Damned: A Randomized Online Horror Game - What is Damned? Damned is a randomized online horror game for up to 5 players (4 survivors and 1 monster). You’ll be able to play as one of four people trapped in different haunted places (hotels, hospitals, etc).
User reviews: Very Positive (1,166 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 6, 2014

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December 5

Update Version 2.0 RC6 [NEW MAP]



- New stage add: Black Lake Woods
• New Traps
• New Music

- Balanced the number of batteries per map


- Mary rebalanced
• Increased speed from 0.64 to 1.2
• Increased random teleport rate in 2 times
• Decreased recharge power when near the survivors to half
• Increased the distance for power recharge from survivors in 1 meter(3.2 feets)
• Increased traps activation when teleport in 1 meter(3.2 feets)

- Phantom
• Number of traps activated from 20% to 25%

- Add individual control for the music

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November 26

Update Version 2.0 RC5 [++Optimization][+Preview]


- Disable shadow casting for multiple objects (some shadows were unnecessarily being calculated for small, unimportant objects) [big performance gain]
- Disabled GPU buffer flusher [big performance gain on certain GPUs]

- The range to trigger traps was hardcoded to 2, now it’s correctly set to 6.

- Tweaked and fixed transparency shaders (mainly for glass windows) to properly treat z-order.

- Fixed small details at Bondom Hotel and others.

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“...in Damned if things are happening then it’s because whomever is in control of the monster is right there in the room...That’s a really smart idea...”

“What sounds really cool...is the stuff you can do while playing the monster.”

“...Damned has a unique premise...”

About This Game

Damned: A Randomized Online Horror Game

- What is Damned?

Damned is a randomized online horror game for up to 5 players (4 survivors and 1 monster).
You’ll be able to play as one of four people trapped in different haunted places (hotels, hospitals, etc).
As a survivor your main objective will be finding your way out, as well as helping your friends get out too. You’ll often find yourself on the edge, hearing and seeing ghostly things, trying to find keys and items to help in your escape. And sometimes you’ll find yourself running desperately from a monster, who’s there only to find and kill you and your friends.
You’ll also be able to play as the monster. The game will feature different monsters, each one unique in its gameplay and hunting style.

- What kind of horror game is Damned?

Damned explores the sense of being defenseless against a powerful supernatural force. The survivors can’t directly affect the monster in any way. When it’s there to get you, your only chance is to run and hide.
This perception of being defenseless is very strong, primal and terrifying, it builds up anxiety and makes you really scared, fearing any unexplained noise or movement.
This is how Damned creates horror in a multiplayer game session, and we believe it to be super effective! (tested and approved!)

- Why is Damned a randomized game?

Every stage in Damned is randomized:
  • Almost all the objects in a stage may or may not appear;
  • The item system is fully random too, randomizing which item will appear in the game, and where it'll be;
  • The way to win a match as a survivor is also randomized;
  • Even the stage may trigger random events to scare the survivors inside.

- Why is Damned a competitive and cooperative game?

Because in a full game, with 4 survivors and 1 monster, there’ll be a survivor “team” cooperating to try and escape together, and at the same time they’ll be competing against a monster, trying to flee from him and deny each one of its attempt to hunt and kill a survivor.

- How to play as a survivor?

As a survivor you’ll be cooperating with your friends (up to 4 survivors in a single game session):
You and your friends will be searching the level for keys and items to help in your escape;
Each survivor will have a flashlight that can be turned on and off, helping you see your surroundings, but at the same time letting the monster know where you are;
The survivors will be able to manipulate objects throughout the hotel, like drawers, doors, safes, cabinets, wardrobes;
Challenge yourself to find the exit and get out alive.

- How to play as the monster?

As the monster, your game will be all about competing alone against the survivors team.
The game will feature different monsters, each one unique in its play style. It's up to you to play a few rounds with each monster and decide which one works best for you.
How are you going to hunt and kill the survivors?

- Why is Damned worth buying?

Because it’s fun!
It’s really scary, you’ll find yourself on the edge a lot of times, trying to evade the monster or trying to pay closer attention because you don’t know if the sound you just heard is some random noise or if it is the monster haunting you.
It’s a real horror game, it explores deeply the feeling of being completely defenseless against a powerful force that can finish you easily. Your only choice is to run and hide!
And also because it’s really fun to play as the monster as well. You’ll keep haunting and building up anxiety in people, making them terribly scared of you. We really put you in the skin of a terrifying monster.

- Links and contact:

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz (quad core recommended);
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2000+, nVidia GeForce FX 6 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3.0+ GHz (quad core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 4850, GeForce GT 645M
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I'm writing this now, still a little stressed and in the throws of an adrenaline high caused by my friends. First and foremost, play this game with a group of friends who are bad at the game along side you and can get better with you. Playing with randoms online will not help you learn in this HIGH stress environment and the current how-to guides online are only so helpful.

Here's what you get:
You're one of the survivors in the haunted hotel/asylum/hospital, and your on a scavenger hunt for keys to open the various locked doors on the map. As you creep around, you deal with randomly generated hauntings that do aweful things like make the dark screen darker, mysterious spooky noises play in your ear, or keyboard keys can even be disabled. All temporary.
And thats all before your friend takes control of one of three monsters and attempts to murder you before you get the silver key and escape.

The keys and tools are all hidden in obscure places, anything from in drawers of desks to the garbage can in the woods. But never somewhere completly random like the middle of the floor of a ball room. They are hidden well, but not unfairly at all. The rest of the challenge is finding what doors they unlock. Eventually leading out.

The Three Monsters:
As of now there are only three creatures to threaten you and they all garner a different approach to avoid. Here's the long/short;
Lurker sets traps to try to pinpoint your location and materializes in a blink for a few seconds at a time. You pretty much just run from him like an old monster movie. Bracing doors and sobbing until he's gone.

The phantom is 'blind' and only sees players who make a lot of noise. People complain about him being Overpowered but thats mostly because they run around and get slapped instantly. You need to be sneaking when this ghoul roams the halls.

Then there's mary. She randomly teleports around the map, and if she fills up her spooky-meter she frenzies and can run at you rather than her usual trundle. Think the Witch from Left 4 Dead, popping and locking through the dining room looking for victims.

The Good:
-Very different kind of game play. If you have a group of friends you dont mind never wanting to talk to again, team up and go scavenger hunting.
-This is a HORROR game, not an FPS. When you see the monster you run. There are no guns, just a flashlight. This might sound like a negative, but it really helps amp up the FEAR
-Atmosphere. This might be a little generic, but they really do try to use your less obvious senses to pick up on the creepy factor. You get trained to listen for traps and musical queues, little details, that when you finally do see something. It hits hard and helps you scare.

The Bad
-Crashes. There seems to be a lot of crashes between my friends and I. Hardware capability dont seem to be the issue, and if someone drops midgame, they wont be able to get back in. They'll only be able to spectate.
-Genuine stress level. It might not be a problem to everyone, but I get genuinly stressed out. Legs tight. Hands sweating. Worrying about ever little step. This is why you play with friends. Let the strange monster creeping on you be your pal. Not some mook on teh interwebs.

Final Verdict:
Love it. Go in on a 4 pack with your friends. Maybe hope it winds up on a sale. Hopefully the crashes get patched out and new features like new monsters and different playable characters get added. But this is not a game I can compare to any other experience very well.

If players could jump back in if they were kicked and the crashes were resolved I would say full price is worth it. As it stands now, $19.99 is a little steep for what feels like early access material. However I still love the experience. And few things are as satisfying as hearing your friends fill their diapers over skype as you pop out around the corner.
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35 of 50 people (70%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
REALLY fun and addicting. Friend told me about this game and I picked it up on sale. First session was 5 hours straight, (other than the game crashes). It is crazy buggy, though. Feels less stable than most Early Access games I've played, but still, even with the bugs and crashes, this game is worth playing.

Very fun, scary, and hilarious laughing at eachother after a good jump.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
Amensia: The Dark Decent + Coop/Versus-gameplay. So much fear, so much fun, so much potential for improvements. So many bugs (unfortunately): From the ♥♥♥♥ed up server browser to random crashes. Still: recommended!
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
I can understand the positive reviews. There is the promise of a good game here, which promises to be a lot of fun with friends. It's just not that playable at the moment. The game should not have been released in its current state, since it is glitchy to the point of being impossible to play. Your game will crash, your voice chat will not work, you will be unable to connect, you won't be able to perform certain actions, etc. (At one point, I asked if it was still in beta, because it's absolutely unacceptable as a final version.) Even if those glitches were fixed, there are some serious design flaws. The stages are extremely dark and murky, which may create an atmosphere but makes it hard to see the tiny items that the survivors need. This decision might be okay if the game wasn't already so imbalanced. The survivors don't have enough options to get away from or defend themselves from the ghost, who has a one-hit kill. They also aren't given any indications about what keys open what doors, so it becomes an exercise in trying every key in every door. Worst of all, the ghost and the survivors are in the same voice chat, which makes it impossible to coordinate with the other survivors without the ghost hearing all your plans and knowing where you will be. So, in its current form, I cannot recommend it to others.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
One of my all time favourite horror games! I highly reccomend this if you are into Co-op versus!
The gameplay is solid, being the monster is fun, and it's always nice hearing your friends scream of terror as they run out of stamina :3
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
OK so far, this is great, get some close friends on Sklype or Teamspeak and have fun playing a screwed up game of tag or keep away depending on what character you're playing! Also it's fun when you can sing "one two mary's coming for you " to play with your teammates minds :)
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
If you looking for a little treasure in the horror genere, here it is.

The atmosphere and the sounds will help you to feel your heart beating and you never know how the monster will find you. Maybe in the next second, maybe never.

Small bugs but nothing for disable the fun, so..... i like and love the game =)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
I do recommend this game. BUT BEFORE YOU BUY IT do yourself a favor and DO NOT BUY THIS GAME RIGHT NOW. Its filled with bugs, you will crash A LOT. Its almost unplayable and for some of you it will be a waste of money because you will not get to play due to a bug in the game that no one knows the solution to (as well as the devs) which will have you at the main menu with a message "servers are down for maintenance" even though the servers are up. Devs will tell you its your fire wall/anti-virus well don't bother messing with those cause I can tell you thats not the problem. I have a friend that just bought this game and he cannot play it now because of this bug and we have checked EVERYTHING and the game just will not allow him to play. Not saying its a bad game, but for the price its not worth buying due to how broken this game is. Wait for few more updates and then buy the game, but for now don't.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
After having played a fair few games of this, I can pretty easily say two things about this.
ONE: Do not let my thumbs up fool you, this is not a game I recommend for the weak of heart and mind. This game was released majorly unfinished, and is still very clearly meant to be in a testing phase. Frequent crashes, a command prompt opened up upon play, and frequent glitches plague this game.
TWO: Do not let one fool you either, by no means is this a bad game, and has a pretty excellent concept behind it with a fair enough execution.

As far as I am concerned, the largest two issues with this game are this:
-Lack of lots of testing and polishing that allow this game to truly shine.
-Lack of content to add variation, such as a larger list of monsters to truly vary up the gamplay.

This game is very rough as it is, and could certainly do with some well-needed polish, which, thankfully, the devs are providing. However, I feel the most necessary implementation (after polish, of course) would be Steam Workshop support, allowing the devs to iron out kinks while the community works to try and make some monsters, levels, and even seperate game modes themselves.

However, I still enjoy the game, and I feel that anyone with enough friends willing to play it (three at the very least, don't play public games) would find amount of enjoyment in this clever little horror game.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
This game is clearly a cash in on other a-synchronous multiplayer games being conceptualized off of popular board games. 1 monster vs. 4 survivors is a great concept that this one doesn’t fully realized.

The monsters are fine but the only object for the survivors is to find keys to open doors. THAT IS ALL. Me and my friends would voluntarily sit and do nothing as the monster to find all of the keys or get to the end. After 2 hours we gave up. It very much feels like a game that cannot be won on the survivor’s side because the win state and objective for them wasn’t fully realized.

The maps are either too narrow or too large and all of the environments feel recycled and with irrelevant obstacles in them.

If this concept excites you play board games with this premise or wait for “Last Year”. Which this game feels like it was trying to beat to release
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
This game is still early access, so this review is subject to change/additions

Damned is basically what it says on the Tin. A survival horror game for 5 players (Maximum) where four play scavenger hunt Point A to point D item findings, and one player plays one of (Currently 3) monsters to murder your friends. Fun for everyone, especially if you have friends who enjoy screaming very loudly at your music-cue arrival. Lets get down to it.

Gamplay involves item-based problem solving. Simple stuff. Find key, key goes to Locker, locker goes to safe, safe goes to kitchen, kitchen goes to crowbar, crowbar goes to wood over door, escape through door. Not always that simple, but basically always that formula. You have to find keys, unlock doors and safes, and escape out of the final door while eluding the monster player. Not always so easy.

The Monster player has 3 monsters to choose from (At the time of this review) being Lurker, Phantom, and Mary. Lurker is your tall and gruesome skinless hulkbeast who spends a majority of the game in "Phase mode" which is where the player will move around quickly, phasing through doors (Cause you cant see them) and players (Who you also cant see) and setting traps. Since you can't see players, you need to use the traps to figure out their locations. Once they set one off, and it lets you phase in, you pop in and slice them to ribbons.

The phantom is like a satanic stevie wonder. A floating torso who is completely blind to anyone unless they make a lot of sound. This means running, and clicking your flashlight. And getting too close. Make too much noise, and you'll show up in his vision as a white life-form that he can go maul. It's a fairly simple system, and I've nearly had it gotten around when I played him.

Mary is your near-typical japanese-horror esque girl. Similar in design to popular ones like the Ring, or grudge. For a majority of the game she moves slower than a 95 year old man walking through hot tar. She also randomly teleports as a way to balance and make your life easier. You might teleport in the same room as the players, might not. You can also manually teleport, but we'll get to that in a second.

Mary has the ability to enter a /frenzy/ mode when her meter (Which you dont see) fills. Stare at the players enough, and you can activate frenzy mode. a 10-15 second burst of quadrupled speed in which she screams violently, goes all scary faced and comes bullrushing you. You can also exchange a bit of the frenzy meter for another teleport, if you dont wanna wait for the freebie random one.

There are about 12+ stages right now, with the most recent (At the time of this review) being a forest/camping area. The game does have some flaws, like optimization issues, data leaks, and minor coding bugs. Updates are also somewhat slow, but when they come around they are very nice. Running on my toaster I get about 25-30 frames in a map. Apparently a high-end gets about the same, due to optimization issues. It happens.

I can't really rate it with a number right now, but I am giving it a yes. It's a nice game, for a beta.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
10/10 would die with a scream in my throat, insanity-blurred vision, and pee running down my leg again.


10/10 would whisper creepy nonsense to the scurrying humans while hunting them through an asylum again.

Really though, it could still use some polish. Getting everyone loaded into lobbies properly needs a bit of work, the mechanic for opening doors is often frustrating (though that adds to the tension) and there's really no hand holding, but after 2 hours of play with some friends I was getting the hand of both sides and it had my pulse racing like no other game in recent memory.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
You have 1 new item in your inventory: Soiled Underpants
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27 of 52 people (52%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Achievement unlocked: Scream like a little ♥♥♥♥♥
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
So very recommended. It feels like a horror b movie with you and your online buddis starring in it!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Very creepy/horror type of game, if there is something I'm sure of, it is that if you play with your friends (as I am), you will and I am not joking - hate these friends once your done playing. Damned is a very intense horror game where either you are a survivor that needs to escape from a monster (whom is a player) by finding keys and what not in order to find your way out.

Since Damned is still under "production" meaning that it's still alpha/beta stage, the game has come very far if you ask by me and it seems as I am not the only one that experiance great gameplay by this game. I hope that it gets more attention by us, fellow gamers and community that is Steam.

Definitely worth buying. A perfect christmas present if you want to scare a friend! x)
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13 of 25 people (52%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Almost like a multiplayer version of Amnisia. Good with firends or even with strangers. 10/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
This game is incredibly frustrating to play. Please do not put money into this. I bought a 4-pack for friends and we'll never play it again.

The UI is incredibly bad.
Changing to full screen will freeze your game and you'll need to restart.
The graphics are on the same level as PSX Resident Evil (not quite, but damn close)
There a random Jacko lanterns everywhere.. this is a horror game, not a halloween game...

Please do not waste you money unless you REALLY research and decide this is a good game.
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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
8/10 Still this game has lots and lots of potential, hey! but it offers what you wanted from the game! it scares the ♥♥♥♥ out of you! would recommend.

-below are anti monster guides on how to not be detected by the player-controlled monsters/ghosts

Overall basics
Rule 1. Don't pick up the batteries just because they are there. The batteries you pick up replace your previous battery. Meaning that if you pick up 2 you waste 1. Wait for your battery to be low before picking another up. This will save you in the late-game.

Rule 2. Voice chat is C, stop asking

Rule 3. When a monster is chasing you, DO NOT RUN TOWARDS TEAMMATES. All monsters are good at killing clustered survivors. Run in the opposite direction and let the others survive.

Rule 4. Help any new players with the basics. The more you help, the more chance this game has of seeing a real release.

Rule 5. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you could go in case of emergency (this will depend on the monster you fight).

Rule 6. Sometimes things bug, get used to it.

Rule 7. I decide what qualifies as a "rule", get used to it
The lurker is the OG monster. So if you be creepin' up on his turf, gonna get a beat down!

But, if you can't help it here are some tips.

Lurker fact: The lurker has a "ghost" form and a physical form. He can HEAR you in ghost form (like, the gamer has to use his actual ears (unlike the phantom)), but he can only KILL you in human form.


Lurker Fact: The lurker sets traps by clicking on items in the environment. When YOU set off a trap (e.g. you set off a grandfather clock), be careful. He might have heard you.

Lurker Fact: The lurker CANNOT stay in his physical form for long. He has about 30-40 seconds in his physical form to kill you. If he stays in physical form for the whole time, he will be unable to use physical form for a while (2 minutes?). The shorter he stays in physical form, the less his cooldown will be (down to 13 seconds from a <2 second physical form)

Rule 1: Avoid traps! If you are playing against a monster who's main way of tracking you down is traps... AVOID THEM! Stay away from clocks, radiators, boards, light fixtures, toilets (these are the worst), ladders, wiji boards, and jack-o-lanterns if possible.

Rule 2: In the beginning of the match you have about 45 seconds of free time before the lurker CAN appear. Use it wisely and progress as much as you can in this time. Remember to stop running at least 20-seconds before you think that he'll appear (to charge sprint to maximum).

Rule 3: Doors! On maps with lots of small rooms, you can just go in a room, shut the door, and block it with your body. He can't get in... so.... it's good!

Rule 4: Tables! On maps that have wide open rooms, your best bet is to sprint away from him or to put a table between you and him. Then, just keep moving away from the side he moves to.

Rule 5: Flashlight! If the lurker didn't see you when he spawned, TURN IT OFF. He has bad eyesight and hiding is possible.

Rule 6: Don't look at him when running away. You'll slow down and die. A quick glance will suffice.
The phantom is the least fun monster to play as, and the most fun monster to play against. He is hard to learn how to play against, but once you get the hang of it, it's really quite fun!



Phantom Fact: The phantom can HEAR what you do. When you do something loud, the player that is playing the phantom will have you appear as bright white that can shine through obstacles and walls on his screen. Avoid: clicking the flashlight, overly clicking on doors and safes, RUNNING, walking very near the phantom, RUNNING, walking on top of the phantom, setting off traps, RUNNING




Rule 4: If the phantom does "see" you, run as far away as you can. After about 5 seconds, the music will become more peaceful. When this happens, IMMEDIATELY CHANGE DIRECTIONS. This will send the phantom looking for you in a part of the map that is empty.

Rule 5: Leave all doors wide open, he can't see them. Closing them will just get in YOUR way.

Mary is scary!

Mary fact: Mary gains energy over time. She uses this for her 2 main abilities, Teleport and Frenzy.

Mary Fact: Mary gains energy if you are near her. This does not include when there is a CLOSED door inbetween you and her.

Mary Fact: She's really slow most of the time, but when she frenzies, you CANNOT outrun her.

Mary Fact: You can look to the left, you can look to the right, you can look behind you, you can look under your bed, you can look under your dresser, but don't look up... she doesn't like to be seen.

Rule 1: don't get near her

Rule 2: don't get near her

Rule 3: don't get near her

Rule 4: all of the above

Rule 5: So... you got near her... idiot! Well if she frenzies you still have a chance. Start sprinting in RANDOM DIRECTIONS. Mary is super fast, so it's really easy for her to overshoot you. Doing a random pattern of sprint can save your life. You only need to survive for 8 seconds anyway.

Don't die
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124 of 186 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Early Access Review
Hid in closet. Last one alive. Cried. 10/10
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