Your head is your greatest asset in Double Fine's newest adventure

July 15, 2016 by Kris Ligman

Headlander pairs a campy, retro sci-fi aesthetic with the tight gameplay for which Double Fine is known.

In Headlander, the only constant is your head. As the last human head stuck in a jar, you must attach yourself to a series of mechanical bodies in order to traverse a dangerous universe. I don't know, it's Double Fine, the people behind Psychonauts, Stacking, and Broken Age, don't think too hard about the internal logic of it.

Despite being only a head, there are character customization options and at least two genders, so you can better reflect yourself as the last flesh human in the galaxy. The gameplay would appear to be side-scrolling and platformer-based -- what we often call 'Metroidvania' after the two best-known series to typify the style -- with an emphasis on selecting bodies and upgrades that will offer the best offense/defense/mobility for a given situation. If you're fond of shooty platformers and Double Fine's characteristic quirky sense of humor, you might want to consider picking this one up.

Headlander is headed (sorry) to PlayStation Network and Steam on July 26th. You can check out the story trailer above, and the gameplay trailer below. Be sure to check out our preview from E3 as well!