Betrayer is a first person action adventure game that takes you to the New World at the turn of the 17th century. The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries. What catastrophe blighted the land and drained it of color and life?
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Very Positive (1,846 reviews) - 83% of the 1,846 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 24, 2014

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“My 7 Favorite Shooters of 2014: Betrayer is a special game, one I believe everyone should play, given the chance.”

“this is absolutely a project worth supporting if you appreciate atmospheric first-person games.”
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“PAX Prime 2013 Awards: Up and Comer Award. Now for the Up and Comer award, our rising star, I'm going to have to give it to a game that dazzled me.”
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About This Game

Betrayer is a first person action adventure game that takes you to the New World at the turn of the 17th century.

The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries. What catastrophe blighted the land and drained it of color and life? Where are the settlers and tribes who lived here?

Clue by clue, you must piece together the story of what befell this doomed settlement and find a way to set things right. You will be hunted by corrupted Conquistadors and ravening shadows as you explore an expansive wilderness in order to trace the brief, tragic history of the colony and search for survivors.

Key Features

  • Explore large, open environments teeming with danger and discovery. Chart your own course in search of clues and treasures.
  • Switch between two distinct worlds featuring different enemies, obstacles, and threats.
  • Wield early 17th century weaponry including muskets, bows, crossbows, and tomahawks. Upgrade your arsenal by purchasing or finding faster, deadlier, longer-ranged weapons.
  • Charge headlong into battle with guns blazing or pick enemies off quietly. A novel, movement-based stealth system lets you hide in plain sight or use the wind to mask your footsteps.
  • Equip ability-enhancing Charms to complement your play style, granting anything from extra health to faster movement to improved stealth.
  • Play with the default visual style for maximum eeriness and tension or customize the color and contrast settings to suit your tastes.

About Blackpowder Games

Our ongoing mission is to create first person action experiences that are distinctive, compelling, and memorable regardless of scope or platform. Most of the founders began this quest together over 15 years ago at Monolith Productions and have continued to refine and improve our craft as a team ever since. We expect to continue on this righteous path for centuries to come now that the Singularity is just around the corner.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible with 1GB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460/AMD Radeon HD 6850)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible stereo sound card
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit/ Windows 8 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz quad core or better (enhanced for multi-core processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible with 2GB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti/AMD Radeon HD 6870)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible stereo sound card
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 77 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
I loved Betrayer from start to finish. It was a breath of fresh air from the usual mundane FPS games out there.

The atmosphere, gameplay, and narrative, were all spot on. You can tell this was made by a passionate group of developers who wanted to make a game different from the rest.

Mystery and suspense are the key areas of focus when it comes to the story. You're continuously driven to explore and uncover more about the events that unfolded in one of the first New World colonies. It's a very interesting time period/setting, and the feeling of isolation and terror are captured very well.

Gameplay evolves as you progress through the game. Stealth takes a bit of practice to master and becomes more necessary as the enemies become more difficult to fight. Each area has "crime scenes" that let you piece together what happened to figure out what to do next. It's deeply satisfying to find all the clues and work out where to go next. The game doesn't try to do too much too quickly, but rather presents itself gradually and expects you to keep up. Very nice stuff.

I couldn't recommend Betrayer more. It's everything I personally look for in a game, but still managed to surprise me. I can't wait for the next game from Blackpowder Games!
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52 of 53 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Atmosphere, Horror, Exploration, Stealth, Investigation, Open-World, Historical, FPS
a spoiler-free review

Rating: Highly Recommended

I have never been so scared of loons in my entire life. Crouched down in the tall grass, I listened for the cry of the water bird to come again for what seemed like whole minutes. I heard it suddenly, only a few yards behind me. I turned around slowly, but couldn’t see it against the pitch black shadow of the trees above. Holding my breath, my heart slamming against my ribcage, I took a step forward. Too late I realized I should have waited for the cover of the wind to muffle my footsteps. Four angered loon calls startled me from all directions as arrows flew towards me…

The above passage is an account of what could have happened in Betrayer. The initial starting scene of waking up on a beach next to a shipwreck seems a little bland at first, but the game soon after departs from stereotype.

- Visuals -
Betrayer starts in greyscale, making the woods and trees around you dark and mysterious. The color red is still visible, though. Enemies dressed in red are immediately visible even from a hundred yards away. Red markers over health, shops, and ammo drops help discern them from the grey background. Some enemies do not have red, making them near impossible to see against shadow and therefore much deadlier.

- Sound -
First and foremost this game forces you to listen. Some enemies cannot be seen easily and can only be detected through their special call. The most unique feature of this game by far is the fact that the human enemies use animal calls: bears, loons, etc. This serves to makes the player feel isolated – the only sounds one ever hears are the noises of the wild. Audial clues to the next objective in each area force players to use their ears over their eyes. Headphones are a must.

- Story - (no spoilers)
The player wakes up on a beach in 1604, Colonial America. As you travel, you discover deserted settlements, find weapons, and defend yourself from hostiles. You meet one person from the abandoned colony, a mysterious maiden in red who cannot remember her name. As you set out to discover her identity, you notice a bell has been removed from its post. You replace it and ring it out of curiosity. Strangely, you are transported into a shadow world with its own set of enemies and the spirits of deceased colonists. By collecting clues from the area around you and interviewing the spirits, you are able to piece together what happened to the settlements and discover who the maiden really is.

- My Thoughts -
I was immediately hooked when I started this game. I love atmospheric games that throw you into the world with set objectives but no set order to complete them in.
If you are an impatient sort, this might not be the best game for you. Especially at first when you have low quality weapons and low health, stealth and patience are essential to survival. There is nothing more satisfying, though, than stalking one enemy for ten minutes or so and successfully getting a stealth kill on them (not a typical case).
There are a few difficulty settings that you can change. I personally enjoyed the easiest difficulty level, but if you like punishment go ahead and try hard. There’s also a map system that shows you where just about everything is. If you enjoy a challenge, try turning the map waypoints off and using the audial clues to find stuff.

- Cons -
- Enemies’ pathfinding led to some interesting fights with lots of sudden 90° turns
- Some enemies are actually impossible to see against a shaded background. Try flanking them to get a better vantage point.
- Very little explanation of bullet/arrow drop leads to a high learning curve for trying to snipe far-off enemies
- UI graphics aren’t too impressive
- Last area is loaded with bugs – the devs really should release a patch or something
- Each area feels quite repetitive in terms of tasks – devs should have provided a little more variety of quests

- Wrap-up -
For all you TL;DR readers out there, I think this game was probably one of my all-time indie favorites. There are a lot of genre tags for this game because it takes influences from all of them. Bugs and annoyances are there but don’t really impact game satisfaction. I’d highly recommend this game to anyone who can wait five minutes for anything; you’ll be glad you did!

Not Recommended
Recommended With Caution
- Highly Recommended
Recommended as Essential
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
One of those games that seem rather boring before you actually play them, and when you play them they become one of those unique experiences you don't forget for a long time. While not a great game, Betrayer is a decent somewhat open-world game where you wander through land and find out what happened to those who were before you. In addition, you get to fight some enemies that are not easily taken down unless by a surprise attack, so you are mostly sneaking around and taking them from afar. The difficulty is challenging at times, the atmosphere and audiovisuals are unsettling, and the graphics are very unique and beautiful. Albeit short, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I recommend it very much.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Interesting FPS. Very cool art style. Story elements are well done. Worth playing.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Hello dear Readers. Welcome to BETRAYER. The First time i saw BETRAYER on the Activity Feed from a Friend. The special Look of the Game was interesting but that what me got in to it was a Conquistador. So i went to the side of the game and it got an interesting plot.

The Year is 1604 and you were send to the new world to found out what happened to a british Colony. Soon you will be attacked by Conquistadors. The Spanish were not the only Danger in this Region. Finding the Fort of the Colony empty without any soul, except 2 Ash Corpses you have to ask yourself one Question: What happened to the Colonists?

Betrayer is a very interesting First Person Shooter Game. Your Weapons are Bows, Pistols, musketry and knives. No Rocket Launcher, no BFG, no Lasersword and no Kitty Bombs. This game got a special Graphicstyle that creats a unique atmosphere. And i mean in a haunting way. Do you remember a walk in a forrest? Remember the the Birds Singing, the Sun between the trees, the wind playing with leafs. How they rustle? Yes? Congratulations, now you are in BETRAYER. I think my Forrest Walks will never be the same. *sigh*
Anyway, on your search for the Colonists you have to fight. You can do it the direct way "HEY GUYS I`M HEEEEEERE!" or the Snake way. Sneaking. So if you`re sneaking you can do it with the help of the wind. No, really! This is a special point of this game. The wind covers your steps and the enemy can`t hear you coming, if you come from behind, hey who would sneak in front, eh? No, you don`t have Jedi Power forget it. This is 1604, not "far far away in a distant galaxy". Well you can decide on your own, how you survive and believe me ... the Conquistadors are not the badest Guys in this game.

So, follow the hints on a map, solve the mysterys and stay alive in a unique looking game. And don`t forget our real life. Take a walk in the forrest. Listen to the Birds and the rustling leafs in the sunlight. Enjoy.

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