Cry of Fear is a psychological single-player and co-op horror game set in a deserted town filled with horrific creatures and nightmarish delusions. You play as a young man desperately searching for answers in the cold Scandinavian night, finding his way through the city as he slowly descends into madness.
User reviews: Very Positive (11,658 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 25, 2013

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Cry of Fear is a psychological single-player and co-op horror game set in a deserted town filled with horrific creatures and nightmarish delusions. You play as a young man desperately searching for answers in the cold Scandinavian night, finding his way through the city as he slowly descends into madness. With a strong emphasis on cinematic experience, immersion and lateral thinking, players will be taken on a nightmare rollercoaster-ride through the grim streets of Fäversholm and beyond. Not everything is as it seems...

Cry of Fear originally started out as a Half-Life 1 modification, set in the same vein as the classic survival horror games of old. 4 years in the making and picking up several modding awards on the way, it is now a free, standalone game for anyone to enjoy. Beware though, it's not for the faint of heart.

Key Features:

  • Huge single-player campaign with over 8 hours of gameplay
  • Multiple endings and over 20 different unlockables to keep you playing
  • Full length co-op campaign with up to 4 players
  • Strong modding support with 12 custom campaigns and examples included, with requests from modding community listened to and implemented
  • Terrifying and unforgettable atmosphere
  • 24 different and unique weapons to choose from
  • Unlockable extra campaign after beating single-player
  • Original soundtrack comprises over 5 hours of haunting, melodic music

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor:1 ghz
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128MB Video Card with OpenGL support
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Additional:Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Required

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor:2 ghz
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics:512MB Video Card with OpenGL support
    • Hard Drive:7 GB HD space
    • Additional:Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Required
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1,778 of 1,862 people (95%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Don't be fooled, the game is free but you will have to buy new underwear.
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380 of 433 people (88%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Game: Free
New Underwear: $4.99
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198 of 217 people (91%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
>Installed
>Ran around taking pictures
>Jumpscared
>New Pants needed
>In some back alley
>Monster chases me
>New pants needed
>Game crashes
>Redo
>Jumpscare again
>New pants needed
>Running out of pants
>Buys new pants
>Back to the game
>Co-op
>Make it to some forest
>Doinggood.jpg
>Jumpscared by screaming girl hanging upside-down
>Out of pants
>Out of money
>Uninstall


12/12
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210 of 239 people (88%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
☐ Died from gun wound

☐ Died from natural causes

☑ Died from exploding needle trash baby head of death and decay
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573 of 714 people (80%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I died to a floating bed.
10/10
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153 of 175 people (87%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Likes:
I like that it had a different campaign for solo and multiplayer. Also that the multiplayer version was a continue of the first version. I LOVE that there was a survival mode. I liked that there were parts that weren't even meant to scare the player, yet they did. I like how the game had a good storyline. I also love that it was free! The game even ran well (most of the time) on my bad laptop! The game had some scary parts, but was not overly-abusive about the jumpscares and other scary stuff...

Dislikes:
I wish there was a create-your-own survival mode, even though I can understand that is back-breakingly hard to do... I at least wish the creator would've put more effort into the survival mode, making it easier in some way or less repetitive. The solo and multiplayer campaigns were VERY fun! However, there were some parts that annoyed me half to death. Some of the jump puzzles, the enemies that one shot you (sometimes), and least importantly... the enemy movement...
I'm currently STUCK on the first part of chapter six with an annoying jump-puzzle... It's annoying! I also wish there was an item, or something, that would give you more inventory space.

Overall:
The game was VERY good! There were some parts that were annoying and some things I wish existed, but with what the game has, it's GREAT!!! I give it 4.25 golden stars that don't exist anywhere, but my mind, but that counts for something ;)
-P.S. I want more...
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228 of 289 people (79%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
You know what they say. Games with shity graphics are the best horror games
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96 of 112 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Swedish FPS Horror at its finest. Better than most AAA horror games nowadays.

If you liked this, you should also consider trying Afraid of Monsters: Director's Cut, a Half-Life mod on Moddb, made by the same guy.

Cry of Fear is kind of like Afraid of Monsters, except slower paced, less paranormal stuff, has an inventory and dual wielding system, etc.
As well as most notably, a new coat of paint on the GoldSource engine, so the visuals are pretty slick this time around.

So you wake up in an alley way, probably from being wasted, or maybe someone mugged you and punched your lights out, gotta find a way home.

You soon find out that there is hammer wielding maniacs and other... things.. running about and wreaking havoc on your face.

Did the local insane asylum break loose? Was an evil portal opened up by the local madman? Could I possibly pull out any more random excuses out of my ♥♥♥ to make this review any more mediocre?

Well you'll just have to play the damn game to find out!

8/10, would get spooked and run low on memory and crash again.
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591 of 831 people (71%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
> Installs game
> Looks at main menu
> Uninstalls

10/10
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77 of 88 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Tactical Beds inbound
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61 of 72 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
>Downloaded the game
>Watched long ♥♥♥ cutscene
>Spawn in a dark room
>Spooked already
>Took pictures of X's
>Get insta heart attack from jumpscare that makes me ♥♥♥♥ my pants 20 times

420/69 would heart attack again
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
You kill stuff, stuff kills you
If you have friends its awesome
If you dont have friends you will just cry alone in the dark
Its free
So all you need to do is pay for friends

Pros:
shooting stuff
full screen mode
playing co op with friends

Cons:
having no friends to play with
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75 of 100 people (75%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I used to walk in the street at night, but then I took a car in the knee
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75 of 101 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
A lot better than the last four Silent Hill games.

Cry of Fear is a video. It is also a game. A good one at that, with a few minor glitches. Overall, for a FREE horror game, it is like a gay dolphin, it blows all the other free horror games out the water.
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60 of 77 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Good jumpscares, lighting, lead character+story, and gunning. 10/10
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40 of 49 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
This to me is the scariest game on steam, I have played through almost all of it (around 8 hours, good length story). The only other game I could comapare this to "scary-wise" is PT the Silent Hills teaser on PS4. This game plays much differently than PT of course. The lore and atmosphere is so creepy and the character models, while not very detailed, are still horrifying. The little notes you pick up throughout the game will make you cringe and wonder, "what kind of creep made this game?". There are some puzzles which are moderately challenging and the combat isnt by any means great but thats not why you play this game. You play it to see if you have what it takes, to see if you can last the whole ride.

-Gameplay 7/10
-Horror 10/10
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49 of 67 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This game, like many other games, has gameplay. You can move, you can look around, and occasionally, fire a gun. It has graphics. It has lighting effects. It has a decent color pallet. It is also free to play, so you can't go wrong. It has a story unlike any other. It has enemies to combat. It also has allies that can help you on your quest. Unlike a lot of games nowadays, it has varied, thematic, set pieces. Don't let the title fool you, you won't be crying in fear, you will be crying about how amazing of an experience you've had, absolutely free, so you can save the money for passover. The movement is pretty dynamic. If you walk into a hard surface, you will stop. No longer will you have that lingering feeling that at any moment, you will fall through the floor. Oh, I forgot to mention that this game has a very engaging, and cinematic co-op experience. Each moment in co-op is unlike any other before it. You and your friends will experience a truly heart-wrenching, claustrophobic, gut-pounding, bowel movement-inducing, spoop filled catastrophe. Never has there been a more immersive co-op experience. The indie aspect truly shines throughout the many epic, magnificent, unanimous, diverse, open world realms. The only downside, and I truly regret to have to report on this, is the complete lack of an in depth character customization. Without a feature as crucial as character customization, I FEAR that this game will be overlooked by many. I CRY at the very thought that this game will go unnoticed. It is with all of my heart, that I recommend this game to everyone who enjoys a fast paced, adrenaline fueled, ride into the mind of the developers. Brace yourself for the emotional rollercoaster, and try not to CRY when you reach the end.
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
-Tried playing with my friend but he was scared at the intro and left
-Got up to the first monster
-Freaked out and soiled myself
-Spammed the reboot button
-Cried my eyeballs out
-Friend told me that the monster wouldn't attack me when I'm not armed then I facepalm.

100/10
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57 of 86 people (66%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Great game with a lot of problems. It's basically just elements from other survival horror games all rolled into one, but it doesn't really mix them all seamlessly. Also the main portion of the game is a fetch quest where you're going back and forth between large areas looking for a couple of items.

Inventory management is very strict as well so you often have to drop very useful items just to keep the game progressing. I also wonder if the voice acting is bad on purpose?

As a horror game it excels. Atmosphere, sound, design, everything looks and plays great but it's just very unfufilled in terms of gameplay. This is a free mod developed by a small team so you've got to give it credit for that, but just don't believe all the hype, this is a game with a lot of issues.

Full Video Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7MemrRTp3g
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