The Flock is an asymmetrical multiplayer thriller, where you get to play as one of the agile monsters that make up the Flock. Hunt down and attack the Carrier to take its place. Survive and fend off the terrifying Flock with the coveted Light Artifact .
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Mixed (260 reviews) - 48% of the 260 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 21, 2015

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This multiplayer game comes with a population and an ending to the game, after which the game will never be playable again. Please read the 'population' part in the description part down below or go to our FAQ to get a better understanding.

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About This Game

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The Flock


The Flock is a first-person asymmetrical multiplayer thriller for 3 - 5 players. You get to play as one of the agile monsters that make up the Flock. Competing against the other monsters, you need to find and claim the Light Artifact. The player that finds the Artifact transforms into the Carrier, a slower and vulnerable humanoid. Only the Carrier can win the match. The game will feature three distinctive maps with their own tactics and level mechanics.

As the Carrier you need to fend off the Flock by shining your light upon them as they are attempting to gain the Artifact for themselves! The Flock are vulnerable to the Artifact's light, but turn to stone when they stand still; rendering them immune to the power of the Artifact.

When you are one of the Flock you must use your increased movability to find the wandering Carrier. Stalk it, frighten it, and pounce when the moment is right.

Population


The Flock will have a limited time to be purchasable. The time left for you to buy the game depends on the amount of lives left in the population displayed above. We commit ourselves to a hands-off approach and put the lastingness of the game into the your hands.

With each death in the game, one life will be taken from the Flock’s population. When the Flock’s population reaches zero, the game will never be purchasable again. Only players who have The Flock in their Steam library will then go to the next phase of the game and be able to partake in the yet to be announced climactic finale. After the ending, the game will go offline permanently and no longer be playable.

Please read our FAQ regarding the population to learn more about why we're doing this.

Key Features

  • Asymmetrical online multiplayer
  • Short, intense and thrilling matches
  • Constant role changing, hunt or be hunted
  • Nonlinear dynamic audio system
  • Global population system, bringing this adventure to a climactic ending
  • Only unscripted scares!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 or equivalent with 1GB memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
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Mixed (260 reviews)
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Papi
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fun but dead
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Yay-Icecream
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It's good fun. It takes a little effort to coordinate and find players, but it's genuinely exciting to be frozen in the carrier's light only to watch another member of your flock take them down and torch you a moment later when you try to get the drop on them. In just an hr on here I've had more memorable moments than in 6hrs of Destiny. Join the "Active Flock Players Group" and set up a date for matches.
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Pac Zombie
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
For $1.69, you will get your money's worth. For ten times that amount, you should pass over this title.
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Hallowed Heretic
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Interesting concept of a game, and for all I know, it could be fun.
Turns out literally *no one* plays this anymore. I bought this on sale for $1.50, and it's worth about that. Maybe less. In an ideal world, someone will take this concept and make it into a better game.
Good luck in the future guys.

TL;DR don't buy this game because it's a waste to buy a multiplayer game that no one plays.
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Adventure Games
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
7/10

✔ A very engaging game of cat-and-mouse
✔ Nice atmosphere

× Expensive
× Feels like pre-alpha
× Only possible to play with Steam friends
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Lord Robotto
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Really cool game, the atmosphere is good, i like the graphic and sound which keeps you on your toe when you are carring the light; i also like that the three maps are effectively different so you can play with different strategies to get the light (like hide in plain sight in the temple or ambush from above in the caves), the only cons is that there are really few palyers and no bots, so either you play with friends or you roam the map alone. Really looking forword to see what will happen when the flock count drop to zero tho!
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Noche
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
The concept is good, the game is decent, but the lack of players made him turn into "The Flop"
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King of the Losers
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
The Flock is a brilliant game. Full Stop.

It has suspense, and plays up the isolated feel VERY well.
The gimmick to the game isn't even considered in the midst of actually playing it.

The Bad:
-Buggy terrain when playing as the Carrier can make you get stuck on non-existant ledges.
-Hit recognition of the Light isn't ALWAYS on top.
-Graphics are moderate to low tier.

The Decent:
-Playing as the Carrier isn't always the losing end. It's just as fun as being one of the Flock
-The Extra gamemodes in the beta are really fun if not a liiiittle bit buggy,
-The visuals amp up the horror feel of the game but at the cost of clarity.

The Good:
-Really fun multiplayer game that honestly feels anti-rage.
-Highly optimized so even the most unstable internet connections can play with the least lag.
-Fun exploits and interactions as the Flock or the Carrier
-A very nice and dedicated community of players.

If you do buy the game, remember to join the steam group (http://steamcommunity.com/groups/flocktogether) to find out when the games are, otherwise there aren't a lot of people playing 24/7.
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Fraggle68
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
i think it would be cool , but no one is playing .....so ......i cant know , this review will be a positive one though due to the idea ha
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XXmachina
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
I never really got to play this game with other people. No one is ever online and this game is fairly dull when just running around a map alone with no end.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
It's good fun. It takes a little effort to coordinate and find players, but it's genuinely exciting to be frozen in the carrier's light only to watch another member of your flock take them down and torch you a moment later when you try to get the drop on them. In just an hr on here I've had more memorable moments than in 6hrs of Destiny. Join the "Active Flock Players Group" and set up a date for matches.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Interesting concept of a game, and for all I know, it could be fun.
Turns out literally *no one* plays this anymore. I bought this on sale for $1.50, and it's worth about that. Maybe less. In an ideal world, someone will take this concept and make it into a better game.
Good luck in the future guys.

TL;DR don't buy this game because it's a waste to buy a multiplayer game that no one plays.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
For $1.69, you will get your money's worth. For ten times that amount, you should pass over this title.
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1,861 of 2,033 people (92%) found this review helpful
641 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
Meet the Flockers!

Great name, an excellent name for a horror game! It's evocative, right? Birds are weird – carry diseases, vomit all over their babies, have cloacas, flock, etc. Oh, and religious heads often refer to their congregations as their “flock,” which is kind of creepy, cultish when you think about it. So the name works fabulously, we've established that.

Concept is pretty cool too: twisted humanoids hunting one another, fighting one another with light in a twisted game of Red Light Green Light with a finite number of lives. Very novel!

And the concept artwork? Beautiful, freaky, brilliant. Absolutely!

“So why is The Flock a steaming pile of dog ♥♥♥♥?” A hypothetical person might ask.

Fortunately for you I spent $17 USD so I can find out and you don't have to!

First off, it looks the part of steaming dog ♥♥♥♥. Now that's a bit harsh of me; it doesn't look BAD, but it certainly won't be winning any monster beauty pageants. The models look goofy whether they're standing still or in motion. They just look silly; like decayed, neutered necromorphs with a slapdash texture job. The three maps currently available all sort of look the same – you've seen one gray, blocky, near linear map, you've seen them all.

Secondly, it isn't scary. Now if that isn't the kiss of death for an asymmetrical horror multiplayer game I don't know what is. I mentioned in the paragraph previously that the models all look goofy, but on top of that there appear to be no death animations for carrier and flockers alike. You'll just be minding your own business or stalking some carrier and suddenly poof, the screen goes white and you're either dead or a carrier.

Well that's no good – smacks of rushed laziness.

Thirdly, the titular flock appears to have flown the coop. No one is playing. Now to be fair this could change. In a few hours the word might get out and The Flock's population will explode!

But we don't live in Pretend Land, no. We live in cold, hard Realityville where the meals are infrequent and the winters are harsh.

Fourthly, it isn't fun! It just isn't fun to sprint around the aforementioned gray maps, attacking gray beings with no death animations, to grab a Portal light gun to point at doors and gates.

You know what I think? I think The Flock is one precarious step above being a scam. “Buy this game with a trivial finite lives system! If you don't it will be gone forever!”

Because the developers think you're all a bunch of hoarding, hyperconsuming man-babies that will grab a questionable product because one day it might be gone.

I promise you, PROMISE YOU, that The Flock's population will never hit zero.

Because ♥♥♥♥-all people will play this ugly, rushed drek.
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1,258 of 1,394 people (90%) found this review helpful
82 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
I can in no way recommend this game.
EDIT: In case people judge this review by my playtime, I've seen everything there is to the game. I played all maps, played both creatures, toyed around with all the abilities and mechanics all in a whopping 30 minutes. If that doesn't say something about the content in the game I don't know anymore.

There's no sense of actually accomplishing anything. You just run around as flock, grab whoever is holding the torch thing and run shining your light at balls until you get killed yourself. That's all there is to it. Additionally there is only 3 maps from which 1 is fairly big and the 2 other rather small.

Matches can take as little time as 5 minutes and are not exciting at all.
It actually looks like the developers were so excited about the concept of killing off the game when a certain amount of people die that they actually forgot to put content in the game, or bother fixing whatever 'content' that's already in because there's several bugs ranging from flock getting launched up in the air to text issues.

They put a counter on the game's lifespan but I feel like it's gonna die sooner than the counter reaches 0

If you disagree with this review I'd like to know why, give me some arguments in the comments.
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523 of 592 people (88%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
This game is a horrible disaster. This plays like an early access title with bugs included. Coding isn't even completed in certain parts. But don't let this deter you, however! I look at it as an Easter egg: which string of code won't be found in this part of the game? Also, the "Population" aspect of this game is ridiculous. The limit will never hit 0, same as how updates will likely never occur. This game is horrendously overpriced for the current stage it's in.

Edit: I have returned! For 20 minutes I sat in a queue, waiting to play. This game has died. Do not waste your money with this game.
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387 of 432 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
The game seems like a tech demo or a proof of concept or something. Its too simple. You can see and do everything the game has to offer in the first 15 minutes of playing, then its just repetition, which feels like grinding.

It seems the developers made an overly simple, boring game then thought to themselves "This is only 1/10th of a game. How can we get people to buy it anyway?" so they introduced the population thing as an after thought.

I think the population thing is a really cool idea... IF the game implementing it is compeling enough to keep people playing. As it is now, this game will die of lack of people playing like gunmonkeys WAY before the population hits zero.

2 out of 10. Might have worked as a free mobile game that you download and play one evening, then forget you have installed on your phone.
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334 of 368 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
I really loved the concept of the game, and felt like the price was right for a game plus a code. After roughly an hour of gameplay, it was evident the game isn't quite finished. Popping textures and muddy controls were not appropriate for a fast paced horror style game. I would love to see the concept grow, but for now, I cannot recommend this title.
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253 of 271 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
The Flock comes with an interesting hook in that it'll go offline and become unavailable for sale once the population counter ticks down to zero. The game itself is something similar to "juggernaut" game modes from other online games, but with an emphasis on stealth.

When you spawn into a match, each player tries to find and attain the light. Once attained that player will become the "Carrier" and every one else will remain as a "Flock". It features an asymmetrical cat and mouse style of gameplay where it's every one on the Carrier. You can gain points through killing flocks by shining the light on them when they make an advance, completing objective points, or simply through holding the light as long as possible. The Flock have a variety of ways to ambush the carrier. They can stand still which will put them into a "Petrified" mode giving full immunity to the light, they can also create decoys that they can teleport to at their will, and can give a howl that'll buff other Flocks around them. The core of this is pretty fun and interesting when you first jump into the game, though with this as the only game mode it can become repetitive after a while.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzq490ghbP8
The Flock is also pretty easy on the senses. The environmental and character designs are suiting to the mood and atmosphere, with ancient looking dilapidated environments, and eerie music and sound effects. The Flock does a good job at communicating it's dark themes.

Though the hook of a permanent end to the game, and the core gameplay being initially enjoyable and interesting, the fun of "The Flock" doesn't last long. There are only 3 maps available and only 1 game mode. The game becomes very repetitive very quickly. There's also no incentive to continue playing with a huge disconnect from the mechanics and the perma-end concept. None of the mechanics would be affected if the perma-end system wasn't in place, and because of this, the immediacy that the game tried to force on the player falls flat. I feel like most players would be bored of the game before the countdown would become relevant. You can experience every thing there is to experience in a matter of a couple of matches. Since that's the case, what's the incentive for players to protect the global population? Why should players care if it'll end permanently if the game can't hold their interest to see it to the end? There's not even a record system to track how much a player have contributed to the population countdown, making the game's premise feel pointless.

Besides the design flaws with it's perma-end system, and the lack of variety, the Flock also suffers from a myriad of technical issues. The game sometimes crash from alt-tabbing or when a match ends and sends the player back to the lobby. The graphics setting's effectiveness is questionable and while playing with those settings, my game refuses to go fullscreen, It's stuck on windowed mode. I've also experienced lobbies that refuse to start the game, and games where the goal (the light) refused to spawn in. To say the least, The Flock has a lot of problems.

Overall The Flock has an interesting foundation, but it's under developed, under conceptualized, and suffers from both technical and design flaws.

Pros:
- Good looking and sounding
- The one game mode is fun for a little while

Cons:
- Buggy
- No connection between the perma-end concept to it's mechanics
- Repetitive
- Lacks content

[In the forums I'm hearing the devs are planning on adding content and fixing some bugs in the near future. I may come back and make edits to my original impression based on the changes.]
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Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
it feels like the devs didn't even beta test this once.
there are graphic glitches and you can't even turn on fullscreen mode
there are so many "string not found" errors
the devs need to make a clean sweep of this game's errors before it's even playable
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