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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (350 reviews)
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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July 4

Patch Notes for Paranormal Patch #7 (UE4 ALPHA V001)

Patch #7 - 7/4/15

A lot of time has passed since the last update. I have been working non-stop on Paranormal's Unreal Engine 4 remake. With this build available, I'm prepared to post updates MUCH more frequently. Please keep in mind that this is still a work-in-progress. Future updates will add more scares, more story, improvements for just about every aspect of the game, and performance optimizations.
Currently this build is only available for the Windows version of the game. The Mac version of this build has some issues I'm working on fixing. It'll be available as soon as possible.
This build requires a 64-bit OS. Windows XP isn't technically supported, but there may be workarounds that I am unaware of.
Remember, the Unreal Engine 4 remake update will be free to everyone who owns the game.
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Added TONS of scares (more to come with each update).
Entire house and surrounding property is now explorable.
Improved HUD.
Added an in-game menu (more settings will be added in the future).
Added an intro scene (will be improved in future updates).
Fixed some attic clipping issues (still not perfect, but definitely improved).
Optimized meshes and lighting.
Added framerate limit choices.
Added custom resolution support.
Added ouija board.
Added cassette tape recorded logs (backstory stuff, will be expanded on).
Removed debug laser beam that showed up sometimes.
Improved weather effects.
Improved camera battery life (though no consequence for running out exists yet).
Added ability to get run over by a pickup truck.
Added a few mysteries in the woods.
Added randomized paintings around the property.
Fixed graphics and resolution settings not persisting between sessions.
Added first layer of tiered haunting system, which is the groundwork for making sure the pacing of the scares will be appropriate.
Added player model for sleeping sequences.
Fixed various glitches too numerous to list (will do better listing what I fix/add/remove/improve in the future).
Added subtitles for the intro scene (will eventually be toggleable).
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What still needs to be done?
I have the story's plot and branches all planned out, but not implemented fully into the game yet. The game currently has no plot progression, aside from some backstory stuff and the intro scene. This will be changed in the future.
More scares. Way more scares. And more randomization, both big and small.
Performance optimizations.
More graphics and gameplay settings options.
Improved controller support.
More interaction with the environment.
And most importantly, whatever feedback all of you give me will help shape the game's future.
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This patch is dedicated to the horror movie Sinister. Watch it.
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Have a happy 4th of July! May it be more kind to you than it was to Paranormal's protagonist.
Stay spooky.
-Matt

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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
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Early Access Review
One time the couch was floating, it would've been cool if I was able to sit on it while it was.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
So, before I get blasted or you decide to skip this game because of my no to reccommending this game, let me explain.

Paranormal is a good game, I enjoyed it, it was creepy, scary, it changes each time you play it but there is one reason I do not and will not reccomend this game to anyone and that is it's been in alpha for going on 3 years now, they were suppose to add a free DLC expansion to the game called "The Town" that they have yet to release and recently announced that they are instead re-doing the game in unreal engine 4, which sure looks nice, but has left alot of us feeling cheated.

We paid for a game that was in progress because it looked good and were under the impression that within a year, year in a half we'd have a bad ♥♥♥ survival horror game that was complete. 3 years later and we are sitting here scratching our heads asking why it hasn't delivered yet, the game as is, is only worth $5.00, you will get through it in about 20 minutes tops, 30-40 minutes if you search each nook and cranny. So as of right now, no I wouldn't reccomend this game, in the future if they ever do release a "completed" version, that might change, but only once its complete.

come on guys, 3 years........
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Early Access Review
Once upon a time...there was a game that showed much promise, and then it died.
End of story. 10/10.

UPDATE 9/07/15: Upon testing the UE4 teaser, i got to say that my hopes are high again for this game. Now lets see what the future holds and when the full UE4 version will be released.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.9 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 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Early Access Review
Sometimes I play, get scared. Game does job.
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