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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Perfect Vermin (2020) is a grotesque narrative game where you destroy office furniture to see whether it is actually alive. Play involves traversing the small office area hitting doors, desks, chairs and so on, with a hammer. Hit the right ones and they are revealed to be what the game calls vermin, and explode into a bloody mess. It's a game not for the squeamish but soon subverts the violent play in surreal and intriguing directions that eventually challenge our desire to leave a legacy and the pain of terminal illness.

Through a series of ever more disorienting challenges, you return to the same office space to destroy everything with a sledgehammer. To finish the level you need only find the particular office furniture that explodes into blood when hit. These items are the same on each subsequent run, while the way you interact or see the world changes greatly.

The result is an interesting and rich interactive challenge. It creates an increasing level of disorientation between you and the world and then cashes this in with a philosophical twist at the end. Whether or not you find this satisfying, the experience stands up as a coherent whole that stays with you long after you have finished playing.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Perfect Vermin 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative game with Adventure, Brain Game, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although younger players could cope with these interactions, to get the most from the game you need to be able to interpret what is happening and connect that to the wider context of the character's failing health.

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Perfect Vermin

Steam Store PC Coming Soon
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative (Adventure, Brain Game, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 9 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Its The Talia (@ItsTheTalia)


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