Thanks to Experience Gaming for these extracts from an interview with Tim Bruns, Managing and Art Director of NuClearVision – publishers of Psychotoxic, which features one Aaron Crowley, who believes himself to be the reincarnation of “the Satanist Aleister Crowley“…
XG: Hi, can you introduce yourself and your history in the gaming industry.
TB: Hi, I’m Tim Bruns, I work as the Managing and Art Director of NuClearVision. I started my gaming career nearly 20 years ago on the good old cbm64 (and later on the Amiga) with some unknown freeware games. Back in those days, I was a coder but nowadays I have switched to handling 3d applications. Besides Psychotoxic, we also worked on a 2D side-scrolling platformer known as Codename Gordon (freely available via steam).
XG: What is the story behind Psychotoxic? Why is it named Psychotoxic and what can you tell us about the fourth horseman of the apocalypse?
TB: The four horsemen are mystical figures mentioned in the bible. Their appearance heralds the beginning of the end of the world. Each of the riders symbolizes a catastrophe for mankind. Our game starts after three horsemen have already appeared, but the ignorance of mankind meant no one noticed. The Second World War i.e. was the third rider and now there’s only one more to come before the end of the world. No one really did understand that the riders are not four dudes on differently colored horses; instead, they are metaphors for really disastrous happenings.
In the beginning of the 21st century a mysterious machine was discovered under the subway system of New York, but no one realized this machine to be the last rider except the evil sect leader Aaron Crowley (who believes to be the reincarnation of the Satanist Aleister Crowley). With his knowledge of the final horseman he hoped to create a new earth dominated by evil. This “evil horseman machine” started to infect the minds of people on Earth, that’s why the game is called Psychotoxic.