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 (570 reviews)
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

    Minimum:

    • 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

    Recommended:

    • 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
39 of 57 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
While the I think the game has a fresh concept and new gameplay mechanics, there's two main problems to this game that keep me from truly liking this game and reccomendin it. One, actually moving around is awful as it feels like you're controlling a drunk person and not a diseased plague patient. I had too many occasions where I went from calmly walking down a hill to the beach and quickly progressed to rolling headfirst down the hill into the water, killing the pc. Secondly, the game is just so freaking boring. Once the initial fifteen minutes are up and you really look at this game, there's not a whole lot to it. You go from one campsite to the next, getting lost while holding flowers, and keeping an eye out for The Beast. When you first spawn, you'll be a bit wary of the enemy until you realize that you'll rarely (if ever) encounter it and evading it isn't very difficult. Out of the many playthroughs I've had, I only ran into The Beast once and all I did was wave a handfull of burning sticks at it and it ran away. I am a bit dissapointed because there's definitely potential here, but the lack of a general story, present threat, and weird gameplay bog the whole thing down. It's unfortunate that these reasons are enough to make me uninstall this game from my computer and move on to other games worth my time.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
One of the richest exploration experiences I have gotten from a game. The triangulation cartography system is brilliant, and carelessness will get you lost (and probably killed). The main objective of the game -- find plants, synthesize medicines, cure the plague -- is entertaining, though sometimes I wished for a little more depth in the story and the mechanics.

This game made me wish that the developers had more funding, because they could have made a great game instead of a good game with a few very cool concepts. I think that feeling is a mark of how well they succeeded.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Play Misamata if you like exploration and figuring things out for yourself.

I applaud the creators for crafting an immersive experience that many faster-paced mainstream games lack.

The focus here is on exploration, with elements of botany, map making and evading a prescence stalking you from the trees...

If you can forgive some poor textures (especially close up and at long draw distances) you'll find a simple but satisfying experience, best played in a quiet room, late at night.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Took me a little while to understand the mapping part of the game. You basically have to identify at least two man made structures (Building, statue, beacon) to pinpoint where you are on the map then find other unknown structures that are also in view and they then become known. You can now use those identified structures as map elements. Don't wander too far, try to keep these map markers in view and keep checking the map to add more pieces to it.

The concoctions you can make are temporary ones or permanent ones. You can carry only one of each temporary type so don't bother making two basic medicines, just make one basic and one enhanced. The weapons seem practically useless so far, there is a beast that stalks you, attacking with knife or axe doesn't seem to bother it at all. Ducking into cover doesn't seem to help much but getting behind hard cover like a tree does.

You have to drink quite often but fresh water is plentiful, yet in seven game days I haven't eaten anything so the finds of bananas and apples lying around don't seem to matter.

Climbing even the gentlest of slopes can be difficult and it is super easy to go tumbling off and falling. Try hitting reverse when sliding down a hill to slow your descent, that helps. Save by lighting anything (beacon, candle, fire, lantern) or by sleeping and keep an eye on the time, right mouse button brings up a compass and wrist watch, when it gets dark...it gets REALLY dark! You can get lost very quickly at night or go falling off a cliff, we forget living as we do in towns and cities that street lighting however dim is still there, in this game there's you holding a piddling little lighter unless you find brush to use as a torch until it fizzles out a minute later.

I am enjoying it immensely, yes it feels a little clumsy at times and low budget but the night time without a torch and no where near a camp confusion is very real, and then there's the beast tracking you, when you see it coming for you and you run, panic just sets in, fighting it doesn't do anything, just have to run or hide.
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