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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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.”
Kotaku

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
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georgiafl
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Betrayer is an atmospheric game in which you wake up on a beach and attempt to solve the mysteries behind an abandoned colony. Also there are ghosts. How you ended up here and why you're not trying to get home is just another great mystery that'll never be solved. It took me a minute to figure out how you're supposed to approach the game, but it's not too difficult. Things get pretty convoluted and there's a lot of back-and-forth, but just remember to follow the investigations and hit X. Frequently. The game gets pretty repetitive, but the stories are intense enough to keep it interesting. This game is fun and just the right amount of creepy, I got it for a steal as a mystery key, and I can definitely say it was worth the forty cents. If you like mystery games or the visual style appeals, this isn't the worst way to spend eight hours or so. I took about ten, but let's just say I got myself ridiculously confused and spent a lot of time running in circles.
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criz4p84
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I love it.. Between hunting and to be hunted.. Great Story.. Must buy !
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C.Ayala
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Really good game. Now you can configure the aspect of the game to look as you want, solving many problems to some people. The story is really good, will keep you wondering about what's going on and at its actual price, is a bargain.

A true hidden jewel of Steam!
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GraphicX
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
A really eerie & enjoyable change in an FPS game.

Quite slow paced, starts off harder than it ends, good atmosphere & not too long.

Good game.
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xXSWAGNEMITE#YOLO420Xx
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
A very atmospheric arcadey shooter with survival elements and a twist: automatic guns haven't been invented yet. Can get repetitive at some point, but it keeps you going until you answer that one fatal question: "What the ♥♥♥♥'s going on here?"

PROS/CONS
+Very atmospheric. Interesting (literally) monochromatic approach adds to that, but it is optional, which is nice.
+Gameplay fits the setting AND is fun. I never thought musket firefighting could be thrilling.
+Hard, but balanced. 1 to 10 disadvantages eventually become 1 on 1, with progression and adaptation.
~~ It is not action packed, nor an horror game. It's something in between.
~~ Story may appear to be disconnected tales in the beginning. Might discourage immediatists.
- Stealth system is almost ignorable. Fire your first shot and perhaps remain unseen. That is, if you haven't been spotted on the move.
- It gets repetitive. Objectives are usually the same. Enemies hardly ever change. Plotline makes you keep moving.

8/10
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Ibrahim
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
If I ever wanted to play a 17th century first person action game, this was it. That being said, the game is tedious at times and the story, while an excellent concept, could have been executed better,

All in all, as a fan of games off the beaten path, where many, many games are simply bad, this one is a winner. Not a smash hit, not a classic, but a good game that you might see as an inspiration in someone else's smash hit or future classic.
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Nikita3007yes
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
good but strange.
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BoomstikComando
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is atmospheric as fu#@ and it's great. Definitely play on contrast off, makes it 10x better.
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dustdust
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This had potential to be good, but the bland enviornments (nice art style, but all 7 maps look the same), lackluster story, and backtracking make this game too much of a chore. I wasn't sure what to do to finish the game (I probably have to talk to more ghosts), but I didn't care enough about the story or gameplay to finish it. I did look at the ending on YouTube though, and it ends very abruptly without much of a resolution. The combat is fine, but it's a slow trudge with too much backtracking with little explanation of what I'm supposed to do next. Anytime I play a game where I need to use a guide, it becomes less fun and more of a hassle.
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Sdric
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
TL:DR Betrayer tries so hard to be unique that it forgets about gameplay along the way.


The game tries to be unique by coloring everything black white and occasionally red and replacing the common mini maps arrows with a "play-button" and moaning sounds.

The idea is solid, but the story is lackluster and combat is VERY repetitive since there are not many different enemy types and all of them do the same in combination with glitched hitboxes. On a positive side: Salvaging your amo is a cool concept.

The constant ringing sound makes you feel like you have a tinitus and rappidly shifts from "unique" to "incredibly annoying".

Overall it is a very lackluster game that hides its gameplay issues behind the "art"-tag. People who've played Mad World have seen that this artstyle can be implemented for much more than "being a special snowflake".

Overall it could be fun experience despite it's flaws, but sadly combat and questing are EXTREMELY repetitive.
There are worse ways to spent your time, but also better ways to spent your money.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
This is not your usual bad steam artsy "experience", this is a proper game with actual gameplay.

If you like exploration games with an ambiguous narrative, jump right ahead. If you arm yourself with a good pair of headphones and turn off the lights, you will have an incredible, immersive experience.

If you're still not sure if the game is for you or not; check out Sexbad's excellent review about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Wvfn-rprQ
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Just finished the game and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Soooooo ya pros and cons time. Woot

Pros:

-Love the color and atmosphere(Fan of the Black, white and red.)
-The gameply was really good.
-It was just the right length.

Cons:

-There are a few bugs and graphic erorrs, but eh I can over look it since it didn't really ruin the experiance.


hmm that is all I can think of lol. I hope they make another one. ^>^
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Amazing game, one of the kind. Will stay with me for long time. Highly recommend for any that enjoys immersion, challenging but rewarding combat, dark surreal atmoshpere and horrors.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
A very atmospheric arcadey shooter with survival elements and a twist: automatic guns haven't been invented yet. Can get repetitive at some point, but it keeps you going until you answer that one fatal question: "What the ♥♥♥♥'s going on here?"

PROS/CONS
+Very atmospheric. Interesting (literally) monochromatic approach adds to that, but it is optional, which is nice.
+Gameplay fits the setting AND is fun. I never thought musket firefighting could be thrilling.
+Hard, but balanced. 1 to 10 disadvantages eventually become 1 on 1, with progression and adaptation.
~~ It is not action packed, nor an horror game. It's something in between.
~~ Story may appear to be disconnected tales in the beginning. Might discourage immediatists.
- Stealth system is almost ignorable. Fire your first shot and perhaps remain unseen. That is, if you haven't been spotted on the move.
- It gets repetitive. Objectives are usually the same. Enemies hardly ever change. Plotline makes you keep moving.

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I've played through the first map (excluding the "tutorial" map) and this game is both a fun and a very difficult FPS! When I say difficult, I mean once an enemy notices you, I often find it almost impossible to hit it! After doing something (no spoilers, so I'll be vague) you're still in the same map, but the game completely changes. One of my favorite games in my library 9.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoNjIohkU1w

This is seriously a great game for its price. I got it on sale for $1 and it gave me about 10 hours of enjoyment. I often find most games boring and tedious and even though this game requires a lot of backtracking and running back and forth, I still found it pretty fun. In contrast I finished 'Rise of Tomb Raider' in about 12 hours and paid about fifty times as much money for the same amount of gameplay as what Betrayer had.

Betrayer is very unique. Everything from its colour palette to its mysterious story is something that I have not seen done anywhere before, and to date I haven't played really any game like it. The graphics were great and the game looked pretty amazing in 4K and played far better than I expected. I was really surprised at how well optimised the game is. I turned colour on for my playthrough because I felt that the high contrast and black and white visuals would hurt my eyes after a short period. Roughly half the game is still in black and white however even if you turn back on the colour, and I feel that this was a perfect balance.

For the most realistic colour I used the following settings: Dark Intensity (2.8), Light Intensity (1.1), Colour Saturation (1.0). I found these settings delivered the most perfect balance of light and shadows and provided me with a rich stealth experience.

It's the year 1604 so expect medieval weapons like bows and surprisingly enough 'guns'. The game is mostly a hide and seek, hunter and stealth styled game. You wake up shipwrecked on a beach and must find clues as to what catastrophe blighted the land.

This is a first person stealth game with enemies that are quite unique. I won't go into any detail as to spoil them because finding new and increasingly challenging enemies was very much part of the quality experience that I had. Some enemies are really quite creepy and a few particular encounters can be really tough.

Graphics: 8/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Story: 6/10
Pacing: 7/10
Replay Value: 3/10
Music: 2/10
Voice Acting: 0/10
Bugs: None really that I could find

My only complaints are due to all the running back and forth just to speak to NPCs again after getting an extra clue and also I found that the end-game is non-existent. Basically all you can do is clean up NPC enemies for achievements.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
A lower-budget Far Cry in the 17th Century. I wouldn't say it's the scariest game I've ever played, but the fact that you and one other NPC are the only living, sane people in this colony gives it an eerie, suspenseful atmosphere. It has many murder mystery quests as well. The combat and stealth mechanics are a lot of fun, forcing you to think ahead. Finally, the graphics are impressive given its indie status.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
The 15th century version of timesplitters that you ALWAYS wanted
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
This is very ambitious game which somewhat suffers because of its ambitions. It has great visual style, good sound design and very good storytelling. Stories of the dead colonists are dark, intriguing and they are unveiling in a very interesting way. The biggest issue with this game is its open world which makes atmospheric walks in the black-and-white forests VERY repetitive VERY soon. Consider this before buying - if you can overlook cliche side quests and grinding for enjoying overall visual and sound design plus engaging storytelling, then you will most likely enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Loved this game! been a while since I've experienced such an engaging game such as this one. Excellent gameplay and story
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