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 (280 reviews) - 92% of the 280 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 6, 2005

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Reviews

“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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Cooperative mode (2 players): gamepad required.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Seven
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Cooperative mode (2 players): gamepad required.
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Great coop game. There are many bugs, and the silent hill style camera angle is annoying (learn the key to switch player focus), but its still a great couch game to play with your SO.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
I'd like to preface by saying this is a decent little survival horror game for the price (especially if you catch it on sale) and I do reccomend it, but there's come complaints and obsevations I do have:

-No-one that worked on this thing as touched so much as a NERF gun, so we get awe-inspiring stupidity like a large revolver sharing ammo with a 9mm semi-auto and a double barrel shotgun with a pump-action, complete with ejection-port and mag-tube. Not to mention the "light grenade"

It streals all kinds of stuff from Resident Evil (not including the obvious part of being Survival Horror with a fixed camer and tank controls, of course)

-Monsters born of evil experiments on a plant

-One of the heroes looks like a young Leon S Kennedy

-Rips off the save system, but with with CDs that can be used anywhere in place of Ink Ribbons.

-Someone has noted skills in lock-picking

On a techinal level, it had no graphics settings aside from changing reslution and expects you adjust the brightness on your actual screen. Runs smooth and looks good other than that, though.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
I don't trust metacritic at all anymore, many of my favorite games have a score less then 80. Some of the criitics were far too picky with this game, such as lowering the score due to the bad grapics. The graphics aren't that bad for a 2004 game, graphics don't make the game; gameplay does. This game definitely delivers in gameplay; the local multiplayer is very well done and makes this game loads of fun playing it with someone right next to you instead of over a mic. I wish there were more games with this king of local multiplayer. My only complaints about this game would be that the dialouge can be a bit cheesy at times and its pretty difficult at times, not impossible though. Overall this is a great game especially to play with friends.
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206 of 219 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I played Obscure back on the PS2 at its original release and remember being pleasently surprised. This game utilises "fixed camera angles" like the classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill games but mixes it up with a cheesy high school teen slasher flick story, and combining gameplay from both franchises. This survival horror has alot of the classic elements you would expect; variety of actual puzzles, limited supplies, dark and tense atmosphere, unique monster designs and since this is a co-op experience, reliability on your partner.

Speaking of partners each different character you can play as, and switch to at any time, have their own special abilities - so it is advisable to use different characters in the appropriate situation, I think this adds depth to the gameplay.

The story is cheesy, not serious, but there is a charm to it. It also features my favourite "game fetish" storyline in which everything is normal at first, but slowly devulges into the horror you came to expect, and you have to fight and learn the mystery behind how this all happened.

The combat is basic, there is auto-lock, power attacks and standard attacks, but that's all this game needs I feel. The good thing is that the controls are easy to learn and complexity is not needed here.

Unfortunately, for me, the music is quickly forgettable so don't expect some Akira Yamaoka level of quality here. That being said, what I hear fits what is happening, just that it isn't something you would listen to casually.

I recommend this game to fans of the classic RE and SH games, and looking for their fix on survival horror with some original concepts to it. However, this game was originially released back in 2005, so expect some outdated mechanics compared to modern horror.

Also, this PC port is a re-release of an older port but adds native widescreen support and full controller support, among general optimisations to work on modern Windows systems. The only bummer is that there is still no mouse support. I should also mention the game does indeed run at 60fps.
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