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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,135 reviews) - 82% of the 1,135 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 15, 2014

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"Combining old school survival horror staples with Indonesian folklore for an experience that looks to be both nostalgic and fresh at the same time."
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October 29

Happy Halloween 2015 from DreadOut

Hello citizens of earth,
In celebrating this year's Halloween, we have several announcements to make;

Last but not least, Endless thanks to you all for being our friend and for supporting our development. It was a very humbling experience for all of us to be a part of this awesome community.

Lots of love

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October 27

Free DreadOut Avatars DLC for FaceRig is available

Hi everyone!

We’re thrilled to announce the talented people of Holotech Studios have released a free DLC for their FaceRig based on DreadOut characters.

Those who have played DreadOut will recognize the creepy Matianak from our Act 2. Well now you can fool around with her facial expressions.

And, of course you can also be our heroine, Linda. She’s pretty quiet most of the time. But now, you can make her say anything you want with your own voice.

Check the DLC and the video below:



Note: This content requires the base application FaceRig on Steam in order to run.


Digital Happiness

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSX Standard
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSX Standard
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSS Compatible
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OSS Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
78 of 90 people (87%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
If you are a horror game fan, you should buy this game. you won't be disappointed!
In game, you are Linda, an Indonesian school girl. After car accident, you and your friend are lost in haunted town. You must resolve some puzzle, defeat a lot of ghost by using your smartphone and camera, find the way out of the town.
+ Good presentation, This game is from an indie development, So we shouldn't require a great graphics in this game. Graphics is not excelent and nice, But it is not too bad. The positive point is about gameplay and sounds.
+ Very good sounds and music, Good voice acting, Music is very scary
+ Story's not all bad and got a lot of unexpected turns, some stuff can be foreseen though
+ Nice character design, Nice Ghost design, Ghosts are very scary
+ Runs well, no crashes
+ Female protagonist
+ This game support Boob Physics
+ Linda is cute
- Performance is not stable. Sometimes your framerate drops to 0 for half a second, while u're running or looking around. This issue often happen in a school in act 1
- Combat is too simple
- Bad animation quality
- Poor eniviroment graphics
- You can't die
The horror's pretty decent and it is commendable
Thank to Digital Happiness for making this game. it is my favorite horror game!
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Although it may not be one of the most graphically appealing survival horror games, it's certainly worth checking out if it's for the right price.

Aspects of DreadOut Worth Praising

Unique Mythology. The concept of using Indonesian folklore in a survival horror game is a unique one and exclusive to DreadOut.

Easy Achievements. Most of the achievements involve you taking a picture or whitnessing something.

Aspects of DreadOut Worth Criticizing

Extremely Low Resolution Textures & Pop-In. This game showcases some the of worst textures in recent memory with some textures being worse than in games released 10 years prior! Regardless of your hardware specifications you're going to experience vegetation pop-in.

Settings Don't Update When Selected. You can't get past the first screen inwhich you select the language you desire your subtitles to be in unless you restart the game. You also can't change the resolution to a non-native resolution unless you restart your system while your desktop is in that desired resolution.

Pre-Rendered Cutscene Outfit Issue. Regardless of what outfit you're wearing from the Soundtrack & Manga downloadable content, some cutscenes will feature Linda in her default school outfit.
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51 of 66 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Dreadout is a third person horror game developed by Digital Happiness and published by PT Digital Semantika Indonesia, which was released on Steam in mid-2014 after successfully being greenlit.

The game play in Dreadout is almost identical to that of Fatal Frame. You play the role of Linda Meilinda, a young girl who is on a trip with her high school class mates. The game is played in third person. You will be using your characters smart phone and camera to fight the various kinds of ghosts you will encounter – you’ll also use them in a number of puzzles as well. An interesting element I found in Dreadout is that you don’t actually “die”. When Linda does “die”, you’ll wake up in a dark place surrounded by candles and you run towards the light, typical eh. When using aiming with your phone, the camera will change to first person and you’ll just be looking through the phone’s screen.

I was really left feeling let down by the graphics in Dreadout. All of the textures are horribly low quality; the polygons can actually be seen visually on most of the models too! Don’t even get me started on the janky animation of some of the characters in the game as well. I was almost on the floor laughing at one of the characters run cycle, it was just horrendous. I was playing the game on 1080p resolution as I was recording, but I tested it out on 4k, it even then still looked poor. Extremely disappointed here as it based on the Unity engine so I would have expected a real high quality looking game.

There isn’t much to sale about the audio on this either; there is some generic “horror” music in the background that conveniently only turns on when something is about to happen. It is certainly not on the level as say Outlast or Amnesia with their top class sound effects. The voice acting is really awkwardly done as well, I can only assume it has been dubbed over in English because some of the lines really don’t feel natural, and the people who are saying the lines, are clearly not being paid enough, or just don’t want to be there.

Dreadout is a fairly difficult game; there is no tutorial level or any sort of in game assistance, you are just left to work it out yourself. Whilst the game play is fairly simple to get to grasps with, the game does not explain how you are supposed to use your in game equipment to aid you; for instance you can use your phone to control candles by holding the viewer over them; something which is used in a puzzle, but there are no clues pointing to that.

All of Dreadout’s levels are fairly sizeable; each of them has a decent number of Easter eggs and collectable items to find. Some of the collectables even unlock in game bosses for you to deal with for extra achievement points if that is your thing! The collectables are all hidden well across the level and will lead you down some interesting paths to find them. The level design is probably Dreadout’s most redeeming factor.

I finished the game in just over two hours. There are three chapters to the game; the first one is really short and has no real story to it, but the last two contain the bulk of the plot and game play. The majority of people that have played the game don’t even normally play the first chapter since it glosses over most things anyway. Other than achievement hunting, there is absolutely no reason to play this game more than once; the two hour play time is very short as well.

I didn’t run into any bugs or glitches in the game per say, just the really bad graphics and poor sound effects. It can run at 4k resolutions and multiple graphic options aid you to get the settings just right for your rig. It seems the game did have a few annoying bugs when first released, such as option changes not being saved when quitting the game, but these have all been ironed out as of writing this review.

Sadly this isn’t going to come out very favourably from me; yes the game play is OK, but it is fairly slow paced and unoriginal. Graphically this game is appalling and quite frankly, there are so many much better horror games in this genre out there at the moment; I am fully expecting people not to agree with this, given that it already has a “Very Positive” rating on Steam. This is one of the few games to include a demo, so if you are on the fence about picking it up or not, you may as well try the demo first.


Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍The best horror game i ever played. Well, this is the only horror game i've played in my life whatsoever lel.

‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍A bunch of students and their teacher are travelling for vacation. They discover a deserted city and decide to check what's going on there. They notice a school and take decision to get in. Here the nightmare begins. Ira becomes possessed and Linda gets separated from the group for some reason (i didn't get it). You play as one of the students, the only "weapon" you can use is a phone you can see and kill ghosts with. Now you need to find your mates and get out of the school and city, but that's not as easy as it sounds.
‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍This pretty good Indonesian atmospheric game inspired by Fatal Frame will scare the dickens out of you. This creepy game with its excellent atmosphere won't let you relax for a moment, you had better play it using headphones and, of course, with no light. The lack of the game is graphics and performance. Even on highest settings the graphics leaves a lot to be desired but it is not a big deal, i'm ok with this. The problem is the poor performance, with such a graphics fps drops to 20 often enough and 10-15 occasionally. There are several puzzles in the game but they ain't difficult at all.

PS: First of all, play the demo.

PPS: After you finish the game listen to this song "Mocca – Lucky Me" you might heard in act 1. Don't know why, but this song causes some keen feelings after the game.

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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Hunting poltergiests with a camera, fun, challenging, replayable. If you enjoy atmospheric horror (Fatale Frame, Silent Hill, Haunting Ground, Clock Tower 3, Obscure) you should enjoy this game as well.
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