You’ve probably heard the Eagles sing about “Hotel California,” where “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” But for Dr. Leonov, the title character in The Guest, checking out is not an option. In fact, the good doctor can’t even get out of his room.
In the forthcoming game from Spanish developer Team Gotham, the player takes on the role of Dr. Evgueni Leonov, an elderly Russian scientist. He’s taken a room at a very melancholy, not especially tidy hotel – but somewhere in the night, someone has trapped him there. The door will not open. His only recourse is to explore his little suite very thoroughly, and solve the puzzles and riddles he uncovers in an effort to find out the identity of his captor and, more importantly, their motive.
The game is set in the 1980s in a somewhat run-down location. It promises immersive storytelling, as the player will not only be uncovering the mysterious science fiction plot behind Dr. Leonov’s unexpected imprisonment, but also the character’s own history, which may have something to do with his current situation. The Guest features distinct, complex puzzles and a “calm but hair-raising” soundtrack, all of which enhance the mystery and intensity of the plot.
Team Gotham is already enjoying the fruits of their labor. The game, their debut title, was presented at Madrid Games Week 2014, where it was awarded the titles of Most Polished Game and Most Voted Indie Game. The Guest has also received enthusiastic voter support on Steam Greenlight. The team says Oculus Rift DK2 support further “enhances the game to a whole new level.”
Available in both English and Spanish, The Guest is expected to launch in June 2015 for $9.99 USD. Will Dr. Leonov be swallowed by the gloom of his surroundings, or can he find a way to break free of the madness? Windows and Mac gamers will have the chance to answer that question for themselves. Until then, watch for further clues and news on Team Gotham’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.