Something ancient and evil is stirring in Victorian England. Only you can stop it. Journey to the brink of madness and beyond as you set forth alone into the dark.
User reviews: Very Positive (293 reviews)
Release Date: May 20, 2014

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December 9, 2014

The Last Door - Premium Campaign

Hi there friends! This is The Last Door team speaking

You know, it’s time to look back just for a moment. This has been a stressful yet exciting year. We’re really grateful for all the support given by the Steam community; for the topics, the discussions and the feedback. We want to shout out loud THANK YOU for being there :).

We hope you’ll be with us on the long road that’s still in front of The Last Door, so we want to share with you a special campaign. If you bought the game in Steam, you can send us a purchase proof and you'll receive a great discount specifically made for you,

Becoming a premium user in our website entitles, among other stuff:

-Our (great) soundtrack by Carlos Viola

-Play the beta and help shape the final version of the episode. Contribute ideas and get featured in the final credits!

-Access to new episodes as they’re released

So how’s the process? Very easy.

Send the purchase proof to promos@thelastdoor.com and we’ll send you a link explaining how to become premium with a discount. Just a few steps, and you can join "the premium side" and help us to keep doing the job we love!

Thanks pals and nice holidays!

UPDATE: some of you have had problems finding "the purchase proof". We mean the mail that Steam send when you buy a game :)

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Reviews

“A love letter to H.P. Lovecraft.”
Penny Arcade

“Off to a promisingly frightening start.”
Gamespot

“I experienced genuine chills.”
Joystiq

Steam Greenlight

About This Game

Feel what it's truly like to be alone in the dark with this low-res, high-suspense point-and-click horror adventure, winner of multiple Best Games of the Year awards. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a letter from his old schoolmate Anthony Beechworth with a hidden, cryptic message, he knows something is wrong. His journey to an abandoned manor is only the beginning as he starts to remember a long-buried secret from his youth, discovering things man was not meant to know, and opening doors that should have remained closed…

The Last Door: Collector’s Edition contains four terrifying episodes of occult and otherworldly horror inviting you to investigate Victorian England's deepest, darkest secret. Featuring new scenes and puzzles, enhanced graphics, unlockable bonuses, and remastered sound. Explore ancient manors, decaying tenements, and twisting underground warrens with little but a lamp and magnifying glass to guide you. Dare you open The Last Door: Collector's Edition?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated with 64 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated with 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated with 64 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX Leopard
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated with 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian based Linux
    • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated with 64 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian based Linux
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated with 128 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Review: The Last Door

Ever since I was a child I had an interest in horror- or occult-stories, books and movies. I think most of you would agree if I say that’s typical for a young human being that widens its horizon every day but can’t figure out why darkness is so much more uncomfortable yet exciting than daylight. Even now as a grown up I love Lovecraft and Poe, but also modern representatives of this genre, for example Hohlbein, and it still catches me when there is something you try to imagine but you can’t figure out what it looks like. As the famous H.P.Lovecraft said:

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

So, enough of an introduction, let’s have a look at the game you came to read about here.

The Last Door is a Point-and-Click Adventure that is set in the 1890s in Victorian England, a time when science was already established but ancient beliefs and a secret organisations such as the freemasons were well known among the people. You get in touch with Jeremiah Devitt, a man in the mid-thirties who received a strange letter from his childhood friend Alexander Beechworth. Not knowing how to deal with this, Jeremiah decides to visit Alexander, unraveling the mysteries about his whereabouts and his family. But that may be only the start for a journey that will lead you to places of Jeremiah’s childhood and past that have been forgotten for some reason. It seems like an ancient evil is making its way back into your life..

I can’t write any further without spoiling but you should already feel how this story will suck you in, not releasing you until finished. A man gets snatched from his everyday life right into a victorian nightmare, how much more lovecraftian could it be? This game relies solely on its mysterious plot and manages this with two main attributes: Sound and Style. When I first saw some screenshots of this game before playing the first Episode “The Letter”, I couldn’t imagine how this pixelated art would manage to give me the creeps or offer details I need to make myself comfortable. But this game did not only manage to revive my passion for retro-styled games, it simply worked out what my introductive quote should show - that fear of the unknown is the strongest one. It feels like the devs from The Game Kitchen simply built a framework from what a scene could look like and relied on the player’s imagination to make it a truly living and frightening place. Colours are not mixed up, no they are shaded differently to create a certain mood like the warmth of a living hall.

Carlos Viola. After listening to “Crows over the City”, which is the main theme of The Last Door, you will likely want to know what the composer’s name is. Don’t thank me for that, thank him for creating this game’s amazing classical music. Every aspect of this game gets pushed by its clever and well written tones and also sound effects, whether its the creeping dark or a simple wave along the old English coast.

Owning a mouse is key for this game since you don’t need any other instruments. You have an inventory at the bottom screen, containing everything you will find and need to interact with other objects. The puzzles are logic-based and really challenging sometimes and it gets tough if you haven’t found the right object yet. This didn’t happen often to me but it might also happen to you so I should mention that. There is no hint system and no button press will highlight any useful items but your cursor will switch from a cross to a lens if you can look, or a hand if you can take or interact with something.

Big Text, Quick Facts:

Pro:
  • Interesting setting of Victorian England
  • Story is heavily influenced by the work of Lovecraft and Poe
  • Pixel Art activates and stimulates the player’s imagination
  • One of the best soundtracks I have ever listened to
  • Puzzles are challenging, some are really unique (just wait for chapter 3 and you’ll see) and also well implemented without letting you feel that this is only a game
  • Well dosed scares mixed with an ubiquitous sense of fear and evil
  • Collector’s Edition contains Bonus Scenes that aren’t available on Game Kitchens Website, providing you with even more background knowledge

Con:
  • Love it or hate it - Pixel Art
  • Puzzles start to get annoying if you can’t find the right object to interact with
  • Paying 9,99 may sound expensive compared to how much you will pay on Game Kitchens website, just for getting the small extra scenes + achievements + Trading-Cards

Summary:

You might have already recognised that I love this game. But besides my own opinion you can’t really go wrong with The Last Door. Its graphics and sound make up for a great journey into a story that even Lovecraft himself would call a masterpiece. If you are not sure about it, enter http://thelastdoor.com and check out the first episode “The Letter” for free. If you liked it, do yourself a favor and enjoy the enhanced textures, sounds and bonus content of the Collector`s Edition on Steam.

This game is nearly perfect in what it tries to be so my rating becomes a 9/10.
(Personal score will always remain 10/10)



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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
H.P. Lovecraft meets Edgar Allen Poe.

The OST is phenomenal: moody, eloquent, and complex.

Without giving any of the plot away, this is a real gem of story-telling, and ambiance that at times it was easy to forget you were playing a simple point & click. Not everything is obvious though, and at times you have to really consider your options and the route you are taking.

Don't be put off by the Atari-pixelated graphics they didn't take away from the experience, and weirdly in places, seemed to enhance the atmosphere and events that crept up on you as you unraveled the story. This particular edition, is Season One - so is chapter game play that answers enough questions so that it can put new ones in their place. Parts of Season Two are available from the developer website, but as of the time of this review, have not yet hit Steam.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
The Last Door is a stylish low-res horror game divided up into several small episodes. These episodes come together to form the first ‘season’ (the game you see here).

From the opening moments of the very first episode you are plunged into a stylish and engaging Lovecraftian tale. I won’t spoil these moments, as they are part of what gives The Last Door its power and potency. The game draws on multiple horror staples (Poe, Lovecraft, even a touch of Chambers's 'The King in Yellow'), but whilst the game plays on these themes it builds its own universe to play in. There are no tentacled horrors patrolling corridors, the game carves out a new and creepy world, and hints at the things that may lie beyond. As a result, the story felt less like it was ticking off Lovecraftian references and a little less predictable.

Whilst a few of the horror moments fell short by being expected, they hit more often than they miss and there are plenty of them. The game plays more on creeping, foreboding horror than outright frights, although there are a fair share of those too. The music adds brilliantly to both the tension and the feeling of grandeur, the pixel art adds power to your mind’s eye, whilst the sound design brings each scene to life and the writing style keeps you engaged.

Each episode is interesting and engaging, moving the story forward and introducing new characters and twists. There’s a surprising amount of depth to be uncovered here. The puzzles are relatively straightforward, but the storyline gains more depth with each episode you play through. There are several side-episodes available in the ‘extras’ menu too, offering a few extra plot points and a little more intrigue to each episode.

I eagerly await season two, and thoroughly recommend season one to those who enjoy adventure games and horror stories.

Oh, and play it with headphones on if you can, it’s an experience worth immersing yourself in, and the sounds and music do that spectacularly.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Excellent atmosphere. Makes good stylistic use of the vintage, low-res graphics style. Very story driven. Excellent puzzle difficulty level -- enough to keep you thoughtful but rarely so much as to truly slow the story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I never thought I'd be scared by a pixel art game, but I was. Very much so.
Buy it if you enjoy great eerie mystery atmosphere, captivating story and well crafted puzzles.

My compliments to the chef!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
the story keeps you wanting more, a very nice little game that knows what it wants, and delivers it almost perfectly :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This game has excelled at the unity of form and content.
If you know, and admire, the content of the Lovecraftian literature, you also know that there is no explicit form to the wonders and horrors he tells about. Mostly shallow representations, shadows, eerie sounds, feelings and visions... that will creep you out and fire up your imagination.
This game pays a 100% respect to this, while telling its own, deep story. The pixel graphics may seem odd and outdated at first, but they grant exactly the form that is needed for this type of eerie Lovecraftian imagery. So let this not be your con on buying it. And while the graphics may be "basic" the sound is outstanding. Like in a radio play it gives you just the amount of vivid details that you need to be sucked up into this dark, victorian story. Finally, the music is excellent and very moving.
Thus, if you like reading Lovecraftian stories on a lonely, dark evening - try this interactive one. You will not regret it!
(or will you...?)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
A little bit Poe, a little bit Lovecraft, a little bit Hitchcock. The chapters feel a little uneven, with parts of them more involved than others (and don't expect chapter 4 to take long); the puzzles tend to be relatively straightforward with a few clever bits; and the story keeps things relatively ambiguous.

It's not a perfect adventure, but it's quite good, and I look forward to seeing more from this developer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
A fantastic old-school style point-and-click horror adventure game. The sound design and soundtrack are brilliant, the plot is amazing (hearkening back to the best of Lovecraft and Poe), and there are some incredibly unnerving, genuinely scary moments; the unnerving atmosphere is absolutely top-notch. You *technically* could play it for free on their website, but a game this amazing deserves your support and is worth every penny of the $10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Got a letter from an old friend, went to his house and found out he hanged himself. All he has left me was a strange note and that I should go back to our old school. There I was buries alive, then got teleportated to London, where I was following a strange man who was made out of crows. I went into the fog, found another friend who drugged me and now I don't know what will happen!
10/10 would do it again.

On a more serious note: It's one of the best pixelated, point-and-click games I've ever played with!
The story is brilliant and it's indeed a love letter to Lovecraft and I might say it's for Edgar Allen Poe too. It has its horror settings, mild jumpscares but also good puzzles. I'm not saying great puzzles because at some points it's totally illogical.
The music however is just beautiful!
I recommend it to everyone who loves pixel games and/or horror in general.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Freak me out like a classic cthulhu story while it is NOT.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
What I liked about this game most is its pure logic: I didn't use a guide, except for some secrets, and got stuck only two or three times, and not for long. Most of the time you know where to go or what to do, and if not, some additional exploration will quickly put everything in its place.

What I dislike is that this game, in fact, didn't get me get scared, didn't get me a feeling of pure madness, walking on the edge and struggling for protagonist's life. If you need a really horror game, better refer to "Downfall" or "The Cat Lady," for example.

But if you want to play a really well-thought point-and-click adventure and a piece of art, then this game is definitely worth your attention. There are four episodes which occupy about two hours of playthrough each, if you don't use a guide, and plus about two hours on minisodes and looking for secrets. It's a perfect timing for enjoying the game and not getting bored, and it perfectly fits the current price. And then comes the time for the next season :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
The Last Door is described as a "journey to the brink of madness" and "a love letter to H.P. Lovecraft". During the introduction the influence was clear and as a big fan of Lovecraft, I was immediately hooked. Fans of Lovecraftian horror should enjoy this point and click title. Despite it not being an actual Lovecraft story, the themes are familiar; helplessness, hopelessness, the fragility or sanity and human vulnerability.

As a big fan of point and click games, I have played surprisingly few horror point and click titles. The Last Door isn't terrifying by any means, but it succeeds in creating a creepy atmosphere through the use of pixel graphics and orchestral music. While the pixel graphics sometimes make things more confusing (objects becoming difficult to spot), the orchestral music is definitely one of the strongest features of the game. I would go as far as to say the score is perfect.

The graphics may not be for everyone, but for others it is probably a plus. The length is spot on, the atmosphere is creepy and the interface is simple and clever. It may not be a game for everyone, but if anything I have written sounds interesting, then you should at least pick up Season One on sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Great Point-and-Click Game! Everyone must give it a try!

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Great classic adventure game. If you are like me, be warned you may have to glance at a walkthrough a few times, some of the item scenarios were both awesome and extremely unintuitive. No way to know I should stuff a violin in a tree tbh...
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I love story driven point and click adventure games, and I really wanted to love this one. However, it just did not do it for me. There was never a sense of closure - each episode felt cheaply transitioned into the next. It was rather slow moving and boring, with the same things happening over and over. The story just wasn't that interesting, and there's a lottt of walking back and forth back and forth. I played through all 4 episodes and rather feel like I wasted my time. It's a shame really, it could have been so much more. I give it a 5/10
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
This games requires Adobe Air which it is not longer supported on LInux (since 2011 !!!!). Installing Adobe Air on a 64 bits environment could be extremedealy painfull and probably you wouldn't want to mess with your system just for this game. Until the developers don't migrate the game to a better technology, then I wouldn't recomment buying it for Linux.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I just remembered how good this game was. I was engaged the whole time despite the graphical limitations even if it was intentional. It says a lot that I was invested in a pixelated horror adventure game. It has been a while since I played but I can safely say this is a great game. I guess my only complaint is why there is no Season 2. Hope to see more of this in the future.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
This Lovecraftian point-and-clicker features an intriguing story and the richest atmosphere you'll ever encounter in a game with pixels the size of cinder blocks! The text can occasionally be awkward, betraying the game's non-English origin, and this irritated me at first -- but I soon became so overwhelmed by the moldy, miasmatic charm of the game's eldritch narrative that I ceased to notice. Highly recommended! I am looking forward to season 2 with bated breath!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Short version: 86%
If you don’t mind Atari-era pixel graphics and not bothered by stories that never give a definite answer, then The Last Door will probably be one of the best indie horror adventure games you encounter on Steam right now.

Long version:
The Last Door is an interesting subject. It is one of the strangest, yet most conventional horror adventure games I have ever met.

Graphics are secondary in a story-driven genre, but in this case it is worth mentioning that the very old-school pixel presentation adds a strange layer to the already eerie atmosphere. Something, that may or may not work with a modern (3D) engine.
And this game is all about atmosphere. It is a unique, but working mix of Lovecraftian suspense over the unknown, blended together with Amnesia-like fear of the dark (and a few mandatory jump scares). It is especially strong in the first chapter, where there is no dialogue at all.

A horror is all about story and presentation, and Last Door for the most part knows its trade. The introduction of dialogues in the 2nd chapter hurt quality somewhat: a good chunk of them are clumsy exposition dumps that slowly turn the game into a weak Cthulhu rip-off. But they quickly steer away from this pit and soar into new heights in chapters 3 and 4.
Sadly it’s still one of those types where you don’t get a single answer regarding the mystery, although there is a promise of a second season.
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