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 (520 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 24, 2014

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"It's odd, it's visually striking, and its one of those "janky but weirdly enjoyable" type of things!"
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September 10

Update v1.6

New Features:

  • Two new languages added thanks to some generous help from the community. A very special thanks goes to Julien Pons (Qwib-Qwib) for the French translation and Zsolt Brechler (lostprophet) for the Hungarian translation.

  • Key binding interface no longer jumps to the top of the list after selecting a key to change.

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July 18

Update v1.5

Note that there are some very minor spoilers below.


  • Fixed a potential progression blocker when players die while reading a note.
  • Fix for the bell in Fort Hope not working properly at the end of the game in certain situations.
  • Fixed a message timing problem that could potentially cause a destination in Deep Forest not to count toward the Pathfinder achievement.
  • The key binding now shows on the Close button and functions as expected in all menus and screens.
  • Map rollovers now work correctly with a gamepad.
  • Numerous improvements in the menus and journal screens related to gamepad focus and selection highlighting.

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“this is absolutely a project worth supporting if you appreciate atmospheric first-person games.”
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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible stereo sound card
Helpful customer reviews
78 of 93 people (84%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Betrayer is quite extraordinary. Its atmosphere is amazing, with it's beautifully crafted black and white world. But it's an empty world, one that needed way, way more content than this, because the gameplay becomes quite repetitive after a few hours, even if the story is mysterious and intriguing.

You end up washed ashore and you have no idea how you got there or where you even are. Moving forward will act as a small tutorial and once you enter the next area the real game begins. Soon you'll find a deserted village, a village where you find a Maiden In Red (which the story is all about) and a bell. A bell that belongs to the village. Restore the bell and you can ring it, and it will instantly transfer you to an even darker world (please note that that's not quite true; the area remains the same, but the enemies and NPCs become different) where ghosts can be found. These ghosts tell a story and it's up to you to find more clues and solve the many mysteries this world has. You can switch between the light and dark world on the fly with the ring of the village bell and both of these worlds contain clues, found as letters or other objects. With the press of a button you will hear voices and sounds that will guide you in the right direction. Follow the sounds to find your next clue(s). An original concept that works very well, especially because it's an open world. I really liked it.

Of course, there are also enemies to be found and these are actually quite tough at times. But defeat them and they'll drop loot. Loot that you might desperately need later on, because the enemies become harder to defeat. Other ways to gather loot is by buying it from a digital salesman in the village or by find treasure chests scattered across the lands. However, if you get slain by an enemy you'll drop all of your loot and you have one try to get it all back. Die before getting it and you'll lose everything, with no chance of ever recovering it (Dark Souls anyone ?).

Enemies can be killed with stealth. Just use your bow to silently take care of them. Or you can kill them with help of the wind. It will mask your sound. Another original concept that works very well. Unfortunately, the AI disappoints from time to time so it's not always the way to kill off enemies. Enemies might never hear you even if you're only a few metres away from them, and other times they come running to you from miles away. It's all over the place and I was disappointed to see a polished game like this have such crappy AI.

There are several areas in the game and exploration is key for solving the stories. But like I said, it becomes repetitive after a few hours because all you do is look for clues, ghosts and treasure chests and kill enemies. There's not much else to do in this game. Now, I do have to say that it kept my interest all the way through (which lasts about 10 hours), mainly because there's no handholding. The lore and stories are yours to interpret. And this is exactly what also made Dark Souls so fun to play. You get small hints of what's happening or happened and it's up to you to think of what might have actually happened. Good stuff !

Betrayer is an excellent game and I'd love to see a sequel. But please, fix the AI and make the world itself a bit more interesting to explore. Recommended !

[Rating: 78/100]
Posted: March 29
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208 of 330 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Betrayer is a very pretty game, and somewhat atmospheric, but the sense of isolation that contributes the initial atmosphere quickly turns to loneliness, and then boredom. The game is quite repetitive, and somewhat aimless.

The combat is fun enough, but ultimately I lost interest. If the game is amazing at the end, it's a shame, because there was not enough to draw me on. Loads of atmosphere, but not enough context or story to make me care.
Posted: March 27
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
From the moment I saw the beach you start on, I knew this game was going to be good. Three hours in, I've been proven wrong--this game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome. The desaturated environment is both gorgeous and eerie. It feels alive, too. Birds and insects chirp and buzz, vegetation waves in the breeze, and the unliving grumble, creak, and scream.

This game is great for anyone that loves horror and exploring creepy environments. The combat is pretty fun, nothing unique, but I enjoy getting to use muzzle-loader guns and bows. The story is satisfyingly disturbing, as well. Sometimes I'm not sure what is scarier: imagined horrors such as ghosts, or how bestial humanity often is.

I look forward to what the developers have in store for us next. Betrayer is an instant favorite of mine.
Posted: June 20
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
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Есть игры настолько необычные в своей подаче и форме, что даже не знаешь с чего начать. Вот лишь несколько основных тезисов, на которых держится общий сеттинг и атмосфера: эпоха колонизации Америки, испанцы-зомби, души умерших, эффектный графический прием с использованием красного фильтра, девушка в ярко-красном капюшоне... Стоит ли говорить, что Betrayer всегда была для меня "темной лошадкой", которая имела все шансы стать как инди-хитом, так и провалом. Что же получилось?

Формально события развиваются в двух измерениях - обычном мире и в некоей иной реальности, в самой игре именуемой Otherworld, где обитают духи умерших и прочая потусторонняя живность. Способ восприятия этого загадочного мира зависит от вас - разрешается выкрутить яркость цветов на максимум и наслаждаться сочной картинкой, либо продолжать играть, используя монохромную гамму. Признаюсь, от мира цвета полосатой зебры у меня довольно быстро устали глаза, кроме того, двухцветная картинка сильно влияет на видимость, невольно превращая в пиксельную кашу все, что дальше 50 метров. Наигравшись с цветофильтром, я включил режим полной яркости и в дальнейшем ему не изменял.

К слову о графике. Картинка выглядит отлично, сочно и очень ярко. Необъятный лес, в котором герой проведет 90% игрового времени выглядит потрясающе. Он словно живой... порыв ветра, прижимающий окрестную траву к земле, огромные лапы сосен и елей-великанов, качающихся в разные стороны. На местном озере (которое из-за своих крохотных размеров больше похоже на лужу...) сильный ветер заставляет поверхность воды идти мелкой рябью. К сожалению, тут же кроется главный недостаток - однообразие...

Очень жаль, но как бы ни был красив местный лесной массив, но это все что есть в игре. Ни гор и холмов на горизонте, ни смены антуража и времени суток, даже мелкого ручейка - и того нет. Лес, ярко палящее солнце над головой и несколько фортов-поселений без единой души. Впрочем, тут я оговорился. Души там как раз-таки есть и с ними нам предстоит очень тесно контактировать.

Добравшись до специального колокола, мы можем перенестись в упомянутый выше альтернативный мир, где яркие краски отмирают, словно опавшие осенние листья и уступают место темному, жуткому и мрачному миру, где в роли врагов выступают скелеты и прочая нежить. Там же мы общаемся с духами умерших, которые готовы поделиться с нами своими темными историями. Фактически, разбор грехов усопших является вторым столпом на котором держится геймплей. И поверьте мне, истории призраков явно не для детских ушей... Групповые изнасилования, предательство, убийство мужьями собственных жен, смерть детей, сожжение заживо - от местных рассказов кровь стынет в жилах. Впрочем, от местного интерфейса волосы поначалу тоже встают дыбом (и не только на голове) - настолько он ужасен и неудобен...

Я не сказал о сложной боевой системе, об оружии начала 17го века... Боюсь, мне придется закончить на этом... Не хочу вас предавать.

There are always games that look so odd and awkward that give you a hard time describing it. Here's a list of key words for better understanding: America's colonization period, zombie-spaniards, souls of departed people, stylish black-white-red effect, maiden in red hood...

Ingame's events unfold in two dimensions - in a normal world and some sort of alternate reality, which the game itself refers to as "Otherworld", where spirits of the dead only linger. The way you perceive the normal world depends on you though. You can stick to overhyped "red filter" mode or turn the colors on and enjoy the bright colorful picture. In my case, monochromic visuals didn't light my fire despite of good stylish looking, so I chose to let the rainbow fill the room and was totally okay with that decision.

Speaking of visuals, they do look great. A bit "soapy", but bright, vibrant and saturated. Huge forest area seems like being alive! Gusts of wind, pressing the grass down to the ground, massive branches of pines and firs, surface of water breaking into dimples. Alas, but this is where Betrayer's most serious drawback lies.

No matter where you go - it's the same. Forest is beautiful, but this is basically all what can be seen in the entire game. No mountains on the horizon, no rivers or even tiny streams, no different landscapes, no day-night circle. Only forest, ever-shining sun and a few forts with no living people inside. Well... people can be found there. Or their souls, to be precise. Once you have reached a special bell you're allowed to ring it and thus migrate into Otherworld, where bright colors and sun die just as fallen leaves die in autumn, giving room to darkness, gloom and dread. We roam the lifeless, cursed lands, fighting ghosts and speaking to spirits who seem to have stuck in this dark world, asking for help. Conducting investigations is truly a second big pillar that holds the gameplay. Listening to spirits and their sorrowful stories ain't easy, that's for sure... Sexual assaults, betrayals, death of children, murder, acts of people being burned alive... The same goes to interface. It's so unhandy, so using it turns into a torture sometimes.

Add to what has been said above harsh fighting system based upon XVII century weaponry and you got yourself a picture of the game. Sorry, can't talk much. Don't want to betray you...
Posted: July 10
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
This is a game that doesn't do much hand holding, often giving you little to no direction at all and just letting you loose in large open environments. But that's kind of what makes it so enjoyable. Shooting ghosts and zombie Spaniards with a musket and longbow is awesome fun. It seems to be very well optimized too.

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Posted: March 27
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296 of 376 people (79%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record

This game is a really good example of why the early acess program on steam is a good idea.
When you start to play the game you are given no guidance and just wake up on a beach (thanks to a shipwreck) and set of forward not knowing what you will face around the next corner,then all of a sudden "WHOOSH" an arrow flys past your head and then the intrigue and mystery starts to kick in.
Keep on going and you come to the fort (now to say any more will spoil not only A-your enjoyment but B-all the mystery that awaits you)
Keep playing and the game shows its mystery and just keeps on giving,i wont say any more as its allways better in any game to discover it for yourself.
This is one of the best games on the early access program and deserves peoples time and money but if you would rather wait until the full release who can blame you and lets hope that BLACK POWDER (who listen to all comments that have been passed on the game and have made improvements and hopefully will continue to do so in the future until release) can get it finished and release more updates soon as i wait for this game to come out in its entirity with eager anticipation.


Ok so i was waiting the release of the full version of this game and had got my self into quite a fever pitch for its arrival.Am i dissapointed no not in the slightest.The full release contains all the elements that intrigued me in the early access and then expands on this to the point that it has become so much more than what it allready was.
You start of on the beach after the shipwreck (no spoilers so dont worry) and then proceed from there into a story full of both intrigue and mystery,you wander of up the trail and soon you reach the next area and then the game world expands and you will be on the way to the first safe haven (WHO AM I KIDDING THERE ARE NO SAFE PLACES) Fort Henry and then the game starts to show you its otherwordly side.
Lets just say that the game takes place in both the real and the not so real,but in both you will come across some pretty scary opponents who need to be felled (in a lot of cases) for you to open up new areas and therefore expand the game world,which therefore opens more challenges and yet more different (and hard to beat) foes.
The graphics in game do the job they set out to do perfectly and you often wonder why the world has lost its colour and why certain items still have theirs (mostly items will have a redish colour to them,but you can mess about and change the settings so that your world is more colourfull-i wouldent bother though as the game is more striking in black and white and thats how it was meant to be played).
The sound in game is (only one word for it) amazing and does its job to perfection,foes will grunt and howl and sometimes you will wonder if its a beast after you or an otherwordly spirit,the much talked about game play element of listening to the wind to adavnce both the story and aid you in quests has been worked on and now works perfectly (sound was coming from both my speakers and got louder the nearer i got to my objective,also you find that if you heading the wrong way you can tell by the sound coming from your speakers also).
Quests in game are both entertaining and will advance the story and allways help uncover that little bit more about what is going on in the world and also why what has happened has "HAPPENED".
The gameplay element that i most liked in the early access release was the "PERMA DEATH" one,when it came to dying and getting your money back you had just one chance to do so,its still in the full release but after a patch you can now set this so that you can get your money back from where you fell no end of times not just one,but also the game can now be set so that the enemies are easier to fell (i will not be using this function as i enjoy the game the way it is,but its there if you find the game to hard and want to just enjoy the story and the game world).
In closing will you enjoy the full release now its here,well if you enjoy a game that is full of intrigue and mystery then YES,if that doesnt sound like you and you dont like these sort of games then avoid it and buy something else,but do i reccomend it now its out in its entirity "HELL YES I DO"

Posted: January 18
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