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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Reviews

“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

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
3 of 3 people (100%) 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 5 people (80%) 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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25 of 30 people (83%) 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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14 of 14 people (100%) 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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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 1 people (100%) 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 1 people (100%) 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 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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 1 people (100%) 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 1 people (100%) 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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Early Access Review
The game delivers the scares. That's the reason that I and probably many others bought it. But you will quickly be reminded that it's still in alpha. There are bugs all over.

If you can deal with that, then go for it. The creepyness and scary moments are there. But if you're looking for a smoother and more complete game then I'd stay away until it's at least in beta.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
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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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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