Spate is a surreal experience set in a world that seeks to draw the player into its reality. Spate is a dark, brooding, and beautifully crafted emotional journey that is seen through the eyes of a struggling addict.
Größtenteils positiv (313 Reviews) - 72 % der 313 Nutzerreviews für dieses Spiel sind positiv.
Veröffentlichung: 27. März 2014

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15. Februar

2 year anniversary, new game in the works!

Game is 1$ starting tomorrow. Feb 16, 2016.

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 years since I released Spate. Unfortunately, while the reviews for Spate were amazing, in the end, it was not the global sales hit that i'd hoped it would be. That's ok though. Spate was a 4 year passion project of mine that taught me many things. While not perfect by any stretch, I still believe it is a wonderful game, and one that I am very proud of. The goal for Spate now is to simply get it into as many peoples hands as I can. With that said, the game will be on sale soon for just a buck. Give it a try!

New game....
I am happy to say, that after a few years of developing new ideas, I finally have one that I am moving forward with. I don't have a great elevator pitch yet, but for those curious, it's a lot like a mix of Hohokum and The Unfinished Swan. I can't wait for you all to see where that is heading!

-Eric Provan

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“Metacritic - "Spate is heavily focused on what it can best deliver: story and atmosphere.”
8/10 – Eurogamer

“Metacritic - "If you loved Limbo, Dear Esther or Gone Home, you will definitely love Spate."”
8.5/10 – SpazioGames

“The variety and uniqueness of the game’s world is truly a joy to encounter.”
5/5 – Gizorama

Über dieses Spiel

Spate is a surreal experience set in a world that seeks to draw the player into its reality. Spate is a dark, brooding, and beautifully crafted emotional journey that is seen through the eyes of a struggling addict. Created by former Disney & Jim Henson artist Eric Provan, this artistic game is a story about one man's struggle and descent into madness. Fueled by absinthe hallucinations and haunting memories, Spate delivers a deliciously eerie adventure as the main character deals with the tragic loss and grim reality of the death of his daughter.


Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Betriebssystem: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafik: NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better. Preferably with Shader Model 3.0
    • Speicherplatz: 2 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Betriebssystem: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Prozessor: 2.5 GHz CPU (Quad-core recommended)
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 6 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Speicherplatz: 2 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Betriebssystem: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, or later.
    • Prozessor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafik: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Speicherplatz: 2 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Betriebssystem: Ubuntu, Mint
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafik: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Speicherplatz: 2 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
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Größtenteils positiv (313 Reviews)
Kürzlich verfasst
( 2.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 12. Juni
Spate is story driven, which means there will be stretches in the game that you will have minimal interaction other than running and occasionally jumping, while the story is being narrated. And the narration is done very well, it reminds me of old black and white detective movies from the 40's.

Although I did die several times. the gameplay is not hard, nor did it reach a frustrating level.

The visuals were awesome IMO

Grab it on sale, set your expectations low, and be pleasantly surprised!
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( 1.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 12. Juni
Visually the game was cool looking, that's all it has going for it. You run right the entire time while listening to a vague "story"
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( 3.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 8. Mai
A beautiful descent into the madness of alcoholism. Short, atmospheric and emersive. Not so much a game as a short experience but definitely worth going through.
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Nova Caine
( 4.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 26. April
This is awesome! It's like a mix of Beetlejuice with BioShock with some twisted yet brilliant mind!
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( 1.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 16. April
Don't waste your time.
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[GB] I.Rapid
( 7.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 9. April
If I had to describe what this game was about in 3 words I'd say Alcohol, Family, and Depression.

I got this game after seeing it on Steams store page and decided to buy it after being impressed with It's artwork, voice acting, and story in the trailers.

This game is DARK! The nature of the game, and the overall story is really surreal, and distorted. Spate is a side scrolling story telling game where you pretty much do nothing except scroll to the side and listen to the history of the character you play.
I was really impressed by Spate. The story is outstanding, the voice acting deserves an award, and the visuals altogether are brilliant.

Even though this game only lasted 2 hours I can honestly say this was an experience like no other. I was fascinated by this game. It's not usually a game I would buy, but this has made me consider buying more side scrolling story telling games.

Spate tells the story of an alcoholic detective who cannot get over the loss of his daughter, and collapse of his marriage. When he gets a contract to look for a missing business man on the same Island his daughter went missing the story begins to unravel...

This game leaves you with two endings. It leaves you with a choice. Which one will you decide?
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( 0.3 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 20. März
The story seems interesting enough. I didn't make it very far because it feels a little choppy to me, and it got frustrating to play. Someone else suggested using a controller, so maybe that would have helped but I'm on my laptop.

In the beginning you come to a robot who says "press ACTION button to continue." I have no idea what that means. Which button is the action button? It ended up being the left ALT key on my laptop, but why? There are so many other keys on my laptop, why map it there?

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( 1.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 11. März
Beutiful game, nice sounds, amazing narration, you had me at the first sentence. 85 minutes of gameplay, sometimes hard but it's totally worth it. Recommended.
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( 1.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 10. März
Laughably poor writing, floaty and awful controls, not worth your time or money.
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( 2.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. Februar
Spate was a nice surprise. A beautiful 2D game experience with nice graphics, music and story so far.
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Hilfreichste Reviews  Insgesamt
13 von 13 Personen (100 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. Juni 2015
Ein Platformer mit ein paar sehr leichten Sprungabschnitten bei dem der Schwerpunkt auf der Geschichte und dessen Erzählung liegt.

Der Protagonist ist ein Alkoholiker und an ein paar Stellen im Spiel fühlt es sich durch die Verzerrung der Spielwelt fast so an als hätte man selbst grade genug getrunken. :D Ist ein interessantes Gefühl...

Jedem den es nicht stört wenn es in einem Spiel nicht wirklich was - außer laufen und erkunden - zu tun gibt und der es mag wenn nebenbei auch noch eine kleine Story erzählt wird kann ich dieses Spiel ans Herz legen.
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5 von 5 Personen (100 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 31. Mai 2015


Eine Art Jump’n’Run mit Psychodelischen Effekten, wo das Hauptaugenmerk auf der Geschichte liegt.



Man Spielt einen Vater der seine Familie verloren hat und davon im Spiel erzählt. Man läuft die ganze Zeit einfach immer weiter (warum auch immer) und trinkt um weiter zu springen einen Absinth, es Spielt in einer Umgebung wo fast alle Menschen tot sind da es nur noch Sauren Regen gibt und alle versucht ist.


Die Grafik ist schön gemacht nur die Kamera ist öfters zu weit weg.



Die Musik passt hervorragend zu Atmosphäre.



Die Steuerung ist einfach gehalten, trotzdem nicht die beste.



+ gute Grafik
+ schön Designt
+ guter Soundtrack
+ gute Sprachausgabe
- oft kommt es zu Frame Einbrüchen auf 20fps
- Steuerung manchmal etwas zu ungenau
- Keine deutsche Übersetzung
- zu langweilig auf Dauer da nicht passiert im Spiel



Ein sicherlich kein schlechtes Spiel was aber nicht mal 2h Stunden dauert, wer kein Englisch kann wird nichts von der Story mitbekommen die erzählt wird wo ja das Hauptaugenmerk drauf gelegt wurde. Die ständigen Frame Einbrüche nerven im Spiel schon sehr an manchen Stellen. Das Spiel hätte mehr Passagen haben sollen wie die, die kurz vor dem Ende kommen ansonsten ist es meistens nur Stick nach rechts gedrücke und ab und an mal A Taste drücken was es sehr langweilig gemacht hat. Hier ist echt verschenktes Potenzial für ein gutes Spiel was für 9,99€ viel zu überteuert ist. Wenn man es Geschenkt bekommt oder es in einem Bundle dazu bekommt ist dennoch einen Blick wert, [/u]dennoch keine Kaufempfehlung. [/u]


Einzelspieler: 6/10
Grafik: 8/10
Musik: 10/10
Steuerung: 8/10
Spiel: 8/10
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3 von 3 Personen (100 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. Oktober 2014
Nach gut 1-2 Stunden war das Spiel leider schon zu Ende. Mal ein etwas anderer Plattformer. Tolle Welt
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74 von 81 Personen (91 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. März 2014
A fantastic 2.5D jump and run game
Played in a black surreal world, somehow the visuals remind me of American McGee's Alice.
You will follow a story that the narrator, which is the player, will tell you while playing.
There are obstacles but no enemies, except for your faulty jumps and falls.
The music, the colors, the narrator, the rain, everything adds to the atmosphere.
It's not about achieving a big boss goal by fighting your way to this point through loads of enemies (no spoilers here), but about enjoying the story and the surroundings.
You will meet robots, strange creatures, talk to them, come to strange places and you will be seeing stuff that could have been drawn by Dali.
The game is far to fast over if you sit in there and are an avid jump and run player, but just to remind you, you will miss a lot if you just rush through.
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47 von 59 Personen (80 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. März 2014
Fun fact: absinthe doesn't actually cause hallucinations.

Spate is, despite it's erroneous science, immensely beautiful. The surrealistic backdrops and bright colors are truly wonderful. The constant storms, the overlay of winds that manipulate the lighting does add to the chaos of our assigned absinthe addicts mind. It adds to the madness. It's a 2D game in a 3D plane, which gives way to a plethora of amazing art-decisions. There are houses, cliffs, rubble, just floating around, sometimes in front of our screen - this can be incredibly annoying while doing some of the more precise platforming since it obfuscates our path, but it could be intentional to make an otherwise easy game a bit harder(bad way of doing that though). But the 3D and the more modern graphics - if you compare it to other indiegames - is a nice change in the way of storyfocused 2D platformers. Spate always give you something to look at, you will never be bored, visually.

The gameplay is bog standard, but for the most part it's well done, relatively fun and doesn't bring too much frustration to the overall beauteous atmosphere. Parts of the gameplay are not really enjoyable, and doesn't really partake in the physics that the game otherwise upholds. It didn't make sense and it felt contrived. I am mostly referring to the parts where you used a cannon. Especially when you use a cannon to shoot balls into a basket that at the same time moves up and down, it felt out of place and I also fps-dropped in these parts of the game, which made it even worse.These were however short enough to not ruin the experience, but annoying nonetheless. These stops in movement made the game stagnate a bit, it ruined the flow and atmosphere in a way, for me. It felt really gamey, it snapped you out of the game and into a world where you are playing a game, trying to time a frustrating, fps-dropping ball into a bowl which seemingly made nothing happen. It didn't really give you the feedback you needed either to understand that you progressed. Or maybe I was just not paying attention in my boredom. Otherwise the gameplay is okay, but perhaps not the main draw of the game.

The story was interesting. But in a way that reminded me of Contrast, it didn't get it across in the best way possible. The end seemed rushed, lackluster in a way, the death of his daughter didn't really seem to have been absolved. That could just be the ending I chose, the mindless optimist that I am. Which some people may enjoy being there, but it seemed out of character and trivialized the daughters death.
There was also some weird writing, where the robot calls attention to the protagonists alcohol problem and he answer in anger, just after he himself have admitted to it being a problem. It felt like it was forced to give way for a dialogue later on. A dialogue infected by cliché.
The narrator is this deep voiced guy: Jack Bair, sort of sounds like Morgan Freeman and he really makes the narration a joy to listen to. It's a third person telling of what you're doing in the way of Bastion, only it's the protagonist talking from his point of view. And apart from some trite observations, or "ruining" - perhaps confirming - the symbolism you yourself get from the background, the narrator does really add to the game. It's simply great.

So Spate has its moments. It can be hilarious at times, it can be depressing at others. It does illustrate the delirium of an absinthe drinker. It's worthwhile for everything that it is. And for everything that it tries to be. It's intelligent, quirky, surreal, humorous, pretty, colorful. It has spirit.Hehe
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23 von 26 Personen (88 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
Nicht empfohlen
0.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 17. Juni 2014
If you played through Limbo and thought to yourself, "Boy, I could really do without the quality level design, evocative story, and intelligent puzzles", then Spate is the game for you. It's a 2D platformer that seems to try and emulate better games but only does so at a superficial level, leaving it completely devoid of any substance at all. The level design is bland, the platforming is unsatisfying, and the game offers little to no challenge at all. The gameplay itself is almost non-existent at times; one level in particular is pretty much a Flappy Bird clone, while another has you sliding down slippery slopes and jumping over gaps for about 2 minutes straight. There are instances where you're doing nothing but moving to the right while admiring the scenery and listening to the narrator go on about regret and how alcohol has consumed his life. It's just all too repetitive and boring.

On the positive side, the game is quite the treat visually and musically. I really enjoyed the art style, in particular the impressive backdrops of each level. The orchestral composition was probably the high-point of the experience. It did a great job of creating atmosphere and was one of the main reasons I continued playing for as long as I did.

All in all, Spate is a game that looks better than it plays. It builds up a strong ambiance, but unfortunately everything beneath that feels empty and shallow.
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20 von 21 Personen (95 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 20. November 2014
A short, mild/slow platformer with good graphics and a basic story. This game is mostly about visuals and atmosphere. I don't think there is enough or difficult enough platforming to recommend it to someone who is mainly looking for a platformer and I don't think there is enough of a story to recommend it to someone looking for something closer to a visual novel, RPG, or adventure game. Also, there are no puzzles or problem solving in Spate.

If you are looking for an atmospheric game with good visuals and a very basic story, then I would reccomend it.
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25 von 30 Personen (83 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. März 2014
Spate is a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

The game takes a very original approach to gameplay story telling and it pays off wonderfully. A deep and insightful story told through a man's journey in an unfamiliar environment.
You'll laugh, you'll feel alone in the world, you'll cry and you'll do all that as you navigate the most amazing landscapes. The graphics, sound and narration combine to make a surreal and irresistable setting. I found myself unable to stop playing it right through to the end as I wanted to see what was coming next. I won't spoil the game by giving any part of the story away as you really need to play through it to appreciate its originality.

I highly recommend this game.
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28 von 37 Personen (76 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
Nicht empfohlen
1.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. Juni 2014
I greatly enjoy artsy, story-driven "walking simulators", and this seemed right up my alley. It definitely got the artsy walking simulator part down, but the story is really... boring. It's essentially "gosh, absinthe/alcoholism sure did ruin my life, but now it's the only thing keeping me going. Also I'm sad that I lost my wife and child." repeated about 30 times with different wordings. The ending bashes you in the face with symbolism that would make an English teacher proud. "Climbing this tower represents his struggle with alcoholism. The boss at the end sustains his life by feeding off the souls of those around him, just like the main character destroys those around him with his alcoholism."

The platforming bits are alright, but nothing particularly special. And though it might seem petty, I really didn't like the narrator's 1920's New Yorker accent - just didn't seem to fit the character at all. I like these kinds of games for their interesting stories, and this one's just too shallow and unengaging.
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16 von 17 Personen (94 %) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 6. August 2015
Press X to drink.

Basically, you are Christopher Walken and you're slowly losing your mind from drinking too much absinthe after the loss of your daughter. A brilliant set up for a story and nothing more needs to be said about that.

Spate is a nice little platformer that you should have no trouble finishing in around 2 hours. There aren't really any enemies to speak of in the traditional platforming sense; Spate is more about platforming and then interacting with characters and objects. Does that make it a puzzle platformer? Not really, no. I wouldn't call anything I came across in this game a puzzle, and to be honest the controls didn't feel particularly tight so it wasn't particularly good as a platformer either, but since nothing too much is expected of you it doesn't really matter that much. In terms of gameplay Spate isn't sounding that good on paper, but it still somehow manages to be a good game.

There are a few things that make Spate a bit special. Being able to drink a seemingly unlimited supply of absinthe as you navigate through the world adds an extra element I haven't seen in many games. The effects of the absinthe warp the screen and environment around you. It makes jumping a little floatier and can affect how some environmental objects function too. While drinking isn't really necessary, you'll find yourself doing it often just for the hell of it. Just like in real life ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)

What really goes a long way towards making Spate a good game is the fact that it has well thought out audio. The moody string instrument soundtrack adds to the atmosphere of the dark and deranged art style. Spate is narrated by a Christopher Walken sounding man - it's actually Jack Bair, but I've not heard of him before now. Just imagine someone that sounds a bit like Christopher Walken. The only thing I wish was done differently in Spate is that they could have voice acted the dialogue as well as the narration. Having a well done narration (although Jack Bair lacks emotion in some parts where he's meant to be quite upset) makes it seem quite jarring when dialogue appears and it is text only.

I played the game through using only my Xbox 360 controller and it worked very well. There aren't many buttons required, but controller support was good.

I'd recommend Spate based on the art style, the drinking effects, and the narration/music - although it only just scrapes in on the recommendation line for me. Spate is a fairly simple little platformer, but it shows a lot of promise and I look forward to seeing more games from Eric Provan - Ayyo Games.

6.5 out of 10 - Would press X to drink again.
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