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Ruthless bird versus bird action. Wild animals and the artefacts of a mysterious ancient culture. A game full of challenge and discovery – unlike anything you've played before.
Release Date: Jan 7, 2014
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Launching on April 17th

April 14th, 2014

Dear friend,

The coming update to Secrets of Raetikon will be the release version of the game.

Thank you very much for your early support and for joining us on this epic voyage. We would not have been able to finish the game without your support and encouragement. And we will continue working on the game, fixing bugs and adding new content, achievements and mods in the months to come.

With the launch of the game, we will leave Early Access and become a regular Steam title. We are escpecially grateful for your (positive) reviews and actually your bug reports also helped us a lot.

There are tons of new features, including new areas, temples, secrets and a gravity gun in the release build which will be online for you from Thursday. Also, the ending of the game will be revealed then.

If you have not done so, please leave us a nice review – we need all the help we can get to get the word out about the game.

(for Broken Rules)

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The Beta has landed!

March 31st, 2014

This is the biggest update to Secrets of Rætikon we've ever made and it's also one of the last. The journey into the Rætikon is coming to a close as we're entering the Beta phase. This is exciting!

New secrets have been added, including the fabled statues of the raetic deities. We've also added fish and a new game menu. And finally your bird man has the ability to scream! Other birds in the area will react to his voice. The full list of changes is below. Most importantly: the bug that prevented the game from saving is fixed in this new build.

Here's the full list

  • Added a ton of secrets and hidden areas to find.
  • Added statues of the raetic gods.
  • Added fishes.
  • Hit Circle(PS3), ‘B’(Xbox) or ‘A’(Keyboard) to chat with other birds.
  • Completely redesigned the game menu. It looks and feels much better now.
  • Fixed a bug that disabled saving for the rest of the game after being revived.
  • Fixed death sequence when bitten to death by a lynx.
  • Updated background in daw area and tuned a lot of colors.
  • Updated rockslide in canyon area with sounds and effects.
  • Updated rockslide geometry so rocks don’t get stuck as easily.
  • Rocks from rockslide now shatter nicely when hitting the bottom.
  • Updated daw king wing opening sequence.
  • Updated daw cave background and colors.
  • Updated water temple area with effects and particles.
  • Daw can now hatch in more areas and react to its environment.
  • Updated squirrel graphics and animations.
  • Squirrels now flee from the player and predators if they get too close.
  • Adapted level geometry so in tutorial and Daw area so rabbits can navigate better.
  • Tuned rabbit waypoints. They are now better at hopping around!
  • Birds now have different calls (some still WIP).
  • Robins now are able to sit on rune stones and more trees.
  • Robins now are lighter so they won't break saplings when sitting on them.
  • The sound of the wind is much more nuanced.
  • Controls can be reconfigured in the menu now. Make your own keyboard layout if you don’t like the default.
  • Added footstep sounds to stag.
  • Fixed a bug that removed player controls if the player switched windows.
  • Unplugging gamepads and plugging in again is much more stable now.
  • Fixed a layer ordering issue.
  • Tuned buzzard cave head opening sequence and added particles and sounds.
  • Fixed a bug related to music syncing.

Please help us by playing through the game and telling us if there are any more bugs to be fixed or issues with the game.

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“While playing Secrets of Rætikon ..., I was on cloud nine.”

“I can't wait to dig into the full game ...”

“Broken Rules have created a title of masterful mystique, beauty, and playfulness ...”
81 – Killscreen

Features of Secrets of Rætikon

  • Single player campaign
  • An emergent ecosystem influenced by your actions
  • A living, breathing world where everything is physical
  • Many different kinds of animals
  • An epic story told in Raetic runes
  • Huge animal kings and ancient contraptions
  • Achievements and Stats
  • Play creatively and solve puzzles the way you want
  • Full game editable via the built-in level editor
  • Easily share your self-designed levels via Steam Workshop

About the Game

Ruthless bird versus bird action. Wild animals and the artefacts of a mysterious ancient culture. A game full of challenge and discovery – unlike anything you've played before.

Secrets of Raetikon

You find yourself alone in the mountains of the Alps. Discover strange contraptions, wild animals and the mysteries of an ancient culture. Uncover the Secrets of Rætikon in an atmospheric, open-world 2D game in which you fly like a bird and explore an uncharted world.

Secrets of Rætikon is an action-focussed exploration game with an open world. Fly through the savage mountains of the Alps and collect parts of ancient machines. The world is rich in interactivity. Trees, rocks, plants and animals – everything is physics based and can be grabbed and dragged around.

Hostile animals protect their habitats and interact with you as well as each other. Use this ecosystem to your advantage: drag a bird of prey to another predator and they attack each other; grab a robin and feed it to a buzzard – it will attack the poor bird instead of you; defend yourself by wielding spiked plants or by pushing foes into thornbushes.

Steam Workshop integration

Secrets of Rætikon sports a full-featured level editor. You can edit every level that comes with the game or create all new levels. Levels can be shared over Steam Workshop. There is a physics sandbox that allows you to build toys or even new games. This is the same editor we use to build the game itself. It will be continuously developed for as long as we work on the game.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
226 of 277 people (82%) found this review helpful
1,327 products in account
29 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
Upon wings of gold,
Upon air so cold,
Through the sky so blue,
I graciously flew

To foxes I spoke,
Great machines I woke,
Ancient runes I read,
From great predators I fled,

A story unearthed,
In languages lost and cursed,
And yet my adventures have just begun,
Studying the Secrets of Rætikon
Posted: January 8th, 2014
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96 of 113 people (85%) found this review helpful
145 products in account
7 reviews
1.8 hrs on record
A beautiful game as it is.. can't wait for it to be finished!
I did a quick review/ overview of the basics here:
Posted: January 7th, 2014
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54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
385 products in account
4 reviews
1.8 hrs on record
I just played 2006 seconds of SECRETS of RÆTIKON and felt the urge to share this review.
I just bought the game mainly because I like the aestethics and because the devs are from the town I live, but other than that I had no expectations, especially since the game is still early access. I also haven´t read previews so far, so I was relativley unbiased.

This first hour was a real joy!
The controls are very intuitive and after a few minutes you get what the game is about without much explaination.
But very soon I came in contact with the first few highlights in form of the curious animal life.

I don´t want to spoil too much but there was this particular situation where I, a bird, cleared the entrance of a cave in a wood while being chased by some wildcat and after being rewarded with an artifact that sat on top of a deers antlers, I had to chase the deer while still being harrassed by the cat. It resulted in tricking the cat away for a moment so I could grab onto the deers ♥♥♥, pulling it to a dead end so I could wrestle away the artifact.

Shortly after this I experienced one of the best situations in a 2D game I experienced so far, when I had to get away with another artifact but the trees just wouldn´t let me ( I don´t want to spoil it for anybody, but it is awesome)

Long story short, I can already fully recommend the game, because only one hour into it, it was somehow already worth its money. I am very much looking forward to continue tomorrow and have a look at that editor some day.

Go for it, it will make you feel good :D

And yes, there is a stat for how many seconds you already played (besides the stats how many other animals I ACCIDENTALLY! killed)
Posted: January 7th, 2014
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
4.2 hrs on record
This game has very satisfying flying and controls and the puzzles are intuitive, and unique. There is also something to be said about the emotions this game sparked in me, which range from laughing obnoxiously loud to feeling super depressed because I accidentally killed a little critter. I think it has somthing to do with the animals and the minimalistic approach to the graphics (which are absolutely beautiful). It really is a thinking mans game. It task you with collecting silver pieces for the "machines". It's simple yet enthralling. Simply getting past an opposing animal can be done in various ways. If you want to fight grab a spiked branch and hit him with it. Want to set up a secenario in which another poor creature gets caught up in a battle to the death so you can continue untouched? So many options and functions are in play. The games physics are so very real and fun.

There is so much mystery about the story and the Runes and what is actually going on in the Alps. I am very ready to find out what that is. For an Alpha that I bought For 7 or so bucks I'd have to say I am in love with this game. I cannot wait to see what the Steam community has to bring to this game as well. The game also comes with all the developers tools to make this game. So if you feel the need to rework things or submit your own idea's you can. What an awesome and refreshing approach from an indiDev.

Keep your eye on this game closely. Throw down the 10$ (or less if it's on sell) and thank me later.
Posted: January 8th, 2014
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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703 reviews
2.8 hrs on record
Secrets Of Rætikon is a beautifully rendered game, it's all very colorful. It's hard to explain it gameplay wise. But you're a bird and you have to find artifacts that are scattered all over the world. You might say that it's a Metroidvania game but it's not. You won't gain any skills or abilities and all places are freely accessible. The goal is mainly to survive, while finding these artifacts. There are several types of 'enemies' and not all of them will attack you on the spot. Some of them will try to grab you or your artifact and others will just leave you alone because they're lower on the food chain. You can go faster by flapping your wings and you can even dive to increase your speed. The controls are unusual but work very good.
There's no map system in the game so you have to find everything by scouting the areas carefully. This can be hard, but fortunately the game is only a few hours (3-4) long so the world isn't that big.
I really enjoyed playing the game, but one thing that bothered me was the fact that you can't continue the game once you finish it. So make sure you do everything before dropping that last artifact, unless you want to play through it again, of course.
There's always room for improvement and Secrets Of Rætikon is no different. But despite its shortcomings I had a great time playing in this magical and very stylish world.
Posted: April 24th, 2014
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BAFTA Inside Games Arcade, 2014
SXSW Gamers' Voice Award Nominee, 2014
AMAZE Indie Games Award Shortlist, 2014
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