Experience the horrors of a haunting that's never the same twice. Paranormal is a 3D fully dynamic haunting experience. The player takes the role of Mattel Clark, an artist who has a haunted house. Mattel decides to film the hauntings with his camera, which is the viewpoint of the game.
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Release Date: Oct 19, 2012
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“Paranormal is an Early Access game. This means that you can buy and play it right now, but it is still in alpha and constantly being worked on. This also means that the game could be glitchy, and you could encounter problems with it.

So why should you buy it? By buying Paranormal in its current state, it gives us funds to keep going and shape this game into what we have in mind. It's a very long and tedious process, and also expensive. You're basically helping us pay our voice actors, modelers, level designers, artists, and any license fees we may have.

Also, we are active on the Steam forums. So if you have any technical issues, or feedback and criticism, let us know! We'll get back to you ASAP.

Thanks,
-Matt Cohen”
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October 28

Patch Notes for Paranormal Patch #5 (UE4 PT1)

Patch #5 - 10/25/14

This update leaves the base game unchanged, while including a "playable teaser" for the upcoming free update that will be remaking the game using Unreal Engine 4. This playable teaser is non-interactive--it's a security camera view of a kitchen where randomized hauntings occur. It also includes a menu with customizable graphics settings. This will allow you to determine how well the Unreal Engine 4 build of Paranormal may run on your PC or Mac. If you run into any issues, let me know in the Discussions.
This Playable Teaser does not represent the gameplay of Paranormal on Unreal Engine 4. It's merely an improved remake of Paranormal's original main menu scene.
While there is no set release date for Paranormal's UE4 remake, I can announce that I'm at the point in development where I'm adding scares. I hope to have something playable for all of you in the upcoming weeks or months.
For more information on the upcoming Paranormal Unreal Engine 4 remake mega-update, check out my previous announcement or ask me on Twitter (@mattdementous) or on Paranormal's Steam forums.
Have a safe and fun Halloween. Thank you so much for all the support and feedback. This is only a teaser of what is to come. I look forward to showing you all more soon. Stay spooky. -Matt Cohen
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This patch is dedicated to the horror movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes. Watch it.
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Some video teasers for the upcoming Unreal Engine 4 remake mega-update for Paranormal can be found below:
(Note: The first video on the list has really crappy artificial camera sway thanks to my lackluster Sony Vegas skills.)
(Remember, the Unreal Engine 4 remake will not be sold separately. It will be a free update!)
http://youtu.be/F01SdJ6wd8Y
http://youtu.be/3phWtp_qtzk
http://youtu.be/G6I6wRXtEH8
http://youtu.be/9IGAbRfXa4Q
http://youtu.be/AEjKrDblwhY
http://youtu.be/Zv0_hsZ1ldI

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“If you can endure a half hour’s worth of me screaming and squealing — possibly more of the latter — as horrible and traumatizing things happen to me in what’s easily the scariest indie horror game I’ve played this year (and I’ve played a lot) then you’re going to love this.”
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“Some horror fans may want to wait for Paranormal to become a more polished experience, but even unfinished it's packed with frightful and inventive ideas.”
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About This Game

Experience the horrors of a haunting that's never the same twice.

Paranormal is a 3D fully dynamic haunting experience. The player takes the role of Mattel Clark, an artist who has a haunted house. Mattel decides to film the hauntings with his camera, which is the viewpoint of the game.The player controls the camera as the hauntings slowly but surely escalate into something far worse and more horrific.

With multiple endings, a different experience every time, top-notch graphics and sound, Paranormal is a constantly evolving indie horror game.

Features

  • Dynamic Haunting: I've designed the dynamic haunting system that will allow a randomized experience, adding multiple outcomes, dynamic triggers, countless variables, and an action-reaction system. This will make your experience with the game much more unique and memorable, without missing out on anything important.
  • Free Content Updates: Paranormal will receive free content updates that add new locations, stories, scenarios, scares, gameplay mechanics, and more! You will NEVER have to pay for DLC in Paranormal. The game's content is planned to double or even triple with each major content update.
  • Sleep System: Sleeping in your bed recharges your camera's batteries and also has a chance of triggering other events.
  • Flashlight (camera light): Creates a bright, short ranged light that casts dynamic shadows.
  • Insane Sound Design: Paranormal was designed for surround sound and headphones to create the ultimate audio horror experience.
  • First-Person Camera (Found-footage style): Much like in the movies 'Paranormal Activity' or 'The Blair Witch Project' (Not associated with those films, just inspired by them), the viewpoint will be that of a camera being held by a person (the player). Effects like camera shake, pixelation, video distortion, audio distortion, and motion blur will all be present thanks to the camera screen-space shader I built for everything.
  • Horrific Story: Uncover the house's troubled and gruesome past through hauntings, journal entries from the previous owner, and more.
  • Steam Trading Cards: Because one can never have enough of those things!
  • Mac Version: A Mac version is available and will receive updates alongside the PC version.

Planned Future Features

  • Achievements: Steam Achievements are planned for the game and there will be plenty to chase after!
  • Full Controller Support: Work has already started on making the game fully gamepad-compatible.
  • Oculus Rift Support: As promised as a Kickstarter stretch goal, Paranormal will receive an Oculus Rift version, free to owners of the game.
  • Steam Cloud Saves: For those who hop between machines.
  • Translations: The game's text is planned to be translated into German, Swedish, and Spanish. If your language isn't on that list, please request it in the forums.
  • DirectX 11: For those of you who have powerful computers, DirectX 11 support is planned for the future and will make the game look and run even better!
  • Persistence: Some sort of persistent scoring system is planned, adding more replay value.

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All users have full permission to post videos of Paranormal to websites, monetize them, edit them, etc. In fact, I encourage this. The only thing I ask (but don't require) is that you send me a link so I can watch it and share it! A healthy game community encourages shared experiences. If your video gets flagged by YouTube for copyrighted content, Tweet me and I'll do everything in my power to help clear it up--even if I have to call YouTube.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8 (64-bit Recommended)
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Memory. Shader Model 3.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics chips are not officially supported yet. They may or may not work with the game.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7, 8 (64-bit Recommended)
    • Processor: 2.8 Ghz Quad-Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB Graphics Memory. Shader Model 4.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics chips are not officially supported yet. They may or may not work with the game.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Memory.
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This game was tested primarily on a late 2013 Macbook Pro. This is the only Mac TECHNICALLY supported, but older Macbooks are likely to work. If the game doesn't work with your device, please let me know in the forums and I'll fix it.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9
    • Processor: 2.8 Ghz Quad-Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB Graphics Memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This game was tested primarily on a late 2013 Macbook Pro. This is the only Mac TECHNICALLY supported, but older Macbooks are likely to work. If the game doesn't work with your device, please let me know in the forums and I'll fix it.
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Early Access Review
Ok, two playthroughs in (died both times). STUPID CREAPY GAME!!!

Forget the graphics, the atomosphere is where this game shines! It made me jump a couple times but not from something jumping out in my face, it was what I couldnt see that spooked me. The odd sounds, the items that moved on their own, doors closing behind you, you are in a haunted house and it feels like it. Very suspenseful but very short playthroughs.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
Really delivers on the creepiness. Best to play this with the lights off and headphones on. Still a little rough around the edges at this point in development, but shows tremendous promise.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
I bought this game expecting cheap jumpscares but that's completley the opposite of what i experienced. Paranormal is a truly terrifying game that makes you afraid of everything you see. Find a bed to recharge those batteries!

7.5/10 Early Alpha review.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Early Access Review
Baisicly,if you love horror games like amnesia,penumbra,outlast,and any slender and/or SCP game,this is beyond worth getting. You will definitley #### your pants. Also,(maybe),this game is not only being remade in unreal engine 4,but is getting a new area,(some sort of town),so its only gonna get better,9but not more expensive!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET IT NOW!!!!!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early Access Review
jump scare... some good stuff... I hope they "finish" it allready!!
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Early Access Review
No Leave No No
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
I cant get the sterescopic effect to turn off.. Please help
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
I spent an hour and a half waiting for the mirror message to show up
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
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2spooky4me
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Early Access Review
In its current status: Waste of Money.

- Game has been in development forever and has not gone anywhere. Okay, Granted it has spooky paranormal activity style antics, but that is as good as it gets. The achievements are not active, there is no story plot, and no matter what you will die on the 3rd day regardless. Its hilarious or shocking the amount of ways you die, aside from that i'm literally playing Paranormal Activity.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Early Access Review
I've played OUTLAST, DREADOUT and DAYLIGHT. All three have their scary moments. But PARANORMAL is by far the scariest game of them all. Get it. Got it. Good.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
I got scared... 'nuff said. It is somewhat buggy but it is in it's alpha stage but so far so good.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
When I first started playing Paranormal, I was instantly reminded of the Paranormal Activity film. You are the protaganist who is investigating the hauntings of his new residence using a camcorder. You have to walk around the house to pick up any unusual activity (believe me there is a lot!!!) and rest every now and again to "charge" the recorder. As you play through the game you are gradually introduced to the story of what had happened in the house with a host of jump scares to keep you busy. Playing this game alone and with headphones is highly recommended to get the full effect of the this ghost simulator and I can guarantee at least one spine tingling moment. It is a game where both the seen and unseen can play tricks with your mind.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
Maybe this is just me, but I find that I get more satisfaction from Indie titles nowadays. I remember greenlighting this way back thinking that it looked interesting. First of all, I find playing an Early Access game exciting. You get to watch a game be developed and in a way help it to be better. Now the gameplay. If you like movies like Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project then you will enjoy it. Yes, you could call this game a gigantic cliche, but the developer loves the material so much that it is almost a reminder of why we love to be creeped out by this kind of stuff. As said, the game is a work in project. Graphics are dated (personally I like it that way) and will be updated, new content is being worked on, and the story is getting more fleshed out, but what is available now is worth playing. I am looking forward to watching this game come full circle.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
This Is Like The Most Scariest Game I Ever Played, I'm Not Gonna Lie Is The Best Horror Game Ever!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Early Access Review
This game holds serious potential.
Freaky as heck!
If you are like me and like the "Paranormal Activity" franchise then you'll love playing this game.
One of the greatest edge-of-your-seat horror games I have played!
I sometimes find that I get more satisfaction from Indie titles nowadays then AAA titles.
This game has great scares and a very nice atmosphere.
Please keep developing this game! 10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Early Access Review
This is one of the times that I with there was some another option other than yes or no when it came to recommending this game. I personally like the IDEA of the gameplay and the concept, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I love the general gameplay as it stands right now either. Hopefully that'll make more sense as you continue to read my review, but let's get down to it.

In terms of graphics, it actually looks pretty decent for an indie game. I've seen some people saying that their computers couldn't handle it...but I've got a Nvidia Geforce 610 GT and I managed to run the game with just about everything on whilst also getting some pretty decent frames, so seeing as how this is a 'work in progress' I'm sure that subject to change...for the good or otherwise.
When it comes to the camera effects and the SFX and whatnot, I'd say that's mostly where the game shines at in terms of graphics. The distortions are done pretty well, there's some haze if you try to look at something in the distance, and the colors even begin to seperate when it rains (I.E. the water causes the camera to see Red, Green, and Blue). Now, all this being said, there are some flaws here and there. Some examples would be some textures looking...a bit outdated/out of place, randomly changing pictures (And not in the good way either...as in the paintings seem to be actually changing into something completely different before my eyes at times. If that's part of the game, then just shoot me a message, but I'm pretty sure I saw one of those Michael Jackson paintings literally morph into one of the bathroom paintings.)

There are some things that I did kinda gripe about in the game that others might say was just me nitpicking, but personally they kinda stood out a lot. For one thing the perspective of your character is...odd. I feel like he's taller than the viewpoint may imply, as referenced by the furniture and whatnot, but whenever I attempted to interact with something I couldn't help but feel like I was incredibly short. The rooms could have been a bit more interesting in my opinion, and the design of the house just felt...off.

Now the sound is one of the high points. Listening to the game via my computer speakers doesn't do it enough justice, so I normally use my headphones when I play this game. It does a fair job of immersing you into the game via sound, and it does help to make the game more atmospheric/scary.

When it comes to gameplay, the premise of the game is pretty basic. You go around the house and record the strange occurances that happen there, or don't happen as the case may be. You've got your flashlight, and you've also actually got a time limit on how long you can stay up before you have to charge your camera. If you don't make it back to your bedroom before the battery hits zero then you die. You can go around the house and collect/read the letters left behind by the previous owner, as well as learn the history of the house via the laptop, or you can learn about our main character's background.

The story is nothing special at all. It's actually your typical 'Haunted House' type plot. I understand that the game is supposed to be, more or less, of an homage to Paranormal Activity, but the story could really have been a bit less cliched in my opinion. Not that you're required to even figure out the story, as you could just play the game without ever picking up a single note.

The scares aren't very scary. I jumped due to...well, jump-scares, but that's it. I never felt real-deal fear while I played the game, and some of the scares just felt a bit forced and really typical for me. I get that they're dynamic to help make the game stay fresh, but that only works if the game continues to scare you...that never really happened for me.

This isn't going to affect my decision on how I'd rate this game, but if you came here with the expectation that the game would have fairly frequent updates...well, then you may want to look elsewhere. As you could probably tell from the patch-notes about, the game hasn't been updated since April. I don't currently know what the creator is doing as of right now, but I had heard that he has tried to fund the project through a website other than Kickstarter. I currently don't know the name.

Personally, I don't know if I'd recommend this game as it stands. I liked the idea/concept of this game, and I'd very much like to see how much farther it'll go during development, but as it stands it's just an alright game to me. It offers nothing new in the way of gameplay, story, or otherwise, but at the same time the premise of the game is pretty appealing to those who like to try out new things.

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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Early Access Review
This Game is Creppy
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
If you want an unfinished ♥♥♥♥ that has never gotten good updates, then this is a game for you!
In the last few years, this game has gotten only 1 new thing and the rest of the updates have been ♥♥♥♥ing with the lighting (which was good already in the first install). Like first it is good and the next moment it's all ♥♥♥♥ again and then it's good again. WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥ ARE YOU DOING DEVS??? I am STILL waiting for better stuff and it has already been 2 YEARS??? and this ♥♥♥♥ has not given a single improvement into the first version into the steam version...
The way the devs should do in early access is to place new areas, or new maps or EVERYTHING ELSE than the ♥♥♥♥ they have done here. NO, NO, NO! I do not accept this. I had my hopes up when I bought this, but it's been 2 years, and almost every single thing in here looks like or is the same. Maybe the HUD has changed or new props have arrived, but in the end what does that matter? If the gameplay is the same everytime you play it, there is no point in playing it multiple times. And take note this is a singleplayer game, so I WOULD like to see better things than this...
My final verdict is 2/10, unless the devs make a new map or new areas or anything that would increase playability, I will NOT change this review. Although they promised in the last Patch Note that they would add A totaly new area. That would be great but I'm not going to put my hopes up this time...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Early Access Review
It scares the ♥♥♥♥ out of me every time...enough said, conisdering iv'e played outlast DLC included.
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