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?
User reviews: Very Positive (1,250 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 24, 2014

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May 11

Spanish and Russian!

Took us a while, but we've added two more translations. We owe special thanks to Silvia, Jesus, Oscar, and Fernando for their efforts on the Spanish translation.

You also now have the option of showing the locations of chests, page scraps, spade mounds, and other useful information on the in-game map. Markers are categorized so that you can show only the specific information you want to see. Note that if you already have a game in progress, markers won't get cleared for items you've already collected, but should still help you track down any you might have missed.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible stereo sound card
Helpful customer reviews
173 of 212 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
First thing after starting the game was setting up the saturation level to make the colors appear. Then, suddenly the game looks much better! The atmosphere in Betrayer is quite mysterious and induce you to explore the "New World". Environment looks good. Trees, leaves and grass moves with the wind naturally. One thing that I miss are the animals, you hear them but, do not see. The story is about helping the lost souls to find their peace. To navigate through the world you can use special ability to hear. Actually there are two dimensions, the light world and the dark one which you are switching by ringing the bell. Shooting is more about timing and accuracy. 17th century guns reload very slow so missing a shot is a mistake you will regret so badly that it will make you cry... just kidding. Betrayer is quite unique so it's worth a try!
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
The most atmospheric story driven arrow finding simulator I have ever played. Also, excelent usage of sound and color. 8/10
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89 of 132 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
*WARNING* Possible gameplay spoilers, read ahead at own risk.

Betrayer is not a bad game, but not as good as it could have been.

A visible effort into making a stand-out first person shooter-stealth horror game. Personally, I liked this game quite a bit. I'm fond of the design and setting and the gameplay wasn't bad, but there is plenty of room for improvement.
The first thing a player will notice is the color scheme, black and white with red filters to create a unique visual setting which perfectly complements the lonely and abandoned theme of the game. It creates an unsettling environment and is capable of leaving a memorable impact on a player. But I found that while it does look neat, the style lacks substance and eventually becomes a chore to look at for prolonged periods. Thankfully you have the option to adjust color and saturation on the main menu, so therefore only half of the game gets tiresome to look at.

Betrayer's gameplay can be considered as a FPS with stealth and horror implements. The player has an open world dotted with enemies to be looking out for, and three weapon slots to fill with your choice of weapons. While the gameplay wasn't atrociously bad, there are some loose screws that break a chunk of the experience off. The game takes place in the 1700's in the new world (AKA modern day America if you don't know history) and takes advantage of the technology of the time period: Bows and powder loaded single shot firearms comprise your selectable armory. One of the problems I have with Betrayer is the weapons itself, being a first person shooter weapons are a very important part of the gameplay, and the weapons available are of short variety and are slow and meticulous to use. To fill your three weapon slots is a selection of 5 weapons, 3 kinds of bows and 2 firearms. The bows are unreliable in combat because a heavy chunk of enemy distribution are covered in a kind of armor that has a chance to harmlessly deflect your arrows, and the guns, realistically but kind of frustratingly, take a long time to reload. This makes the combat either frustrating or uninteresting depending on the player's approach.

Stealth mechanics are also implemented, enemies start off unaware of you but can detect you if they see or hear you coming. To counteract this, you can stay crouched and in shaded, obsure areas and move when the wind blows to block out the sounds of your footsteps. Stealth is even encouraged in the prologue level as it explains that enemies become enraged when in combat making them stronger, and that attacks while undetected deal more damage. A problem with this is that the stealth mechanics aren't as polished as they should be in order to suggest such an approach for the whole game. Enemies will always know exactly where you are if you mess up, and you cannot escape and try again, making a stealthy capture of a fort or outpost a "do it right the first time or not at all" deal. Also, I find that using arrows is more difficult with the black and white color scheme since its harder to determine where your arrows are flying, so it takes longer to determine the arc and most often giving yourself away.

For the horror aspect of Betrayer's design: I think it's subjective. I didn't find anything scary but that doesn't mean others will too. I liked some of the enemy designs, the maddened beasts wearing spanish inquisitor armor and the burned men (who are IMPOSSIBLE to see with black and white settings) are some of the most unique and creative designs I've ever seen. But at the same time the enemies are also so uncreative and boring. Other types of enemies include giant spiders and skeletons, might as well go all the way and throw in Frankenstein's monster and dracula to get the real Disney's Haunted Mansion effect. I was really disappointed at this turn, since the other types of enemies are creative and fit perfectly with the game's setting only to erase them out entirely halfway through the game and rely on cliche monsters you'd find in a kids halloween drawing. On a side note here, one of the most memorable and fun parts of the game is where you come across a large fort that you'd expect to be infested with enemies, only to find it empty. You feel slight relief at the unexpected respite when you hear battle horns in the distance and then find yourself under seige from the spanish inquisitors. This part was so unexpected and fun, I really wished that more of Betrayer had moments like this. Nobody suspects the Spanish Inquisition!

Now to the final point: Betrayer is a semi-open world game with a sort of mystery setting for the story, setting out a bunch of clues in the map and letting the player explore to find them, no handholding. This leaves the entire experience of Betrayer to the player's whim, do you scour the map finding each and every bit or do you rush through to the end? While this is a good idea, the game's design is flawed and incapable of supporting it. Resulting in a lot of backtracking, boredom and searching. Being "alone and abandoned with no handholding" requires that the game fully captivates its player, getting them excited and invested in the experience making them want to discover everything and providing positive reinforcement with a sense of accomplishment. Betrayer has none of these, you find a clue, make a note of it and maybe a ghost will say something about it. This results in the exploration of Betrayer being uneventful and disappointing. Not to mention that in order to uncover a large majority of items hidden you need a shovel, which can be found roughly half way through the game, resulting in a LOT of backtracking.

While Betrayer missed the mark, the ideas are there. It could have been so much better, creating a unique open world mystery game in the 1700's with supernatural twists and heart pounding stealth combat. Instead Betrayer is flat, repetitive and lacking in a lot of substance. Despite my enjoyment with the basic idea of the game and all of it's potential, I can't help but feel disappointed with the direction the game took instead. The appeal is there but doesn't build up to anything worthwhile.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
You're shipwrecked by the Spaniards in colonial times. You have no one and nothing but what you're wearing. You venture into the wild defenseless and wary. The sounds of the wind follow you as you make your way along a trail. You hear crows and other critters, but see no one and hear no one until you stumble upon a Spaniard wearing full armor. You try to reason with him but then you hear a horrible unearthly sound and the Spaniard rushes you. It is no longer human...

This game is fps mixed with horror. You find clues along the way in the form of letters, items, and tombs that tell you about the world and what has happened. There is the day time cycle which is filled with undead Spaniards and a dark cycle whereupon all the undead come to light. I enjoyed this game quite a bit. It was fun figuring out the various mysterious and stories. Also there are plenty of jump scares and I found myself doing quite a bit of stealth.

You get to use bow and arrow, crossbows, pistols, muskets, even grenades. The game was made to be played in black and white but I used the following color settings to make it easier on my eyes. 2.2, 1.3, and 1.0.

I give this game a 7/10. Check it out!

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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
It's not a horrible game, but ultimately it's just boring and frustrating, so I can't recommend it.

I've had my eye on the game for some time, as it has a very interesting look and a unique setting. I wasn't willing to risk much money on it, though, since it didn't look like there was much to the gameplay. I'm glad I waited until I could pick it up cheap from Indiegala. The graphics and overall feel of the game are certainly good, but playing the game itself just isn't very fun. In fact, for an FPS, it's one of the more boring games I've played in a while. You're given very little instruction or direction, just that you're supposed to "do" stuff and "find" stuff that's scattered around the map in an effort to "solve" investigations. I don't really know what the point was to collecting this stuff and solving these investigations, as everything seemed pretty random and didn't do much to advance a plot, at least as far as I could tell. Mostly what I ended up doing was wandering around aimlessly, looking for something with a bit of color or following audio clues until I stumbled across something to interact with, at which point I would press F to collect or read something. Occasionally there would be some enemies to fight, and those encounters ranged from either being easy one-shot kills, to practically impossible battles with sizable groups that come from all directions. Mostly there was just a lot of walking around, though, wondering if the game was actually going to go anywhere. It's not that I mind this kind of gameplay - I spent dozens of hours wandering around the wastelands of Fallout 3, for example. But in games like Fallout, there's a sense of accomplishment and progress when you discover things that I simply never felt with Betrayer, making everything seem more a chore than an adventure.

There was a kind of stealth system, but it was pretty laughable. Bascially you could either crouch, which rendered you practically invisible but meant it took an excruciatingly long time to get anywhere, or you could walk, which gave the enemies supernatural awareness of you at all times, or you could stand around until the wind kicked up, then use the noise to scurry forward for a couple seconds until the wind died down again. Maybe it sounded good in theory, but it was pretty pointless in practice.

It's not nearly the worst game I've ever played, I can't even say it's particularly bad, but overall the game was just too boring to put up with the frustrations, the ambiguities, and seeming lack of any progression. I have plenty of other games in my library that are just more deserving of my time.
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