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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Release Date: May 15, 2014

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March 24

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.
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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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February 5

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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About This Game



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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: 32-bit Windows is supported but known to have problem running DreadOut if it has less RAM available
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 - 64 bits
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: Intel CPU only, Core 2 Duo minimum
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 supporting OpenGL 2.1 or later with 512 VRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSX Standard
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel CPU only, Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics supporting OpenGL 3.2 or better with 1 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSX Standard
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000, OpenGL 2.1
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSS Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better, OpenGL 3.0
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSS Compatible
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Saint Aaron
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Not a so scary game but pretty good. Since you can only see the ghosts or apprations through your phone camera, it is pretty easy to get scared when one ghost suddenly pop up. Also the combat is pretty interesting. Graphic is decent considering it is an indie game.

PROS
atmosphere
Based on Indoesian myths
Puzzles
Sound and music
Well timed jump scares
Ghosts have backstories

CONS
N/A
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Chimera022
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
If you're willing to accept a few glitches here and there then DreadOut can be a very fun game. It can help satiate the craving for Fatal Frame if you don't feel like buying a Wii U for the fifth installment. I do believe I had a few glitches that required me to start a level again, but when you've memorized the maps it doesn't take too long to get back to the place you left off.

Also, the achievements don't have ridiculous criteria to meet so I was able to collect them all in under 13 hours.
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evileye
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Doesn't load. Do not buy this product. It is sold as a game but it is not a game. It is merely a title page and a loading screen.

The screenshots shown do not represent the downloaded content. The description is false.

Refund request rejected despite the gross misrepresentation of product and failure to fulfil the contract.
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Utsuho Reiuji
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I was looking forward to this game quite a bit and in my opinion, the wait was worth it.
If you ever enjoyed Project Zero / Fatal Frame, then you might like this game, too. It borrows heavily from those, but also got some inspiration from Silent Hill and Clock Tower. One should however keep in mind that the devs behind this are a quite small team - The game is rather short (will take you about 6 hours to finish) and there're some bugs (while in the school, savegames won't work). Also, the graphics are on a PS2 level. I still recommend it to anyone who likes horror games and doesn't mind the few issues.

The Good:
  • Great atmosphere
  • Indonesian lore
  • Good jumpscares (not those dull ones we all got used to)
  • Fun gameplay

The Bad:
  • Broken savegames in the school area
  • Additional bugs for linux users (not working achievements and flickering hair textures)
  • Overall sub-par graphics
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dfmx
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
if you like horror game i think u must try this game
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[ROCKO] Fluxington
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
DreadOut is an indonesian horror game and features alot of indonesian mythology/horror lore when it comes to the enemies and their backgrounds.
However, this game from a critical standpoint is not on par with current games. Not even with the Fatal Frame Series (which somewhat inspired this game).

The graphics are very outdated for a game which wasn't released too long ago.
The sound design is very outdated aswell, but still at least features some interesting sounds. Especially some monsters got some really FAK'D up sounds they make.

The gameplay is probably what I hated the most. Not because it is similar to the Fatal Frame series (which I actually REALLY love) but because it is waaay to slow compared to the size of the game world.
The beginning is the worst, because you literally have to jog in snail-speed for HOURS.

The puzzles however are really not good at all.
They make 0 sense, there are no god damn hints on what you have to do, and they are pretty random, even for a horror game. I really didn't like the puzzles in this game at ALL!

5/10 as a horror game. It may feature an interesting lore, but compared to other horror games, especially horror games which got released in the same year as DreadOut, it just isn't on PAR at all.

6/10 as a game in general. The idea is good, and some of the games features work nicely. Still there are alot of things I didn't like, as mentioned above. I still can recommend this game however, because unless it's underneath 5 points, it's worth to give it a try and see for yourself if you like it or not. It is indeed special, and some may like it, while others like me won't like it too much.
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why did you nerf my bison
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
one of the scariest games i've ever played, and that's coming from someone who is very rarely scared in games. this game had me scream out loud while playing it, and it was the first game to ever make me do so.

the game is basically a better fatal frame but with far lower production value and presentation. it's never really an issue in my opinion though, most of it is very excusable

what isn't excusable is how much the game's scare factor drops off in the second act. the first act is incredible and extremely tense. the second is just really boring and mostly hit and miss.

i still recommend this game and its standalone dlc, keepers of the dark. but if you're only going to buy one, buy keepers of the dark
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Trevor
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
DreadOut is an episodic psychological survival horror game developed by Digital Happiness and it's available on Windows, OS X and Linux. Available demo here, also the demo is available on Steam.
The core gameplay involves fighting ghosts by using a camera to take their pictures, similar to the Fatal Frame series, which I never played because of being a console exclusive.
There are quite a few game breaking bugs that have pushed me to finish this title so late. Still this is the Fatal Frame I never had and always wanted to play.
I'm looking forward to getting DreadOut: Keepers of The Dark, which is a new standalone game, on the next Steam sale, or on GOG.com would be nice as well.
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Meguri Ginko
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I Love It because This game have a plot twist story and many things you can explore about the ghost and the secret.
But this game has a trouble handle for a responded moving.
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AingTampan`
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
It's a Good Game,with Finest Horror Story..
and No Glitch,so far..
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Not a so scary game but pretty good. Since you can only see the ghosts or apprations through your phone camera, it is pretty easy to get scared when one ghost suddenly pop up. Also the combat is pretty interesting. Graphic is decent considering it is an indie game.

PROS
atmosphere
Based on Indoesian myths
Puzzles
Sound and music
Well timed jump scares
Ghosts have backstories

CONS
N/A
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
DreadOut is an episodic psychological survival horror game developed by Digital Happiness and it's available on Windows, OS X and Linux. Available demo here, also the demo is available on Steam.
The core gameplay involves fighting ghosts by using a camera to take their pictures, similar to the Fatal Frame series, which I never played because of being a console exclusive.
There are quite a few game breaking bugs that have pushed me to finish this title so late. Still this is the Fatal Frame I never had and always wanted to play.
I'm looking forward to getting DreadOut: Keepers of The Dark, which is a new standalone game, on the next Steam sale, or on GOG.com would be nice as well.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I found myself very quickly bored with this, very little gets communicated to you though the game about how its suppost to work. I just found myself walking around, going room to room waiting for the next jump scare followed by a fight in a graveyard where i just stood in place taking pictures of monsters till they died. I sure as hell wouldnt pay 15 for this game, wait for a bundle sale or watch a play though.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Product received for free
Recommended for those who love Fatal Frame and the other games alike, but not for those who have anger issues or something like that

The game offer spiritual horror environment and has some typical Indonesian Urban Legend cultures on it. The looks, the story, and the concept is good, is okay for a non-horror guy like me. But the gameplay however is not really follows how good the description of the game. Rather being creepy, terrifying, and spoopy the game is really frustating because of the wacky controls and some other bugs.

This is a good horror game, offers some good features, but i must admit that this is not the best one,

Worth buying? I guess so, i think it'll be the best if you wait for the sales. The game is already cheap from the beginning anyway so it's totally worth it

Overall: I rate this game 7.9/10, it's good, the concept, the tales lies beneath it, but the controls and the other wacky things on this game however doesn't make this game stood up as it should be.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
If you crave PS2-era horror rather than your Outlasts and your Amnesias, play DreadOut! It's pretty excellent and actually fun!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Worth it if its on sale.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
one of the scariest games i've ever played, and that's coming from someone who is very rarely scared in games. this game had me scream out loud while playing it, and it was the first game to ever make me do so.

the game is basically a better fatal frame but with far lower production value and presentation. it's never really an issue in my opinion though, most of it is very excusable

what isn't excusable is how much the game's scare factor drops off in the second act. the first act is incredible and extremely tense. the second is just really boring and mostly hit and miss.

i still recommend this game and its standalone dlc, keepers of the dark. but if you're only going to buy one, buy keepers of the dark
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347 of 388 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
DreadOut is an Indonesian survival-horror game that takes inspiration from the Fatal Frame franchise, and pulls a lot from Indonesian myths and folklore.

You play as a non-talkative protagonist known as Linda, who with a few friends is on a car trip, but they stumble upon a weird deserted city that isn't marked on their map. The friends go to investigate the town, and soon get wrapped up in some severe hauntings from the strange ghost that start coming out when night falls.

The game has a low-budget, and it shows. Graphically everything looks outdated, with low-res textures, odd character animations, and the like. There's also no real-time shadows. The game also has a few bugs. I didn't encounter anything game-breaking, but a few 'look through the wall with the camera', 'get stuck on an object for a moment', 'that character is levitating,' type of bugs, However, something I found interesting was that they didn't copy and paste many models. There were a lot of posters around town, and each one was legitimately different. Same with pictures, and just small details all about.Outside of a few chairs or piles of garbage, most of the models were unique to each other, and I was surprised the developers didn't take many shortcuts.

Mentioning this, something I noticed about the game is that there were a lot of secrets and original assets used for things that most players would probably not even end up finding or seeing. There's more I have to say on the topic, but I'll get back to this in a bit.

The game has legitimately great atmosphere. There are some fantastic scares, the feeling of unnerve that is caused by the game. It has an atmosphere to it that most horror games these days are missing from the days of old, sort of a combination of dread and excitement for what's going to come next. The atmosphere and scares are more akin to something like Fatal Frame or Kuon than Amnesia or Outlast, I should mention. Recommended at night and in darkness, with headphones.

This is backed by fantastic audio design. The music is great, the sounds are great. Voicing is okay, a bit cheesy but enjoyably so. However, with the music, how it is and how it's used in the game, is really effective, and also I can mention unique. The music is very different than any other horror game I have played, but very effective. And how the music transitions with events going on is very well-done. The audio is also unnerving, and sometimes hearing a weird sound, even without knowing its source or even without it leading to anything, raised the tension. It sometimes gets hard to tell if a sound you just heard is part of the music, or something in the environment, but I say this as a good thing.

And the game does not lie on its laurels. By this I mean a lot happens, and the game never throws the same thing at you twice. I was honestly surprised by the number of ghosts there are in this game, there were a lot more than I was anticipating. Some great enemy variety, and you fight each ghost really only once or twice, there was not a single ghost I think the game threw at you a third time. And the 'events' that happen, like scares or atmospheric additions, were all incredibly varied too. This definitely helped to raise the intrigue as you never knew what might be coming next, and some of what happens really goes into the unexpected.

Combat is similar to Fatal Frame, but a bit more simplistic. There isn't a charge rate like Fatal Frame, or a point system, but the closer enemies are, the more you damage them when you take a shot. And if you attack them right before they attack you, you deliver additional damage.

Even the puzzles are well done and intelligent. Figuring out what to do is fun, and they do a good job at laying out clues to what you need to do to help piece it all together. They have clever hints and details, while not being extremely obvious either. However, it should be mentioned that those with less patience and less of a desire to figure out cryptic clues may not like how they're handled. But if you loved puzzles from horror games in the 90s (which have been notably absent in recent years), then you'll likely be quite happy to see some return to form here.

One of the game's biggest draws is some absolutely memorable moments. Several of the ghost encounters are absolutely fantastically handled and designed, the pacing of the game is wonderful for the most part (though may some end up stuck in the school for a while), and there's good variety with all of it. Some of the moments, such as the sit-down with Ira or the whole Mansion location, are absolutely stellar, and strike me as quality horror moments, something that has been missing from so many horror games, the sort of intrigue, weirdness, and execution that leads these moment to be gripping and chilling.

What they have here is fantastic, it legitimately is one of the best classic-styled survival-horror games to release in the last few years, and I think genre enthusiast who like certain elements of horror games that have been absent since the days of old will really appreciate the game. It's well-paced, well-executed, and well realized. It's low-budget, but those who enjoy the genre likely won't be bothered by this, some absolutely fantastic horror games over the years have been decidedly low-budget. The developers only had $26k to make the game, but they have managed to with that make a very confident horror game, and honestly some of the most fun I've had in a horror game in a while.

The weird thing is the secrets I mentioned earlier. There are complete sections of the game you could miss if you don't do some exploration. There are ghosts you won't fight unless you go off the beaten path. A tip to the wise is when it turns night-time and before you enter the school, don't enter the school like the game suggests and instead head back towards the town you just came from. There are different types of ghosts if you head backwards at this point that you'll never encounter in the main game. And little hidden areas and easter eggs to uncover all about. So on that front, there is some really cool optional content to explore in the game.

There's also a few cool unlockables. Once you complete the game, you unlock additional outfits, all of which are actually pretty well designed, and can be used on a second and later playthrough.

There's also a few side areas you can explore right now that don't really lead to anything, which I can only guess are there right now for the possible future Free Roam Mode (a lot of buildings and side-areas off the beaten-path are currently inaccessible or kind of barren right now, and I assume will be open in the free-roam mode the developers are working on).

I want DreadOut to succeed. I really liked what was here, I'd even go as far to say this is the best attempt at making a 'classic' style horror game to release in the last few years, really having an understanding of those gripping elements that made those games enjoyable (a deeper level of meaning and not just superficially being classic styled with fixed camera angles and tank controls). The whole game will probably take someone 4 - 9 hours, depending on how much they explore and find hidden areas and how long they take on puzzles.

DreadOut is completely worth experiencing. It's tense, sometimes terrifying, has the right amount of weirdness to it, some absolutely stellar moments, and is actually a lot of fun. Its low budget shows, especially in the graphics department, but through clever design, good execution, and variety at hand, manages to be a fun and memorable experience.
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147 of 154 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
I haven't felt compelled to write a review in a while, but I think this game deserves one considering how quickly I've seen some people write it off. (I include myself in that category)

After completing Act 2, I think this is a rather charming game with some really solid ideas, if finicky execution. The ghost design is excellent, and there are some truly impressive individual sections. One that stands out in particular is an actual dialogue sequence with one of the ghosts.

The game is weighed down in some spots by awkward pacing, poor conveyance and goofy NPC interactions. If you can muscle through those, you'll find a pretty solid indie horror game with a creative style that sets it apart from the standard first-person "roam through dark hallways" genericity of many of its peers.

It's quirky, it's fun, and surprisingly frightening. The final boss fight is a trippy, delightful end that wraps up the game very well.

DreadOut has its flaws, but overall this is one of the few modern horror games I would call "unique." It's worth checking out solely for some of the cool sections in the second half of Act 2. Recommended!
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403 of 499 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
Most of what I said below still applies, but after seeing how short the game was, how awkward the game's overall control scheme is, and how confusing and nonexistent the plot/character development is, I can't honestly recommend this game to anyone that doesn't have a diverse taste in survival horror games or who aren't enormous Fatal Frame buffs.. My voice over friends being on this project made my first impression a bit biased, and as a longtime gamer I feel like this game was coded somewhat poorly and doesn't hold up well. Just kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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Solid game. The first enemy I saw (about 15 minutes in) literally had me breathless and scared for my life, and most horror games these days don't do it for me.

The interesting thing is, I'm a voice-actor, and all my voice-acting friends provide voices for the main cast of characters. They're all experienced professionals and they give the game a believable atmosphere, with crystal-clear audio quality not commonly found in indie games.

The only cons I can say so far are the really low-resolution textures (mostly in daylight outside, which is a brief experience) and the very jerky/clunky character animations make you realize just how indie/low-budget the game is. Some characters seem to moonwalk a little bit while the cutscene animations are really jerky and twitchy. It lends itself REALLY well to the scary parts when enemies are twitching and convulsing, but when two girls are playing patty-cake in the beginning it looks super bizarre for some reason.

If you ever get stuck like I did (the game throws you in with literally ZERO tutorials) there's a 'How to Play' section at the title screen. It shows you the first enemy you deal with, and it can't be defeated, and it suggests that you need an item to defeat it. I think that's kinda cool, since tutorials ruin the atmosphere and it feels better to search for the answer.
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