for the rush of jaunting past all those weird guards? For the fun of it: Yes it is!
The Chameleon Direct Play:
Seemingly a short game, The Chameleon is a gem of stripped-down design and a clear passion for a slew of very particular games and films. There are echoes of The Thing and Scanners, with the mimicry gameplay and the late-’70s/early-’80s sci-fi sheen. Hugging corners, the camera tightening in on the player, recalls Metal Gear Solid, while the power-ups and movement almost remind me of PS1 platformers of the same era. The Chameleon is a beautiful, no-fat stealth game worth the price of admission. And while I haven’t yet finished the game, I DID just hit a crucial turning point in the game’s story; we’re not in Kansas anymore, to say the least.
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 7+
- Processor: Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVidia GTX 580 or AMD HD 7870
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 2 GB available space
- Click the Download Here button above and you should be redirected to GamesDatabase.
- Wait 5 seconds and click on the grey ‘download now’ button. Now let the download begin and wait for it to finish.
- Once the game is done downloading, right click the .zip file and click on “Extract to” (To do this you must have 7-Zip or winrar, which you can get here).
- Double click inside the The Chameleon folder and run the exe application.
- Thats all, enjoy the game! Make sure to run the game as administrator and if you get any missing dll errors, look for a file named All In One Runtimes.exe run this and install it.