Doorways is an immersive horror adventure, featuring a complex story and deep atmosphere.
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Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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March 19

Happy 5th Anniversary Doorways and Saibot Studios!

Happy 5th Anniversary, Doorways and Saibot Studios!

That’s it! Today, Saturday March 19th, Doorways turns 5 years.



More Photos on the bottom!

While the first chapter of the game was published in Desura and on our Website (using the Humble Widget) on August 15, 2013, and then the final version of the first two chapters on September 20 of the same year, that wasn’t the beginning of this adventure.

A year and a half earlier, in March 2012, we started developing the game as a team, Martin Voychisko and me, in my room in my mum’s house. (picture)
But neither was on that date the beginning of everything. Before that we made prototypes in late 2011, when I was still working at NGD Studios.

And yet, that was not the beginning. What I’m going to tell you happened exactly 5 years ago, illustrated by the first picture from the album. This is something I’ve come to find out recently, when I was looking through some photos my mother took on a trip we made to El Palmar (Entre Rios, Argentina). It was on that time when I made the first sketches of what would become Doorways (at that time it wasn’t even named that way). I’m also sharing (unpublished before :D) some drawings that I done at that time, which turned out to be part of the final chapter of the saga.

If you are interested in getting more details of the story, I encourage you to read the first entry in our development blog, in which we tell the beginning of everything:
http://saibotstudios.tumblr.com/post/76357010329/how-did-it-all-begin

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While I believe that we become better developers as time went on, it is also worth noting that it was not easy. The developer team changed over time and those changes meant improvements, but sometimes they meant a step backwards. However, in some way or the other we’ve always managed to create something that was always better than what we had created before –we‘ve gained experience, we’ve put it into practice and we never thought in giving up.

It is truly rewarding to see what we have achieved so far in all this time :)
And I would like to thank once again all those people who have supported us: family, friends, colleagues and followers of the game.

Thank you. We’re going for another 5 years of creative madness! :)

Tobias "Toba" Rusjan

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March 17

Doorways: HMoF - Act 2: The Mansion is LIVE!

Hello everybody!

We're glad to announce that the Second Act (The Mansion) of the final chapter of Doorways (Holy Mountains of Flesh) is available to play RIGHT NOW!



http://store.steampowered.com/app/383930/
This one has some hardcore puzzles and one of the most terrifying creatures in the Doorways saga!

You will be facing the mind of Celia Torres, the wife (and sister) of Juan Torres (The Roaster).

Hope you guys like it!

The team at Saibot Studios

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Reviews

“Saibot Studios has created something special in Doorways. Visually, it is as accomplished as many AAA titles... The audio is as creepy as you’d expect”
Beef Jack

“...this game does indulge in giving you the creeps, and as a huge fan of horror and someone who rarely ever gets scared, I can say that I loved it.”
eGamer

“Doorways puede terminar siendo una experiencia que los fanáticos del horror atesoraremos por buen tiempo.”
Muy bueno – SHD

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About This Game

Doorways is an episodic first person horror adventure, featuring a complex story and deep atmosphere. Each chapter will challenge you with its fast-paced gameplay and breathtaking visuals and sounds, so prepare to immerse yourself in a terrifying psychological experience.

You're playing as Thomas Foster, a special agent who must track down four psychopaths. Who are these people? What is this place and how did you get here?

These are just some of the questions that you must answer during your journey...

Start playing chapter 1 and 2 now!

Key Features


  • Horrifying exploration adventure with an immersive atmosphere
  • Ingenious puzzles as well as challenges that put your reflexes at test
  • Inspired voice acting by Sam A. Mowry (the voice of Alexander in Amnesia: The Dark Descent)
  • Replayability through many secret places
  • Full Controller support
  • Native Oculus Rift support

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Doorways is an episodic game, it's divided in three parts and they can be played separately:

Doorways: Prelude (Chapter 1 & 2):

http://store.steampowered.com/app/248470/
Doorways: The Underworld (Chapter 3):

http://store.steampowered.com/app/311250/
Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh (Chapter 4):

http://store.steampowered.com/app/383930/
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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual core CPU @ 2GHz (Pentium D or better)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 6800, ATI 1950
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible Audio Device
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Gamepad
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.9GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 512mb
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2310 CPU @ 2.90GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 440
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible Audio Device
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Gamepad
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CharismaticPanda
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Great little game, brilliant atmosphere, good design and fun but not frustrating puzzles. My only downside personally was some areas were far too dark, to the point where even at max brightness I had to fumble about to progress, otherwise no other problems and will be playing part 2 soon.
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[J7] Dsp21
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Yet again my enjoyment in a game is completely ruined because a game thinks that darkness means scary and immersive. In the last review that I wrote, The Hat Man: Shadow Ward, I did complain that the game was dark, but little I did know that there was a game WAY worse in terms of darkness. I had to literally play with the in-game brightness at 10 (maximum), my laptop brightness at 100% and still open the Intel Graphics Center and turn it up to 50 so I could play this game. How can you even play something if you're barely seeing it? How is that even fun?

Nevertheless the game is pretty simple, and it ain't bad, it's just meh, but since the only way it makes itself difficult is by using darkness, it's a bad design choice and overall lazy one. It definitely needed a bit more work. Regarding bugs and such I had no technical problems.

There is one thing though, being a dual monitor user, and playing the game in one monitor, the game never locks the mouse in it's window, so this means if the mouse pointer is on the other monitor and I click it, the game's minimized. This happened about 10 times, but it's just a slight annoyance. The game also runs well at a constant 60 frames per second.

Another problem I found is the torch. You lit up the torch and it lasts for about 10 seconds. Last time I checked that's not how torches work... And once more, the game relies on this mechanic to make itself harder, which just results in frustration.

While being short in length and having some good-looking sections (mostly in chapter 2), which are definitely ruined by the lack of lightning, I'm still intereted in Chapters 3 and 4, but it's a very "ehhhh" start for the series. #BrighterHorror 4/10
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Javier Inside
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Sadly this makes my computer suffer a lot, and it is too dark to be able to understand what to do, where to go... I was stuck in the same part of the tutorial for way too long considering it was a tutorial (which is not optional, the tutorial is actually the start of the game). The price is irrelevant considering I can't play it because it hurts my machine and because there is no way to guess the map and where you are going. The "tutorial" quickly make my will to play vanish at all.

For the little I could experience:
There are lot of great ideas in here - honestly, there are. And you do see the effort put into this project, but it heavily lacks optimization and a great bunch of tweeks here and there. The audio work is ok, textures don't look bad but also nothing special.

If you really want to buy it and try out go ahead whenever/if ever you find the pack at 90% or find it for free at giveaways. I would not advice to get it at full or even half price as it stands right now. Would the devs work a little more on some upgrades to make the game more enjoyable and I would gladly re-write my review.

Sadly would have to say NO on recommending the game.

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satsuma108
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
0.5/10 is not worth more. a giant piece of sh.t
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Murky
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Got the game on discount , stutters like crap on my AMD machine. This game seems to be poorly optimised and aside from the pitch black environment, stuttering makes it unplayable.
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[EP]CeptorHQ
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Well, I love how this game makes you feel fear without any unnecessary jumpscares and all that.. The whole Atmosphere is scary enough and the feeling playing this game is just epic... I really like the idea of story, it totaly amused me...
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Rubiks
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
***Not Worth Price Point***

TLDR; Get this game on sale - Approx. 3 hrs long

I just completed Doorways: Prelude and I am hesitant to reccomend it. I enjoyed the writing so overall this is a positive, but I'll keep this short.

Pros:
-Great atmosphere & sounds
-Intriguing writing
-Decent Puzzles

Cons:
-Poorly optimized - a lot of frame drops during checkpoint saves
-There seems to be some sort of mouse acceleration going on - it may be intentional for atmosphere. Some people may not be fans
-Not worth the price - One play through for me was 2.8 hrs - That's close to $4/hr of game play at the 10.99 price point. Wait until it is on sale :)
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Lewd
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
PEWDIEPOO played it :D I like him, really.
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Aargh
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Not perfect but good enough. Decent visuals, dense atmosphere, balanced difficulty and some interesting puzzle ideas - these are the reasons I had a pretty good time with the game.
However, there are some downsides. The game relies on darkness too much. I know what they intended to do but sometimes you can hardly see anything and it's too easy to get lost. And one of the symbol puzzles is so dark it's impossible to see the symbols so you have to rely on guessing.
Also, I managed to get stuck twice in a place with no option to jump out. And the final boss was bugged the first time I've met him - he attacked me right away, giving me no chance to hide. Thankfully restarting the game helped. Otherwise, the game is stable.
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Bruce Wayne
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Its allright. One of those games that i feel needs a thumb going sideways.

The atmosphere is good, its scarey period. I enjoy the death traps and the way you have to sneak around certain characters and stuff like that. But the overall game is boring, it didnt keep my attentionspan for very long. I wouldnt pay full price for it if i were you.
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RedFox
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
I'm going to give this a thumbs up though with caveats because I like what it is trying to do and I think for a small team development. There is some potential even if the first two chapters are not going to come across very strong. The first chapter isn't very good, relying on the fact that you can barely see in the dark for its 'challenge' factor, which is really more exasperating than anything, but it still didn't take long to get through.

The second chapter is more of a traditional puzzle environment with some audio/visual creepiness to it, but is by no means very scary. I did want to play through these games to see where the Doorways series is going though, and overall, each one improves in art quality and game design.

This specific purchase is Chapters 1 and 2, with 'Doorways Underworld' being Chapter 3. Having played through all 3, there isn't any real reason to play 1 and 2 in terms of narrative or world building that I could see and 3 is probably the most fleshed out in terms of having interesting mechanics, so it wouldn't be wrong to skip straight to it unless you just want to make sure to see all the series has to offer.

Ultimately, you are going to be playing a low budget, small dev team game, so keep that in mind when you judge it if you decide to pick it up.
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ii_like_bl00d
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
As far as horror games go, this is one of the most boring. Mostly because you spend it walking around with the occassional "scary" scene happening. The only thing I found horrifying was that I spent so long on this game.
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iAhMeD19
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Good story, not a bad game,a bit short
Totally Worth it :)
Rating: ★★★✬☆
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Pesmerga
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Mushy controls, inventory management and item usage is clunky and slow.
One of the main flaws: it's too dark! The torch stays lit for less than 10 seconds and most of the stuff is completely invisible. Most of the time you stare at a black screen with some details. If a puzzle is difficult just because you can't see where are you going or because you can't see the symbols on the floor it means it's too dark, even at maximum brightness.
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Miserupix
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Doorways: Prelude ... a decent 7 / 10

The good :
- Immersive , dark and eerie atmosphere . By far the game's strongest feature , gives an intense uneasy feeling for the entire (short) duration of the game.
- Decent graphics , great level design . Nothing out of the ordinary but nice all the same.
- Great soundtrack (and voice acting) , really contributes to the game's dark atmosphere.
- Delivers some really good , scary moments.

The bad:
- Underdeveloped story . The main idea and concept is great , navigating through the killer's subconcious and having to re-live said horror. However it feels sketchy , none of the charcters , including the main character get any sort of development or a bit more background and details.
This bugged me the most. They really could have worked more on the story,
- Really short. Done in 2 hours. It does keep it from getting tedious , and it does build anticipation for the next part. But still way too short.
- Really simple puzzles , game mostly involves walking around. Not a lot of thinking going on with this game. It keeps it from getting annoying , but it's too damn easy.

All in all it's a nice effort . Got 1-3 on sale , and it was worth it. Decent game.
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twitch.tv/doskido
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
There are three things that this game attempts to do: psycologically disturb you, scare you, and challenge you.

It fails at all three.

This game didn't cause me to yell at all. At the first forced jump scare, I let out a "woah." After that, I anticipated everything to where nothing phased me whatsoever. If you are scared by this game, then you're a ♥♥♥♥♥♥. All the attempted scares are soley FORCED jump scares, and for someone who is slowly becoming a horror game connaisseur, it's really pathetic.

The ambient sound is absolute ♥♥♥♥ in this game. Everywhere you go, you hear sounds that makes it feel like something is imminently behind you, however, after looking back about three times, the sound just continues, and it becomes stupidly annoying throughout the rest of the game.

There was maybe one puzzle that was actually challenging, and it really wasn't even a puzzle-- you just literally try to make it from point A to point B without getting to close to certain statues.

I give this game a 28/100. Luckily, I didn't spend money on this game.
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CrazyCanuck
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
Overview
Well, where to begin? Doorways: Chapters 1 & 2 (now called Doorways: Prelude, apparently) is an exploration, puzzle solving horror game, that relies on darkness to confound you, while playing as a character who is after people in some alternate dimension.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much well.

It’s yet another horror title in what is seemingly becoming a bigger and bigger genre.

Pros
  • Graphics are decent
  • Voice acting is surprisingly good for a low budget indie horror game
  • Imagery is astounding, from the torture dungeon to the malformed humans
  • It’s over quick and has easy achievements if you’re an achievement hunter
Cons
  • Far, far too dark; darkness is excellent in a horror game, this one just uses it excessively
  • Puzzles are extremely easy, made harder by the near pitch blackness (I rarely turn my monitor brightness up; this game had me increasing it both from within game and the actual monitor controls)
  • Not much to the environments, they’re all pretty basic
  • Inventory system is clunky
  • Chapter 1’s torch is the most useless torch in the history of gaming, whether by design or anot
Summary
Doorways: Prelude has a few things going for it, with some genuinely disturbing imagery at parts, but it’s overall another sub-par horror game, that relies on complete blackness to make its easy puzzles harder. I completed it in roughly 80 minutes, with the remainder of my time played allowing the game to run to get the final two card drops.

I picked this up in a bundle at some point along the way, and for the price, it was well worth it. I wouldn’t suggest buying this on its own, unless you’re very hard up for a horror game. But if you’re hard up for a horror game, there are, literally, hundreds of other titles far more deserving of your cash.
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claw
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
This game is a scam. Controller support is actually broken and unusable. The bindings are broken for xbox360 controller. You cant remap them in the menu.There is a XML-File you could edit but the game just overwrites it with its broken default settings. So there is no way to fix this. The game will launch but you are unable to crouch for example.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Yet again my enjoyment in a game is completely ruined because a game thinks that darkness means scary and immersive. In the last review that I wrote, The Hat Man: Shadow Ward, I did complain that the game was dark, but little I did know that there was a game WAY worse in terms of darkness. I had to literally play with the in-game brightness at 10 (maximum), my laptop brightness at 100% and still open the Intel Graphics Center and turn it up to 50 so I could play this game. How can you even play something if you're barely seeing it? How is that even fun?

Nevertheless the game is pretty simple, and it ain't bad, it's just meh, but since the only way it makes itself difficult is by using darkness, it's a bad design choice and overall lazy one. It definitely needed a bit more work. Regarding bugs and such I had no technical problems.

There is one thing though, being a dual monitor user, and playing the game in one monitor, the game never locks the mouse in it's window, so this means if the mouse pointer is on the other monitor and I click it, the game's minimized. This happened about 10 times, but it's just a slight annoyance. The game also runs well at a constant 60 frames per second.

Another problem I found is the torch. You lit up the torch and it lasts for about 10 seconds. Last time I checked that's not how torches work... And once more, the game relies on this mechanic to make itself harder, which just results in frustration.

While being short in length and having some good-looking sections (mostly in chapter 2), which are definitely ruined by the lack of lightning, I'm still intereted in Chapters 3 and 4, but it's a very "ehhhh" start for the series. #BrighterHorror 4/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Got the game on discount , stutters like crap on my AMD machine. This game seems to be poorly optimised and aside from the pitch black environment, stuttering makes it unplayable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Mushy controls, inventory management and item usage is clunky and slow.
One of the main flaws: it's too dark! The torch stays lit for less than 10 seconds and most of the stuff is completely invisible. Most of the time you stare at a black screen with some details. If a puzzle is difficult just because you can't see where are you going or because you can't see the symbols on the floor it means it's too dark, even at maximum brightness.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
I'm going to give this a thumbs up though with caveats because I like what it is trying to do and I think for a small team development. There is some potential even if the first two chapters are not going to come across very strong. The first chapter isn't very good, relying on the fact that you can barely see in the dark for its 'challenge' factor, which is really more exasperating than anything, but it still didn't take long to get through.

The second chapter is more of a traditional puzzle environment with some audio/visual creepiness to it, but is by no means very scary. I did want to play through these games to see where the Doorways series is going though, and overall, each one improves in art quality and game design.

This specific purchase is Chapters 1 and 2, with 'Doorways Underworld' being Chapter 3. Having played through all 3, there isn't any real reason to play 1 and 2 in terms of narrative or world building that I could see and 3 is probably the most fleshed out in terms of having interesting mechanics, so it wouldn't be wrong to skip straight to it unless you just want to make sure to see all the series has to offer.

Ultimately, you are going to be playing a low budget, small dev team game, so keep that in mind when you judge it if you decide to pick it up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
PEWDIEPOO played it :D I like him, really.
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129 of 146 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
This game relies way too much on darkness to make its puzzles way more difficult than they need to be. For example, there is a section with a memory-type puzzle, where you have to step on a grid of tiles in the correct sequence to pass. However, the floor is completely dark, so you can't even tell which tile you're standing on. Even if you've memorized the sequence, you still have to make leaps of faith in the darkness and hope you land on the right tile.

If it takes you 2 hours to solve a puzzle that could be solved in 10 seconds with the lights on, that's a pretty poorly designed puzzle.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
This game.

M'aiq thinks you are thinking about buying this game.

M'aiq also thinks this one must stop thinking and start buying.


Khajiit played this game through multiple times and loved it every time. This game focuses more on atmospheric fear than jumpscares, although they are present. There were many times where M'aiq had to gather up his courage (and maybe a bit of skooma) before going into a room that obviously did not have Khajiit's best interests in mind.

Do not play with friends, you will not enjoy the fear as much as you can by playing alone. Play by yourself, play in the dark, and play play play. M'aiq will wait.

M'aiq highly recommends this game to anybody looking for more than a few jump scares.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Overview
Well, where to begin? Doorways: Chapters 1 & 2 (now called Doorways: Prelude, apparently) is an exploration, puzzle solving horror game, that relies on darkness to confound you, while playing as a character who is after people in some alternate dimension.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much well.

It’s yet another horror title in what is seemingly becoming a bigger and bigger genre.

Pros
  • Graphics are decent
  • Voice acting is surprisingly good for a low budget indie horror game
  • Imagery is astounding, from the torture dungeon to the malformed humans
  • It’s over quick and has easy achievements if you’re an achievement hunter
Cons
  • Far, far too dark; darkness is excellent in a horror game, this one just uses it excessively
  • Puzzles are extremely easy, made harder by the near pitch blackness (I rarely turn my monitor brightness up; this game had me increasing it both from within game and the actual monitor controls)
  • Not much to the environments, they’re all pretty basic
  • Inventory system is clunky
  • Chapter 1’s torch is the most useless torch in the history of gaming, whether by design or anot
Summary
Doorways: Prelude has a few things going for it, with some genuinely disturbing imagery at parts, but it’s overall another sub-par horror game, that relies on complete blackness to make its easy puzzles harder. I completed it in roughly 80 minutes, with the remainder of my time played allowing the game to run to get the final two card drops.

I picked this up in a bundle at some point along the way, and for the price, it was well worth it. I wouldn’t suggest buying this on its own, unless you’re very hard up for a horror game. But if you’re hard up for a horror game, there are, literally, hundreds of other titles far more deserving of your cash.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I actually played most of this some years back - in fact, it was one of the very first games I ever played on Steam! - but alas, my laptop back then was a steaming great pile of doggy-doo, and the lag I experienced ultimately meant that I had to throw in the towel and wait for a better computer. Well, I've now owned that better computer for well over a year, so I guess the time taken to get BACK to this game doesn't quite suggest that I found it all that "compelling" the first time around.

Coming back to it though, I gotta say, it actually stacks up EXTREMELY well next to a lot of the cheap, "indie" horror games which have come out since. It's maybe never quite "inspired", but Doorways: Prelude is consistently solid. Very solid. BRICK solid. Almost the textbook definition of "solid".

So what exactly does the gameplay comprise of, you ask? Is it a traditional "survival horror", in the vein of the early Resident Evil and Silent Hill games? No. Definitely not. Is it more like a post-Amnesia: The Dark Descent "stealth horror" game, a la Outlast and Alien: Isolation? Again...no, not really, but definitely getting warmer. Is it a...gulp..."walking simulator", then? Well...hmmm...again, no. Not really. But kinda. But really kinda not, considering how many opportunities the game gives you to DIE.

"SO WHAT THE HELL KINDA HORROR GAME IS IT, THEN?!" I hear you scream, in mounting frustration. Well, hmmm...lemme think a sec...I guess it's really a bunch of quite different and varied "mini-games", and therein lies the difficulty in trying to nail it all down. This isn't a BAD thing, though, when the vast majority of said "mini-games" are actually rather GOOD "mini-games" - don't spend too long in the dark or die, find the correct path across the trap-laden floor, that kinda thing - and the overall game ultimately serves up oodles of what horror gamers generally seek the most: Spooky and interesting locations, puzzles which are challenging but not TOO tricky, and spooky atmosphere and (fairly minor) scares aplenty.

"BUT ARE THERE ENEMIES?" I hear you ask next, still not quite convinced what it is that you'll be buying if you throw down your hard-earned dosh for this game. Um...again, no easy, regular answer to this question, but my best attempt would be: Yes. Sometimes. Sort of. Though not generally in the "traditional" sense. But as I mentioned above, there's no end of ways to meet your demise, so don't fret if you're a member of the "not another ♥♥♥♥ing walking simulator" crowd. Rest assured, unless you're a much more competent gamer than myself - not hard, admittedly - you're not liable to complain that you didn't cark it enough times in the course of your play-through (which, for the record, is probably somewhere in the three to five hour range, making it kinda short but sufficiently sweet). There's certainly a fair element of trial-and-error style gameplay, though it's certainly no Limbo in that regard, and the save/check-points are frequent enough to never render it TOO frustrating in that department.

Sure, there's a few things wrong with it: It's insanely dark (I mean visually, not just tonally!), but once you crank your brightness up a little it's fine (and don't feel guilty for doing so...I certainly didn't, 'cause it really is borderline unplayable in parts if you DON'T). And sure, the whole "here's a static, cut-screen image of a spooky little girl to signify your death" thing is usually a sure-fire sign of cheap AND nasty, but somehow it seems justifiable enough in the way it's used in this game, and if you stick around long enough, you WILL encounter "enemies" which actually MOVE (but I won't spoil that for you).

So what about the price? Well, it's possibly a tad steep at ten bucks, so unless you're frankly unconcerned by such things, I'd probably wait for a sale. In any case, I'm taking it as a good sign of what's to come in the two episodes released since, and if it's any kind of incentive, I just purchased said remaining episodes on the strength of re-playing this one (granted, in a sale)! I can only assume that the games get BETTER as they progress, and if so, this is a pretty bloody good start.

Verdict: 9/10.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
I was first turned on to Doorways over at Rock Paper Shotgun with the original Early Access trailer. I'm really finicky about what Early Access stuff I do go in on and while the trailer with all of the static, agonized human statues piqued my interest, I opted to let the game sit on my wishlist until it was out of EA and on sale. I finally got around to this bundle this past October, since like most Steam indies, it ended up in a never ending back log of shame and excitement (shamecitement?).

The first chapter featured some basic puzzles and fleeting jump scares, though the style of the models bordered somewhere between an amateur aesthetic and illustrator intent aiming for a "not quite real" art style. It wasn't distracting, though it did harken back to the late 90's/early 00's, and I'd be lieing if I didn't feel a little nostalgic going back to a world with that level of fidelity.

The second chapter was a marked improvement, and I ended up appreciating its Amnesia-esque, crumbling castle setting much more. I felt like I could feel the developers improving in their ability to build a functional, good looking product as I progressed through the plot. The game never really felt horrifying, but there was something about the enemies in Chapter 2 that was really unsettling. I'm not sure if it was uncanny valley rearing its not-quite-ugly-enough head, but it added the hint of creepiness the game needed to establish the atmosphere the developers seemed to be aiming for. The puzzles were also a little more involved, reminding me of Penumbra and older point-and-click adventures from way back. Though the game ended abruptly, I have Chapter 3 waiting in my backlog and as of this writing I hear Chapter 4 is in Early Access, so I'm curious to see where the series goes from here.

Other stand out features from this game include the narrations provided by Amnesia alumni, Sam A. Mowry. Before looking up the voice actor, I was convinced the voice was somehow modified or synthesized. The delivery is ominous and is almost too powerful, making the main character feel like something more paranormal than a regular dude. The plot was also a tad confusing, as the opening exposition makes it seem like you're some sort of detective, though as the story progresses it seems like something more is going on the player hasn't been made fully aware of.

I wouldn't drop dough on this if you're expecting a solid horror game, but for the right price it's a nice novelty that excels at showing a development team grow and improve at their craft.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
I have to say that I really enjoyes this one.Nice level builds and GREAT sound design.The puzzles ae good and not too difficult for novices(which is nominal).Overall a good 4 hour jaunt.I will purchase the other chapters when I can.Looking forward to it.9\10
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82 of 95 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
Doorways present itself as a survival horror game but it is more about exploration than anything else.

The gameplay is pretty straight forward and too simplistic in design. Sometimes you may be required to do a little platforming as well which isn’t perfect but not too terrible either. The sections with traps requiring you to use surrounding hints to find solution of avoiding traps were particular nice. Other than such moments, most of you time you will be just going on exploration and scavenger hunts in the game. Reach from start to end and find out any items or keys that you may need to unlock the next portion of the game.

Throughout the game you can find hidden collectables called ‘relics’. These add some nice replayability to the game. The relics are well hidden and should prove a nice challenge to players attempting to gather them.

Doorways is something to look into. I loved the atmosphere, the music, and all the creepy, subtle effects. I think everything came together to create a memorable experience, in the end, despite some of the nagging issues.
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63 of 82 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Where as I loved this game, and found it immersive, and enjoyable, I wouldn't recommend getting it. The devs are almost non-interactive, and it's been almost a year since this game came out with the promise that people who bought this would get chapters 3 & 4 free when they were released. This isn't the case now, and had I know that I wouldn't have paid this price for the game. As beautiful as it is, it's not worth the price for half a game riddled with glitchyness. Not to mention the devs removing/locking threads which are unfavourable. If you can find it super cheap, grab it up for sure, but don't hope for anything past chaptesr 1 & 2. Real disappointed in these guys.
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Linux notes: Achievements are broken in Linux, and the devs seem to be ignoring the community calling for it to be fixed. This irks me to no end when devs do this.

Other than that, this game isn't all that scary. It's a "haunted house" game -- walk around until something pops out and goes "BOO!" The player's character is never put in any real danger.

The game is dark. I mean really dark. It's like they didn't want you to see anything. They even did that "film grain" thing a lot of dev teams do in order to gloss over the fact they copied and pasted most of the level, and are using generic textures. Darkness isn't scary if there's nothing in it.

The puzzles are extremely simple. There are unnecessary slow-paced parkour sections ... just because why not. The most interesting thing to do is searching for collectibles just to get an achievement. Lame.

That being said, the atmosphere is alright. The sound design is probably the best part of the game.

Scariness: 3/10
Gameplay: 4/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
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39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
"Action"? "Survival Horror"? You must be joking.

Area 1 is a tutorial. Area 2 involves walking from place to place in order, picking up notes. Area 3 involves walking round and round in circles assembling bits of broken machinery.

There is no action. You have no weapons. You can't run from anything that threatens you - you either have to avoid it or face it.

Not only is it a DULL, DULL game with absolutely NOTHING of interest happening, the devs aren't interested in patching it. They've known about bugs and glitches for months but are too busy stealing money from people with "Chapter 3".

Oh yes. If you haven't heard, this was an Early Access game. Parts 1&2 were released initially, with the rest of the game to follow when it was done. Not only have they not bothered fixing what was broken with parts 1&2, but they've decided they're entitled to charge for the rest of the game. So anybody who helped them by buying Early Access now has to pay again to get the game they've already paid for.

Even if the game was amazing I wouldn't recommend it, simply because this sort of behaviour should NOT be encouraged.
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44 of 56 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2013
Hey guys and gals, ladies, and germs. I'm an Ex-Bawks controller fan myself however the KB&M function works just fine. I have to admit it's different than what I expected. In some ways it also reminded me a bit of the MYST series. This survival horror game will throw a lot of surprises, puzzles and creatures that want to see you dead. You'll play through a dark environment picking up pieces , clues and items along the way. You play as the protagonist known as Thomas Foster. An Agent that was assigned to track down criminals and psychotics. The game plays in set chapters and has an auto save feature. The in game controls set to default but can be altered at any time. If you haven’t picked up this little gem yet, consider this game the next time you’re in the market for a unique and fun experience.
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2013
This is an interesting psychological horror game, this game is 100% episodic which means you have to wait for each chapter to be released (After you beaten a chapter you get to guess what the devs will come up next) & the protagonist is voiced by Sam Mowry. (He's the same guy who voiced the antagonist in Amnesia: The Dark Descent & many other games) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL442A2E0B84ECDC17&feature=mh_lolz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spr_mpC_fYc
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Doorways is a really good game but i wouldent exactally call it survival horror more horror puzzle first person game.
Now i will say why i think this,i love survival horror games and this game just does not fit with me into that catagory,there are no weapons to pick up no enemies to fight and the items you do collect all come in handy but for solving puzzles (just like in resident evil i suppose) snd thats what drives the game.
The graphics really suit this game (and for an indie title are really good) and the creepy and earie sounds only help to make the whole experience that more unnereving.The story is really good and one that is very adult in nature and we dont see much of that lately (THE CAT LADY is another fine example of this also),i really dont know where the main character is my only guess is that he is some sort of dream walker and is in the killers minds that he is after,but whatever it is the story is engaging and really quite on the obscure side also.The 2 parts of the story that are here are both good and to be honest my only complaint is that they are rather short and when done you will only really want to go back to play through again to get achievements you havent got.Having said that what is on offer is entertaining and engrossing enough that any adult looking for a game that will engage them in a different way wont go wrong with this game,just dont expect it to last forever.
Lets hope that the next chapters get released soon and that we can and will find out what and who THOMAS FOSTER actually is,as to be honest he is one hell of an enigma.
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
While the first two chapters were fun, it was supposed to have two more chapters. The two final chapters now need to be purchased separately (Well only the third is out). I would not waste my money on this game again as the developer will change their mind and want more money for chapter four. Bad business practice and terrible game. I even purchased multiple copies to give to family members. What a waste.
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
If you're a fan of spooky horror games then it's worth playing. I had a decent amount of fun and I will continue to play the others in the series.

7/10

PS: The reason it's rated low is not because of the game itself, but the developers. Apparently at first they said the rest of the chapters would be free and then they charged for them. Kind of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ of them if it's true but it didn't effect me any because I got it on sale for super cheap.
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