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.
User reviews: Very Positive (195 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 7, 2014

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July 31

Update 1.1: Thorny Thistles

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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June 11

Update 1.03: Nerfing it all

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 This 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.

System Requirements

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Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Secrets of Raetikon isn't a fantastic game, but it's a pretty game with an interesting no-hand-holding free-form aesthetic. You get to fly around in the world they created and figure out what you want to do. There's isn't choice: you do the things that progress the "story" or you don't. But how you interact with the creatures in the world (or more specifically, how you exact your revenge on them) is the story you create. The closest exception is the end. I didn't like the ending very much, but maybe I would have liked it more if I'd just walked away earlier.

The game has encrypted messages that probably convey more of the story. I didn't read many of them. By the end of the game I could read them like a child learns to read and that was an interesting experience, but I didn't desire to go around and find every one. In some ways, I feel like that's the key to the Raetikon experience: you don't need to do everything; you can just spend some time finding out the Secrets of Raetikon.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Fun little game. I've enjoyed going into it knowing nothing and figuring stuff out. However, the game becomes a bit of a drag really quickly. If it were any longer, it would be outright annoying.

The game is a great arcade bird flight simulator, and a glorified collectathon, but who doesn't like collecting shiny things?

Other than that, great little game to provide you entertainment for one evening.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
first of all this game is not for everyone though it has a fantastic art style and overall beautiful it can also be boring and frustrating i tried very hard to enjoy this game but just not enough to do its just oh wow look you can fly and oh look how its rendered but thats just not enough to keep me playing for the whole game if your the type of person who doesn't need a lot of excitement in a game go for it but if you do then you should avoid this game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
It's a beautiful game at first, but it gets extremely frustrating toward the middle.
And that ending... What the **** was that supposed to mean?! Is it some kind of cruel joke?!
Hey kids! I know you worked your ♥♥♥ off to complete this game, so I'm going to reward you with a disturbing and meaningless ending! Hope you enjoyed! Don't forget to buy my next game!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Not sure hwo I came across this game tbh. Maybe a Humble Bundle of some sort. It looks great, I'll give it that. But essentially I found the gameplay a little vague. I probably wasn't paying attention but I couldn't fight other birds and flying around the screen not really knowing where I'm going or why isn't my thing :/
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Vector based graphics, an animal cast of "characters", and an unusual mode of locomotion all work in favor of this game. The ending, sudden, brutal, and unexplained, works against it. So does the occasional game-ending physics bug.

There's a lot to like, but ultimately I can't recommend this.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
- 6,5/10 - not recommended! :-[
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Art game
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14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
An amazingly beautiful and frustrating game. Once you get the hang of it, it is not so bad, but at first you feel like calling it defenseless bird simulator. You are given little to no instruction as to how to actually play the game and are left to figure many of the goals and interworkings yourself. This quality is one I found to be both irritating and rewarding.

The difficulties in the game are both technical (controling the character) and tactical as you are actually required to think from time to time to play it. The good news is that when you find yourself yelling at the screen, you have some stunning artwork to calm you down.

I enjoyed playing this game quite a lot, despite my frustrations. It was, however, a little short. I finished two play throughs and all of the reasonable achievements in about 12 hours. I understand it is an indie game, so I cannot reasonably judge it on length. An expansion or addendum would be nice though.

A few bugs (I think). I never found bees or bats in the game, but they are listed in the stats as things you can kill. Also, there are other stats in that same listing that never seem to change no matter what I do. I could have missed something entirely, or there are bugs. Looking at some of the videos of this game posted by others on the internet, I am given to thinking there have been updates that changed the game enough that certain things may no longer apply to it.

Lastly, I may have had more technical difficulties than your average given that I did not play with a controller, just my keyboard.
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4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
It's good. Not amazing. But it's relaxing.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
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.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Secrets of Rætikon is as gorgeous and ethereal as it is tedious and poorly designed.

It’s a game about exploration and discovery, hampered by convoluted level designs and the inexcusable absence of any sort of map. It’s a game of peaceful puzzle solving and nonlinear exploration disrupted by annoyingly persistent enemies, and no means of attack to ward them off. More than anything though it’s a game of false allegations of an overarching mystery, that in the end is nothing more than a horrendously incomprehensible and random moment, preceded by an unnecessarily grotesque event that quite frankly made me sick.

At it’s core, Rætikon is constructed like a large fetch quest collectathon, requiring you to explore levels in order to collect scattered shards which can then be used to power up ancient machinery. These machines exist both in opening new pathways for you, and in presenting you with larger shards which must then be brought back to a sort of hub and deposited into the sockets of yet another large machine.

Though it had the potential to be an enjoyably open experience, allowing you to freely traverse the world as you hunt for these shards and machines, Rætikon idiotically forces you to spend an aggravating amount of time back tracking through levels in order to return to the hub. This could have been avoided with a better connected world, but with only two paths into the hub, you’re required to haul your luggage through numerous screens over and over again. This is made even more frustrating do to the inevitable games of keep away you get into with other animals, which can sometimes make the simple act of getting from one side of the screen to the other almost painful in how aggressive the other creatures are.

This all adds up to make Secrets of Rætikon an absolute chore to get through. It’s a gorgeous game, with some incredible origami-like artwork, a fantastically ambient soundtrack and great sense of atmosphere, but it’s all brought down by some horrible design decisions that sour the entire experience. When you finally get to the end it only makes matters worse, with a disturbing and baffling turn of events that sells home the point that the designers seemed to have little idea where they were going with their game, nor a clue how to get there.
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
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.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
The game has great graphics and atmosphere, but there are awful bugs (I got trapped in geometry five times in two hours, once so badly I had to restart the game entirely). The controls are not responsive (and there are points in the game where you really need them to be), and while the storyline is compelling, it just can't overcome the repetition and annoyances that crop up (like having to wrestle a shard from a magpie and squirrels almost every. single. time. you get one).

In short? It could be really good. It's not. It's frustrating, and there's just not enough rewards to overcome that.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
That ending. I need to call a priest.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
To be honest, i'm pretty much neutral about this game. I like it, great astetics and concept, but I feel like the one thing that really makes it a rotten egg is the protagonist. They're too underpowered, and you haft to do some things over and over again if you even want to do it. All you can lift into the air is the animals, and they never like you. On top of that, the special-looking blue triangles are pretty much useless. It's only a rez @ the spot you died, when you can just fly back to where you were. Pretty animation, though. As I said earlier, none of the animals like you, pretty much everyone wants to bar your way except for the little red and yellow birds. You can't even fight back most of the time, unless you throw them into thorns. Being able to hatch birds dosen't help at all; the buzzards still attack you and the magpies still take your stuff.

In conclusion, I feel that for most people, this game will eventually send them into a rampage and they'd quit, saying it's too hard. Add some allies or strengthen the protagonist and it might make a decent game, but until then, it's not worth the 10 bucks, unless you like looking at the pretty stuff.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Secrets Of Raetikon is an indie gem.
This game is all about atmosphere.
You play as a bird in a very oniric mountain landscape, and yuo need to find some kind of orbs, and activate some ancient "Ruins".
Some obstacles will be in your way, like some other animals or terrain formations.
The best part of the game is how if feels.
You are immersed in a relaxing, dreamy and magical world, where the sound gently keep you company.
This game feels like poetry, it talkes to the heart.
I highly recommend this game, but only if you can appreciate these type of games, which tend to feel more like art (even though this one actually has a smooth gameplay)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Secrets of Raetikon is a beautiful game! It's a game that you should dive into without much knowledge of it and explore on your own. At first, it's confusing to pick up the story but if you pay attention to all the details and read what's given, you'll start to follow along! It's amazing to explore and find the story of the game. What you thought of Secrets of Raetikon in the beginning might change and blow your mind with the twist of an ending :3 What I loved about this game too was that the puzzles given didn't hold your hand through it. Though sometimes aggrivating, finishing the puzzle was rewarding because you had to think on your own and come up with your own ideas on how to solve it because there's not just one way to do it! It's a truly unique game, and one that I personally have not experienced yet. I loved it and I highly recommend it for someone who's looking for a beautiful and challenging adventure.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
TL;DR:

Lovely game with unique graphics and sounds, fun and different from what we find nowadays.
so cool! :D I'd say that "Secrets of Rætikon" is a must-buy!
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Non- TL;DR :

This is a game I would definitely recommend,
with it's unique art and different gameplay, it gives a feeling of a new freedom,
while the usual games we got these days gives you a weapon, and/or a "don't die" .

If you die in this game, it's not a death that'll reset everything,
it's a free-exploration sandbox game, and I have yet to even try building my own levels,
looking forward to that :D

The story itself is..hard to figure out, I'm not sure I even got it, maybe I was
too immersed by the incredible freedom I didn't even expect to find? Ah well,
at least I got a few theories :D

The only downside, like the reviews before me, the ending,
Tip: Do not hatch the red-yellow-and-black eggs till after the ending :D

And Apparently I have an immortal lynx that have been underwater for..well.. you'd be dead if you were underwater that long, after the ending there was still that Lynx underwater,
I helped it back up to land, and it was alive :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Secrets of Raetikon is a 2D exploration game where you control a bird that uncovers the ruins of ancients civilizations.

The game handles very well. The flying mecanic is fun to use and the fact that you can grab and move pretty much anything is very fun. This makes fight interesting too since you don't have any attack move. Instead, you have to use the environment or find creative way to get rid of your pursuers. The one thing that really set the game aparts is its unique artstyle.

However, the game makes you do a lot of flying and searching for where to go. At least, since the world is fun to naviguate this problem is less important than it appears. There's also a few glithces that can make some important objects stuck somewhere unreachable.

While not being a masterpiece, Secrets of Raetikon is an interesting game with a great atmosphere.

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