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 (272 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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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: 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
6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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3 of 6 people (50%) 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 5 people (40%) 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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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Early Access Review
No Leave No No
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3 of 8 people (38%) 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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2 of 7 people (29%) 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 14 people (36%) 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 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Early Access Review
2spooky4me
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30 of 42 people (71%) 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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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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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Early Access Review
0_0.......GOOSEBUMB GALORE!!!! What an amazing game! I´m a new pc gamer so i decided to add funds to my wallet and purchased this game. Couldn´t have done better! Very, Very scary and so utterly unexpecting! The only issue I have is the fact that every now and then the game decides to get buggy, forcing me to restart the game -_- but its still worth getting.....trust me.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Early Access Review
Day 1: I walk around. Says to myself "Aww, this is nuthin" Then I walk in the garage and hear a footstep noise. Uh oh, battery must be low. Walks into the living room and looks on the wall and in blood it says "no". I run upstairs and go into the bathroom for no reason. A bathroom can be scary right? I walk to the mirror and a baby face pops up. "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" Runs to bed.


Day 2: I say "This game isnt too scary. I played it a little. This time it will be better". I start walking into the room under the basement and then a voice goes "RAAHAHAH" and I scream like a 2 year old and run into the kitchen. I look out the window to see nothing. I then turn around and see jeremy standing there. He didnt scare me too bad. I move out of the way and I go upstairs and I stop walking to look at the Michael Jackson painting and I hear foot steps. I then go to bed.



Day: 3 I wake up and play the game. I beat it until I die from some weird ghost thing. I dont know how to get further ahead into the game. Please tell me how. Whenever I press a different chapter it loads then goes back to the title screen. Please help.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
This game is buggy as all hell and has terrible graphics, but it is the most genuinely scary horror game I have ever played. Different things happened in each of my three attempts (glitched the first one, failed the second), but this game isn't just jump scares. You literally sweep the house about five times each "day" and scary ♥♥♥♥ leads to more scary ♥♥♥♥ that honestly sent chills down my spine through the whole thing. I've played Slender, and it does not compare at all. SCP Containment Breach manages to keep me on edge. This game takes the cake for terrifying. I got it 50% off with a badge cupon, but would've willingly paid the whole $10 had I known it would be this good. 10/10 I totally recommend this to anyone that doesn't mind a good 15 minutes of goosebumps per playthrough, and I can't wait to see how this game develops. Excellent job Matthew C. Cohen on this intense and wonderful game, I sincerely cannot wait to see what this game turns in to.
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