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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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Update 1.1: Thorny Thistles

July 31st, 2014

Yet another update to make Secrets of Raetikon better!

The most important fix has to do with the newest Intel HD 4000 drivers which were not compatible with our game. The game is playable on HD 4000 cards now, but the editor is still unstable. Please follow this post for further information: http://steamcommunity.com/app/246680/discussions/0/34093781613697329/

We’ve also rebalanced and fixed dozens of bugs to make the game fairer and more welcoming to new players. The Deserter and Thorny Thistle achievements work now.

Over the last months we’ve also made the following changes that have not been announced yet:

  • You can’t get stuck in the wind tunnel anymore.
  • The stag behaves better now, e.g. it flees from buzzards
  • There were cases where progress did not save correctly. Not anymore!
  • You could get stuck in a stature before we fixed that.
  • Rabbits can walk by trees properly
  • Lynx attack magpies
  • Fishes now can be carried between levels
  • Fishes now swim with their bellies upward when dead
  • Tuned health and damage of all animals
  • Much less crashes and better responsiveness on slow machines

This is the best version of Secrets of Raetikon ever. Have fun with it!

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Update 1.03: Nerfing it all

June 11th, 2014

In the newest update we've made the game much much fairer. Magpies are not that unnerving anymore and the lynx pauses for a second after attacking, opening a window of opportunity to escape. The editor has received a ton of tutorials to ease you into developing your own games with Ginkgo and the game can be played past the ending credits.

This is the best version of Secrets of Raetikon. Enjoy!

Here are all the tweaks:
+ Balanced magpie speed.
+ Removed some magpies.
+ Lynx pauses his attack longer after biting.
+ Balanced health.
+ Game can be continued after credits ended.
+ Fixed bug where shard vanished when dropped into cage door without opening it.
+ Fixed sliver in deep getting pushed into solid ground.
+ Shard can’t be dropped while level switch starts fading to black -> prevent confusing situation where shard is lying near level borders and hard to find.
+ Fixed troubles with multiple connected controllers.
+ Added lots of tutorials.

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Reviews

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

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

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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

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

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 84 people (87%) found this review helpful
2,114 products in account
810 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.

[Rating: 84/100]
Posted: April 24th, 2014
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46 of 58 people (79%) found this review helpful
388 products in account
2 reviews
5.9 hrs on record
To be honest I was quite unsure about Secrets of Rætikon, whether or not it's a good game (I'm not a big fan of 2D games). But after playing through it, All I really can say is...This Game Is Frikin' Awesome!
-A Single Player Campaign where you get to fly like a bird and explore the Amazing world.
-Fun game play!
-Great 2D Adventure, Fully interactive physical world.
-Beautiful Art style.
-Puzzles are intuitive and unique.
-Solid Controls.

It's a great game. 8.5/10
Posted: April 27th, 2014
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
144 products in account
4 reviews
8.2 hrs on record
Secrets of Rætikon is one of the few games where you play as an 'realistic' animal in a 2d metroidvania like world. After the game started I was smoothly flying around and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere in a world with a nice Сubism art style. The game explained simply is; find collectables to get other collectables to finish the game. Which sounds stupid but while you do this you will encounter many obstacles and enemies. Also there are other things to explore which can add to the story of Rætikon. Sometimes you really have to think about your movement so you can get to that certain area. I liked that in this game I sometimes felt sad because I had to kill other animals or plants to get health. I have to say that I didn't enjoy Rætikon to it's fullest because on my laptop I played some parts without sounds. Which really reduces the feeling of being in nature. I have to say I didn't really like the ending. But I think that may had something to do with the studio having to rush that part. Because this game didn't and still doesn't get that much attention. What I respect the dev's for: They kept on going to finish the game, because they know that these kind of games are missing in this industry. The only positive side of the game not being popular is that you really have to find everything out by yourself.

Workshop community:
Dead.
No support at all.
I will have a look at it.

Short:
A nice relaxing game where you explore around flying as a bird.
Posted: August 4th, 2014
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27 of 44 people (61%) found this review helpful
159 products in account
2 reviews
2.5 hrs on record
This game is, in a word, frustrating.

This is a game that can't quite decide what it wants to be. On one hand, its an exploratory world with puzzles and secrets to uncover. On the other hand, it's an RPG with fetch quests, trials, obstacles and things trying to kill you. These two halves do not mesh as well as they should and the mechanics that would be forgivable in a pure exploration game do not hold up for a battle-less RPG.

Boiled down to it's core, the game play is find the glowing bits, collect them all, feed them to a machine and then activate the machine which either gives you a different glowy bit to bring back the big machine in the middle, or helps you open a door to go through to continue the cycle. This on it's own, isn't bad. Standard RPG/puzzle quest. But the controls do not have the proper fine tune to allow the player to actually accomplish these goals easily. After activating one machine by a door, it dropped down a battering ram that it took me a good 15 minutes to get to actually hit the door in a way that actually broke it down.

Another section involved a maze of thorns that you had to fly against the wind to navigate. Flap wrong and you're thrown into the waiting thorns much like a ping pong ball and it's near impossible to recover without being thrown into another bed of thorns. In another, after successfully activating a machine, I was presented with another challenge, having to get a glowing bit from a running stag. Due to the limitations of the controls and the flaky flapping mechanic, I eventually just gave up as I was never able to get my character to do anything that got it even close to the runner.

The visuals of the game are pretty impressive. Stylized, but not in a way that comes off as pretentious. If it weren't for the aggressive birds, excessive thorns and fighting against the controls to try and get from place to place, it would be a very nice, laid back exploratory game, which the ambient sounds and lack of any narrative present it as. But at it's heart, this game more comes off as a frustrating, non linear puzzle platformer who's mechanics just can't hold up to what the player needs to do. Perhaps with a game pad or under windows, it would work better, but I have neither of those things to test it with, and the graphics and atmosphere alone are not enough to make up for the high level of frustration this brings.
Posted: July 4th, 2014
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
128 products in account
5 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
I am quite addicted to the game. This is the kind of game with such a beautiful, immersive world that you find yourself thinking about it even after you’ve stopped playing. I remember laying in bed trying to fall asleep, thinking about where the last shard could be because I had seemed to overlook one somewhere in my exploration. The skills you get as a bird are easy enough to master and the true challenge lies in interacting with the environment and wildlife. The challenge is just hard enough to keep you grasping and trying again when you fail, but not so hard that you get discouraged. This is a fine line to walk and Secrets of Raetikon walks it well.

Here's a more long-winded version of my review: http://orttimusprimetime.com/game-review/secrets-of-raetikon-review/
Posted: April 28th, 2014
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397 of 502 people (79%) found this review helpful
1,730 products in account
37 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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Awards

BAFTA Inside Games Arcade, 2014
SXSW Gamers' Voice Award Nominee, 2014
AMAZE Indie Games Award Shortlist, 2014
GamerCamp Official Selection, 2013
Minecon Indies Selection, 2013