DreadOut is a third person supernatural horror game where you play as Linda, a high school student trapped in an old abandoned town. Equipped with her trusty smart-phone, she will battle against terrifying encounters and solve mysterious puzzles which will ultimately determine her fate.
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DreadOut: Keepers of the Dark release


Hello guys,
This time we are happy to announce that DreadOut : Keepers of the Dark / KOTD is available now. In this standalone extension of DreadOut, you will continue as Linda's last journey before the event battle with The mysterious lady in red.

Even though we are having so much fun and deeply in love with Linda and her hardworking job to keep us alive, now it’s time to announce that after Keepers of the Dark, Linda will be gone for a while contemplating on her fate. We can't promise you anything about Linda's future for a while, but we will try our best to keep her alive on our upcoming titles (fingers crossed).

As many of you might not know that DreadOut is first came from an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on 2013, got greenlit by Steam Greenlight after we put it for 6 months for 60K yes vote by you guys, finally we are able to release our first act and continue on our second act, and now we are close to our final take on the game, DreadOut : Keepers of The Dark

We can't thank you enough for all of your supports, first believer came from our crowdfunding backers, “yes” voters on our steam greenlight page and then everyone who bought our game first place on Steam. All of that are becoming our lights fuel of hopes and motivations, because of you DreadOut is still alive, and we're here at Digital Happiness got a wonderful chance to get known by you among thousands amazing titles here. We also want to emphasize that with the release of KOTD doesn't mean that no more updates will happen on DreadOut. We will keep our ears and eyes for some anomaly and issues on it, and we will continue to fix those kind of problems on some future updates.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/418950
You will be put on our special place close to our hearts, because of you DreadOut was born, Digital Happiness is alive and we can continue make something that we love, making a video games. This will become our first small step in the foreseeable future to make a much better games.

Hope you’re enjoyed playing DreadOut : KOTD as much as we did enjoyed making it.

Sincerely
DH

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5 лютого

Happy Lunar New Year



Hello everyone,
In this special Lunar New Year Sale, we are happy to announce that DreadOut is now sale 66% off on Steam.

In this 2.2.15 update, you will able to play DreadOut with Japanese subtitle.
And we are bringing back the high res texture in level 01. So, now is a good time to grab it if you haven't already.

Thank you for your attention.
Hope you all are having a wonderful Lunar New Year

DH

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When twilight fades. Where darkness reigns.

DreadOut is a third person supernatural horror game where you play as Linda, a high school student trapped in an old abandoned town. Equipped with her trusty smart-phone and an SLR camera, she will battle against terrifying encounters and solve mysterious puzzles which will ultimately determine her fate.
Help her overcome the challenges that will stand before her. Survive the Dread!



When a group of high school students went astray from a field trip, they came across something totally unexpected. A town long forgotten trapped in a peaceful state of slumber. What they did not realize was what lurks within. And what seemed like an innocent stroll turns into disaster as the secluded town reveals its dark and terrible secrets. The presence of sinister forces from beyond their realm of existence.

It all comes down to Linda. She will experience stirrings of unfamiliar powers, emerging from within her. These new found abilities might just be the only way she can save her own life and those of her friends.


  • Explore a haunted environment in an Asian - Indonesian setting.
  • Battle against terrifying beings from a supernatural realm.
  • Solve mysterious puzzles that block your path.
  • Switch between first person and third person view.
  • Engage in a thrilling storyline.
  • Play Act 1 and 2 of Linda's terrifying journey along with Act 0 (previously released as DreadOut Demo).
  • Get access to Linda's unlockable wardrobe

Rated 17+ for the following :
  • Frequent / Intense horror / fear themes
  • Infrequent / Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent / Mild Sexual Content or Nudity
  • Infrequent Mature / Mild Suggestive Themes

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Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: Windows 7 / 8
    • Процесор: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 4 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: версії 9.0c
    • Місце на диску: 5 GB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: DirectX Compatible
    • Додаткові примітки: 32-bit Windows is supported but known to have problem running DreadOut if it has less RAM available
    Рекомендовані:
    • ОС: Windows 7 / 8 - 64 bits
    • Процесор: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 8 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: версії 11
    • Місце на диску: 10 GB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: DirectX Compatible
    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: OSX 10.7 Lion
    • Процесор: Intel CPU only, Core 2 Duo minimum
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 4 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Intel HD Graphics 4000 supporting OpenGL 2.1 or later with 512 VRAM
    • Місце на диску: 5 GB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: OSX Standard
    Рекомендовані:
    • ОС: OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    • Процесор: Intel CPU only, Core i5 or better
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 8 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: Intel HD Graphics supporting OpenGL 3.2 or better with 1 GB VRAM
    • Місце на диску: 10 GB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: OSX Standard
    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Процесор: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 4 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000, OpenGL 2.1
    • Місце на диску: 5 GB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: OSS Compatible
    Рекомендовані:
    • ОС: Ubuntu 14.10
    • Процесор: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 8 GB ОП
    • Відеокарта: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better, OpenGL 3.0
    • Місце на диску: 10 GB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: OSS Compatible
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55 з 65 людей (85%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
1 людина вважає цю рецензію кумедною
10.4 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 19 грудня 2015 р.
This is a fantastic example of the horror genre being done properly in a video game. I didn't know much about it going in, only that you played as a girl with a camera who fought ghosts, so I set the bar low thinking it might just be a bad Fatal Frame knockoff but it's very original despite the parallels. First let's talk about some horror tropes and how the game handles them because a lot of games screw this up...

Jump scares are here but they're not the ONLY thing that's here. There's is a lot of tension, build up, anticipation, not knowing what you're going to find around the next corner, etc. In other words, there is a strong focus on the psychological aspects of horror and the game doesn't just rely on jump scares. There is also plenty of times where the tension builds up to... nothing. Yes, even nothing is important in horror. If the audience learns that tense moments always lead to a horrific payoff then the tension melts away due to familiarity. It just becomes systematic. Here they mix it up often enough that you never know exactly what to expect and that keeps you on edge.

Darkness is another trope often done wrong but this game handles it in a fairly unique manner. You do have a flashlight and it is better to use the flashlight than not use it but the flashlight itself isn't the best way to light your surroundings. When you bring up your smartphone camera, the world gains an even lighting that makes it easier to see things. Being in camera mode is slow, however, so there's a good balance between moving quickly in low light and switching to your camera to see better. The game also avoids two horror game DON'Ts: flashlight cone of light and batteries. The flashlight has a fairly wide arc of light (although the engine sometimes renders things in darkness that should be lit, this is an engine issue and not a design issue) instead of a narrow cone which is great and it doesn't require batteries/fuel which is fantastic. That's just the beginning, though, because later you get an SLR camera which has a completely different lighting mechanic. Instead of a flashlight you have the camera's flash. The flash lights up the world VERY well but only briefly and when you bring up the camera you're left in the dark until you take a picture instead of having the even lighting of the smartphone. This is a whole new dynamic and you have both the camera and the smartphone so you can switch between them as you like which gives the player choices and different ways to explore the world.

Now, onto combat/puzzle mechanics. These almost entirely revolve around the camera. Many ghosts you can just take pictures of when the camera shows static but sometimes you need to work out a pattern or a discover a weak point in order to be able to kill a ghost before it kills you. Puzzles are also mostly about taking pictures of the right things or noticing differences in the world between the world as you see it normally and how you see it behind the camera's viewfinder. While it seems very simplistic, the game keeps everything fresh throughout. Each ghost and puzzle is going to have it's own little twist. There were a few fights and puzzles in the game that I was really impressed with and I don't want to spoil.

As for the story, the game does a great job of giving you the backstory through little newspaper clippings and whatnot while giving you the present day story though cutscenes. There are some aspects that probably could have been fleshed out a little better but overall you'll know what's going on by the end. At first it seems like a normal little haunted town but there is a bigger central plot that comes into play near the end so I can't say any more about it.

As for criticisms, I have plenty. This is an indie game on a budget so it does have some flaws but overall the great experience overshadows all the flaws. The one flaw I have the biggest complaint about is Limbo. When you die you end up in Limbo and you have to run into the light to get back into the game. Normally this running section gets longer and longer the more times you die and it gets REALLY annoying. There are items you can collect to shorten Limbo, however. IMO, the shorter length should be the standard. The first time I played I missed an item so I wasted many, many minutes running in Limbo during boss fights where I died frequently and I feel that was just a big waste of my time. (Edit: Turns out there is an option in the game for "Fixed Limbo Length". Wish I'd known about that earlier. Turn it on to save yourself some grief!)

There are also some little quibbles like the low res textures (some are like N64 quality, I know this is indie but sheesh), some audio levels being unbalanced (sometimes a BGM would kick in quite loudly for what I had my volume set to), a few glitches here and there (nothing game-breaking) and some of the ghosts can have particular quirks that make it hard to fight them (one ghost I needed to aim the camera slightly high or I couldn't get static to take a picture and I was completely frustrated before figuring that out) but none of them are enough to detract from this great gaming experience. I highly recommend it even at the full $15 price tag. Pick it up if you enjoy horror games.
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52 з 80 людей (65%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
8 людей вважають цю рецензію кумедною
19.2 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 31 грудня 2015 р.
The Good:
  • Cute Protagonist :3
  • Okayish Graphics
  • Thriller Story
  • Lots of Jump Scares
  • Pitch Black Environments
The Bad:
  • Performance Issues
  • Campaign's a bit short
Great Horror Experience I've had in a while

8.5/10
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20 з 27 людей (74%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
1 людина вважає цю рецензію кумедною
4.3 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 25 грудня 2015 р.
Certainly a good horror game to play if you're ever craving that "old school" feel. I love the fact that this game doesn't breadcrumb the way to your objectives and simply provides hints. There's also a good deal of new "ghosts" for those who are used to only seeing japanese ghosts and the like.

I'm sure you will also enjoy this game if you decide to open your mind and give it a chance!
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11 з 15 людей (73%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
1 людина вважає цю рецензію кумедною
10.1 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 4 листопада 2015 р.
Dreadout truly is a survival horror. Borrowing from Indonesian folklore, it manages to create one of the most paralizying scary games in years. You play as Linda, a highschool student on a roadtrip with her classmates and teacher, Soon they find a road block and have to continue on foot, traversing a desolate town, and stopping at an abandoned school (cause horror game characters are suicidal and have a death wish).

But before i fully praise the game, I have to warn EVERYONE about the issues this game has, which are several and MASSIVE.

-Gamepad controls are ♥♥♥ and can't be rebinded, so you are better of playing with mouse and keyboard, butthe mouse has terrible acceleration that you will never get used to, making it frustrating, and indirectly scarier. All the character movement and actions are clumsier than your usual survival horror. It´ll get you mad at some points, and is not good to be too mad to even be scared.

-Texture quality is on the VERY low end, and pop in is almost as scary as some ghosts, since they will appear right infront of your feet.

-Models and graphics in general look worse tha the average ps2 title, is not a massive complain for me, but is very striking at first, and needs some time to get used to...

-Story: Characters are dumb as hell, the story isnt even there, is just a platform to make you face these horrors, the end. On the bright side, the dialogue is so corny and bad, you will be glad that you spend most of the game completely alone.

So now lets list what i consider great in this game.

-Atmosphere: Lets just say, you are better off playing this game with brown pants, cause the simple act of walking is already a challenge when the enviroments looks so eerie and creepy. Also, the enviroments have this samey maze look. like older Silent HIll titles, where all rooms would look almost similar, making it difficult to draw an mental map, and raising the stress bar even higher. You´ll have a flashlight, which barely illuminates, and totally works.

-Sound: Great use of sound effects and music, is hardly ever strartling, but always tense and haunting in the best posible sense, musical cues will evoke a feeling of dread that will follow you though most of the game.

-Ghosts: won't even call them enemies, even if they are out to kill you, but they are so amazing, they deserve to be called for what they are...This game not only has some of the best ghosts i´ve seen in games, but has their actual lore, and they don't get the mob treatment, each ghost is unique, and doesnt repeat, meaning, you wont be facing hordes of them (in 1 fight you do), instead, encounters will be more self contained and memorable for this graceful design choice. I really loved the ghosts in this game, so much, that ater playing, i find myself researching about them, just to learn more about them.

-Puzzles: Good and Bad. Bad at first cause they aren't you usual "pull x levers in a certain order" type of puzzles...They involve more what you see as a player, and make of the enviroment, is more about observation (almost like antichamber at times) than the more conventional puzzle solving (silent hill, RE, amnesia, etc).

In an ocean of horror games, all presented as luxury ships (Evil Within, Alien Isolation, Soma, Outlast, etc), Dreadout is a rackety wooden boat, the difference, this crappy boat is the truly haunted one.

Other than that, i´m really looking forward to future horror works from this studio (Digital Hapiness), a small indonesian indie dev that has really left an impression in the industy with their first work (this game).

And still, i know the average consumer is too used to triple A graphcis and handholding(and being honest, better design in general), that is why I hesitate to recommend dreadout for full price, but it its on sale, you love horror, and can endure dodgy design, this is a game you will probably appreciate.
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23 з 39 людей (59%) вважають цю рецензію слушною
3 людей вважають цю рецензію кумедною
5.6 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 23 березня
DreadOut is a low-budget survival horror debut made by studio Digital Happiness. The story revolves around a school trip that erroneously bumps into a ghost town which they have the urge to explore. I don't think there's more needed to say, overall it feels (with poor voice acting) like an average B movie. Just to keep the feel of location, besides many locked doors, you'll be actually finding notes with backstory of specific places.

Backstory might help you getting more into the game, but what's the main feature of DreadOut, is the brilliant horror atmosphere. Scary sounds that you can't recognize, creepy environment with well designed ghosts, jumpscares and ubiquitous darkness is something the game does in a great way. But that applies to the horror segments, that has more or less boring walking around itself.

All gameplay mechanisms are bound to smartphone of the protagonist, Linda. With your everlasting battery, you'll use your phone as a flashlight and a camera. Puzzles use camera flashes or peeking through it, as you might see different things through the camera. The everlasting battery for flashlight is compensated with the fact that you may not want to be using it all the time, there might be a situations where you'll rather decide to spend your time in the dark that may feel somehow safer.

Level design has enough room for you to get lost; there are situations where you might not be sure what to do next. Developers tried to help you at least a little, as they added Linda's diary into the game where you can always check your current objective. There isn't any proper tutorial in the game but all controls and gameplay mechanics are explained in the "how to play" section of the menu. I don't think of horror game players as casuals, so I think it shouldn't be a problem for anybody interested.

I tried to be positive with the game as far, but it's time to mention the bad things. DreadOut is not for everybody, I understand why it feels great for experienced horror game players, but I found the gameplay overall more boring that I'd originally expect. Making all the gameplay around walking and using camera seems to be a good idea, but personally it didn't feel much satisfying to me after about an hour. While the short game length can't even make it much repetitive, you still might lose a motivation to continue - the only "magnet" there is truly the atmosphere.

Graphics are something that can make players ask themselves if they are really playing a game released in 2014. While the ghosts look great and characters look somehow fine, the environment around you, when not placed into darkness, looks really bad. Many objects and their textures reminded me of Counter-Strike 1.6 and basic 3D graphics modeling - For example, I haven't seen cars that would look like "slightly better boxes with textures" for a really long time.

Oh, and you'll be able to see through some walls with third-person camera. Another nail in the coffin is the bad optimalisation that even with the poor graphics sucks up performance pretty badly. Don't expect getting high with your FPS counter.

Conclusion:
While DreadOut does a great things in terms of the horror atmosphere, the other factors are making the experience for worse, mostly. It's definitely not a game for everybody, and considering it doesn't offer even many hours of gameplay to those who don't want to unlock all achievements, I don't think it's worth recommending.



Disclaimer: My copy of DreadOut was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.

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