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Welcome to a brief look at an alternate universe where mods don’t provide new and more extreme ways to commit violence against other folk, but are instead about having a nice walk in a pretty environment. A new and more extreme walk in a pretty environment? Not really, no.
Purgateus is a mod for melodic first-person ambulator Proteus. It doesn’t add AK47s, or a minigame where you squash as many frogs as possible, but rather changes the aesthetic and music to provide a new tone to the original.
The mod bills itself as a remix. At the surface level, all it does is swap the color palette and alter the soundtrack. While that doesn’t sound like a dramatic shift, Proteus is all about the relationship between the ambient notes and soft, pastel colors, and the way they alter as you progress through the seasons. Changing that balance completely alters the feel of the game, and, as a result, paints a darker, less welcoming world.
The spring and summer seasons are characterized by much bolder browns, reds and whites. The soundtrack is moodier and more electronic—instantly more distancing and weird. While the animals you’ll encounter are the same in all but color, the sound mix has been changed, and their once cheerful chirrups feel more alien set against the ethereal backdrop of noise. The impact is lessened in the later seasons, where Proteus itself regresses into isolation. But where successive replays of the vanilla game offer a mostly identical experience, Pergateus is a chance to see the island in a completely new way. For that reason alone, it’s an essential companion piece for owners of the original game.
To download Pergateus, you’ll need to enter your details in the website’s form, at which point you’ll be emailed the file. To install, find Proteus’s directory and rename the game’s ‘Resources’ folder, before extracting the file’s contents. PS
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