The Incredible Shrinking Character (lost build of cancelled multi-platform action-adventure game; 1996)

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Status: Lost

The Incredible Shrinking Character is a cancelled action-adventure game that was originally meant to be released in 1996, on PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. It was being developed by Cyberdreams (who also created Dark Seed and I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream).


The plot would have loosely been based on the novel/film The Incredible Shrinking Man, in a universe reminiscent of 1950's science-fiction and horror movies.

The player would have controlled a private investigator looking for Julie Caldwell, a wealthy young woman who has vanished after visiting the castle of Dr. Warren Franklin, a mad scientist. Franklin has created a shrinking ray that he uses on the hero, shrinking him until he is only a few feet tall.

The gameplay would have had the hero venturing into Franklin's castle, growing smaller and smaller after each level, and fighting dangers such as animals and heights, while Julie's screams are heard from afar.

Available Material

The game was announced in magazines with several screenshots, and a preview video was shown. However, it was cancelled as the Cyberdreams company fell apart.

Only a development beta demo and an intro have leaked. No other playable material has been made available.

A preview video.

Game intro.

A development test demo, showing the environment of the game.

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