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 (1,041 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 6, 2014

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November 26

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

Changelog

Performance
- 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]

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

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

Stages
- Fixed small details at Bondom Hotel and others.

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November 5

Update Version 2.0 RC4 [+Optimization]

Performance
- Tweaked the GPU buffer flusher to improve the game performance while avoiding input lag.
- Bypassed Ogre’s timer and used our own timer instead to improve stability and performance.

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Reviews

“...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...”
RockPaperShotgun.com

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

“...Damned has a unique premise...”
Eurogamer.com

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
74 of 113 people (65%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I should start by saying that the game did provide a few sessions of fun. That being said, there are a number of problems with the game:

1. The premise is very narrow and wears thin quickly. At first it is scary and you die all the time. Then you realise that you cannot possibly complete this game (see point 2) without studying the particulars of the monster you are facing. The minute you do that, the scary aspect pretty much disappears, or in the very least much of it is lost.

2. The game is extremely hard for the survivors. The only way to beat it is to treat it like any other computer game and learn specific strategies... but in a game so dependent on atmosphere and fright, this ruins things.

3. Once you have your strategy in place, studied the monster to the point where there is nothing scary about it, and are ready to play, you will soon find the game becoming very repetitive and tedious. You will essentially wander around in the dark trying to find that one damn key that no one could find to the door that is still locked. After 20 minutes of going around in the same circle doing nothing but trying to imagine where on earth you forgot to look and you will be ready to pull your hair clean off your head.

4. The door opening and closing mechanism is moronic. You will not believe how moronic it is if you did not try it.

All in all, not a game I would recommend. Interesting idea, but not very well executed and also lacking in content to make it interesting in the long run.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 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
Anti-Lurker
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: IF THE MUSIC CHANGES THAT MEANS HE'S NEAR! GET TO COVER!

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.
Anti-Phantom
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'T SEE YOU. STOP RUNNING AWAY ALL THE TIME!

Phantom Fact: READ THE ONE ABOVE AGAIN!

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 1: STOP CROUCH WALKING, IT DOESN'T HELP, AND IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID.

Rule 2: DON'T RUN TOWARDS TEAMMATES WHEN HE'S CHASING YOU!

Rule 3: NO 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.

Rule 6: STOP RUNNING, I'M SERIOUS! YOU JUST KEEP DYING!
Anti-Mary
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.

Rule 6: DON'T GET NEAR HER
Conclusion
Don't die
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Makes grown men scream like little girls. Limited options for monsters, but who cares when you can scare the pants off your friends!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Bought the 4-pack for me and 3 of my friends, let's just say that we've all had trouble sleeping lately. The game is very balanced and having the keys and items randomed is pretty challenging. The only downside is the size of the tools you need to find (batteries and keys) that are easily missed if you don't look VERY carefully, as well as having no on-screen indicators of how much battery you've got left etc. But i think it was inteneded to make it more "realistic" and the amount of screams we've all shared proves that. Great game if you're looking for something similar to amnesia co-op where one of you gets to be the monster ;)

9/10 could use minor improvements in the future.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Prob one of the best horror games i have played it is very fun to play with friends and i highly recommend getting it of you have friends that will play it with you. Warning: does have some bugs.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Invite your friends and play this awesome horror game! You’ll be playing as human or monster, total of 5 players for each session (4 Survivors and 1 monster).

Four people is trapped with a monster, the survivors main objective is to find the way-out.
Do you have what it takes to get all the survivors out while seeing ghostly things, hearing noises or desperately running from a monster, who’s only desire is to hunt down and kill you and your friends?

The monster will be able to assume ethereal form, which to hunt the survivors, set up traps that trigger noises and events. Also assume physical form, which allows the monster to kill you, also toggle a rage mode which almost always ends with a killing spree.

Sum up with: One of the most enjoyable horror multiplayer games I have ever played, surprisingly addicting if you’re in for a spooky treat with your friends.
Damned is a masterpiece and worth a try and I can assure you will be screaming!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Damned is a 5 player horror game. There are two playable roles in the game: the humans, and the monster. It's a pretty great idea they have here. As humans, you have to try and escape. There's 4 different humans you can choose to play as, but it doesn't really matter which you choose. You start with nothing but a flashlight and need to search for batteries, as well as keys and other things that can help you escape the monster. Navigate the very dark buildings and try to get out quickly, because eventually you start to see and hear things in game and when you run out of batteries it's a lot harder. As the monster, your goal is to kill all the humans. There are currently 3 available monsters to play as: Bloody Mary, the Lurker, and the Phantom. Each one has some advantages as well as some handicaps and they each play very differently.

I will get the negatives out of the way. This game has some pretty bad bugs that hopefully will be fixed soon.
- You can lose connection to the match for no reason (at least on your end).
- The lobby might not recognize you have joined, and won't include you in the game when it is started. You may have to back out and rejoin a few times, or have the host restart the lobby, for it to work.
- Sometimes the game won't allow you to choose which human/monster you want to play, even though the lobby allows you to choose.
- Every once in awhile the main menu from the start of the game, will pop up over the game while you are playing. You can still play while it's up, but you can't exit it and after that happens when you talk in chat your name won't show up.
-When you are killed, sometimes your corpse will still be standing. Sometimes it will even walk into walls and will still let you spectate it.

These bugs are very annoying, but the game is still incredibly fun. Get a group of friends and hop in. Some will say it's a very scary game, some will say it isn't at all. What is and isn't scary is very subjective really and will differ for everyone. For me personally, it has had some pretty scary moments but a lot of the time it just gets really tense. If you're playing with friends you can have some really hilarious moments too. The idea of this game is pretty genius and it is definitely worth picking up, though if you can get it on sale that'd be good.

http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6340926/
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Very interesting horror game. Variety of monsters as well as maps and here isn't any sexism or racism! It's realistic by the way you die immediately when the monster hits you and everything has a balance. Being in the dark for too long makes you halluconate. I for one have experienced this one game when my flashlight immediately run out of power and everyone stole all the batteries. I saw faces but heard a lot more things like: grandfather clocks, flashlights being flipped on and off, laughing and much more. It brings out the fears in people when makes it such a good game for any people wanting to play a horror game WITH friends.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
So, after date night with the wife on Halloween(we saw Annabelle, fairly creepy) I on impulse bought this as it was A.) Seemed creepy B.) Let me play as a monster C.) Was on sale.

I'm glad I did, because Damned, low budget that it surely is, is pretty much what I'd want in a multiplayer horror game. The environments are creepy, the monsters all play quite different and it's pretty easy to get spooked as one of the survivors. This is also one of those games that I think is best played with friends.

Currently there are ten maps, all variations on scary locales. A few asylums, a couple of hotels, a warehouse, some sort of factory, and a restaurant(of all things). Survivor's currently have 4 characters to choose from, but really it's just an aesthetic choice. Monsters have 3 character's to choose from:
  • The blind Phantom.
  • The phasing Lurker.
  • Sobbing Mary(my personal favorite).
The Phantom can only see players if they make noise or it gets close enough to them, the Lurker phases in and out of reality, only able to track players by setting traps, and Mary must slowly approach while being teleported randomly, until she can let out a scream and sprint right upon her victims.

Having said all of that, I do have a few issues with it:

Playing as the survivor is much more challenging than playing as one of the monsters, to such a degree that picking any of the monster choices seems like a guaranteed win. The map variety also seems a little lacking. The largest issue however is will crash a little too often for my taste or require you to CTRL+ALT+DLT and end process.

All in all, I'd say it's worth what it's currently priced and good solid fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
After giving the game another go, I've chosen to rescind my previous, negative review and write a newer, positive one based on my newer experiences. (I apologize to the people who rated my older review. I'm not sure if it will reset those votes or not.)

This game is, put simply, fun. It's unpolished, it isn't pretty, and it's a delicate little thing prone to crashing. Not your everyday "ctrl+shift+esc" type crashes, I'm talking like the Hindenburg or Titanic.

But when it works, it works. Sure the monsters have strategies for avoiding, and baiting. And sure there's more or less surefire ways to avoid death (Door battles with the Lurker / Mary anyone?) But it feels a little like you're under fire. "Just remember your training and you'll be fine."

Except you won't. The Phantom will find you, the Lurker will trap you, and Mary will run you down. Your flashlight will betray you giving away your position, your sense of direction will be tested in pitch darkness, and you'll grow to hate toilets.

10/10 would die again.


**ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW**
(I would also like to point out, I bought this game about midnight-ish my time in Eastern USA, and was trying to play it pretty late at night. There were about 10 lobbies and they were mostly overseas, which could maybe explain why the game was running so poorly. Anyway, I'm glad I gave it a second chance, the server list is very populated around more reasonable hours and the connections are noticably better.)

1 out of 8 attempts succeeded in getting the game to work. ONE.

First one, died early, had to spectate a box.
Second through sixth attempts all crashed at various points. Usually while joining a game.
Seventh attempt worked properly. I played as Mary, got a kill, but spent a little too long figuring out the controls and they escaped.
Eighth attempt, crashed.

Had I bought this from Gamestop, I would have already been on my way back to the store to return it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Mary is bae, mary is life, mary for the win. I make you cry with mary. 11/1 would scare again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Scared the ♥♥♥♥ out of my friends 8/10 ( ͡° ͜ ͡°)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
You start out as the vicious killer ghost who gives mercy to none. However, the longer you play as the monster, the more you begin to develop pinache. Don't just kill your friends... scare them. That's what this game does perfectly, allowing you the ability to distract them, making them feel helpless and hopeless. Damned is a hell of a game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This Game was way fun. Its an awesome Multiplayer game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Friends made me throw headset on the ground and hit the wall on the other side of the room with my chair all while screaming at 2 am. 20/10 would get scared again.

Seriously though, very fun to play with a game full of friends. Doubt it would keep the entertainment value if playing with randoms. Very tough for the survivors, but it is possible to win. I got it on sale for $10 but I'd say its a 15 dollar game. Lots of bugs and somewhat frustrating at times, but makes up for it with the hours of fun me and friends have had. Don't get it unless you've got a group of friends to play with.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
One of the best multiplayer games I have ever played. Want to make your friends poop on themselves? This is the game to do so.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Great
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
a little scary coop indie horror game, makes a lot of fun with friends!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This game still needs a lot of work and is definatly not worth the price it's set at.
It's fun to play once or twice, but it becomes bland quickly, and the 'Insanity' system makes this game just awful to play with the amount of popups and screamers. The graphics are quite cheap looking and the doors.. the doors area NIGHTMARE to open. Keep smacking yourself in the face.
There's potential for a good game, but at the moment, it an't here.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Not worth the cash. Doesn't take long to learn about the monsters traps, which afterward ruins the element of suspense. Audio was good, initial gameplay was good, but not worth the money particularly the 4 pack to play with friends (this should be a try before buy so consumers can make an educated choice).

AI monsters would greatly improve the gameplay.
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