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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"A thoroughly terrifying haunted house game with randomized haunts that make sure each playthrough is different from the last."

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December 31, 2014

Patch Notes for Paranormal Patch #6 (UE4 PT2)

Patch #6 - 12/31/14

This update leaves the base game unchanged, while including a new "playable teaser" for the upcoming free update that will be remaking the game using Unreal Engine 4. This playable teaser includes the previous one (the security camera view of a kitchen) as well as the house level from the upcoming UE4 update, just without scares. I repeat: THERE ARE NO SCARES IN THIS BUILD. This build is designed for you to determine how well the Unreal Engine 4 build of Paranormal may run on your PC, as well as give me feedback on level design. There is currently a delay on the Mac version of this Playable Teaser due to issues with the build of UE4 I'm on (I get constant crashes on my MacBook so I'm waiting for a fix in the next engine update). 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.
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.
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 Happy New Year. 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 Borderlands. 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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October 28, 2014

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.

Posting Videos


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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics chips are not officially supported yet. They may or may not work with the game. Parts of the game running on Unreal Engine 4 require DirectX 10 or above.
    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 11
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics chips are not officially supported yet. They may or may not work with the game. Parts of the game running on Unreal Engine 4 require DirectX 10 or above.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Memory.
    • Hard Drive: 2 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 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB Graphics Memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 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
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Early Access Review
Very good game concept, please give us a update, running it on the new engine.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Early Access Review
This game is truely expectional in every sense of the word. I think that the glitchs in the game play that is the current version is frustrating at first I had issues logging in and had to improvis for a while. But the story how it only tells parts each play through makes it very addicting to say the lest. As soon as I beat it I had to play it five more times to figure out the whole story and fin all the trophies. On a side note Is the basement door intentionally glitchable? If you walk strait at the door it will block your path from the inside. But if your in the basement and walk backwards you can walk freely among the house and create more chacnes for trophies and event to be generated in a sort of force reset each time you walk into a new area. Also since you go into the basement and walk out you get unlimited battery life so instead of havign a feeling of urgency you can take your time and make the game engine work for you. But I thought maybe the door glitch and the unlimited time was a hint of a easter egg to show the next level or somethign hidden in a secret room? You had me walking backwards on the entire map for a while seeing if it was a tip or something, then i tried the rock and halo glitching items. But i didnt find any hidden room (if you hide one. ) this si truely the best game i played for far this year thank you for creating a very immersive game with all the right elements!
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
This game is a perfect example of when a developer puts time, effort, and love into his game.
Paranormal is damn good, and there is still more to come.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Worth a play, nice to make ur buds try it. and the price is valid
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Early Access Review
Paranormal will send chills down your spine and make you jump. If like me you like being scared witless then this is definately the game for you. I found the game atmospheric and thoroughly entertaining. Personally I didnt encounter any bugs or freezing whilst playing. The scares are different everytime you play the game. Prepare to be afraid. Very afraid.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Early Access Review
First off, the game is ugly - let's just get that out of the way. The story is paper-thin (basically, it really is just a haunted house). There's minimal interaction or puzzles. At one point, my game ended and I don't know why, exactly ... I saw a black silhouette and tried to interact, and I guess it killed me?

Anyway, on a more positive note, it's quite effectively creepy. I am a jaded, modern-day 20 something, and it still made me jump a couple times. It's not amazing, by any stretch of imagination, but it's definitely worth giving it a little bit of your time on a dark note all by yourself.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Early Access Review
After the death of his dog, young Mattel Clark has decided to investigate his house to capture the paranormal events that have been occurring. The artist may have gotten more than he bargained for...

With that creepy tagline out of the way, let's talk turkey here. Paranormal is a game inspired by the likes of The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and Cloverfield. What it does is provide you with a startling haunted house-type simulator that offers jump scares and slowly simmering fear with a basic, perhaps shallow storyline that can vary in your playlength.

My tips for best game play? Always play unabridged. You'll get more scares that way. I still haven't experienced every scare yet and as of now, I'm starting to become too paranoid to experience them all. Collecting all of the collectibles is also a near impossible feat and you will get a visit from the succubus if you are attempting it.

Pros:

- Offers varied scares
- Game length can be short or long depending on your choices in game
- Replayability
- Bare bones storyline leaving you to investigate for clues
- Developer is rebuilding the game and is active in sharing what's next for Paranormal

Cons:
- Not your prettiest game
- Storyline could use a little more structure
- House layout can be confusing
- There is no save

I don't scare easily and I'm not a fan of the "camera footage horror" film genres, but I did find the game enjoyable. If you're looking for combat or zombies, that's not here. You're at the mercy of the hauntings here and you're just recording it. There aren't any puzzles. You just walk around and watch the haunted house come to life. If you just want to be a little scared, this is probably the game for you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
This game will make you feel incredibly uneasy. But in a good way. Probably one of the best creepy/atmospheric games I have ever played. They put a lot of work into this and it's deff. worth checking out.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Early Access Review
I personally find this game good and i really want to like it even more. But it's a pretty buggy game and i respect that because of it's early access
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
Paranormal is absolutely chilling even with it's not so great graphics, however, it is really buggy at times. I do recommend it for a creepy adventure, especailly if you find Paranormal Activity (the first one) a little frightening! Give it a try if you're into paranormal horror exploration games! Cheers, Akirakietsu.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Early Access Review
I absolutely LOVE Paranormal. The dev has an amazing talent, a fact that makes Paranormal shine. The fact that it was made by one guy doesn't keep Paranormal from being as awesome as many games made by a team of a hundred plus. I bought Paranormal as soon as it hit Steam and have never wondered if I made a good choice. Simply amazing game and the fact that he is making more and more content and updates makes it even more awesome.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Early Access Review
I am very excited to see where this game goes. Yes, it is Early Access right now, and there is only so much you can do, but holy crap, there is so much potential here. Creepy atmosphere, great sound effects, simple controls. I don't even mind the graphics at this stage, it actually adds to the creepiness. Play this game! It's only 10 bucks!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Early Access Review
so ive decided to do this review after sinking quite a few hours in helping find bugs n what not.
first of all its a great game if you can get past those few little anoying things that may put you off games.

look ma im a midget.

the first time i played this game was for the scares and gameplay the next few times was so i could get all the tapes so on for the story and get every jump scare in the game.

i have hopes for this game but im having trouble waiting for the next big update and the town.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Early Access Review
A good underrated game people are busy playing the unscary FnaF.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Early Access Review
And now for something, completely different. BANG!

The Good-

Rather terrifying
Collectibles!
Nice graphics
A reason behind the paranormal activity (Unlike most other games)

The Bad-

Somewhat ambigious story
Said reason behind said paranormal activity is pretty hard to decipher
Rather terrifying
Scratch that, RIDONKULOUSLY terrifying
Inevitability when it comes to endings
Finding all instances of activities leads to boredom upon replaying

The Ugly-

Infanticide.
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163 of 191 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Early Access Review
Playing Paranormal:

Okay... neat. That's kinda weird.

Oh, those little mannequins are all over the place.

I just heard a spooky noise. Battery is about to die.

Go to sleep.

Wake up.

Mannequins are trying to murder me in sleep.

Run into bathroom.

Blood everywhere.

Door slams shut.

Cry.
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79 of 91 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
Early Access Review
Okay ... Im a Survial Horror fan, consider myself fairly seasoned to be honest, Ive seen a trend of these POV games, i.e. Slender, Scratchs etc. So, I figured what the heck right? Give this one a go. I gotta tell ya, Its scarey. THIS GAME IS *&$#@^* SCAREY! I didnt think it would be, I mean, Im from the Resident Evil (Old School Res not the new stuff), Silent Hill and Doom generation. I get sleepy durring the Exorcist, I love Horror, but its been dry for several years now. This game, is Epic, from a horror point of view. If you kill the lights, toss in some earbuds and put yourself into this game You .. Will .. get freaked out at least some what. I found a few parts that I was thining "Okay, just ignore it, and move on" ... then something ELSE would kick off. Its not all in your face either, some of it is subtly, some of it is straight sick, and the rest is just very, very well done. My hats off to this game and its devs, I think a lot of AAA developers out there need to take a look and pay attention to the details of a TRUE Haunting experience. If your like me and are a fan of Horror (not guts and slashers for eye candy sake), true Horror, and if you have a little back knowledge i.e. Demonology, Paranormal Investigation, seen The Exorcist or the Conjuring, then you will LOVE this game.

This is also the first review I have ever felt compelled to write on Steam, and I have been a member for years! Im sure its just one huge run on sentence, and my spelling sucks ... trust me I know, but the point remains the same, your reading this because you are interested in this game, and if you are interested, then stop waisting time and BUY it! You will not regret it and you wont be able to stop playing it .. except maybe to turn the lights back on if your that type of person ;P
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Early Access Review
Paranormal is a great early access horror game. The only truely cliched part of the game is the story behind the haunting, but the majority of the scares are quite interesting, in my experience. I don't know why, but the game has received quite a lot of hate on the internet; much of which is from people who don't realize that the game is an alpha or people who want to look tough as though they're not scared. The majority of the horror of this game is from the terror of not knowing what will happen next, and when something does happen, it's often not what one expects. It's this type of horror that made games like the first 3 Silent Hill games so great. I reccomend it to anyone who can stomache the pre-release jitters and is a fan of horror.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2013
Early Access Review
It's somewhat like that movie Paranormal Activity, but in the players perspective, so you get scared as how the ambient changes around you and you hear strange sounds. Game is not how I would describe it, it's more like an audio visual experience. The graphics and sound could be a lot better but it's not bad for an indie game that was recently launched on Greenlight and is still under some development.




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Portuguese translation:

É tipo aquele filme Atividade Paranormal, só que é em perspectiva de primeira pessoa, pro jogador tomar sustos na medida dque as coisas vão se alterando à sua volta do nada e você ouve ruídos estranhos, não é bem um "jogo", é uma experiência audiovisual. Os gráficos e sons poderiam ser bem melhores, mas nada ruim prum indie que foi recém lançado através do Greenlight e ainda está em desenvolvimento.
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