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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Reviews

“[…] 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.”
9.0/10 – {LINK REMOVED}

“A short dose of frightening fun, Decay – The Mare is ideal for gamers who like psychological thrillers and light horror.”
Horrorcultfilms UK

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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AverageDoorMatt
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
My brother screamed when a table fell. 10/10.
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Saint Aaron
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
A great point and click horror game. The puzzles are well made, lots of back tracking!

Pros:
Creepy music/atmosphere
Piano soundtrack is well done
Puzzles
Steam trading cards and achievements
Hint system

Cons:
Jump scares are cheesy
Feels clunky
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Gerach
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Screenshots of this game tricks into thinking that Decay: The Mare is 3D game when actually it's bunch of pictures that you go trough using arrow buttons. Game gets boring pretty fast.
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Gamer Shezma
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I reccommend this game, but hear me out developers.

Pros:
+Creepy music/atmosphere
+Point and click controls well
+Scares are done well, jump scares but you know they're coming.(Think F.E.A.R. series)
+Decently made puzzles, (but... see cons)
+Hint system is reliable without giving away too much
+Short game (pro because of backtracking irritation)

Cons:
-(Almost game breaking) Back tracking, and it's not the returning to a room to finish a puzzle, it's the camera that stays the same no matter which way i come into a room. If I exit a door, I don't want to see that door when i come out I want to see the other side of the room. Had to use the hint '?' button constantly just to get back to a room since a lot of the doors look the same I did alot of circles that nearly ruined my experience.
-$9.99 is very expensive for how short and uneventful it is. Wait for sale.
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Valerie Kier
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Spooky, well-written point&click horror adventure. That's all you need to know.
666/10 would cry underneath my sheets again.
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birdie byte
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I can't really reccomend this game unless it has a decent sale.

The biggest problem with the game was how incoherent the story was. It was poorly explained and after finishing the game I'm not really sure I understand, or care enough to try and understand. It was obvious by the end that you were supposed to be invested in the characters, and feel some emotion for them, but I felt none at all. The game did little to help you to connect to the characters anyway.

My next biggest problem is the "scares". Most of the scares in this game are compromised of jumpscares that are predictable 80% of the time.
"Ohhh, I'm in a dark hallway using a camera's flash to see, something is gonna pop up- yup there it is"
"I'm zooming in on a small peep hole, somethings gonna pop up - yup, there it is."

The problem is, the jumpscares didn't scare me, they startled me for a moment, and then I went back to the game like normal.

The graphics are fine and same with the sounds.

Some of the puzzles make little sense and have no clues, but the majority are easy and the clues are blatantly thrown in your face.

When you're traveling through hallways with the arrows, a lot of times when you open a door, you'll enter the next section facing the door that you just entered through, which threw me off more times than I can count.

I guess the game is ok, but I would only reccomend buying it on sale.

Edit: Not that it really bothered me, but I couldn't see anywhere on the store page where it stated the game is point in click, which can upset some people if they think they're going into a 3rd person game where you use the keyboard.
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FinDefaulted
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
A really enjoyable point and click game.

The game looks pretty good and gameplay is made easier by showing you when you can interract with something.
No more do you need to mindlessly click everywhere on the screen. Just move your cursor around and if a hand or magnifier appears, you'll know to check there.

The puzzles were kind of easy, but also hard at the same time.
I often noticed that at first I have no idea what I'm supposed to but soon realised it and was able to finish most of the puzzles with ease. The only one I didn't understand was the dice one (which I do now) but while I was thinking about it I ended up accidentally solving it by random.
Not a single time did I need to use the help button and I usually need to check half the stuff on other games.

The game didn't have too much scary stuff in it. Sometimes it felt slightly creepy and had a few jumpscares, but nothing too bad.
My biggest problem with this was how I needed to move back and forth to continue the game. It's really annoying when you don't know what you're supposed to do and then you go into a room again and suddenly the game continues elsewhere.

All in all a fun experience.
If you're looking for a short (2h) and enjoyable game, then try this.
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23skidoo
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
same problem I have with most point and clicks, goes along at a good clip until you hit that inscrutable puzzle and have to let the internet tell you what to do and a story thats not enough to overcome playstyle
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NullaPax
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Really enjoying this apart from one VERY anoying point. When you move from room to room the view doesn't allways match the direction of travel (I'm strugling to explain this). That is to say, you can go through a door but then be facing the door you just came through instead of facing the direction of travel. Very disorienting :(
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Tinker Bear
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Technically - There isn't much to say. It's a point and click game, so it runs well on low end machines like mine. The only major issue I have is that, sometimes the orientation can be a bit off. Especially in the first episode, whenever you'd leave a room, it takes a while to get your bearings, but once you get an idea of the layout, you'll find yourself breezing through the game.

The game is broken into three episodes which can run from 20-40 minutes each, depending upon skill level. At the time of this review, I've unlocked nearly all but two achievements within a span of 2 hours, and this includes both endings.

Emotionally - This game kept me intrigued, although there is a lot left unanswered for me. Whether they be plot holes or up to the imagination of the player, I'm not sure, but while I don't knock the game for it, I personally would have appreciated just a bit more world building in regards to what was going on. Thankfully, both endings give you a concrete understanding of what has happened, but in the midst of exploring, things happen that left me questioning why. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that while I feel satisfied with the game, I would have liked, perhaps, one more episode to fill in the gaps. Regardless, I had a great time with it.

Most puzzles in this game are straight-forward or easy to understand. There is another review or two that says they don't make sense, but with just one exception, all puzzles have a set up and can be resolved with clues in the environment fairly. I'll admit, however, that the one exception was one of the most irritating puzzles and almost resulted in a rage quit until I solved it through dumb luck and attrition. But, I'm also not strong with riddles and puzzle games, so if puzzles are your strength, you'll probably find them way too easy, especially since I did (minus one).
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I reccommend this game, but hear me out developers.

Pros:
+Creepy music/atmosphere
+Point and click controls well
+Scares are done well, jump scares but you know they're coming.(Think F.E.A.R. series)
+Decently made puzzles, (but... see cons)
+Hint system is reliable without giving away too much
+Short game (pro because of backtracking irritation)

Cons:
-(Almost game breaking) Back tracking, and it's not the returning to a room to finish a puzzle, it's the camera that stays the same no matter which way i come into a room. If I exit a door, I don't want to see that door when i come out I want to see the other side of the room. Had to use the hint '?' button constantly just to get back to a room since a lot of the doors look the same I did alot of circles that nearly ruined my experience.
-$9.99 is very expensive for how short and uneventful it is. Wait for sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
A great point and click horror game. The puzzles are well made, lots of back tracking!

Pros:
Creepy music/atmosphere
Piano soundtrack is well done
Puzzles
Steam trading cards and achievements
Hint system

Cons:
Jump scares are cheesy
Feels clunky
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Screenshots of this game tricks into thinking that Decay: The Mare is 3D game when actually it's bunch of pictures that you go trough using arrow buttons. Game gets boring pretty fast.
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148 of 179 people (83%) found this review helpful
133 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
12 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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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

PROS:

-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

CONS:

-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

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=477635463

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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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
7.5/10

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
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
BOTTOM LINE:
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.
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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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