|Genre||Survival horror, 1st person shooter|
|Publisher(s)||NA Gamecock Media Group|
EU SouthPeak Interactive
|Release Date||NA October 31, 2007|
JP June 26, 2008
EU April 17, 2009
Dementium: The Ward, also known as just Dementium, is a survival horror, first-person shooter title developed by Renegade Kid. The game was published by Gamecock Media Group in North America, Interchannel-Holon in Japan, and SouthPeak Interactive in Europe. The game was followed by a sequel, Dementium II, also for the DS.
On September 22, 2008, the Japanese Association of Psychiatric Hospitals published a protest against the game, asking the game to be taken off the shelves because "the game uses the tradition of psychiatry in name but uses imagery of attacking patients"
Dementium tells the tale of a man, William Redmoor, who has an operation on his brain. The Doctor realized that the mind of William is in danger, so he made nightmare dreams where William must fight back to the end and get out of his dreams. As the Doctor calls it, this is the first phase. Throughout the game, the constant mention of a man who murdered his wife and daughter is brought up. It was believed by the staff that William was the murderer. A news report towards the end of the game says that a man was found standing over the dead body of his wife with a gun in his hand. After a brief struggle police shot and wounded the man. His daughter was found alive.
Dementium features full 3D environments and a real-time flashlight. Creative director Jools Watsham also said the game's touch-screen controls are based on those used in Metroid Prime Hunters.
The game was originally set to include a multi-player mode, but this was dropped so that the development team could focus on the single player aspect of the game.
Among several other features utilizing the touch screen, the game includes a notepad.