The Unlicensed Bible game that should have been buried in a desert is back !! and this time its taking no prisoners on its metaphysical "psychosis quest" into the very nature of God and death. Narrated By award winning No-wave high priestess Jarboe (SWANS,The path).
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Negative (2,139 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 12, 2014

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“This is the kind of game that interrupts gameplay with actual footage of people calling it garbage. The kind that aspires to be viewed as "shovelware." The kind that claims to be "the unlicensed Bible game that should have been buried in the desert." The kind about space nuns saving orbital monasteries, featuring narration by no-wave godhead Jarboe. Uriel's Chasm, in other words, is the kind of game you should play immediately.”
Kill screen daily

“Those who appreciate indie games, particularly ones that push boundaries of what is acceptable for games, should pursue this. Uriel’s Chasm is an uncomfortable, avant-garde title that has hooked me. Chances are more unsuspecting players will continue to fall under its strange spell.”
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“Uriel's Chasm is an acquired taste, but something tells me this could find it's way to reaching cult classic status one day.”
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About This Game

"Sister Tabitha has been asleep 8 years. On route to investigate the disappearance of the orbital Monastery "Enoch's Hope"; She is haunted by reoccurring dreams of a Dimethyltryptamine harvesting "Garden of paradise"."

At least that's what the box said to the obscure avante garde 90's game the "Shovelware Queens" started reviewing.

The Unlicensed Bible game that should have been buried in a desert is back !! and this time its taking no prisoners on its metaphysical "psychosis quest" into the very nature of God and death.

Featuring :-

- Voice over By award winning SWANS no-wave high priestess Jarboe

- Ancient Hebrew story telling techniques of Allegory and Typology.

- Rich Context that infinitely rewards further investigation.

- Gamestyles including a complete re-imagining of Asteroids, High octane "Ghett-ro" Euroshmup action and "Non-Game" meta weirdness.

- Metaphysics drawn from over 7 years of research.

- Pulsing keytar soundtrack by Dylan Barry (Super killer hornet Resurrection, NPPD RUSH, Psichodelya)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: 2 gig dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Latest driver direct x 9
    • Sound Card: Latest driver direct x 9
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 71 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
If I could marry this game, I'd be single.
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Follow these steps and you will be awesome!

1. Install Game
2. Click on Play
3. Go Away for 3h
4. Come back and quite the game
5. Delete it
6. Never anymore hear for it!
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Uninstalls in under 5 seconds!
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
My sincere condolences to the ones who paid for this game.
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38 of 50 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Grabbed this game for free. Broadcasted it to a friend.
Almost died of laugh attack. This thing is not serious.

Pros:
-You are the savior of the universe for the faith of Lord Christ.
-You surf the space destroying meteorites in the search of Bibles.
-YOU GET TO USE A BIBLE-SHOOTING WEAPON.
-Shoot 'em up level in which final boss is a mutant worm Jesus Christ devotee.

Cons:
-Why is text displayed ALL AROUND THE SCREEN so I can't even see the Bible-releasing meteorites
-Why can't I save my game
-Why can't I skip the intro
-Why am I even playing this
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Good game for steam trading cards and that's it.
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58 of 90 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Edited on 1/20/15 to add game mechanics detail (see paragraph four).

Uriel's Chasm isn't a game so much as it is an experience. Unfortunately, if you're not of the age group to recognize that, or if you don't know this before you press "play," you'll give it five minutes, declare it the most horrible game ever made, and move on.

I'm going to flirt with madness here and tell you it's [expletive deleted] BRILLIANT. From the lack of a pause key or an options menu, to the midi-based music, to the absolutely brutal gameplay, to the lack of pyrotechnics, to the anticlimactic area "wins," to the interlaced, grainy FMV (that's "full motion video" for those of you who weren't around before its existence)...all I can say is just...wow. For those who didn't experience computer gaming back in the early 1990s (just as CD-ROM drives were hitting the market), Uriel's Chasm very accurately replicates the exact experience of that era. Games were frequently nonsensical; they often changed screens abruptly, they didn't hold your hand, they didn't provide tutorials, and they most certainly didn't have giant arrows or yellow question marks to point you in the right direction.

As an actual game, once you get into it, Uriel's Chasm is challenging, unsettling and even a bit disturbing. Part of the purpose of this game (other than to take you back in time in a very real way) is to discover each new section and how to play on your own, so I won't spoil those moments for you here. What I will say, is that it very accurately represents what were three out of the four main styles of gameplay back in those days (the fourth being faux-3D shooters such as Catacombs 3D, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, et al), but skewed through Uriel's Chasm's own twisted lens.

Game play is brutal and unforgiving, but that's kind of the point. The controls are extremely responsive, if not initially intuitive. It runs smoothly even on my three year-old big box computer, and there is a solid logic or pattern to each area (even the seemingly unbeatable final level).

I came to Uriel's Chasm as an active Presbyterian Elder, curious about the Biblical aspects of the game, but that quickly became a non-event, as the experience took over. Nevertheless, there is some usage of Christian iconography that may be disturbing to some players (such as spinning crucifixes that fire bullets). Play time is pretty short but, as this is more about the experience than the actual game, that doesn't bother me. With all sincerity, and without any sarcasm, I tell you this : Uriel's Chasm is art. Most people won't agree with me. Most people won't get it. Most people won't like it. I do. I do, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who remembers what gaming was like back then and wants to relive the experience, those who are into hardcore gaming, or to those who are curious about it. All others should, as evidenced by the multitudes of negative reviews, pass it by.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
(This Review may contain Spoilers)

Uriel's Chasm is a very weird shoot-em-up/side-scrolling shooter/platformer, the shooting sections are "Bullet Hell", term considered for games with a lot of bullets in the screen while having you to dodge.

- First things first -

This game is religious and really disturbing. Let's make some notes before actually starting on the game.
1- The game is always in fullscreen and you can't change it to windowed (F2 is usually a common hotkey to toggle fullscreen in games made in Gamemaker and other engines);
2- You also can't bind your own controls, and the game does not provide you instructions, it just throws you on the level without explaining anything;
3- The game has no pause function, and if you press "Esc" by thinking you're going to pause, you're going to go all way back to the main menu and then first level of the game;
4- The beginning of the game starts with a camera-recorded scene with two women, called by themselves as "Shovelware Queens", I didn't really listened to that, but along the progress of the game, you may hear and watch more of these parts (including a guy later on). The quality is abysmal and there is no subtitles either. I didn't wanted to actually turn up my volume because it could be a prank (as if the game wasn't already).

- Story and Levels -

The story of the game, by all honesty, I don't know. It's a religious story that follows really weird by each level (I couldn't follow the story due it's bizarreness).

The first stage of the game is a shooter like the game Asteroids, from the Arcade. Your mission is to get enough "Faith" to proceed to the Garden. You can shoot with Z and move your ship with the Arrow Keys. You have a Life energy and Fuel energy. Moving it too much will consume fuel, and losing health by touching the Asteroids will also drain your health. There is also a big spinning jaw on the level (seen also on the Story cutscenes), that drain your health almost instantly.

The second stage is a side-scrolling shooter, you have 3 hearts (each hit takes a half of a heart) and you have to reach to the end by destroying baddies.

The third stage is a platformer that you need to rescue some people that will give you some descriptions after each one is free. Find all ten and proceed to the weirdest part of the game.

The fourth stage, by all honest, I haven't beat. The game had a huge difficulty spike (the difficult increased greatly between the first three levels to the fourth). You have to kill a boss on a Shoot-n-up style that you can only go Left and Right, and again, you only got 3 hearts. The boss shoots really fast projectiles that I can't even dodge so well. The design of the boss and the stage is really disturbing, which is also another reason why I didn't want to beat this level and this game.

I don't know if there are other stages, but I read this game is relatively short.

- Game art -

Uriel's Chasm art is not pretty. It attempts to make it retro, but there's also too much stuff on the screen (like the big spinning jaw). The graphics tries to be somewhere between 8-bit and 16-bit, but it fails miserably. The music, is bad, some levels have cool musics, but the rest may be very generic musics with no tension for that level. There is no fourth level music, you only get a lot of people screams.

- Conclusions -

I don't recommend this game for being really short, bad art (Music, graphics and story), being way too expensive (even though I got this for free, I do not like it) and really disturbing. If you get this game for free like me, and you wanted it only because the Steam Trading Cards, please do not play it, keep it on the Main Menu and Mute your computer's volume, and after you're done with, uninstall and never touch it again.

3/10
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61 of 101 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
10/10 will collect the cards

1. download the game
2. Play it
3. alt + tab
4. do something
5. ????????
6. Profit
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
She said:
"Today, I woke up to a kiss of teeth"

WHAT THE ACTUAL 𝐅𝐔𝐂𝐊 ?
-1/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
this game made me lose faith in humanity. Good game if you need a reason to kill yourself.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Step One: Get game for free from niche bundle website giveaway
Step Two: Install game
Step Three: Turn off speakers and take off headphones, launch games, and alt-tab to a blank desktop background becase music plays when game isn't in focus
Step Four: Watch illegally burned DVDs in another room on the other side of the house for an hour or two
Step Five: Sell trading cards
Step Six: Uninstall game and hide from library and write bad review
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Why you do dis game?
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Pile of ♥♥♥♥... dont buy this game simple.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Such a dumb game, worth the cards tho.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
How this pile of trash made its way to Steam store, remains a mistery. No problems whatsoever with the uninstaller, tho.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Get Card
Hide Game From Library
Forget This Game
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
You play as the Adepta Sororitas.

This game is Starbound with you using drugs, except this game is horrible.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This game is so low I can't imagine lower game than this. But I played it mostly for the cards :)
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
I made it to level 2 and Now I'm flying a rocketship through space blowing up spinning lazer crosses for the glory of Jesus Christ.
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