Sam is an addict who ends up in an institution named “Reaching Dreams”, hoping to kick his drug problem and sort out his miserable life. But during the first night, something goes horribly wrong and he gets stuck in an endless...
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Release Date: Feb 13, 2015

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“[…] Decay: The Mare still has it where it counts, creating a brilliantly paced horror game with a rare covert feeling of terror that any fan of the genre should play.”
4/5 – Gameindustry

“Great story, great sounds and just great.”
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“A short dose of frightening fun, Decay – The Mare is ideal for gamers who like psychological thrillers and light horror.”
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About This Game

A new psychological horror adventure game from the creators of the successful Decay series:
Sam is an addict who ends up in an institution named “Reaching Dreams”, hoping to kick his drug problem and sort out his miserable life. But during the first night, something goes horribly wrong and he gets stuck in an endless nightmare…

Decay – The Mare is a 3D psychological horror adventure and homage to the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games, as well as to horror adventure games like Phantasmagoria, The 11th Hour and Gabriel Knight.

For the first time the compelling, high-tension Adventure is available in one package, including an exclusive third chapter that will bring Sam’s journey to an end.

Decay’s developer Shining Gate Software is a small indie studio located in Stockholm, Sweden. The studio is best known for their work with DICE and Electronic Arts on the Battlefield franchise and for their own Decay series, released on multiple platforms.

Key Features

  • Contains the defining third chapter
  • All three chapters of the game in one compelling experience
  • Amazing atmosphere, art and music
  • Scary and deep story
  • Challenging riddles and puzzles
  • Unlock achievements and collect all Steam Trading Cards to receive exclusive emoticons and profile backgrounds.

System Requirements

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SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core 
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 205, Radeon HD 3400
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with the latest drivers
    • OS: Windows XP 32 Bit / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core 
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 205, Radeon HD 3400
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with the latest drivers
    • OS: Mac OS X Version 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac or Mac Pro release year 2009 or later
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, Radeon HD 3450
    • Storage: 2100 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 16Bit
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core 
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 205, Radeon HD 3450
    • Storage: 2100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with the latest drivers
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The story is satisfying (could have more details). The graphics are okay. The sound is satisfactory. The puzzles are okay, not to hard, not to easy, but sure could be better. The game length is a bit short. Get the game with a discount 66-75 %. For point & click fans i give 73 %, for achievemenet hunter (could have a few more achievements) 95 % and for normal gamers that dont dislike this genre: 56%. Thx 4 reading & hopefully enjoy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Short, creepy, puzzle game. It's OK. Not great, but not bad. Worth playing if you like detective style games.
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102 of 134 people (76%) found this review helpful
145 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
This game is pretty awesome.

Good story, horror feel, and gameplay.

Since it's "mouse only" you can eat queso dip
while you play which is pretty cool.

8.5/10 Good Price and Random Queso.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
Decay: The Mare is a Horror/Psychological Thriller game where you must solve puzzles like the old point and click games such as Myst. Well, it's more like a mixture of Myst meets Resident Evil. It definitely plays like a classic, has a decent sountrack and the story is interesting. You play as an addict who is fighting his addiction. He takes medication one night and goes to bed only to find he is trapped in a nightmare he can not wake from.

Visually, the game is in 3D, but is static, similar to the way Shadowgate is. There are some good moments where the music and the atmosphere really come together to give you an immersive horror experience. All in all, it isn't a bad game.
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49 of 67 people (73%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
Back when Flash first became a thing, there were a few websites that had little "adventure" games where you clicked on hotspots in heavily Photoshopped images to move through creepy scenes. It should surprise absolutely no one that they never stopped making those, and in fact started rammming them through Greenlight. I can only assume that's where Decay: The Mare came from, because not a whole lot of thought went into anything beyond the stitching of random scenes together.

You play some depressed kid at a clinic in New Jersey, which basically guarantees you're never going to recover from whatever's got you down. Wandering around at night, you end up in some nightmare series of decrepit hallways that you have to escape because... maybe it represents your depression? I beat the damn thing and I'm still not sure. Like I said, it's all static scenes linked by arrows at the edges of the screen, with no animations between them. Some of the transitions make sense, but others are so disjointed you'll have trouble figuring out where you just came from. That's a problem since the game is VERY heavy on backtracking, and there's little aesthetic consistency from room to room, or sometimes wall to wall.

Each scene might have one or MAYBE two interactables to fool with, either items to collect or puzzle boxes to open. The developers LOVE number pads, so get ready for plenty of four-digit codes (one hidden behind possibly the STUPIDEST puzzle I have ever seen). Aside from that there's basically nothing to examine, and no notes or files to collect. Oh, there are little collectable coins scattered throughout that unlock "extras", but they blend into the background and only help if you collect every single one, so eff that. For the most part, the scenes you navigate are devoid of interesting features and start to blend together very quickly.

The one thing you can look forward to are the infrequent and seemingly random jumpscares the developers decided to throw in. There's some corpse-looking thing in the area, and it likes to bang on windows and scamper past lights at just the right time to make you jump. This thing is never really addressed in the story, which is just as well because the story is stupid as all hell. There's a big twist to it, and some of the spooky bits get tied in, but most of the weirdness in the game goes unexplained, I guess just written off as you being crazypants. I found out the hard way that there are two endings, because I did the thing the game suggested I do and got the bad version.

I usually don't like to rag on games too hard, but Decay is just a really dumb game. The gameplay is thin, the environments are low-effort, the puzzles are dead simple except when they're overly complicated, and the story is garbage. I powered through all three episodes in about an hour and a half, but after the first twenty minutes or so I desperately wanted to be doing something more meaningful with my time. There are a few sparks of brilliance buried in there that helped keep me going, I admit. The camera in the second episode makes for some pretty interesting sequences, but that's one decent bit out of 90 minutes. If you're looking for a clever, challenging, or interesting adventure, don't look for it here.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2015
Decay: The Mare is a decent, short adventure game with good story, simple puzzles and good soundtrack.
You play as Sam, who checked in a clinic to help with his drug problems: soon reality and dreams start to mix and you'll realize not everything is what it seems.


-overall interesting story with episode 3 providing good closure

-very nice piano soundtrack

-decent puzzles with mostly logical, albeit easy,solutions

-a good, eerie atmosphere


-graphics are blurry and low res: they look pretty bland and quite bad on a big screen

-interface is a bit clunky

-moving around can sometimes feel a bit limited or confusing, to make things worse when exiting certain rooms you'll be facing the wrong way

-a few jump scares don't really work well and either feel forced or just not scary at all

-short (2 hours) and quite easy

The game started a bit slowly and Episode 1 was perhaps the least interesting of the three but as I kept playing the story became pretty interesting and I truly wanted to see how it'd end: and thankfully so since the story is Decay's only strongest point together with its soundtrack. The puzzles are decent but most are very easy and thus not much of a challenge while the graphics are poor overall with slightly pixelated cutscenes and blurry backgrounds.

I see Decay as a good purchase if you're either new to adventure games and thus looking for an easy game to learn the ropes or a more seasoned gamer looking for something easier to relax without too much hassle: everyone else can safely skip this one and look for longer and better games.
No matter what though I wouldn't spend more than the 2$ I got it for due to the very short length.
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2015
10/10 - Kept my attention and had a good few jumpscares that gave me goosebumps.

The puzzles are quite easy from the 1st episode to the last one. Got stuck only once.
The atmosphere it puts you in, it's not something to take lightly.
Even though it was a short game ( in my opinion) It was very enjoyable!
The story was kind of hard to follow until it explains what is happening at the end, then it all comes together to make that little light bulb in your head go, ting!

If you don't like point and click games, then this game isn't for you as it is based on a point and click system, so this is why you should read the info on the game first before buying and then complaining about it later.

But yeah, I rate 8/8, it's a great play mate.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015

genre: point and click horror/mystery adventure game

+ great atmosphere, creepy at times
+ interesting story, good connection between episodes, satisfying conclusion
+ point and click adventure game - you navigate by clicking the directions on the static screens (no panoramic 360 degrees view like in modern adventures) - inventory based puzzles , some are challenging enough and you have to pay attention to everything, logical though - there is an inventory where you can (and have to most of the times) examine the things you collect - hint system that points you at the right direction is also incuded in game
+ since it was not developed with pc in mind, it was a bit fresh and different from the traditional games of the genre

- short, 3-4 hours for all episodes, therefore initial price is a bit high for its content
- no voice acting during conversations, but there is voice acting when reading documents !
- generally easy, not pc orientated and it shows and i don't mean the dated and simple presentation only but mainly the game design and gameplay mechanics, since for instance the first time you combine 2 items in inventory (for which you get an achievement !!!) is near the end of the game
- two different endings, depending on a dialogue option you make at the end ! other than that, totally linear

i love adventure games, especially those with darker atmosphere and more mature themed stories, so i knew i would like this one. easy and short for those experienced in the genre, therefore i recommend this also to the newcomers to adventure games, but at a discounted price.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
If you are easily immersed in games then you will definitly enjoy this. Even though it is a point and click, you will still feel this underlying feeling of terror as the game slowly reveals what's happening piece by piece. If you just want to dip your toes into the genre this is a great place to start. I'd give it a 7/10.

If its on sale or you have cash that you feel like spending, grab it for sure. If you only have a $10 net worth, you could probably find better uses for that money.

They got the puzzle aspect right in this one. While most games haphazardly throw together 'puzzles' in the form of "move the blocks in order", this game actually involves more thinking than most. They aren't that difficult, but will provide some satisfaction when you figure them out. A great thing I found with the puzzles is that they aren't frustrating in anyway, so you won't mind taking the time to solve them.

The worst thing I can say about this is that the navigation is rough, your character turns,flips,and cartwheels all over the place and it can leave you disoriented. After I figure out where I need to go, I have to rely heavily on the "hint" button to point me to the correct doors; otherwise I'd end up going in a several circles.

I haven't beaten it yet when I'm writing this, but I'm definitely excited (and hesitant :p) to get back into it to reveal more of the story. I picked this up looking for something to do youtube videos on, and it has delivered.
(**Plus the publishers were more than willing to let me record and monetize let's plays after I EMAILED THEM FIRST.)
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74 of 126 people (59%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
Great story, very thrilling, i really enjoyed it.

This maybe a point and click game and that will not go down well with people who thought otherwise like myself when looking at the trailer and screenshots, I don't usually like point and click games but the story is well worth the play with 3 Episodes to comeplete and really clever puzzles to get past, i couldn't stop playing and i really wanted to know what happened at the end.

+ The horror and thrilling aspect in this game is very well executed, But I recommend checking this game out and experience everything first hand.

+ The visuals and the artwork combined with the environments around you are excellent, plus the sounds throughout the game sets the tone to the atmosphere in the game,

+ The story is very interesting, As you are stuck inside a horrid nightmare and now you are trying to progress forward in the adventure by going through some thrilling incounters and trying to find out how to escape.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 14
One of the better point and click "horror" games I have played. The story is meh, but better then most horror games these days. Also, there are some decent jump scares, and great atmosphere, but not constant horror. More puzzle focused and atmospheric then "scary." If you want to watch my playthrough to get an idea, check out my youtube video here:
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Project Sash
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
I'm glad I bought this, after the first episode I wanted to carry on and uncover more because I got so immursed in to the story and the atmosphere felt erie as hell. The scares too were unexpected and done well. :D

Anyway the game is filled with puzzles, some of which can be difficult but once you figure it out it seems so simple aftwards! The atmosphere like I said is erie and quiet, which is creepy. The little jumpscares here and the through out the game (I've played up to episdoe 2 so far) are really good, made me jump quite a bit which I like when a horror has good jumpscares.

( Obviously jumpscares dont make a horror game.. the atmosphere, visuals, sound design etc makes a good horror game as long as they're done really well) Which in this point & click horror is. BUT that doesnt mean Jumpscares aren't always good to have cos sometimes they are.)

I've seen the reviews on here and some people seem to give it a bad review just because they get frustrated with puzzles or not much happens and that just because nothing happens its not scary?? HAVE YOU ACTUALLY PLAYED THE GAME!? JEEZ... The puzzles can be hard which makes it challenging. And its quiet for a reason, it adds to the atmosphere.. it makes you think, and it makes you feel creeped out because its so damn silent.. If you want a ''Horror with jumpscares'' go play FNAF or something -_- .... Some of the negative reivews are genuine and make sense and if you don't like the game that's fair enough as long as your constructive with it I'll respect your opinion. But some other negative reviews are plain stupid and lame.

I personally enjoy the game and I'mm going to be playing episode 3 soon, as soon as my video on episode 2 goes up next week. Episode 1 went up today which I'll link below :)

So overall, good atosphere and scares, theres depth to the story, visually the game looks good and creepy as ♥♥♥♥. The sounds in the games is also good. I can't really find anything negative about the game really. The story is interesting it keeps me wanting to know and see more which Is what I like, and most of all it's one of very few point and click horrors I've played that are genuinley good! and it doesnt rely on A TON of jumpscares, cos that can ruin it. But when they're done well and happen not so often it can be quite scary and leave you with goosebumps... BUT hey, that's just my opinion though, doesn't mean you have to agree. Play it for yourself and then decide for yourself. :)

Anyway here's the link to episode one of the video I done :) enjoy! >>>
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9.7 hrs
Posted: September 8
This game is pretty fun. Espically if you are into point&click style games. It was so much fun I decided to make a Let's Play of it you can watch me at the link below. then decide for yourself if you want to give it a try.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: September 7
It's very unfortunate that this game is only good for one or two playthroughs - because I absolutely loved playing through it.

Decay: The Mare is a spiritual successor to the Decay series that was released for XBox Live Arcade by the same development team at Shining Gate Software, and published by Daedelic Entertainment. It's a point 'n click tribute to psychological horror games, as per the description, and while it's not a survival horror game in the traditional sense, it's a solid story and has a thick atmosphere to share with all who play it.

The game itself is split into three episodes, all included in this one package. Unfortunately, the game is still short, which may be a blessing in disguise - the entirety of the game is chock-full of interesting, though perhaps easy, puzzles, and is visually enticing in a gritty way, much like classic survival horror games such as Silent Hill or Resident Evil. The gameplay is simple, as a point 'n click, but there are some interesting elements that this game has, and just enough jump scares to periodically break the tension.

In the first two episodes, the story will be very confusing and probably not make too much sense overall - but in the third and final episode, everything is brought together into a big "aha" - arguably too well, although one of the two endings this game has presents just enough "what if" questions to leave the player with. It's a wonderful game with a very thorough and well-made conclusion.

If you're wanting a scary point-and-click adventure experience, I would highly recommend this game. If you can't really stomach the scare factor, there's enough playthroughs that can present the experience to you without you needing to do anything yourself. I'm not sure the game alone is worth purchasing full price, considering the length of the game, but the quality is top notch and I would love to see more from Shining Gate Software.

There is, of course, one question that is never answered. Why the horse?
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2.1 hrs
Posted: September 5
would recomend if u like point and click but good overall note i got it on sale for 1 doller
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