Uncompromising Sci-Fi survival on Mars! Manage the entire colony single-handed! Craft, Research, Explore and Fight against evolving mutants. Vast open world and randomly generated levels to explore! Can you survive long enough to escape the horror?
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Release Date: Jan 21, 2016

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July 13

New production info tab.

I have just released build 1133 with new production info tab.



This isn't fully featured stuff, but it should give you better over view of the queued up researches and other productions. There is repair bay progress as well.

There were limited spaces in UI to fit everything so the number of queues are limited to 5-4 per each productions.

As always, feedback is welcome and please test it on beta branch first.

Thanks!

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July 4

Last day of the sale!

As you may know, 4th of July is the last day of the Steam Summer Sale.

If you are planning to pickup Subterrain, it's the last chance at 50% off during this sale run!

Just for the information, Subterrain will NOT be in any bundles this year, or probably next year. (Or probably never)

Also 50% will be the lowest it will be on Steam this year.

Cheers!

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Reviews

“Pixellore sets the scene well, and immediately hooked me with its foreboding and mysterious opening.”
Preview – Indie Game Magazine

“Even though Subterrain is still early access, the developers have done an amazing job. Unlike many Indie games this one already feels finished. There is always room for improvement, but the game has what it takes to become one of the better Indie survival horror games that are out there. If you’re a horror survival fan, this game needs to have a spot in your collection.”
8.9 – 3rd Strike

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About This Game

In Subterrain, you fill the shoes of Dr. West, the apparent lone survivor of MPO, an underground city on Mars. Do what you must to survive: battle enemies, fight hunger and thirst, mend your wounds, and gather resources in a constant struggle to survive the catastrophe that’s beset Mars!

You may end up being your own worst enemy if you’re careless!

Every decision you make is critical as the world does not wait for you.

SURVIVAL



  • Struggle against your own bodily urges, such as thirst, hunger, exhaustion, and more!
  • Beware of injuries, including bone fractures and blood loss!
  • Scavenge or perform research to obtain medical supplies!
  • Manage your oxygen and thermal levels while exploring!

COMBAT



  • Fight the horrors of Mars with melee and ranged weapons!
  • Customize your ranged weapons using modular parts!
  • Struggle against the persistence of time! Race against the spread of the infection!
  • Enemies will evolve over time from cocoons to monstrosities!
  • Defend your generator against invasions!

CRAFT



  • Collect and scavenge junk and creature parts to break down into components!
  • Produce armor, guns, grenades and upgrades using 3D printers!
  • Craft performance enhancers, survival gear, and more with the Bio Combiner!
  • Harvest plants and ores using the biosphere and mine. Refine them to create materials!
  • Research items to create more powerful versions! Create your own lightsaber or power armor!

EXPLORE



  • Explore randomly generated sub-levels and hand-crafted locations!
  • Experience non-linear storytelling through logs and story sequences!
  • Wander freely through Mars colony! Explore districts as you wish!
  • Restore the colony’s habitat by repairing temperature and oxygen generators!
  • Find clues to the infection! Escape the nightmare!

There is free demo version of Subterrain! If you would like to see how the game plays, please try it!

Setting:

By 2050, humanity has finally colonized Mars thanks to the efforts of one man, Jeff Murray. To avoid Mars’ high radiation levels and inhospitable temperature changes, he built a city underground. This city was named Mars MPO. Free of the constraints that often plagued businesses and researchers on Earth, scientists and entrepreneurs flocked to MPO.

Recently, Dr. Albert West has migrated to MPO at the personal invitation of Mr. Murray. West has been working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease in a race to save his wife, Jennifer, from dementia. His efforts are cut short; a lab accident leads to an accusation of murder and a prompt prison sentence.

We join Dr. West a little over a year into his prison sentence. It’s been a week since the guards mysteriously vanished. Dr. West is about to find out why.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD graphics 4400 or better - Min resolution 1280x720
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
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Roche
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
It has potential, the core game mechanics and theme are there, but ultimately most of the art, atmosphere and game mechanics are boring and uninspired.

You may as well play zombie horde 3, dead nation or you can wait for dead rising if you like great atmosphere.

My advice is to give this one a miss.
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Silencer
( 94.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Great game. I couldnt figure out why i like it so much and what it reminds me of.
Then it hit me, is kinda like Systme shock with all the research and monsters and
story logs and looting everything.
Love the random levels, good replay value.
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StarkDaddy
( 42.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
This game is hard, and I've had to restart one time once I had a better grasp of what to do. Your character seems to be trying to get off Mars after an infections, zombie / mutant outbreak kills everyone. As you clear different areas, the infection prevails. Time management, infection outbreak mitigation, base protection, crafting, and exploration are the primary actions. I certainly recommened it; it's very fun.
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ghdjyrtyy6ru
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I think it is a good game
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SpydiniMasta
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Its pretty cool so far, although i feel you spend way too much time searching item bins and going back and forth to fetch stuff. I do like the atmosphere however, gives me chills when i open a door and there is an enemy right there to attack you!!!
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fede1989
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
After playing this game for 15 hours it got repetitive preety fast. Its not a bad game, you can see the amount of love the developers put in it, but it gets monotonous. I dont know if im going to finish it, maybe on the long run, its a great concept but has flaws.

The good:
*the crafting system, lots of items to craft
*the atmosphere of the game is really well done
*it gets you hooked quick
*the developers are still working in it

The bad
*there is only one scenario layout as far as i played, all districts look the same.
*the crafting system, sometimes you have to farm resourses like its minecraft (and your inventory is small) and there is not much difference in stats from one lvl to the next (and you have to find the chips to increase your resear/craft/minimg/gardening lvl)
*the weapons are not precise, and the addons system has a lot of room for improvement
*few enemies types
*too many indicators to keep track, not just in the HUD, but research, mining, the reactor etc. It gets frustrating after a while

the worst
*there is no indication of what you have to do next, not even a waypoint, just small clues in some logs that you have to find, miss a door and you wont know what to do next.

Its not a bad game, but is for a small audience, if you like your games to go a bit faster and with more ups and downs this is not for you. Still its recomendable.
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Yammering
( 39.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
It is what it looks like. Lots of exploring, violence, and scavenging. I really enjoyed most of it.
Didn't care for the stuff toward the end, esp. the bossfights (why does my endgame weapon feel like a pea shooter?). Have no intention of ever getting past that final boss (getting too old for that sort of junk).
Still worth playing.
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resil1
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Bad game can't even find the level 2 engineering chip 0/10 would spend 1 whole hour clearing out the hotel.
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Musickiller
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Awesome ^_^

I've liked the resource management system here very much. Something new =)
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Tactics Are Underrated!
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
first of all I think theres a bugg with the amount of time I played I definetly played like 2 hours at less a few nights ago instead of going to sleep.

Stressfull game that relays on trial and error and still needs a bit of tweaks Id consider it a late beta at worst and just
released at best.

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Upsides
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1.)you dont have to eat every few seconds unlike other survival games which is very relaxing (which goes against this games style)

2.)It has a good story, it got me hooked early when I saw it because of the story and it truely is nice.

3.)indepth game, the game has a lot of features its quite complex which I see as an upside cause it doesnt take to long to figure out and offers some interesting gameplay, just dont expect to get the most out of the game on the first run id expect the second run if your trying to learn and the fourth run if your not trying at all.

4.)its scary as ♥♥♥♥ :D you could be jump scared while exploring a building with mobs behind you or you could just get sorounded and then its real scary cause your fighting for your life
(not on a horror game lvl of scary but it keeps you on your toes)

5.)bugs? what bugs? I didnt see any and I like it.
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Downsides
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1.)What is this help menu? the tutorial doesnt say a lot of things you need to know(probably to let you learn on your own but It can be very anoying to see something happening that the game didnt tell you about)

1.1)DISCLAIMER_to counter that to some extent the game gives you hints here and there_

2.)I personaly am 1 of the weak hearthed so just the stress keeps me away from playing it alot even though I realy want to
(goes against number 4 in the advantages although I think the fear element has a bad side and a good side as well to it)


3.)it demands alot of attention and thinking from the player, if your a casual rest my lazy ♥♥♥ here and watch youtube all day this might not be for you.

4.)Complicated, earlier I mentioned I like how complex this game is allthough some people could see this as a disadvantage so ill note it in the disadvantages as well.

3+4.)Wait... WUT?- good luck figuring out what the flipp your souposed to do for the long run
(this goes with the complexitiy and that it demands alot from the player)

buy it and play for like 1 and a half hours if its to much for you refund it.
here I made decision making easy for you.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game is so unbelievably fun! The depth of this game is ridiculous, at a glance it looks like a simple concept but when you get about an hour or so into it you begin to realize the scope of this wonder game. I spent 3 hours just clearing out my base and prepping for the inevitable attack on your reactor (which you need to maintain systems through out your base!). This game reminds me of Dead Space (theme - suspense) with a mix of Rust (researching items - crafting - survival) but plays soooo much differently from either games. Seriously, if you like those games or even sci-fi horror survival games, pick this up! The developer is active on the forums, which is always great. I only wish more people would support this game so that more features will continue to be developed.

I can't click the recommend button more then once, otherwise I would!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
After playing this game for 15 hours it got repetitive preety fast. Its not a bad game, you can see the amount of love the developers put in it, but it gets monotonous. I dont know if im going to finish it, maybe on the long run, its a great concept but has flaws.

The good:
*the crafting system, lots of items to craft
*the atmosphere of the game is really well done
*it gets you hooked quick
*the developers are still working in it

The bad
*there is only one scenario layout as far as i played, all districts look the same.
*the crafting system, sometimes you have to farm resourses like its minecraft (and your inventory is small) and there is not much difference in stats from one lvl to the next (and you have to find the chips to increase your resear/craft/minimg/gardening lvl)
*the weapons are not precise, and the addons system has a lot of room for improvement
*few enemies types
*too many indicators to keep track, not just in the HUD, but research, mining, the reactor etc. It gets frustrating after a while

the worst
*there is no indication of what you have to do next, not even a waypoint, just small clues in some logs that you have to find, miss a door and you wont know what to do next.

Its not a bad game, but is for a small audience, if you like your games to go a bit faster and with more ups and downs this is not for you. Still its recomendable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Preface: I have a little over a hundred games in my library, and I've only reviewed the few that really stand out (around 5 of them). I only say this because I may not be as well or long spoken as most reviewers and I feel like the previous statement helps show my feelings.
Review: I LOVE this game. It has everything I want out of a survial game(my favorite genre). The basic human needs are fairly realistic and at times very hard to fufill, and it has great resource management. At the beginning of the game you have a windfall of low level items which at first seems great Ex. "Oh cool A chest with 6 guns in it!" Within about an hour of gameplay you will have either burned through the weapons or cannabalized them for research. Eventually you can nearly automate certain aspects of production and research, but you'll probably die/lose waaaaay before that. Even when you are flush with food, medicine, and weaponry, your generator is forever dying so you have to scurry around the increasingly dangerous ruins of mars to scrounge up scrap and chips to research better power cores. And with two trees of tech (which doesn't sound like a lot, but it is) to keep up with you have to manage two different resource pools, one which you can farm or mine for, and another that requires mass slaughtering of infected beasts and men. After about a week you'll be fat and full of snacks and soda but you can die from a minor infection while on the short train ride back to your safehouse, or even worse, open a bathroom stall in a fairly safe area and be smashed to smithereens by a brute (Those are the first two ways I died, but have been followed by increasingly scarier deaths).
On top of all that, you have to manage your warmth and oxygen levels when you are in most areas which is a real struggle. After a certain point you have to make some serious decisions example: You see a room full of candy wrappers and medicine chests, but in the way is a spider and a weak mutant. Not hard to deal with. BUT you know that you are running low on power charges, and if your flashlight goes out this shopping mall will be your tomb. By the same token you have a broken leg and are bleeding out and you know that chest might have the cast or bandages you need if you need to turn tail and flee. What do you do? It doesn't matter because in the 10 seconds you were deciding you get torn open from behind. You try to dodge, but uh oh, your leg is broken so you can only walk! You whirl around and fire your shotgun 5 times into your foe. He splatters across the ground. Relief washes over you, but you are now crippled and gushing blood like a stuck pig. The blood and gun blasts alerts the spider and the mutant. As you get ready to face your death, guns blazing, you die from blood loss. Game over. *or you die from hypothermia, or suffocation, starvation, dehydration, or infection ect ect*
So now you're dead. You can load an earlier save! Whoopee! OR not. Which is another excellent feature. The game gives you the choice of difficulty(nothing new here) and permadeath mode! Now, I'm guessing 90% of people won't tinker with these but if, like me, you want to be afraid and high on adrenaline while you play because you put in 20 hours of gameplay and every door you open might be your last, then ramp up those settings, baby. Side note: I'm not particularly fast or good at these games, but I like them to be really hard because that's way more exciting and realistic.

As to negatives: None (at least none worth mentioning) I've seen people complaining(a lil bit) about graphics, music, and some things not being explained well enough. Personally I don't find any of these flaws to be real. The graphics aren't super HD, but that doesn't really matter with a top down game. Everything is very very clear and easy to distinguish and the lighting and view are very good as well. As far as music, I don't notice it at all. If you're activley listening to the music instead of playing the game, you aren't playing on a hard enough difficulty :D. And as far as things being explained, it is ALL explained at the beginning in bite sized pieces. You find great bits of stories around the game too. If you're paying even a little bit of attention to the story, you'll find really rewarding data logs all over the place. My favorite being a log from someone named "Martin" To his friend who is sent to scavenge for some equipment in the mine. He is warned up and down not to veer off the path to sate his lust for choco pie. You'll find more logs, detailing how this guy (of course) veered off his task, following his nose for pie. Eventually....well, let's just say you find him and his pie. No spoilers, but it's rewarding to follow stories like these.

All in all, I've played close to 40 hours in three days and I'm about as far as I was at hour 10 because I keep effing dying (:D). But that could have been easily avoided. So I give this game a 9(ish) out of 10. Which is how I would rate skyrim and Fallout New Vegas....maybe Terraria too. All excellent games. I'm not super far into the game, so I don't know if it will yield the hundreds of hours of gameplay like those games did for me, but I wouldn't be shocked if it came close. A piece of advice for when (not if) you get the game, be careful. And most of all, expect to be surprised. Most of the times I died I thought I was nigh invincible right up until my head was squashed. Anyways, GET TO IT!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Pretty nice survival game that constatntly tries to scare you. It seems too complicated when you start it, but you quickly get used to everything.

What's good:
Addictive, complex and tense gameplay, you have to do your best and progress fast, or you will be overwhelmed later.

What's bad:
Graphics could be better, especially animations.

8/10 bricks ♥♥♥♥ when I opened a door and there's that huge fat mutant right behind it ready to break my legs.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I have been a semi-serious computer gamer for decades and I don't write reviews a lot unless a game is truly unique. Subterrain is a rare standout amongst many unremarkable games out there.

Sci-fi horror story with tension-wracked decision making as you struggle to balance exploration, resource management, time management, choosing item research paths, and even some good old tower defense thrown in! Who could ask for more than that?

I've had some very scary moments playing this game (especially on Hardcore+ difficulty with permadeath option). As the infection spreads you truly feel the urgency of being smothered with fewer and fewer options unless you make good decisions fast. It's a nail biter!

Much praise to Pixellore. You put together many different gaming genres in a smooth package.

As a footnote: Fans of Subterrain may also enjoy Dungeon of the Endless in their gaming library.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It is what it looks like. Lots of exploring, violence, and scavenging. I really enjoyed most of it.
Didn't care for the stuff toward the end, esp. the bossfights (why does my endgame weapon feel like a pea shooter?). Have no intention of ever getting past that final boss (getting too old for that sort of junk).
Still worth playing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Its pretty cool so far, although i feel you spend way too much time searching item bins and going back and forth to fetch stuff. I do like the atmosphere however, gives me chills when i open a door and there is an enemy right there to attack you!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
An excellent top down mash up of the System Shock and Dead space games. You have an engaging plot, salvage to collect, systems to bring online, equipment to upgrade, enemies to crush, hostile areas to explore, limited air, limited food, limited heat and a limited bladder... in space no-one can hear you ♥♥♥♥!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
It has potential, the core game mechanics and theme are there, but ultimately most of the art, atmosphere and game mechanics are boring and uninspired.

You may as well play zombie horde 3, dead nation or you can wait for dead rising if you like great atmosphere.

My advice is to give this one a miss.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Best top-down survival ever! Except for the "purification boss" that thing is totally step into burning lava, totally ♥♥♥♥ed up the game, even on easy the boss is unbetable. Go buy it you silly....
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