For some time now, Leafmore High School has been the setting for unexplained disappearances. In this survival horror game, you take control of a group of 5 American students. With your friends, you try to unravel the mysterious happenings at this unremarkable-looking school. The night will be long and survival not will not be easy...
User reviews: Very Positive (241 reviews) - 92% of the 241 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 6, 2005

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"Oldschool, hardcore, less clunky & more realistic Alone in the Dark + Resident Evil + SIlent Hill, 1st & the only survival horror that did CO-OP right."


“ObsCure's really cool!”
8.0 – Worthplaying

“One of the most innovative horror games of 2005.”
7.6 – IGN

“The team drew inspiration from Resident Evil, Alone In The Dark, Project Zero, and, of course, Silent Hill. They also chipped in a whole slew of their own ideas.”
7.0 – Eurogamer

About This Game

For some time now, Leafmore High School has been the setting for unexplained disappearances. In this survival horror game, you take control of a group of 5 American students. With your friends, you try to unravel the mysterious happenings at this unremarkable-looking school. The night will be long and survival not will not be easy...

A few years ago, strange things started occurring in the usually quiet American school of Leafmore. Some students are said to have heard awful screams, and there is talk of mysterious disappearances.
After one of their friends mysteriously disappears, a group of students decide to investigate the disturbing events. One evening after class, they stay behind and are locked inside the school, determined to discover what is going on.
Down long, dimly-lit corridors and in dark classrooms, Shannon, Kenny, Ashley, Stan and Josh will try to find out why their school has become so terrifying - and will try to stay alive.

- Discover the game that has become a classic in the survival horror game genre.
- Every student in the group has a special ability.
- All kinds of weapons can be used: baseball bats, handguns, shotguns, and much more.
- Solve puzzles.
- Play alone or with a friend in co-op mode on the same screen.
- Soundtrack composed by award-winning composer Olivier Derivière.
- Compatible with the Xbox 360 controller.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Cooperative mode (2 players): gamepad required.
    • OS: Windows Seven
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Cooperative mode (2 players): gamepad required.
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
An old school survival horror,in which 5 students brave the horrors unleashed on their school,which manages to stay enjoyable despite its age.


-fairly interesting story
-considering its age,graphics are still decent
-oldschool soundtrack has a retro but still enjoyable quality to it
-coop is an option
-a few extras/game mode unlocks for those so inclined


-permadeath on characters,adds to the challenge but can lead to frustration and/or force a reload
-limited amount of saves


-pretty cheesy overall
-clunky controls and poor autoaim make combat harder than it'd be (I used a controller,so can't vouch for k/m)
-uninspired last boss battle
-companion AI isn't the best
-despite having 5 characters there's not alot of difference between them,nor are they really fleshed out background-wise
-short length
-no widescreen support

Overall Obscure is a decently enjoyable experience and a good throwback to old school games,but you have to accept its shortcomings-some of which come from its age-to properly enjoy it.

I'd say go for it when it's on sale if you already had your fill of old survival horror titles and are looking for more,just don't expect to find a life changing game experience.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Aaah, Obscure. It was one of my favorite games back then for some reason, and even after all these years, I still enjoy it a lot.

Obscure is a third person survival horror game, and a pretty decent one. It's not the scariest game I've ever played, and it's not even close, but it's quite enjoyable on it's own level.

You get trapped inside of a school at night while you are looking for a missing friend. But "Evil" stuff roams the grounds, and it's up to you to survive.

In this game, you can weaken your shadow coated enemies using your flashlight, and then they will be rather weak, kinda like Alan Wake, but years before it. There are 5 playable characters, and if any of them dies during your game, he or she stays dead for good. In easy or normal mode, the game is rather easy, and even if you kill every enemy in your way, you'll still have lots of ammo. BUT, when you play on hard mode, it's got that good ol' survival horror feel, where you are actually trying to survive. You've got WAY less bullets than the enemies you'll encounter, and health items are rather scarce, too. It's hard, but not overly hard, it's still quite enjoyable, judging when and where you should use your healing items or ammo.

I didn't had any trouble with this port, aside from the incredibly awkward (before you get used to) keyboard controllers. (Yes, you can change 'em, and yes, it supports a controller, but I was way too lazy to change the inputs).

The graphics, even for a 2005 game, are pretty decent. The cutscenes are rather weird looking, but during the gamplay, they are enjoyable. The music of this game is also pretty good, even if there's only like 3 songs with countless remixes and stuff. (Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it)

The only downside about this game is, that even on hard difficulty, it's a pretty short game. You can finish it in less than 2 hours if you know where you're going, hell, perhaps even faster. I started a run on hard/special mode, and managed to go through the whole game in an hour and half.

It's definitely worth it, I would recommend this one if you are into old horror games. One thing, though....This game lacks the Sum 41 intro that made the old version kick ♥♥♥. That made me sad...9/10.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Rated 6.5/10

Obscure is a multiplayer (local only) survival horror game. The game takes place at Leafmore High where 4 students go in search of one of their friends who went missing on campus. During the search they discover that the school is hiding many mysterious that could be directly tied to their friends dissapearance. It has been said that this game takes inspiration from the late 90s flick "The Faculty". After completing the game I am convinced this is true.

The game plays much like what you would expect from a traditional survival horror game. You will explore the campus in search of keys and levers to gain access to new areas all while discovering readable documents to fill you in on plot details. You may also be rewarded for exploring by discovering ammunition, healing items or even CD's which you can use to save the game. The CD's work very similar to Resident Evil's ink ribbons except that you can save at any time as long as you have a CD in your inventory. There are also a fair share of puzzles to solve, most of which prove fairly simple.

One of Obscure's strong points comes from it's combat. The combat in general is pretty basic, you can shine your light on enemies to hold them at bay while firing away with your guns, however if you pay attention to your surroundings you can often use the environment to your advantage. (Just remember the enemies are weakened by light).

One of Obscure's weakpoints comes from the AI. Again the game does have a local coop option and it is obvious that is how the game was meant to be played. Playing through on single player you will control 2 characters at a time. You will be in direct control of 1 and the other will be controlled by AI, however you can swap back and fourth between these two characters with the press of a button. Don't get me wrong, the AI knows how to dish out damage. Where they fall short is in their ability to avoid damage and once your AI dies, they are dead. Gone for the rest of the game and will never respawn. If you are playing single player, make sure to your AI does not have a bat for a weapon or they will die. Stick them with a pistol and keep them away from certain enemy types and you should manage just fine.

Obscure was indeed a fun playthrough once you learn how to work with the AI. The exploring is satisfying and the atmosphere is just creepy enough to keep you on edge. The game is relatively short and you can expect to finish in around 5 hours. If you are a fan of the older Resident Evil styled horror games you will enjoy Obscure. I recommend the energy drinks.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
A decent survival horror game, definitely not the best but a good time to play for fans of the genre. 8/10 for the graphics and puzzles, 6/10 for the bad voice acting and annoying characters, 7/10 for the controls.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6

Great game, amazing story, difficult on every gamemode to give you a strategic and horrific gameplay.

-PS2 Nostalgia
-Several jumpscares
-Amazing story
-Scarecity of ammo (Not to allow you to gang up on the game)
-Allows you save where ever you want
-Several characters to choose from
-Each character has a slight ability to help
-Wonderful boss battle and ending
-Spooky scenery
-Weapon situations (Like highbeam flashlight)
-Everyone can die

-Controls are a bit difficult to get used to
-Partner AI is a bit wobbly
-Could do a bit more on boss battle
-No Online Co-Op
-Your character sometimes doesn't aim where you want
-Sometimes you roam a bit


I must say, after beating this game, it was a wonderful gameplay to complete. Obscure is an old school game that looks like a combination of Silent Hill and the early forms of Resident Evil. Obscure allows you to select five players, only allowing you two to use at a time. I chose (Not being racist just forgot her name) the African American female (Who I will refer as Deja?), who's an expert at fighting, and Josh, the one who can tell if you've forgotten something. At first, I thought this was an online Co-op, making a friend buy it too so we could both play. After we found out it was local co-op, he refunded it and was stingy at me for a few days.
The game though, I chose the normal mode, was difficult on pretty much any mode. It took me exactly SIX HOURS to complete, and rewarded me with a special mode that gave you wonderful prizes that you'll enjoy. The prologue sets a creepy ambience to your gameplay, and sending chills when you must escape. I was pretty shocked at the end of the prologue, and thought that was the end of the character. About an hour of gameplay, I didn't know you had to save. I spent an hour of gameplay walking around the map. I ended up getting Deja killed. I found out there were no checkpoints, so I restarted, playing the prologue again and finding out that discs help you save.
After I found the discs, my gameplay began. I ended up at the courtyard and that's where things went wrong. I had no idea what to do and spent 20 minutes walking around. Before the 2 hour mark, I decided '♥♥♥♥ it' and quit and received a refund. About a week later, I found out OBSCURE and OBSCURE II were onsale for 5.07. I bought the game for 6.99 and I saw that as a steal. I bought both games, now seeing as I bought it again I should play it again.
Thankfully the game saved my progresses and I found out what to do. The variety of weapons in this game, the scarecity of ammo, the amount of monsters you must face, is exciting! Several times I had to conserve ammo, and sharing different guns with my partner proved to be a bit difficult. The story progressed and got darker as it went, which I loved. The partner AI though, seemed a bit disappointing, because she would attack so slowly and rarely. Several times I had to tell her to stay put while I finished off some important bosses.
At the end of the game, the boss seemed a bit easy, even on Normal, but it was a bit challenging for a two-stage fight. I loved the ending, it sent chills up my spine and I'm really considering playing the second one. This game was enjoyable and remembered me of my PS2 Nostalgia.
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