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.”

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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
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( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Betrayer does many things well. Great combat, graphics and a good concept. The combat flows well, the weapon types are different from each other and they all feel like how they should. The graphics (I played black and white because I'm a hipster) were actually my favourite part about the game. It's very neat, the models look fine and the whole black and white with the red to bring some contrast is just good to look at. The concept of being in the 17th century and ♥♥♥♥ is whatever, it could've been something great at least.

But the thing is that Betrayer failed to keep me engaged with it's story for long. There are multiple reasons for this. First, the story... I couldn't tell you in detail what it is. You see ghosts and help them or something, then theres this red dressed girl who you interact with. Your interactions basically have nothing to do with anything, she just says some cliché ♥♥♥♥ about everything, and there's no consequences of what you say to her. Random ghost stories, that could be the name of the game, too bad it's boring after the 2nd one. It could've been actually interesting but the delivery is so poor that I couldn't bother. I just went on fighting monsters, at least that's fun... for a while. Unfortunately there is nothing new after the 2nd area. It becomes stale very quickly. I just ran to the treasures, killed any enemies I saw and that's it. Not very exciting. And that's basically the whole problem with the game. It's fun for 1 hour and then it just repeats itself. When you get to the "climax" you just don't care anymore. The ending just he like the whole story, is an undeveloped joke. It's the pseudo ghost mystery ♥♥♥♥. I mean, it makes sense the girl doesnt want to let her sister go, but it could've been delivered somehow emotionally? But no, it's as bland as anything in this game. You can't even care about the girl because she acts like a robot the whole game.

So yeah, good combat and graphic design, but basically no variety and story delivery/flow. It's 5 euros if not on sale.. but it's not a good game nonetheless.
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The Mighty Steed
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
You never what you're going to get with 'indie' games- and lets just say I've made bad purchases in the past.

With Brtrayer however, I immediatly met stunning graphics, cunning quest design. thrill-pounding senarios, and an extremely enjoyable game. I would without-a-doubt recomend buying this game.

With all this being said, I am not a fan of the black/white/red, however the devs provided a dropdown "contrast" menu that allows you to color the game normally.
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( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This game is story based and if you don’t read all the notes you pick up, you may not enjoy the game. The story is amazing. The gameplay itself is repetitive but the story kept me going. I really wanted to know the story of the settlers and who the red maiden was. You are basically a detective in this game and you’re trying to discover what happened to the settlers who are now ghost that can’t seem to remember why they can’t find peace. You help them of course.

The enemies you fight in this game are not very dangerous, and for the most part you can side step all their shots. The noises they make are quite terrifying though. The horror aspect of the game seems to be only present when you ring the bell and it goes dark. The first time I rang the bell I s**t my pants. Scared me half to death. The game does get suspenseful at times. The weapons in the game other than the bow are slow to reload so if you are getting horded by enemies it could be a little terrifying.

One big issue I have with the game is the black and white contrast is too intense. Hurts my eyes and changing it made the night too dark to see. This black and white contrast is what brought me to the game. I thought it was very interesting and unique so I thought I would give the game a try. It was worth every penny…and all the eye aches.

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( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I absolutely love this game. It was quite unique, and when the storyline finally came together towards the end of the game it was amazing. I loved the game mechanics, and the characters were quite interesting. It was definitely worth the money.
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( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23

+ Interesting concept
+ Beautiful graphics
+ Can be played in idyllic black-and-white - or normal color rich setting
+ Gives a few good shivers
+ The arsenal of 17th centuary
+ Fair price

- Story is predictable and dry
- Very simple action, which gets repeative too quick
- Horror grows weary

Betrayer develeopment team "Blackpowder Games" is formed from veteran devs of Monolith Studios which is behind legendary games No One Leaves Forever and F.E.A.R.

The game settles itself 1600s Virginian coast at the time of colonization, which is not too often seen in fps titles. The main character is nameless, presumably english captain and only survivor of sunken ship. The game doesn't spend too much time with more enlighten intro, but lets player jump into boots of this lonely seaman straight away.

At the very beggining it comes clear that something has gone terribly wrong with both the english and the spanish settlements on the neighbourhood. Only friendly person with whom protogonist begins to cope is mysterious lady dressed in red.

Betrayer merits highly on visual level - graphical desing is astonashing. I really loved how wind waved the trees and I could see every sprig shivering in gallantic spruces. The immersion is fulfilled because there is no background music and you can literally hear the wind blowing. I also loved how the color scheme could be set from full color -setting to default which shows only red colors and leaves everything else black and white.

Gameplay in Betrayer works like in any typical fps. While the weapon arsenal is unusual and exotic I found fighting too simple. The enemy AI is not worst possible, but majority of melee enemies just rush at you from long distance which makes it easy to take them down with bow or gun depending on hostiles' strenght. While the gunpowder doesn't grow in trees I had no difficulties to survive.

The game's biggest advandage lies in its horror feature and I admit having rather unconfortable moments when wandering in wilderness in night time/mode. The enemies lurking in there are more gruesome and surely got me scared a couple of times. However like in other action horror hybrids it is easy to get used to these dangers. Any boogieman or -woman can be killed and thus usually every new type of enemy may get one scared only a couple of times before killing them becomes a routine.

If I could give this rating somewhere between good and bad I would. Betrayer has some features like already mentioned colour settings which I would gladly see in other games too. On the other hand either fighting nor freightning features last long enough which makes gameplay to flatten much too quick and even the story sorted out to be medicore after promising start.

Eventually it is a price tag which lift's my thumb up - even higher if it's on sale.
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( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Not my kind of game going into the begining was enjoyable though the game starts to repeat itself like how you have do certain things to progress one of two all feeling the same I won't spoil it but it gets boring after a while going though silmar areas. The one thing that is done great in this game is te look it just works and the combat feels fair. It's not my kind of game having a story from begining to end this game does it a little differenlty.
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( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Very cool game. Different than anything I've ever played before. It's basically a first-person exploration game with a bit of horror thrown in. You're shipwrecked on an island and have to explore to find clues as to why the island inhabitants disappeared.

The game takes place in colonial times so you use bows, flintlocks, and matchlock weapons. Weapons have realistic, multistage reloading procedures that can be interuppted and then resumed from the last step completed.

Headphones are an absolute must for this game. You find the various clues and treasure by pressing a button to "listen" which will provide directional "humming" sounds to lead you to it. There is a mechanic so that headphones aren't necessary in that a white box will appear on the left and right of your overhead compass that fade in and out to point you towards your objective. However, this takes a lot away from the atmosphere and spookiness of the game.

Once in-game, there are to settings I strongly encourage you use. Firstly, turn up color satuartion to give color to the world. The black/white with red highlights scheme looks cool for a few minutes but the game ultimately looks much better in color. Besides, the "otherworld" is already in black/white. Secondly, check the box titled [Otherworld Gain]. I like the deep black of the default otherworld but it was just too difficult for me to navigate.
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Only Freeman
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I would recomend this game if you are into slow paced, enviromental games, where the object is to look and listen. The action is limited, and is enirely up to you. it is supposed to be stealth based, but what makes this came fun is that you can also go in guns blazing if you choose (but its very unlikely you will survive)
The game comes off as a horror game, bt its more creepy. with ambeint sound and the occasional shock. but its a very solid game if you like slow paced games
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( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Stunning game. The visuals are incredible. It makes me feel like I'm playing Skyrim, except I'm terrified to go around the next bend (Okay, not terrified, but a decent amount of concern). There are a load of aspects that can be polished up, it's not a perfect game, but well worth the $5 I spent.
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( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
How refreshing it is to play a true stealth game! No HUD indicators to tell you how well hidden you are, no tagging enemies so you can see them through walls, none of that - just you, tensely stalking your prey, staying out of sight, using the occasional gust of wind to mask your footsteps, figuring out when to make the first strike.

I have a lot of respect for Betrayer, it doesn't promise much, but what it does promise it delivers excellently. I found the stealth gameplay to be very enjoyable, and while sneaking around is white-knuckle tense, it ramps up to 11 when full-scale combat breaks out. One of my most memorable moments in gaming was fighting a group of posessed Spaniards in a small town, frantically trying to hide behind the houses as I took forever to reload my muskett, feeling the pressure to make every shot count in this deadly game of cat and mouse.

The story, or rather, stories, were also very enjoyable. In each area of this game you will find clues - a blood splatter, a broken arrow, a sole boot - and then you'll be able to enter the "otherworld" and present these clues to the spirits of the dead. With each new clue, they'll remember a bit more of what happened to them while alive, and as you show them more clues and corroberate accounts, you'll piece together the stories of these dead colonists - some stories have pretty clever twists that will leave you shocked or appalled.

Atmosphere in this game is spot-on too, the washed out colors of the world, combined with the eerie ambient noises, and lack of music, really put you on edge the whole time. The Otherworld is worse, everything is dark, and a gray fog severly limits your line of sight, the open forrests suddenly feel claustrophobic and you find yourself fearing what you might unknowningly run into. And let me tell you, you never get used to seeing a whispy white-eyed ghost materialize in front of you.

Great game, definitely recommend it!
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Atmospheric pseudo FPS-RPG set in 1600s. You wake up on the coast of Virginia, but the lands ale almost completely deserted. You need to discover all secrets and help red hood find her sister and bring peace once again to these lands.

Time to beat6.5hrs

  • Pretty visuals with nice "black and white" concept
  • Atmospheric
  • Pseudo open-world. Fortunately it is not vast.
  • Findings
  • Can keep you in tension
  • You have to discover the story by yourself
  • Very good ambient sounds
  • Challenging, but not frustrating

  • Voice actors would make this game so much better
  • The black and white high contrast graphics can be tiring. Fortunately you can change them whenever you want
  • Optimalization could be better
  • The ending is rather disappointing. I was expecting something more memorable

  • Maybe it is just me, but I doubt that english is native developers' language. Some sentences are just shockingly bad.
  • What is more, some sentences are just extremely embarrassing. The way we are trying to flirt with the red hood, have mercy!
  • Many glitches and bugs ( I got stuck in the stones several times, I have wandered to the end of the world and then fell into the oblivion)
  • Findings are sometimes barely visible
  • The game gets monotonous. There are just 3 maybe 4 different types of enemies, every location is almost the same)
  • The game is not stable (at least for me). It had crashed 3 times during 6 hour gameplay.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Headphones are your best friend and your worst enemy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
its a 5 dollar game with and incredibly fluid combat system and a very intersesting plot. for the price it gets a 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Betrayer is a unique FPS game that focuses on mystery and intrigue.
The review will be represented with a simplistic "Pros/Cons/Neutral" format.

* Beautiful visuals. (Monochrome can be turned off and fiddled around with)
* Sound design is just magnificent. The immersion that it introduces is astounding.
* Great mysteries.
* The spiritrealm type of thing is a breath of fresh air.
* Collecting the collectibles help you do mysteries and collecting stuff can be therapeutic thanks to the scenery and the simplicity.
* Extremely low price, seeing as it's even been on the Groupees 50 cent bundle. Very easy to trade for as well.
* Very good controls.

* Your hand will not be held. (Take it how you will)
* Combat is fairly simplistic.
* The stealth system is very easy once you get used to it.

* Difficult to see whether you've been detected by the enemies, only a sound queue to notify you.
* Enemies don't respawn after clearing a cluster, meaning you have to play the game again at least once to get all of the achievements.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Betrayer is a game marked by absence. There is no soundtrack to speak of and its color palette is limited to shades of white, black, and red. That emptiness is chilling, but does also serve to enhance what is there. The normally ambient sounds of the breeze and rustling in the distance are given even greater purpose as they are the means of hiding your movements from enemies while tracking theirs. The player is left constantly shifting between being the hunter and the hunted, a feeling that is heightened by a selection of weapons centered around bows and 16th century firearms. And despite incidental noises being the only sounds the game provides, the tension of always listening for the next encounter means actionless stretches are not tedious.
However, the desolate landscape and the fight for survival are secondary to the mystery of the game. The plot unfolds largely through documents left behind by the colonists and the game does a surprisingly good job of switching between those grounded stories and an overarching narrative while elegantly tying them together. Betrayer doesn't force any motivations, or any personal details for that matter, on the player character which makes it odd, then, that the only other living person in the area isn't given them either. The enigmatic Maiden in Red remains so guarded - or just naturally passionless - that it's difficult to connect with her, which leaves it equally difficult to invest emotionally in the situation at hand. While this disposition does make sense for her character, it seems like an important opportunity was missed. It's moments like these that cause Betrayer's sense of restraint to feel a bit less than intentional. Maybe the game was designed to emphasize only the most essential elements or maybe it was left unfinished. Whichever case it is, the important parts are here: an immersive world with an intriguing story to tell.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A very unique game, you can play the entire game in black&white + red, if you wish. There are 2 different types of gameplays, stealth and direct. The atmosphere is really amazing, a bit creepy. Achies are not hard to get, yet, going after them will cost you more time, then the walkthrough of the game itself.
Definitely worth buying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Betrayer is a fun FPS adventure game that definitely stands apart from other games. There isn't really many RPG elements so I wouldn't go in expecting such, but it is still a compelling little story type game. It is set in a world with two variations, light and dark, during colonial times. The backstory and messages scattered across the map are in no way dull and do not detract from the main story like in some games and the main storyline seems interesting enough.

The only issues I currently have with the game are the enemies with their extreme ranged accuracy, enemies having really wide detection ranges, no voice acting whatsoever (which is okay still), and not much in terms of customization of anything (which is also okay because it seems like more of a story game anyways).

It does a lot of things well though, such as the animations, the sounds, the graphics, and just the individual character of the game. I would say it is worth picking up because it really does have an interesting style that will keep you occupied for awhile.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
The main draw of this game is the art style. Worth a playthrough once. Replayability is low, though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Tough fps rpg with a unique style in an exceedingly rare setting. A bit light on the rpg aspect for my taste. It's kind of like a fusion of Dark Souls and something Elder Scrolls-ian. 10/10 on the audio work setting the atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Interesting, and creative first-person adventure game

This game is pretty like Skyrim, although this game is not that complex. The story is a little bit weird for me, and I couldn't do anything with the ending. Although I enjoyed every bit of the game. There are a few hard achievements connecting to this game.

If I were you, I would pick it up on a sale.
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