In case you haven’t noticed, we here at Goomba Stomp are huge fans of David Lynch’s multidimensional, metaphysical, neo-noir drama Twin Peaks. The award-winning series, which once consisted of only two seasons and 29 episodes in total, was revolutionary when it was released back in 1990 and found a huge cult following and a film prequel titled Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) – and now 26 years later it returns with the third season premiering on May 21, 2017.
We’ve only got one more day to wait until the third season debuts tomorrow night but with the hundreds, if not thousands of Twin Peaks-related posts I’ve seen shared on social media this week, I haven’t yet seen anyone mention Jack Locke’s Atari 2600 fauxgame (for PC & Mac) themed around the Black Lodge. The game, aptly titled Black Lodge, was a labor of love for creator Jak Locke and puts players in control of special agent Dale Cooper who’s trapped inside of the extradimensional setting, desperately trying to claw his way out. Try as you might, you won’t find anything but the same room and hallway no matter which way you go. Worse yet, your evil doppelganger is behind you every step of the way.
The game made headlines back in 2011 when Game Informer wrote a piece on it following a post published over at WelcometoTwinPeaks.com. You can download Black Lodge 2600 for both Mac and PC for free. I also recommend checking out the interview with Jack Locke conducted by Pieter Dom which you can find here. Enjoy!
Here’s a description from the game’s manual:
A day in the FBI was never like this before! You are Special Agent Dale Cooper and you’ve found yourself trapped inside of the Black Lodge, a surreal and dangerous place between worlds.
Try as you might, you can’t seem to find anything but the same room and hallway no matter which way you turn. Worse yet, your doppelganger is in hot pursuit! You have no choice but to keep running through the room and hallway (or is it more than one?) and above all else, don’t let your doppelganger touch you! Your extensive physical training in the FBI will provide you a seemingly limitless supply of energy to run as long as necessary, but running out of breath is the least of your worries!
You’ll find quickly that you’re not alone in the Black Lodge, though your friends are few and far between. Not only that, the lodge itself seems to be actively trying to trip you up at all times! You’ll be dodging chairs and crazed Lodge residents all while trying to keep your own insanity. How long can this go on?
No time to think of that now – here comes that doppelganger again. Just keep on running through the curtains or it will surely be curtains for you!
Who killed Laura Palmer? Maybe you can finally crack the case.