MORE STORY THAN GORY! A HYBRID OF ALTERNATIVE HORROR AND CREEPYPASTA... Welcome to the Halloween Edition v1.03! Take a deep breath, dim the lights, put on your headphones... Non-linear first-person gameplay lets you explore Grimhaven Orphanage and discover the characters who once lived there – voiced by Dan Bull, Chuck Huber and Raychul...
User reviews: Mixed (108 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013
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June 15

Huntsman: the Orphanage default controller settings

Hi Huntsman: The Orphanage players, if you click on the Community Hub's Artwork tab you'll find the original default controller settings menu for easy reference. Just double-click an entry on your own dialogue menu and then move your controller joystick or press a key to set that control if you want to customize anything (the default keyboard controls are shown at the bottom of the list). The game supports mouse and keyboard, joysticks, PS3 controllers and "Xbox for Windows" controllers, and there's a diagram there too to show the default controller layout. Enjoy!

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Reviews

“"...a genuinely creepy ghost story that has the potential to be the scariest game we’ve seen in awhile. Huntsman: The Orphanage has been heralded by some to be the revitalization the horror genre needs. It has the potential to the eerie, emotional, and atmospheric adventure found in horror games past."”
KABOOMSHARK

“"...a whole new take on the horror genre... in an attempt to move the gameplay away from the long standing tradition of being violent and full of gore, into something altogether different and even more creepy."”
INDIE GAME MAGAZINE

“"If you want an experience that portrays the essence of creepypasta, Huntsman The Orphanage is your choice."”
4/5 – SURVIVAL HORROR DOWNLOADS

HALLOWEEN EDITION v1.03 - NEW UPGRADE!

v1.03 is now live, with extra sound effects and a new memento that unlocks a new part of the story! Get lost in the hedge maze returning the mementos to free the orphans, escape the Huntsman as he walks the same dark pathways... hunting for you!

  • HUNTSMAN HUNTING YOU!
  • NOW WITH SHORTER STORIES, 30 TO 60 SECONDS EACH
  • FULL-LENGTH STORIES STILL IN THERE IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK!
  • INTRICATE HEDGE MAZE DESIGNED BY A "RIPLEY'S-BELIEVE-IT-OR-NOT" MAZE-MASTER
  • NEW UPGRADED AND EXPANDED TERRAIN
  • IMPROVED GRAPHICS & MORE NEW SOUND EFFECTS

And Merry Christmas to all our existing customers, v1.03 IS A FREE UPGRADE and thank you for your support!

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About This Game

MORE STORY THAN GORY! A HYBRID OF ALTERNATIVE HORROR AND CREEPYPASTA...
Welcome to the Halloween Edition v1.03!

Take a deep breath, dim the lights, put on your headphones...

Non-linear first-person gameplay lets you explore Grimhaven Orphanage and discover the characters who once lived there – voiced by Dan Bull, Chuck Huber and Raychul Moore, plus a multitude of other great voices from around the world - some of which we discovered through our global YouTube auditions!

We call this ‘alt horror’ because it has no graphic violence, blood or guns. As the player, you have no defense... however, you must show empathy and courage to save the twelve missing orphans. This is a game for people who like to explore, listen, think and solve - and play cat and mouse in a dark and scary maze. Listen to the nineteen personal creepypasta-style stories to piece together the mysterious events of that fateful night in 1898, when twelve orphans simply... disappeared! Now with shorter (30-60 sec) in-game stories to enhance the tension and new plot twists when you least expect them! And don’t panic story lovers! The full stories are still there – on the menu page and somewhere within the game… if you know where to look!!

Find the twelve orphan’s mementos and place them on the correct headstones to set the lost souls free. Did we mention the headstones are in a hedge maze? Custom-created by a ‘Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not’ Maze Master? No problem! But first you’ll have to find the key... Are you up to the challenge? Did we mention the Huntsman… in the maze… stalking you? Did we mention he may also be lurking in Grimhaven Orphanage?

So – how fast can you turn and run? Well you won’t know ‘till you check it out! So go do it! Have fun!! Scare yourself as much as you want (maybe you should keep the hallway light on…!)

This is a Free Upgrade for all our Steam key holders and supporters of our Black Friday Edition – THANK YOU!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Intel 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 & DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA).
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please note that the game does not run on most integrated video cards such as Intel GMA. It also requires at least 256 MB of video memory to run smoothly.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Leopard
    • Processor: Intel/Mac 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 & DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA).
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please note that the game does not run on most integrated video cards such as Intel GMA. It also requires at least 256 MB of video memory to run smoothly.
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
The most awful piece of crap game I've ever played. No, seriously. I got this "game" in a bundle and would've never bought it myself. I wouldn't even call it a game. It's just a walking simulator in a small world tiny map. Do not buy this. You've been warned.
Posted: October 6
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Wow this is.. Bad. Like really bad -and I rarely hate games. :(((((((((
Posted: October 1
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0.3 hrs on record
I really respect and cheer for indie team to make all kinds of games...but this game fails in its genre.
It really isn't scary, visually is average, controls are clunky...and it really looks boring.
Posted: October 18
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0.8 hrs on record
nice idea.
average graphics which would be ok, as the shadows fall nicely and generate a good atmosphere, but everything is ruined by the sound FX.
for a game like this, not an option.
Posted: September 28
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2.1 hrs on record
The main problem with this game is it just plain boring. Very little happens and when it does, you feel cheated. The main selling points was the story and phone but neither of these seems compelling or used in a good way. What seem like random voices and videos on your phone seem so out of place and uninteresting. You can see what the developers where trying to do but the idea was executed very poorly which is a huge shame. Cannot recommend.
Posted: October 2
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
I hate to write this review, I really do. The world needs more serious horror titles like this that are story and atmosphere-based as opposed to action games with horror themes.

The problem here is twofold.

1. They forgot to actually create a game around the story. Finding items precious to the orphans? Fine. Putting them on their graves to free them? Awesome. Putting those graves at random in a massive maze with very few identifying marks and no way to mark your progress? Yeah, massive mistake. That's just not fun. Using standard maze navigation tactics accomplish nothing, because you aren't looking for one goal or exit, you're looking for a dozen. The no-inventory rule is fine as well, forcing you to carry one item at a time. But ONLY if you can actually locate your destination.

2. They lack the technical skill to make an engine that supports the kind of game they want to make. It's clunky, and while it looks okay with details cranked up in the settings, the actual physics of it all are horrible. You drop things at random, and have to scramble around to see where they fell among extremely busy textures. You have no interactive options except with 'hot' items. You can't move small objects to get around them, you can't jump, it's all very 1996.

The end result is that it's just no fun. The Huntsman is designed well. I like the idea of the slow, inevitable stalker-like villain. The story is interesting, the acting is good, the way the ghosts interact with your smartphone is clever. None of that can counteract the tedious nature of the game. It defies common sense and logic: if you were really trying to navigate a maze and were somehow incapable of carrying more than one small item at a time, you'd figure out SOME way to mark progress in the maze. Breadcrumbs, whatever. Drawing out a map. SOMETHING. Nobody would just wander around lost, repeatedly. The building is full of potato sacks, but you never grab one to carry these items in. It's all just a way to draw out what amounts to an extremely small game. You could blow through this in two hours if you could carry more than one item.

I wish the devs would have consulted with more experienced designers in the development of the game. Just a handful of other environments, a smaller maze, and an increased limit of carrying such as three items would have made the difference between an atomspheric movie-you-play-through and a game that's effectively a spooky version of taking out the trash.
Posted: July 20
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
this game was horrible my experience was ruined for the simple fact that i couldnt change the in game lighting so everything was so dark it was unplayable.
Posted: May 11
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
It feels more like a walking simulator a la Dear Esther than a horror game and a short one at that. Scares are few, if any. In fact, I'd call this game boring. All you do is lug around a number of items and watching clips on your îngame phone that try to evoke the creepy child trope, but comes off so forced and clichéd that its more annoying than anything. There is no sense of urgency or tangible threat while doing so, as the titular Huntsman is easily avoided. To compound these issues, the map is small and visually unappealing in both technical and aesthetic aspects, with level design that might make sort of sense from a real life perspective, but makes for a poor game.
Overall a below average, quite dull experience that might provide a momentary distraction for some, but falls completely flat for anyone who ever played some of the far superior horror games out there.
Posted: June 22
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Yeah how about no - ugly ♥♥♥ menu, iPhone-like user interface, can't see ♥♥♥♥, way too dark, sounds have a very bad bitrate, a useless phone (hurr durr let's copy Outlast) find a key in an entire black room with globally illuminated chairs and tables -

♥♥♥♥ this game
Posted: June 8
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
One of the worst games I have ever played in my entire life, I would rather rub my face on sandpaper while someone shoots me with a flamethrower than play it again.
Posted: July 27
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Pros: Good atmosphere, very interesting back stories for the orphanage children and staff (it could make for an interesting short film!).

Cons: A little bit buggy. Picked up items have a tendency to randomly fall from your hand, for no discernible reason. The hunstman is hardly frightening (although the spooky atmosphere is pretty effective aside from that.)

Weird things: The phone is clunky. Flashlight strength on it varies, and I'm not sure if that's deliberate, or just a weird -thing- that it does for no particular reason.

Overall, I'd recommend the game if you want something mildly spooky without any really big scares, are interested in character stories, and want to kill a few hours. It's not fantastic, but it's a decent concept. Plenty of room for improvement upon the idea. If you're looking for something with seriously terrifying scares, this isn't going to have them. If you're pleasantly spooked by wandering around a mostly dark and abandoned region, with no idea what's coming, this is the game for you.
Posted: June 24
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Terrible game, I was so bored I almost fell asleep.
Posted: June 22
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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Posted: July 13
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
10/10 would crap their pants and lose all self respect again
Posted: August 31
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6 of 15 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Very scary but slightly boring as well. It feels like you are walking through another novel like Dear Esther.
Posted: April 29
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
2spooky4me
Posted: July 19
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0.2 hrs on record
This is terrible. Just the worst execution of an idea that I have seen in gaming. I feel dumb that I purchased it.
Posted: July 4
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2.4 hrs on record
My playtime with the game has been short but this is one of the better horror games avalible, its ambience is great, the story is intresting and it doesnt rely on jumpscares. What most people fail to see is that this game offers you the chance to get the whole story before playing which is nice since the main gameplay involves running back and forth from a maze hunting tombstones. The maze itself is probably the best idea i've seen for a horror game as maze's are ment to be confusing to navigate and this such maze will confuse you to the point of getting lost with the huntsman after you. The walking and running speed could be better then again it my by involantary stealth to avoid the huntsman. Plus his constant ticking makes you doubt that upcoming corner or him popping out of a path in the wall you can't see till you get further down said path. The maze itself is not just a cube splased with normal maps and textures like most 3d gamemazes, it actually looks like a hedge a iv scared myself from the bits of the hedge that stick out.
The Huntsman design is excellent i completley didnt expect it and i killed myself by accident just trying look at it on all sides. The huntsman's in-game reach is abit off though as he can get you about 5 steps away which needs to be fixed along with the 3-5 minute death scene. Basically if you die you have to watch a floating phone for a bit before credits rock up. Not bad the first time but each time is annoying and is a pain as i havnt found an actual skip button.
The objectives arn't ground breaking since they are find and place quests but are much more fun and difficult thanks to the maze and the huntsman.

Overall this is one of the better horror games, it has some problems that are minor and are doesn't force the player to go through a gauntlet of jumpscares but more originality than anything.

All Horror games lose that "horror"element after 2 or 3 plays and have to resort to jumpscares to fix it. It happens here but they don't add jumpscares to keep it up. It shows they trust there game enough to not cheap it out like several triple A games such as "Outlast"or"Slender The Arrival". Truly one of the most original horror games on steam.
Posted: July 12
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0.1 hrs on record
Everything about it is lazy and boring. It looks like a gamecube game and the scares could have been designed in the HL2 level editor. In-fact, there actually is a HL2 mod called Nightmare House 2 which is free and infinitely better. Good thing I only paid like a dollar or two.
Posted: July 5
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2.0 hrs on record
It is a great jump out and scare you game. First time i played it was great. It seem to be hard to complete. the only thing is that most of teh action happens in the phone in your hand.
Posted: June 23
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