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 (122 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 6, 2005

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“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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • 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
25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I first got my hands on Obscure back in 2004, on PS2. Was quite surprised to see it on Steam. It's one of the games which reserved a spot in my memory. I remember having a lot of fun playing it, and i got the same pleasure replaying it after 10 years.

Obscure is an old-school horror survival game which manages to entertain by offering a cheesy story, influenced by the Robert Rodriguez's "The Faculty" movie. It uses the music from the movie and even contains a character based on it. Even though i heavily disliked the movie, Obscure succeeded in offering me a whole different perspective.

You have 5 students trying to escape their school, from an entire horde of monsters created by their Principal who was experimenting on students. You can choose to play for any of them, and at any time a second player can join the game for any other character, which doesn't force you to start a new game if you want to play local co-op with a friend. Each one of them has a different special ability like running faster, better healing, or picking locks skills. I loved especially the method of saving the game. You do it using a CD which you need to find in-game, and i consider it to be an important aspect in a survival game, so that one won't be able to save every 2 minutes since the amount of CD's you can find is limited. The outstanding soundtrack composed by Olivier Derivière, in this particular environment, creates a even creepier atmosphere. There are few types of monsters, and also limited types of weapons, but what makes it better is that except weapons there is something else that hurts monsters - light. So when you are in a room with windows, and got yourself cornered - you can always break some windows and let them know who the boss is, as for the rooms with no windows - one can combine any firearm with a flashlight. I didn't notice for the light of the flashlight to inflict any damage, but at least it keeps the monster at distance for a short period of time.

There are also some cons of course, but none which caused me any inconvenience. You can choose a resolution up to 1920x1080 but the game does not support widescreen so you'll just get a 4:3 aspect with black borders on the right and left side. Playing it with keyboard & mouse is possible, but not entirely comfortably. At least i couldn't do it, so i just used a Xbox 360 controller which worked just great. Graphics are not the best, but also not awful, especially for a 10 years old game. I enjoyed Obscure very much, and would recommend it to anyone who likes old school survival games. Looking forward to play the second game. Hope i'll enjoy it as much as the first. Cheers ;)

* NOTE > The game also includes all the Deluxe Edition content: Soundtrack, Artwork, Screenshots, Sketches...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
One of the better classic survival horror games that I have played. I wanted this on the PS2, but the games a tad pricey when buying it, as it's a semi collectible. So, I was over joyed to find it on steam AND with full Controller support(as long as you enable it from the options menu. It doesnt detect an xbox gamepad unfortunately)

Now, as with most old school survival horror games, the story is very unrealistic and centers on a group of kids, who does the most rational thing one could do upon hearing a high school friend of there's didn't come home the night before: They sneak into the school with a baseball bat and begin busting open vendor machines and windows.

Still, the game looks gorgeous for a classic game, and plays flawlessly! If you love games like Resident Evil and Dino Crisis and love movies like the Faculty, then you will love this game to bits!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I played Obscure on my ps2 back in 2004. I found it for 5 euros in my local store, and I couldn't believe how a good deal it was. The game is a real gem, a survival horror game settled in an average american school, in where you take the control of 5 friends that have to survive in a very hostile enviroment. Puzzles, exploration, action, and of course a lot of scary moments, and also you will find some humour. A very balanced game, many hours of fun and a lot of extras.

As for the Steam version, it runs perfectly. No bugs reported in the entire game. Enhanced graphics, smooth controls. A must-buy if you like horror games, or if you used to own a copy of the ps2 version.
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2 of 25 people (8%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Do not buy this game!!
No widescreen support.
No objectives list.
Bad camera angles.
Mindless roaming around with locked doors everywhere.

Worst game ever.
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1 of 27 people (4%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Wrong language and no way to change it. Awful control system. VGA graphics in the cut-scenes. A waste of money, even at 9 quid.
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1 of 29 people (3%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Game is old School and I hate be limited to just keyboard control for Character movement it goes counter to everything you have grown accustomed to in newer games.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Obscure is a really good game, as a horror it's more b-horror so it's pretty funny, good story, awesome music, good weapons to use, five playable characters each with their own special ability to use which is pretty cool. The enemies were okay, not really scary but interesting story wise. The puzzles were okay but i would of prefered if they were more challenging. Overall a good game.
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6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I think Obscure is one of the best game i know of, the game has a great story and controlls. It's a really good game for new survival horror gamers, it's pretty easy actually so i really recommend it!
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Don't expect to much from the Story!
The Gameplay is great, especially in Coop.
Its a bit like the Lego-Coop-Games...well...with more blood and death and gore etc.

8/10
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
It's like playing a cheesy horror movie, which sounds terrible. but I loved this, it's Resident Evil/Alone in the Dark/Alan Wake in a High School.
The music is 10/10, spooky and fits the school theme super well. All Choir-like and ♥♥♥♥. Which is spooky.
The fact once one of your five characters die, they stay dead is great too. And you can't really combat it with saving every 3 seconds either, as the saves are pretty limited. Though even with that, it's not hard at all to have all characters survive until the end.
The game is still in 4:3 ratio though, so if you're autistic enough to care about two black bars at the side of your screen, that'll annoy you. But other than that, the graphics are good (for their time) and the areas have a very creepy feel to them. Mix that with the perma-death, and you find yourself fearing for your life at times.
The story itself is a bit dumb, there's no arguing that, but it's very similar to an old cheesy horror movie, and the plot itself is pretty far-fetched, none the less, still easy to enjoy.
The game doesn't hold your hand very much throughout it, which is good, though at times it's pretty easy to get lost at certain parts of the map.
I've played with both a Keyboard and Gamepad, if you have a gamepad, use it. It just makes everything ser much easier.
It's also 90s as ♥♥♥♥.

Would recommend tho, I wrote a whole review on it, and I'm lazy as ♥♥♥♥. So it cant be too bad.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Old school survival horror goodness. Works very well, full controller support, 1920x1080, ect.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Played this game on the ps2 back in the days.

Also, screw metacritic, his game is better than any of the old school resident evil, buy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game really put out a different form and genre of the already "Survival Horror" genre that we are well known of. What takes this game beyond it's father and mother games (Silent Hill series, Resident Evil, and Alone in the Dark series)
This game has a very unique story line that twists and turns as you play through it, as any of the 5 characters in the game. Each character has a different skill set that helps you progress through different areas in a more player friendly style of way. The setting is very cool, very eerie as you complete your mission at the school. The game is scary, its unique and different, It has a very good soundtrack and a simple but fun story line. It does have replay value, a special edition version, which is a very cool basic directors cut version of the game. They do have a sequal as well, But by all means play Obscure before you play Obscure 2.
8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Great old school horror game that's fair, fun and has an interesting storyline. Only thing is that it's pretty short, I finished it within 3 hours but that's probably because I've played it before. Definitely a recommendation for anyone that loves Horror games like the old Resident Evil games,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
A childhood favourite, if you're a classic survival horror fan this is a must buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
10/10 Co-op Experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Ah it is a great survival game! I would really recommend this game if you have a controller pluged in. It is the old school survival like resident evil 1.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
This game is pretty real.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
one of my favorite series since jr high. i loved this game, it got the creepy atmosphere from silent hill, the unique horror style that not alot of game developer understand these days and an excuse for the story.
most horror games these days focus on the jumpscares and that somebody is mentally insane or they lost a kid, but this game lets you play as 5 characters, searching for they'r friend who they left to play basket ball alil longer. but when they stay in school after the bell rings out, they start noticing how bizzar the school really is, all just cause they wanted to search for they'r friend who they had no idea where was, even if he were at the school. they soon get lockd in due to the janitor's closing shift and they'r stuck in there.

the gameplay mechanic belongs back on a ps2 console and is REALLY reccomended to be playing with a controller, as you would just be using the keyboard and not the mouse. like i said, you can play as 5 diffrent characters and they all have "unique" skills. some are useless and some are good. oh, and somethign important? you character can DIE! and if he/she dies, you have to play as one of the other char from your teamparty, if you have any following you(1 at a time).
if both of them die, the story continues as the others in the meating spot gets worried. to get back your items, you need to find you previous body and loot the corpes/bag. its an unique touch that you dont see too often.

this game is alittle updated since i last playd it, i noticed they changed the intro music, and a few graphical things. but i havent got far enough to tell the other diffrents, but the co-op is new. its only local co-op and you would either need atleast 2 controllers or 1 keyboard and 1 controller... but its not recomended to play with the keyboard at all.

this game is generally old, and judging it back then, it was a gem. atleast 8/10 because ps3 was still under development.
focusing on nowadays, it would get 6/10 due to poor graphic, annoying controll system, linear path and wacky combat system. like i said, its recomended to play with a controller.. but the truth is, you cant really push high expectations on an old game, if they changed too much, it would ruin the original game itself. with that said, i can only give it a 7/10. it is a must play for silent hill and generally all original horror lovers. there are some few issues with the gameplay, but that is something you learn to play with. without any trouble.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Awesome!!!
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