Miasmata is a first-person survival/adventure game, developed from the ground-up by brothers Joe and Bob Johnson. You play as Robert Hughes, a plague-stricken scientist on a journey to discover a cure. Your adventure begins on the shores of a remote and mysterious island.
User reviews: Very Positive (622 reviews) - 81% of the 622 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 28, 2012

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"Miasmata's horror sneaks up on you. Both through its story and its dynamic gameplay. The game can be just as wonderful as it is dreadful."

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About This Game

Miasmata is a first-person survival/adventure game, developed from the ground-up by brothers Joe and Bob Johnson. You play as Robert Hughes, a plague-stricken scientist on a journey to discover a cure. Your adventure begins on the shores of a remote and mysterious island. Long ago, the island was inhabited by a group of indigenous people, whose extant monuments still decorate the island landscape. The island is now home to a scientific research outpost and it is your hope to reunite with your colleagues working there. Unfortunately, you'll soon discover that something has gone terribly wrong.

During your adventure, you will encounter a mysterious and deadly creature. This creature can stalk you for miles, lurking behind grasses and vegetative cover. By treading carefully and with stealth, you may be able to elude the creature. If you are careless, however, you will be forced to confront the creature head-on.

Key Features

  • Experience: An engine built from the ground up, featuring voxel-based volumetric clouds, advanced water reflection and refraction, volumetric light-shafts and atmospheric scattering simulations.
  • Explore: A lush and incredibly detailed natural world. The island landscape is covered by forests with lush canopies. The terrain surfaces are blanketed by tufts of moss and grass. The forest floors have thick undergrowth and are littered with fallen leaves, rotting logs, stumps and sticks.
  • Discover: Dozens of camps, outposts and ruins. Find maps, notes and clues that lead you on your adventure.
  • Survive: A deadly world. Discover plants and fungi and synthesize them into life-saving medicines. Find water and shelter to stave off fever, dehydration and exhaustion. Use stealth and cunning to escape the deadly creature.
  • Create: A map of the island using an innovative cartography mechanic. Use a true-to-life triangulation system to pinpoint your location on the island and construct a map of the its boundaries, contours and landmarks.

System Requirements


    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo, AMD Athlon64 x2, or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia Geforce 8600GT, ATI Radeon 3670HD or equivalent
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card


    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor:Intel Core i5/i7, AMD equivalent or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce GTX 280, ATI Radeon 4870 or better
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 68 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Miasmata is an exclusive first-person survival adventure game, starts on the island of Eden.

You play a plague infected scientist, who finds himself on an uninhabited island. Looking for a cure, hidden in the plants on the island which you’ll have to collect, study them and synthesise together to create tonics. The game combines elements from a number of genres mixing first person survival, adventure and puzzle elements.

It is unlike anything else you’ll play. With an intense focus on survival, the game successfully nails the feeling of vulnerability and weakness. A fantastic open-world concept, and a wide variety of materials to collect and craft all together, makes it an extremely compelling game.
Sadly there are a few issues with character performance and visual effects. Some objects are quite unattractive on close examination and hard to make out at long range. The character movement alone is quite challenging and you should pay attention where you step in without rolling off the cliff or drown.

In overall:

*Unique survival experience.
*Interesting setting and game mechanic.
*Focus on realism creates a great game atmosphere.

The game delivers a great atmosphere and visuals with unique gameplay that is easy to get hooked on.
I highly recommend that anyone with a similar passion for science, discovery, and adventure give Miasmata a try. It is very rough around the edges, but its dedication to its novel niche concept makes it worthwhile.

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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Miasmata is made with humble graphics and an eye (or four eyes) for technology. It executes mapping and movement shockingly well, both concepts working in unison with the fundamental idea of player disempowerment.

The character trips, stumbles and gains momentum on an incline. Traversing the environment feels realistic within reason, and the quickest way to a point ahead is not always a straight line.

Cartography is tedious and the nature compelling enough that the player is likely to wander off the beaten path and fall into two possible scenarios: inside, safe or outside, lost. Loss of direction evokes glimpses of freedom rarely experienced in a video game.

The systems can be time-consuming to grasp and the solution to the mystery surrounding the player is scattered and abstruse. But why should things be easy to understand?
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32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Heavy on exploration. Light on gameplay. This is not a game for everyone.

Miasmata is one of those modern indie games that, in my opinion, is striving to be an artsy like experience than what is traditionally considered a game by the average joe. And just like those games with similar aspirations, the gameplay is diminshed so the player can be wowed by the "experience".

And that's why I was on the fence when deciding to recommend this because I couldn't help but feel that this game could've been grander if the developers spent more time on the gameplay aspect. However, it's hard to overlook what effort they did put in the environment/sound effects and I think it paid off.

Miasmata is beautiful to explore. Realistic looking and massive in size along with its varied topography, it's almost like hiking in a national park. But, it has a dark character and history to it as well that will become apparent if you decide to play it.

I only recommend this game to those who love exploring natural, beautious environments (and finding flowers for a cure) because that's what 90 percent of this game is. On the other hand, if you're the type of person who needs something constantly happening in the game, then you'll probably be bored with this one.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Definitely an unique game experience if you are into area exploring and you failed your botanology real life dream.

Wouldn't recommend this for everyone. As a stranded plague infected wanderer on a unknown island, your best friends will be a compass and your own made map. Soon you discover the island flora can be well helpful as for temporary or permanently boosting your abilities, possibly helping you overcoming a plague too. During your research you will need to watchout for all kinds of landmarks which you need to triangulate or mark to expand your map, without this you will get pretty much lost and hunted.

7,5/10; As a game made just by 2 people this is kind of top notch result as for atmosphere or music which sadly plays only during specified events. PS: Watchout for a lot of bugged achievements.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Kinda like Alien isolation only with out an alien. You are isolated though, and a weird monster stalks you.
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