The Incredible Shrinking Character [Cancelled – PSX SAT PC]

The Incredible Shrinking Character [Cancelled – PSX SAT PC]

The Incredible Shrinking Character is a cancelled action adventure game that was in development by Go-Go Interactive Studios and that would have been published by Cyberdreams for the Playstation, Saturn and PC in 1996. The plot involved a crazy doctor that shrinked the main character with an experimental potion. Players would had to explore the (now) huge laboratory resolving puzzles, to find a way to return to normal. As we can read at Bill Narum’website, former owner of Go Go Studios:

The year is 1959. You are a Private Investigator hired to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Julie Caldwell, daughter of a wealthy east-coast industrialist family. The subject, in her early twenties, was last reported heading to visit the home and laboratory of Dr. Warren Franklin. […]

On the afternoon of January 30th, you head off to the doctor’s castle for the interview of a lifetime. Unknown to you, Dr. Franklin has laid a trap, and you awaken in a stupor to find yourself only 3 feet tall and gradually shrinking. You realize now that finding Julie will be no simple task. […]

Another reoccurring sound you can’t help but notice is that of a female screaming, most likely the victimized Julie. The volume and intensity increases as you approach the dungeon. You must find the antidote and save Julie soon, but first you must evade becoming dinner for the doctor’s house cat, and numerous other deadly creatures, bats, rats, roaches and ants, etc. that inhabit the mysterious castle.

They planned at least 10 levels in the game, in which the main character would have shrinked more and more each hour, leaving us to deal with big ants and size-based puzzles. A short preview of The Incredible Shrinking Character with some screens were published in NextGeneration magazine issue 14 and some more info on the project can be found at Bill Narum’website. You can even download a playable beta demo for PC! Huge props to Bill for preserving some documents of this lost game!

Thanks to Celine for the contribution! Thanks to Ari for a backup of the demo!

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I'm an Italian gamer with not enough free time to play as much as i'd like to and sadly not enough time to write about cancelled and beta games. Founder of Unseen64 in 2001, i'd like to sleep more than 5 hours a day, but i have to pay the bills. I'm currently working for various italian & international websites for a better User Experience & Search Engine Optimization, you can add me on Google Plus,Twitter, Last FM or contact me by email.
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18 thoughts on “The Incredible Shrinking Character [Cancelled – PSX SAT PC]

  1. pcloadletter

    really cool the idea of the scream plus being small I wonder if that was influenced somehow by The Fly 1958 film.

    1. monokoma Post author

      Mmmh interesting, so they removed the demo from their website! I have to check if i still have the file, i will search in my archive this weekend

  2. solidsnake11

    thanks monokoma but they guved me the demo but why is in first person the demo shouldnt be 3d in third person

  3. solidsnake11

    well the demo for pc is only a test for collision and for see what graphics have the game if you want this demo i will giveto you but the more playable is the beta for psx some curator says there is a beta with all 10 levels but ist not a beta because the beta stopped at 50 percent so level 9 10 was unfinished and level 7 was buggy but you know whatwe need to ask to continue the project for ps1 and pc for tribute to bill narum

  4. solidsnake11

    well i am positive at the source even if isnt 3d because thi was alpha character was still in project but the bad of this everityme you get stuck and youcan get out games crash

    1. monokoma Post author

      Interesting, could you make a video of this demo? It would be nice to see :D Is there someone to contact to ask for the PSX beta? Maybe they can share it too ;P

  5. solidsnake11

    i will do my channel on yourube is roberto 67024 and for the psx beta but i have an idea bill narum the creator of the game died so we ask to someone wo work with his project to continue it for psx saturn and pc for fans and for tribute to bill narum

  6. solidsnake11

    more information cyberdreams got the final beta test version for shrinking character before scrapting it would be awesome if we can buy that build of this game

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