Qasir al-Wasat is a stealth action-adventure set in a mysterious 12th Century Syrian palace. Play as an invisible and fragile creature summoned from another world to complete an assassination mission inside an enigmatic palace.
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Release Date: Jan 19, 2016

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Qasir al-Wasat is a stealth action-adventure set in an enigmatic 12th Century Syrian palace. You play as an invisible creature, summoned from another world to complete an assassination mission. Although deadly, you are a fragile being and must navigate the trap-filled corridors without alerting guards and… whatever else might be locked in this fortress in-between worlds.

Step lightly and watch out how you choose to kill your victims, for loud noises and blood stains will surely give out your position to enemies. Remember you can be put down with a single stroke. While exploring the dark corridors, will you fulfill the mission given to you by the enigmatic sorcerer, or will you investigate the mysteries of the palace, at you own risk? Players can search for hidden messages, eavesdrop the fortress’ guards conversations and look for secret passages since not everything is as it seems and there are ancient treasures waiting to be found.

Qasir al-Wasat is built around the tension between action and investigation. The palace is riddled with puzzles, a rich story, nasty traps and an ancient treasure that might be simply too magnificent to ignore. Explore it while embodying a lonesome creature from the underworld, and discover Its peculiar view of humanity. Qasir’s visuals are a love letter to intricate medieval Persian Miniatures, rooted in a thorough historical research. Alongside, an unusual soundscape that is created procedurally with each gameplay.

The gates are open and the sorcerer is summoning you, delve into the obscure world of Qasir al-Wasat.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz single core processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, pixel shader 3.0 compatible.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GDDR5 512 MB VRAM, pixel shader 5.0 compatible.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz single core processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, pixel shader 3.0 compatible.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GDDR5 512 MB VRAM, pixel shader 5.0 compatible.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 3.14.1 or greater
    • Processor: 2 GHz single core processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, pixel shader 3.0 compatible.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 3.14.1 or greater
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GDDR5 512 MB VRAM, pixel shader 5.0 compatible.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Positive (20 reviews)
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Qari
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game took about 10 hours to complete, so for the current steam sale is completely worth it. The puzzles in it were enjoyable and a bit difficult but that only made it better. I didn't have to look up a guide to figure any out, so that was nice. What I did have to look up a guide for was what I had to do next towards the end. Usually that's a deal breaker for me, but it was fine with this game since most of it was actually really well designed.

As far as the gameplay, I generally hate games like this. I don't like walking around, running between rooms and overcoming traps and guards. However, the story was good and it drove me to continue and the mechanic of sneaking had a sense of fantasy realism. Basically no one is invisible (duh) but if they were the game portrayed how it would play out well enough.

The graphics were fitting. I don't like 2D anything unless it's one of my old favorites, but actually the art was a really good. The sounds were good and musical. I wish there was voice acting, but instead it's something like Don't Starve when conversation happens. The voice acting could have really upped the game's value. Nonetheless, it was well done the way it was done.

So I definitely recommend you purchase it even if it isn't up your alley (but at the $10 sale.) If it is up your alley, 15 dollars is better than acceptable. If you speak Arabic, I'd recommend it at $15 simply because it was so fun to read the names and know that you know the translations. It's set in a Muslim setting, so if you are Muslim, I guess that's nice too, but I'm not, so I have no idea.
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Melusca
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Very unique game. Though at its core, it's a simple stealth game with occasional puzzles, its unusual setting (I wish there were more games taking inspiration from Islamic myths, it would be a welcome change from common high fantasy tropes), excellent atmosphere, and the way its mechanics reward different ways to play truly make it shine.

+ Great visuals, taking their inspiration from Persian art. The lighting was also very well-done. Play this at night with dim lighting, it's even better.
+ Amazing sound design. From your character's footsteps to the patrolling guards' distinctive skipping, as well as ambiant sounds here and there, or the characters' "voices", everything is near perfect.
+ Simple but effective mechanics. You can go full stealth, massacre everything in your way (making further stealth attempts harder, but exploration easier), and use traps against the enemies (though they usually work better against you).
+ Two endings. You can get the first one in a couple of hours, but you will likely miss half the content of the game by doing so.

- A few repeated puzzles, particularly the "rotating wheels". Some of them are a bit unclear as well.
- Later parts of the game focus less on stealth and more on traps and teleporters, so it's sometimes hard to know what to do next.

8/10 Definitely get this if you're into stealth games, Islamic culture, or both.
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Aki
( 29.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
I've been writing guides for this game on One Angry Gamer, so I've actually played it for quite some time now. It has become one of my favorite stealth games. I highly recommend it and I REALLY love the story. I have become a bit obsessed with the secrets of the palace, and there are two things I am missing.
1. Accessing one of the secret rooms (I can't figure it out still...)
2. Find the final secret document.

If you like Stealth adventure games with a good story, play this! Also... I would very much enjoy if the developers make a sequel so we can interact with the Northerners a bit. There was a certain painting that blew my mind. :P
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ombt
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Loved the puzzles and playing, although I did have a couple of frustrations along the way (due to not doing things in the expected order I think)

Still, will probably play through again at some point
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jazzfish
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
What is it?
An Arabic-inspired fantasy top-down stealth game. You play as a creature summoned to a mysterious palace, to kill three guardians... but you have your own reasons for accepting the summons, and things are not as they seem.

What's good?
The whole conceit of the game is well-implemented, and different enough to make you take notice. The art's nice, bright and vibrant. The character designs are decent. Writing is excellent; plot is top-notch.

What's not so great?
The sound is only okay. The controls and the autosave are occasionally frustrating.
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JC-01014
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Clever but in the end, boring.
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Warwick J.
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
For similar reviews and our popular daily giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/

So what does the title Qasir al-Wasat actually mean? It’s meaning is relatively simple and cleverly ties into the game’s story. Qasir al-Wasat means the palace in the middle and that is precisely the game’s setting.The game’s Steam description, below, does a very good job in explaining the game. So rather than focusing on that I’ll jump immediately into my opinion on the actual game play. I’m not generally a huge fan of games where you’re dead in one hit and have to start over from a checkpoint but I was definitely a fan of this game. The setting is brilliant and the narrative that begins with the introduction really suckered me in. I genuinely felt as though I was experiencing Syrian culture. In a world where many people are far too easy to dismiss the culture because of world events its a real treat to see something that is so easy to immerse yourself in. It’s content is something that even those who hold ill-formed prejudices should be able to gain enjoyment from.

I’m a huge fan of how the stealth mechanic works. It also happens to be the most important mechanic in the game – present in almost everything that you do. If you move into lit areas enemies will see you therefore you need to be careful where you are at all times. But that is only the first layer of the mechanic. Arguably the most important part, certainly the most compelling from my perspective, is if you kill an enemy and get blood splatter on you you’ll become visible to enemies even when you’re out of the light. There are pools of water spread throughout each map that allow you to cleanse yourself of the blood and to return to a fresh status. These are well placed throughout the game with most or at least many serving as a checkpoint (I didn’t die everywhere so I’m not one hundred percent certain).

The puzzles, of which I would consider most games of being, are fantastic and helps make the action-adventure a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There are a number of ways to move throughout the majority of the areas of the game and each will result in making the next part of the game either easier or more difficult. It’s a game where you can choose to attack and kill everything in your path or try to play as sneakily and stealthily as possible. Some rooms will require you to kill your enemies where as others can be conquered without getting blood on your hands, literally.

I really do not have much to criticize. The only thing would be considered trivial. I believe that you’re thrown in at the deep end and not quite in the best way possible. I died a few times in the very first room. It took me a couple of minutes to work out exactly what I had to do and then I was set. The game is difficult, intentionally so, and you will die often. A few of the hits do feel as though you’ve been cheated but they’re easy to overcome and it’s not really a big factor in the game. Otherwise it’s a truly wonderful experience and one of the best that I’ve had this year.

I wholeheartedly recommend this game to everyone. I think there’s something here for all gamers and there truly is no content here that anyone could consider insulting. A truly great game.


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deuxpolo
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
If you love Arabian Night, you'll love this little piece of masterpiece.

Heavily focusing on stealth and one-punch death, players will control Subtle - a mystical creature summoned by a sorcerer named ah-Saahir with an assassination task: to eliminate 3 different targets and retrieve an extract of poison coming from their special weapons.

Once Subtle has completed the task, the game will be over, but the game's story line and secret is hidden so well that players can actually trick ah-Saahir and take time to explore his dark secret, motivation that makes him summon you from the beginning and what's hidden inside the palace that you take place in. The game focuses quite well on sound and visual as they're essential to the stealthy gameplay. With the ability of staying (Almost) invisible and one-hit kill, Subtle can walk around in the palace without having to kill (Almost, again) everyone on its path. But without its powerful poison, each kill Subtle makes will leave blood on its body, making enemies recognize it quickly, so trial 'n error will happen A Lot during the exploration.

The palace's design is well-done in a way that makes every room seem to be connected along with the characters in-game, making them look more life-like rather than repeated AI doing what they're programmed to. Secrets are also well-hidden and will force players to explore everywhere in order to solve puzzles and dig into the immersive story line. The sound and visual, again, are executed and prepared so pleasing that they represent a miniature version of your favourite Arabian tales when you were young. Puzzles are also designed well, making your grey matter work hard enough to solve them all.

The downside of the game is the clungy control during in-game and even in menu, especially when changing the binded keys. Sometimes you won't be able to use some buttons like the Examine one in a room or the dialog will be frozen, but these glitches don't happen too often, fortunately. Depending on your system's rig, V-sync may not work well and will create screen tearing while Subtle is moving around.

But overall, this game is a gem packed with tons of secrets that beg you to solve them in order to see what's behind the curtain. Totally recommended to try right now or you can wait until Steam sale comes.
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Florzinha
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
At first glance, Qasir al-Wasat might look a little bit simple and rough on the edges but this is misleading. Within a few minutes of gameplay, it's easy to notice the qualities of this game - and there is a lot of them.

The mechanics are spare but very clever, with a surprisingly amount of depth. Aside from the stealth mechanics, there is a plethora of puzzles, branching paths and secrets that rewards patience and observation. The art direction is atmospheric and full of details, showing a deep commitment to craft and research. The plot is very straightforward at the beginning but is much more intriguing and complex than it seems. It is also one of the most unique and creative settings seen in a video game, with small vignettes and lush descriptions that result on a very rich and interesting lore. I would also recommend a good pair of headphones for the eerie sound design and music, which adds a lot of immersion and mood.

Not all of these elements are perfect, but they are very coherent and consistent with the themes of the game, resulting in a sum that is greater than the parts. I would recommend this gem to everyone that is looking for a challenging gameplay that trusts the player intelligence while offering a unique setting and story.
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ErsatzDragon
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 21
A wonderful and subtle game. Stealth, puzzles, and intrigue. Gorgeous, and well worth the attention; I cannot recommend it enough.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game took about 10 hours to complete, so for the current steam sale is completely worth it. The puzzles in it were enjoyable and a bit difficult but that only made it better. I didn't have to look up a guide to figure any out, so that was nice. What I did have to look up a guide for was what I had to do next towards the end. Usually that's a deal breaker for me, but it was fine with this game since most of it was actually really well designed.

As far as the gameplay, I generally hate games like this. I don't like walking around, running between rooms and overcoming traps and guards. However, the story was good and it drove me to continue and the mechanic of sneaking had a sense of fantasy realism. Basically no one is invisible (duh) but if they were the game portrayed how it would play out well enough.

The graphics were fitting. I don't like 2D anything unless it's one of my old favorites, but actually the art was a really good. The sounds were good and musical. I wish there was voice acting, but instead it's something like Don't Starve when conversation happens. The voice acting could have really upped the game's value. Nonetheless, it was well done the way it was done.

So I definitely recommend you purchase it even if it isn't up your alley (but at the $10 sale.) If it is up your alley, 15 dollars is better than acceptable. If you speak Arabic, I'd recommend it at $15 simply because it was so fun to read the names and know that you know the translations. It's set in a Muslim setting, so if you are Muslim, I guess that's nice too, but I'm not, so I have no idea.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
solid snake more like, uh, subtle platypus thing i guess, i dunno what exactly he's supposed to be but he's slick as hell dawg. game's rad as hell, with some cool puzzles and secrets to find all throughout the base. the stealth is clever, too: you can poison a certain amount of dudes, but after that you gotta cut em and get blood everywhere, which means people can see you until you wash it off. this means that killing people is a legitimate strategy but brute-forcing through an area like this makes future areas more difficult and is a genuinely really smart way to handle sneaking around. so buy it, alright?
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Just brillant!

I'm not a fan of stealth games at all, never have been. And this game has lots of stealth elements. But in a very unique way. First of all, you play one of the most interesting characters imaginable. Then the story is dark, nothing is like it seems at first. The setting is fantastic. I don't want to spoiler so that's about it. I just want to say, I've bought several games in the last time that I found more than disappointing. This little gem here is different. I've only just played somewhat over one hour, but already I have the feeling that I've become addicted in a certain way. I want to know where this game is going; I want so see if my decisions affect the outcome, if I gather enough informations etc.
Just buy it, if the trailer seems like it could give you something.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
For similar reviews and our popular daily giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/

So what does the title Qasir al-Wasat actually mean? It’s meaning is relatively simple and cleverly ties into the game’s story. Qasir al-Wasat means the palace in the middle and that is precisely the game’s setting.The game’s Steam description, below, does a very good job in explaining the game. So rather than focusing on that I’ll jump immediately into my opinion on the actual game play. I’m not generally a huge fan of games where you’re dead in one hit and have to start over from a checkpoint but I was definitely a fan of this game. The setting is brilliant and the narrative that begins with the introduction really suckered me in. I genuinely felt as though I was experiencing Syrian culture. In a world where many people are far too easy to dismiss the culture because of world events its a real treat to see something that is so easy to immerse yourself in. It’s content is something that even those who hold ill-formed prejudices should be able to gain enjoyment from.

I’m a huge fan of how the stealth mechanic works. It also happens to be the most important mechanic in the game – present in almost everything that you do. If you move into lit areas enemies will see you therefore you need to be careful where you are at all times. But that is only the first layer of the mechanic. Arguably the most important part, certainly the most compelling from my perspective, is if you kill an enemy and get blood splatter on you you’ll become visible to enemies even when you’re out of the light. There are pools of water spread throughout each map that allow you to cleanse yourself of the blood and to return to a fresh status. These are well placed throughout the game with most or at least many serving as a checkpoint (I didn’t die everywhere so I’m not one hundred percent certain).

The puzzles, of which I would consider most games of being, are fantastic and helps make the action-adventure a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There are a number of ways to move throughout the majority of the areas of the game and each will result in making the next part of the game either easier or more difficult. It’s a game where you can choose to attack and kill everything in your path or try to play as sneakily and stealthily as possible. Some rooms will require you to kill your enemies where as others can be conquered without getting blood on your hands, literally.

I really do not have much to criticize. The only thing would be considered trivial. I believe that you’re thrown in at the deep end and not quite in the best way possible. I died a few times in the very first room. It took me a couple of minutes to work out exactly what I had to do and then I was set. The game is difficult, intentionally so, and you will die often. A few of the hits do feel as though you’ve been cheated but they’re easy to overcome and it’s not really a big factor in the game. Otherwise it’s a truly wonderful experience and one of the best that I’ve had this year.

I wholeheartedly recommend this game to everyone. I think there’s something here for all gamers and there truly is no content here that anyone could consider insulting. A truly great game.


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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Very unique game. Though at its core, it's a simple stealth game with occasional puzzles, its unusual setting (I wish there were more games taking inspiration from Islamic myths, it would be a welcome change from common high fantasy tropes), excellent atmosphere, and the way its mechanics reward different ways to play truly make it shine.

+ Great visuals, taking their inspiration from Persian art. The lighting was also very well-done. Play this at night with dim lighting, it's even better.
+ Amazing sound design. From your character's footsteps to the patrolling guards' distinctive skipping, as well as ambiant sounds here and there, or the characters' "voices", everything is near perfect.
+ Simple but effective mechanics. You can go full stealth, massacre everything in your way (making further stealth attempts harder, but exploration easier), and use traps against the enemies (though they usually work better against you).
+ Two endings. You can get the first one in a couple of hours, but you will likely miss half the content of the game by doing so.

- A few repeated puzzles, particularly the "rotating wheels". Some of them are a bit unclear as well.
- Later parts of the game focus less on stealth and more on traps and teleporters, so it's sometimes hard to know what to do next.

8/10 Definitely get this if you're into stealth games, Islamic culture, or both.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This Game is excellent. The stealth and puzzle game play is solid, but that's not the sell here. It is the rest of it. Set in 12th century Syria, utilizing Islamic mythology and synthesizing it with Crowleyesque fantasy, and looking like a cross between Persian/Mughal miniature art and The Legend of Zelda, this game is a unique aesthetique experience.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
If you love Arabian Night, you'll love this little piece of masterpiece.

Heavily focusing on stealth and one-punch death, players will control Subtle - a mystical creature summoned by a sorcerer named ah-Saahir with an assassination task: to eliminate 3 different targets and retrieve an extract of poison coming from their special weapons.

Once Subtle has completed the task, the game will be over, but the game's story line and secret is hidden so well that players can actually trick ah-Saahir and take time to explore his dark secret, motivation that makes him summon you from the beginning and what's hidden inside the palace that you take place in. The game focuses quite well on sound and visual as they're essential to the stealthy gameplay. With the ability of staying (Almost) invisible and one-hit kill, Subtle can walk around in the palace without having to kill (Almost, again) everyone on its path. But without its powerful poison, each kill Subtle makes will leave blood on its body, making enemies recognize it quickly, so trial 'n error will happen A Lot during the exploration.

The palace's design is well-done in a way that makes every room seem to be connected along with the characters in-game, making them look more life-like rather than repeated AI doing what they're programmed to. Secrets are also well-hidden and will force players to explore everywhere in order to solve puzzles and dig into the immersive story line. The sound and visual, again, are executed and prepared so pleasing that they represent a miniature version of your favourite Arabian tales when you were young. Puzzles are also designed well, making your grey matter work hard enough to solve them all.

The downside of the game is the clungy control during in-game and even in menu, especially when changing the binded keys. Sometimes you won't be able to use some buttons like the Examine one in a room or the dialog will be frozen, but these glitches don't happen too often, fortunately. Depending on your system's rig, V-sync may not work well and will create screen tearing while Subtle is moving around.

But overall, this game is a gem packed with tons of secrets that beg you to solve them in order to see what's behind the curtain. Totally recommended to try right now or you can wait until Steam sale comes.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
I've been writing guides for this game on One Angry Gamer, so I've actually played it for quite some time now. It has become one of my favorite stealth games. I highly recommend it and I REALLY love the story. I have become a bit obsessed with the secrets of the palace, and there are two things I am missing.
1. Accessing one of the secret rooms (I can't figure it out still...)
2. Find the final secret document.

If you like Stealth adventure games with a good story, play this! Also... I would very much enjoy if the developers make a sequel so we can interact with the Northerners a bit. There was a certain painting that blew my mind. :P
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Tense, stylish and unusual 2D stealth game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
What is it?
An Arabic-inspired fantasy top-down stealth game. You play as a creature summoned to a mysterious palace, to kill three guardians... but you have your own reasons for accepting the summons, and things are not as they seem.

What's good?
The whole conceit of the game is well-implemented, and different enough to make you take notice. The art's nice, bright and vibrant. The character designs are decent. Writing is excellent; plot is top-notch.

What's not so great?
The sound is only okay. The controls and the autosave are occasionally frustrating.
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