Fans of David Lynch’s surreal soap opera Twin Peaks now have their chance to return to The Black Lodge, thanks to an 8-bit adventure created by indie game developer Jak Locke.
Produced in the style of classic Atari 2600 games, Black Lodge puts you in the role of Special Agent Dale Cooper as you race through the mind-warping rooms of The Black Lodge. As you avoid the dangers in each room, you also must evade your doppleganger, who’s in hot pursuit of you.
The game is free to download for PC or Mac, and comes with an instruction manual that’s actually a pretty entertaining read in itself if you’re a Twin Peaks fan (which you probably are if you’ve read this far).
Here’s an excerpt:
A day in the FBI was never like this before! You are Special Agent Dale Cooper and you’ve found yourself trapped inside of the Black Lodge, a surreal and dangerous place between worlds.
Try as you might, you can’t seem to find anything but the same room and hallway no matter which way you turn. Worse yet, your doppelganger is in hot pursuit! You have no choice but to keep running through the room and hallway (or is it more than one?) and above all else, don’t let your doppelganger touch you! Your extensive physical training in the FBI will provide you a seemingly limitless supply of energy to run as long as necessary, but running out of breath is the least of your worries!
You’ll find quickly that you’re not alone in the Black Lodge, though your friends are few and far between. Not only that, the lodge itself seems to be actively trying to trip you up at all times! You’ll be dodging chairs and crazed Lodge residents all while trying to keep your own insanity. How long can this go on?
No time to think of that now -here comes that doppelganger again. Just keep on running through the curtains or it will surely be curtains for you!
When you think about it, of all the David Lynch projects that could possibly be made into a game, Twin Peaks is probably the one that makes the most sense.