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 (11,334 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
Helpful customer reviews
1,547 of 1,620 people (95%) found this review helpful
21 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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532 of 577 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Have you ever wanted to have your pants filled up with your own poo? Now you can, for free!

Before I start I would like to state that this is MY OPINION and what I think of this game.

Cry of fear is a Psychological First Person Shooter Survival Horror and is one of the SCARIEST games I have ever played! It isn't one of your average cheesey horror games. Cry of fear is a game where you never know what to expect around the corner. It could be a chainsaw maniac that wants to chop off your head or a mental deranged child wanting to kill you. Even though sometimes the enemies get repeated in some sections there are always fresh jumpscares that make up for it.

The Good/The Bad

Good
  • Scary unlike other horror games
  • Unpredictable
  • The game is around 8 hours long (plenty of jumpscares!)
  • It's got co-op so you can crap yourself with your friends
  • Free!

Bad
  • Outdated graphics
  • Sometimes buggy (not often, very rare)
  • Some sections of the game are unforgiving (lots of enemies, not much ammo)
  • Co-op sometimes doesn't work (very good when it does)

    Verdict

    Sounds 8/10
    Graphics 5/10 (uses half life 1 engine)
    Gameplay 8/10
    Atmosphere 10/10

    Overall Score
    9/10
    "Fantastic, Frightening
    and Free"


    Cry of Fear is a highly recomended game for anyone who likes a truly scary game and a bit of a challenge as well. It's free, so what are you waiting for? Get Cry of Fear NOW!
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857 of 967 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
1.My friend and I play co op
2.Huh, doesn't seem scary
3.Encounter first enemy
4.Friend panics and misses all shots
5.I panic and somehow kill first enemy
6.Flying beds
7.**** this ****, I'm out of here!

20/10
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274 of 300 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Best part is the limited inventory, youre forced to leave stuff behind in order to proceed, game is very generous with the ammo but lets face it, youll need more than ammo.
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295 of 328 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Game: Free
New Underwear: $4.99
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515 of 642 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 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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144 of 163 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 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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129 of 147 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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102 of 111 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Cry of Fear is simply the best Half-Life mod I have ever played, with the exception of Counter-Strike back in the day. This game shouldn't even be classified as a mod in my opinion. The engine has been utilized so well that there is little resemblence to the look of Half-Life.

Story:

The story of Cry of Fear is worth experiencing for sure. I like the mystery aspects to the story and your character's journey in figuring out what's going on. There are many WTF moments, which I like in survival horror games. Plus, there are mutliple endings, so the replay value is decent. I don't want to give anything away, so you willl have to check it out yourself. Definitely plays with the mind and is more of a psychological horror thriller than a straight up jump scare horror game, which in my opinion makes for a much more interesting experience.

Gameplay:

This game truly is survival horror and the designers understand how to make the player feel like every resource is valuable. Similar to games like the early Bioharzard (Resident Evil) or Silent Hill games, items like firearms, ammunition, light sources, health, etc. all become scarce quickly if not rationed correctly and you always feel relieved to find more. There are times where I decided to sprint past enemies instead of trying to take them out since I didn't have enough ammunition or they were heavy in numbers. Speaking of enemies, there is a decent variety to them and they are creepy as hell. The animations make them very disturbing, and the sound effects that belong to each of them unnerve your senses. As for the objectives, they are usually pretty simple for the most part. There is a lot of back tracking, but it does make sense within the story, so it didn't really become annoying. There were some areas where I got confused on where to go, but to me, this helps the experience more than hindering it. I don't always want to be told where to go or what to do so directly. Survival horror games should make you think for yourself. Most games lack this aspect. The firearms feel much more realistic than most games. They have some serious recoil and the accuracy is fairly similar to the real thing, at least from my limited experience.

Graphics:

The game is very well polished for being built on such an old engine compared to the new ones. There are many details on the characters and enemies that bring out their personalities or lack thereof. Since this is a FPS with third person cutscenes mostly, the hands and weapons look very realistic. Very good details, especially on the firearms. The animations are done very well and the designers really didn't try to shortcut anything. Lighting, color, post processing, water, textures, etc. were all done very well, especially for a free game. The only gripe I feel anyone can make is only because of how old the engine is for the game, so obviously the polygon count isn't nearly as high as modern games. The settings are very detailed and make you feel like you are there in Sweden, which is where the game takes place. You are mostly in an urban environment, cautiously going through the streets, alleys, sewers, parks, buildings, etc. However, there are some other settings such as the forest and suburban areas.

Overall:

This game has accomplished everything it set out to do in my opinion. The sound design and music compliment the harsh disturbing atmosphere and really creeps you out, especially when you don't know what's around the next corner. The graphics are great for the resources used, the gameplay is true survival horror, and it's FREE!!! So, sit back, turn the lights off, turn up the volume, have a weapon near you along with a change of pants if need be, and enjoy this game. I would pay money to play this game, let's leave it at that.

My review is based on playing the single player only. I did not play through any other game mode. There is a co-op mode and a survivor mode as well, adding some more replay value.

5/5
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177 of 227 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 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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81 of 90 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 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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523 of 743 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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81 of 96 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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226 of 313 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
got scared from the loud noises the buttons on the game launcher makes 10/10 would button again
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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Tactical Beds inbound
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
This game is a griping and scary, at first i had problems with it but is was soon fixed, it is alot of fun i have yet to complete the game, however i also enjoyed some of the custom games which were also alot of fun, the graphics are nothing to brag about so it will run on all systems even my ♥♥♥♥♥♥ laptop i took to a friends house, i would recommend it however there are some much better free horror games but this one is still worth a download
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39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Cry of Fear
Cry of Fear is a free but very great horror game. The main character is Simon who does not know how he found himself in a deserted town which has been overrun by strange monster. Our goal is to survive but also to solve a mysterious riddle. To defeat the monsters we have a melee weapons and a guns. You will kill a lot of monsters but also you are must to fight with the powerfull bosses. The game has a very atmospheric music but also have a custom stories and cooperation mode. My rating is a 9/10.
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48 of 61 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 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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63 of 86 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 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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49 of 63 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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