With David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returning to our screens, we got to thinking about all the games over the years that have obviously been inspired by the cult series.
Twin Peaks‘ influence on games is far reaching, with a handful of titles offering direct references to the series and many others trying to imitate its mysterious atmosphere and kookiness with varying levels of success. So, whether they feature equally quaint rural towns, have a similarly strange cast of characters, or just have the same unsettling dark presence about them, here are 10 games that fans of Twin Peaks will love.
10. Lone Survivor
Thematically the most far removed game from Twin Peaks on this list; Lone Survivor is a 2D survival adventure in which you play as a nameless man whose psychological state is questionable. Left alone in a post-apocalyptic world, you must search for survivors and scavenge for supplies whilst avoiding the zombie-like creatures that now roam, returning to your apartment for some much-needed sleep whenever possible. With the man’s mental state steadily deteriorating though, working out what is real and what’s just a figment of his imagination becomes the biggest challenge.
While a single playthrough of Lone Survivor will only take around five hours, there are two distinct story paths for you to follow and five possible endings, so there’s plenty of reasons to replay it. Whether or not you’ll ever fully understand what is going on, however, is another matter entirely. But Twin Peaks fans should be used to that.
9. Knee Deep
Knee Deep radiates the same bizarre and unsettling atmosphere that will be instantly familiar to any Twin Peaks fan. Set in the small, backwater town of Cypress Knee, the game centres around the suspicious death of an actor who was working on a film in the town. You assume the role of three protagonists, each investigating the death in their own way: a blogger, looking for the ‘edgy’ angle, a private investigator trying to find out the truth, and a washed up newspaper reporter wanting a scoop to save his job.
With strange happenings from start to finish and a supporting cast of characters ranging from the mildly kooky to the outright crazy, you’re never quite sure what the truth is in Knee Deep.