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.
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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

Список возможностей

  • Visuals - Artist Eric Provan, previously of Jim Henson, Walt Disney, and Sony Animation, has created an unforgettably surreal steampunk world. Layered with rain, symbolism, and atmosphere.

  • Narration - Fully narrated by award winning Voice Actor Jack Bair

  • Story - Join the detective on a missing persons case that brings him to the mysterious X Zone islands. He hopes to uncover some of the island’s mysterious, but is finding it increasingly difficult to battle his own pain; the death of his daughter and his growing alcohol problem. Will he succumb to the impending madness?

  • Secrets - Discover tons of hidden content and easter eggs

  • Alternate Endings - Which path will you chose to take?

  • Drink - Take a swig of absinthe at any point in the game. Side-effects may occur.

  • Soundtrack - Enjoy the haunting handcrafted score by award winning composer Mike Raznick

  • Controls - Fully tested with Xbox360 controller and Logitech Gamepad F31

Об этой игре

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.

Системные требования

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better. Preferably with Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz CPU (Quad-core recommended)
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu, Mint
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU (Dual-core recommended)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated Video card with Shader model 3.0 support.
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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9 из 10 пользователей (90%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 16 января
Прежде чем решить, покупать или нет, следует знать несколько вещей.
  • Данное творение близко по духу к Papo & Yo.
  • По-хорошему, это даже не игра, а сюрреалистичная инсталляция на тему потери близкого человека, депрессии и алкоголизма.
  • Игровой процесс очень примитивный. Прямо до неприличия примитивен.
  • Игра представляет собой своего рода артхаус из мира видеоигр и относится к ней нужно именно так.
  • Проект очень авторский и личный.
Рекомендовать её можно людям, которые хотят послушать короткую историю и насладиться мрачными сюрреалистичными декорациями. Людям, ищущим развлечений, лучше не тратить своих денег.

Почему всё же стоит поиграть:
+ Сюрреалистичный дизайн окружения.
+ Мрачный инструментальный ambient.
+ Авторский проект.

Почему стоит воздержаться от ознакомления:
- Очень малая продолжительность (на всё про всё 1:10).
- Унылый игровой процесс.
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9 из 9 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
Пользователей, посчитавших этот обзор забавным: 1
2.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 18 января
As the video game medium evolves into a more comprehensive experience, mechanically defined genres have blurred, thematic material and atmosphere emerging as the most accurate descriptions of games. Spate is neither a platformer nor a two-degrees-of-freedom walking simulator; it is a psychological thriller, ripe with counterplay between its prominent mechanic and its aesthetic intentions.

The Negs --
Spate is a game that relies heavily on illusion and atmosphere. You are held in harrowing hallucinations as much as the protagonist, but this captivation spirals down the drain faster than a slick steamer in a Taco Bell toilet whenever you speak with the main NPC, a comedic relief robot that passes for funny only in abrupt contrast with the otherwise somber environment. The game's exposition switches between text box (for conversations with NPCs) and voiced narration for the protagonist's thoughts. The text boxes aren't the best writing and they have several grammatical errors (as does the store page description if you care to look for them), but the real issue is in the execution of these internal monologues. The writing for these is slightly less obtuse than store-brand cereal names. In a genre that demands vague motivations and misleading actions to unsettle the player's own thoughts, this title was rather direct in all things. Any misdirection by the narrator is almost immediately recanted and explained. Interpretation is unheard of. Also, these narrative monologues come up in one of the 6 distinct gameplay portions. These are open straightaways (wherein the long narration occurs), NPC interactions, platforming segments, sliding sections, "Angry Birds" mini-games, and "Helicopter Game" mini-games (you know, the one we all used to play on public school computers with the bright green cavern walls and terrible collision boxes where you click to fly up and release to fall down while constantly moving right). I suspect that the straightaways are designed as such that you can just listen to the narration and take in the environment without much thought as to where to jump or what pitfall to avoid. The problem is that these are too long. If you were to continue to walk right for the duration of the monologues, it would often conclude long before the next segment of gameplay. This is suboptimal design. Besides, the platforming sections are so infrequently strewn into the game with such embarrassingly shallow challenge that there would be no concern for distraction should the player encounter one during important exposition. The sliding sections are slopes that your character slips down without any control. The two mini-game types seem to be attempts at bolstering the gameplay, but they neglect that Spate's most enticing characteristic is not its gameplay. I will say, though, that the most fun parts of the game were the "helicopter" segments. My very minor complaints for this title are some collision glitches and an uneventful soundtrack that was just a smattering of sounds you might hear in any token thriller.

The Pos --
Eric Provan developed this game as a personal project and I am glad he did. Provan has worked for Disney's and Henson's animation studios, and he designed models and textures for such works as Frozen, The Amazing Spiderman, Alice in Wonderland, and Big Hero 6. His experience in 3D modelling provides Spate with its most powerful aspect: a haunting visual trek through a fantastically detailed world. The game is set in a steampunk era, and it plays well with the dark and mechanical environmental elements. The visual experience is unrivaled by most 2.5D side-scrollers; it develops a cerebral existence with themes symbolically integrated into the geography of the protagonist's world. While the story is not especially well-written, it does offer an emotional journey if the player wishes to be so engrossed. This is actually the most satisfying part of the game to me. The game very early informs you that you can take a swig of absinthe at any point during the game. The effect is shocking at first, the world twisting and distorting, backgrounds shifting into monstrosities. Having consumed the spirit, the player can move slightly faster and jump significantly higher. As is the case with absinthe, the player will encounter hallucinations on account of the drink which really embellishes the story in every good way. I will not ruin any plot elements in this review, but I will say that the entire game can be beaten without drinking absinthe, only some of the platforming sections are made stupidly simple if you are under the influence (due to the jump height advantage). I loved this intertwining of mechanic and story, since an alcohol addiction may make coping with pains significantly easier but it is never one's only option. A slighter pleasantry I should mention is the pacing of the game. It took 2 hours to play through, and I did not feel that any distinct section was drudgery, since the narration and visuals did mesmerize me quite well.

The Verd --
It may very well seem that I loathed this game, but its mistakes had much to do with the gameplay, which was not Spate's draw in the first place. Rather, thrilling atmosphere and striking animation are what this title offers most. I would have to dissuade those looking for a fun platformer from purchasing this game, but anyone who might be interested in a spectacle of mind games in service of a gloomy theme must experience Spate. For missing out on an opportunity to further immerse the player by melding more of the mechanics with the plot and for leaving the gameplay unattended, Spate garners a [7 / 10]. A dark theme terrifically employed into an uncertain world, Spate makes a great game for anyone willing to overlook its design flaws.
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8 из 9 пользователей (89%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
3.0 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 25 февраля
Personal Rating: Wasted
Classic Rating: ★★★★☆

Spate is the story of a man who lost his family and became addicted to drinking; it's a surreal trip in search for answers which probably are not going to be found.
It's a story about love, though, without any doubt.

About the technical aspects of the game, I had some problem related to low framerate but i was still able to play it; moreover i found an issue about preferences not being saved - subtitles were set to off every time i quit the game and my XBOX 360 controller was working half-way.. i could move but couldn't use any buttons until i mapped them: then again i lost those settings after a Windows restart and had to re-map those buttons.

Big thanks to Eric (game developer) for your kind support and my best wishes for your next projects.
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8 из 11 пользователей (73%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
7.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 9 декабря, 2014
If you like Limbo and Deadlight, or if you like a vivid, trippy atmosphere with nice music and narration, then you will like this game! http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUXrCLUQcQ5AMZ0bZl4MstGT9kKUkkfrE
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4 из 4 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 13 января
I was in the Kickstarter of this game and I am glad that it came on Steam. The game felt like an interactive short story game. I really enjoyed the art style and the surrealness of everything. It is on the short side but I felt fulfilled from playing through it. I was a fun little game and I enjoyed it.
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4 из 4 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
Пользователей, посчитавших этот обзор забавным: 1
1.4 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 2 мая
Simple and beautiful game. It feels a little depressing, but i love it.
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6 из 8 пользователей (75%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
4.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 28 ноября, 2014
Short, Beautiful, and an alcohol mechanic that sets this game apart. Not much in the gameplay area but if you can look past it you'll find something pretty interesting.
Full review here on my youtube channle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isa3B7vQgw
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3 из 3 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 11 декабря, 2014
A decently done walking simulator with the occasional platform jumping sections. Nothing special game wise, but a decent little story (Narrated by a fake Morgan Freeman) with some really great art and a nice little drink absinthe all day long and get drunk feature. Nice and short - well worth the time to play through.
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3 из 3 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
2.0 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 25 апреля
Midecore at best. Good visuals, slightly above average story and boring gameplay that made slighty better with the drink.

All in all, average game so buy it on sale only.
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2 из 2 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 26 апреля
This game is great when it comes to atmosphere, platforming, and being surreal as all hell. As you further progress through levels you see things grow more weird and that you have visions of your lost daughter also you got a bottle of absinthe that makes things REALLY fukn weird.

Est. time to complete - 1 to 2 hours
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3 из 4 пользователей (75%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
5.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 26 декабря, 2014
ilginç bir platform oyunu arayanlar oynasınlar. atlama zıplama harici atraksiyonu yok yalnız. ha bir de araca bindiriyor 2 kez. ama ben çok beğendim. farklı bir deneyim. tavsiye ederim.
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1 из 1 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 3 мая
Played this game from start to finish in one run. it's far from being perfect due to it's short gameplay time, mediocre voice acting and some control issues but as an adventure game it's beautiful both visually and audibly.
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2 из 3 пользователей (67%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
3.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 30 марта
It looked beautiful
Something about depression about a guy's daughter
Good Soundtrack
This is a must buy.
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2 из 3 пользователей (67%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
2.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 15 декабря, 2014
Are you among the many who thought that Dear Esther could have been just a tiny bit more, erm, "challenging", gameplay-wise? But did you, on the other hand, find Limbo just a little TOO demanding for your decidedly ♥♥♥♥-poor coordination, reflexes and/or puzzle-solving skills? Well, have we got just the game for you!

Spate is a gorgeously epic and dream-like platformer which teaches kids all about the ups and downs of alcohol abuse, and suggests that while absinthe will usually just lead to child neglect and marital disintegration, it also has its benefits, such as giving one the boundless energy required to perform super-human feats of death-defying derring-do which even the most suicidal of "extreme sportsmen" would balk at attempting; all whilst our anti-hero muses casually to himself about the wrong he has done in his life, thanks to his dual addictions to detective work and the dreaded demon drink. It's a mostly day-dreamy, though occasionally perilous, journey through landscapes both bleak and beautiful, as seen through the eyes of a po-faced protagonist wearing a gas mask and sporting an unfeasibly oversized arm. In short...it's ABSOLUTELY BLOODY FANTASTIC. Unhesitatingly recommended for the head-in-the-(storm-)clouds, miserabalist romantic residing in all of us. Well, in me, Morrissey and the twisted folk who made this game, anyway...

Verdict: 9/10.

(PS The ending very nearly made me CRY. The ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s!)
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7 из 14 пользователей (50%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
Пользователей, посчитавших этот обзор забавным: 2
2.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 16 декабря, 2014
If you like walking simulators then try it out. IMO it doesn't offer anything, loads of questions with no answers.
Only one man walking with nothing to figure out, no different paths to take and almost no skill needed to complete the game.

After everything you go through in the end you may end by killing yourself and the main character is an addicted alcoholic.

While game isn't like horrible, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

4/10
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2 из 4 пользователей (50%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
0.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 10 февраля
Completely nonsensical, poorly delivered narration and bad platform elements in between lengthy periods of just holding down the right arrow to walk foward while having to listen the the narrator babble.
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24 из 26 пользователей (92%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.7 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 28 марта, 2014
Очередная странная игра, эдакий цветной Лимб. Отличительной особенностью являются проблемы протагониста с алкоголем, точнее с абсентом. В особо заковыристых местах можно принять на грудь и сразу же возрастает прыгучесть и скорость, но возникшие следом жестокие глюки, сводят эффект к минимуму. В общем красиво, атмосферно, но сыро. В прямом смысле, всё время дождь идёт. Очень простая и короткая. До Лимба конечно не дотягивает. Музыкальное оформление замечательное, живая виолончель.
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10 из 12 пользователей (83%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.7 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 3 июня, 2014
Короткая, на полтора часа, скорее интерактивная графическая новелла, нежели игра. В чём-то похожа на Limbo (общей мрачностью, наверное), но мне больше напомнила Bastion (голос рассказчика из жанра нуар, небольшие стимпанк-элементы, местами яркая палитра) и Deadlight (депрессия разрушенного мира).

Прекрасный психоделический дизайн, музыка, вполне литературный текст. При этом убогая, пластиковая графика движка Unity3d (авторам не удалось выжать из него приличную картинку, как, н-р, в Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons), кривоватое управление и скучноватый геймплей. Оригинально обыгран двойной прыжок (ранец с порохом) и чёрные экраны переходов между локациями (провалы в сознании).

В целом стоит попробовать (особенно учитывая, что игра распродаётся в бандле Groupees до 17 июня), но не могу назвать шедевром.

p.s. [небольшие спойлеры!] в самом конце игроку предлагается выбрать условно "хорошую" концовку и вроде бы "не очень хорошую". Поразительно, но, похоже, все выбирают "хорошую", и на ютубе невозможно найти альтернативную. Пожалуйста, поделитесь ссылкой, если попадётся.
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10 из 15 пользователей (67%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 15 июня, 2014
Гибрид Dear Esther, Ёжика в тумане и алкогольно-наркотического бреда.
Платформер с голосом из-за кадра, рассказывающим историю героя.
Специально не покупать.
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7 из 11 пользователей (64%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
2.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 30 марта, 2014
Очень короткая, но весьма криповая и атмосферная, как я люблю. Нарратив уж очень напоминает Dear Esther.
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