Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Players take control of a painter whose sole purpose is to finish his Magnum Opus. The player must navigate through both a constantly changing Victorian-era mansion and ghastly visions of the painter’s fragile and crumbling psyche.
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Very Positive (283 reviews) - 88% of the 283 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (4,900 reviews) - 93% of the 4,900 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 15, 2016

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August 12

August 12th patch

Hey everybody, I hope all of you are really enjoying the Inheritance DLC! With its launch last week, we found a few nagging issues that we wanted to fix as soon as possible. Today's patch should address the following:

• Stability improvements
• Added Korean as a supported language
• Minor localization fixes
• Resolved an issue with the Once Upon a Time achievement
• Improved Windows Controller support for the Xbox One controller
• Minor graphic optimizations

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August 2

Inheritance and Masterpiece Edition out today!

We are proud to announce the release of Layers of Fear: Inheritance!

This DLC continues the Layers of Fear story from a completely different perspective. Play as the daughter some 30 years after the events of Layers of Fear. Return to the house where it all began and relive the nightmare. Will you overcome the madness? Or succumb to it?

We are also proud to announce the Masterpiece Edition for those who are new to Layers of Fear. This bundle includes the DLC and base game at a great price.

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“Layers of Fear goes into the mind of an insane artist and creates a horror game magnum opus.”
5/5 – The Escapist

“One of the best horror games ever made, this will scare you in incredibly clever ways and make you question everything you see.”
5/5 – Games Radar+

“Fear. Pure fear. The most primal of emotions is the overwhelming one while playing Layers of Fear.”
5/5 – Digitally Downloaded

About This Game

You take another drink as the canvas looms in front of you. A light flickers dimly in the corner. You’ve created countless pieces of art, but never anything like…this. Why haven’t you done this before? It seems so obvious in retrospect. Your friends, critics, business partners—soon, they’ll all see. But something’s still missing…

You look up, startled. That melody… Was that a piano? It sounded just like her… But, no—that would be impossible. She’s gone. They’re all gone.
Have to focus. How long has it taken to get to this point? Too long, but it doesn’t matter. There will be no more distractions. It’s almost finished. You can feel it. Your creation. Your Magnum Opus.

Dare you help paint a true Masterpiece of Fear? Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create.

Game Features:
• Psychedelic horror – A sense of insanity means each turn of the camera may completely change the look of your surroundings.
• Victorian setting – Explore a game world inspired by masterpiece paintings, architecture and décor from the 19th century.
• Original and classic art – Numerous pieces of original art and music flesh out the story and environment.
• Story-focused exploration – Only through exploring the environment can you uncover the details of the painter’s dark and tragic past.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q8400
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB / Radeon R7 250X 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported Gamepads: Microsoft Xbox 360 Games for Windows (Wired), Microsoft Xbox One Controller (Wired), Sony PS4 DualShock 4 controller (wired), Steam Controller
    • OS: OS X 10.10 or 10.11
    • Processor: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB VRAM / Nvidia GeForce 750M / Intel HD 6100
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported Gamepads: Xbox 360 for Windows controller (wired) and the Xbox One controller (wired)
    • OS: Steam OS, Ubuntu 14.04 and 15.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported Gamepads: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (Wired), Steam Controller
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15.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
when I first got this game it was off the recomendation of a coworker. He told me it was a good horror game with some jump scares, and after reading some reviews I deceided to buy it. nothing prepaired me for the fantastic storyline that it had, or how it got inside of your head. I would buy any added content, or sequel to this game without a second thought. One of the best purchases I have made on steam. 5/5
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Its OK. Just scary the first 20 minutes after that it is not.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Layers of SHET

it ♥♥♥♥s with you
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Sondre Andersen
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
I was very impressed with this game. Very cool game setting and actually quite scary.

I rate it 7.5/10 toilets.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Triggered. 1/10
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3.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
Basically Bob Ross Simulator
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Chilly Willy
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Worst game I ever played in my life
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3.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
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5.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Far too short and I finished the game not knowing anything about the characters or their motivations, I was just getting into the world and the game was suddenly over. It felt like a trip through a house of horrors at the fairground rather than a proper adventure. If I could I would give it a sideways thumb, neither up or down because the design and everything else was top notch. But those things alone do not make a game great.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Very dank and scary, a must play for danksters.
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145 of 189 people (77%) found this review helpful
176 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
An artist gets high and everything goes bad ¯\_⚆ ͜つ⚆_/¯
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53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Main StoryYou are a painter who is trying to finish his greatest work
Collecting... the script!Gather items and letters to understand what is going on
EndingsThere is multiple endings you can get depending on what items you picked up on your wild adventures! It's pretty vague how close you are to getting one ending over the other

Mind GamesThe environment is constantly shifting, unlocking and locking doors, and you are scrambling around to find out what to do
Suspense and HorrorEverything about the game tries to lure you into a very focused state so that it can smash you with a jump scareA bit too heavily reliant on jump scares...

InteractionYou move doors and other handles by moving around your mouse while holding left click downWinding up some stuff felt a bit weird to do with a mouse
PuzzlesPuzzles relay on paying attention to the environment to figure out the key to the solution
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Overall, absolutely brilliant. The jump scares will certainly make you jump in the first half of the game, the later stage you tend to get used to it. Some of the sequences and effects in the game are truly breathtaking. As for length of the game, I got 3.7 hours out of it. but didn't see everything so a bit of replay in it, plus still need to do the DLC. An absolute must to have a good pair of headphones, can't beat having that jump scare sound booming in your ear. the rest of the sound effects are great too. If you like horror this is a no brainer, enjoy it for what it is, t it's an amazing experience.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
This is one of the best horror games ever...the graphics and sund effects are just amazing.
For the best experience use headphones and turn off your lights!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
A great psychological horror game with a great story. The gameplay, music and graphics were stunning. Overall, a great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Very nice horror specific and trippy game, but there is not much room for individualism, expect of the discovery and finding a solution for everything...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I was intrigued his art than his lady.
Great game full of dimension and too short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Gra potrafii być ciekawa, straszna, zastanawiająca i pomysłowa.. Pozdrawiam twórców.. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
That music though...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
this is a great spooky game, with not as much spooks, but some disturbing feels.
>Never will look at porcelain dolls the same anymore
>No need to take shrooms or acid during gameplay

Things I liked about this game:

As I was playing, I didn't really give a ♥♥♥♥ about the story, I loved the environment even more. You can tell that the developer spent a lot of time setting up a scary, dark, twisted environment. Playing this game felt as if you were on cheap LSD and you started to have a bad trip. For example, after a while, layers of Fear starts to mess with your head. There is a ghost in the game but when I played I barely noticed her because the game’s broken empty mansion, really set the mood for me. What was interesting about this game was the physics and game mechanics, such as stepping on glass and it crunches loudly. Also when you open doors, the creaking and slamming shut really sp00ked me. Additionally, I loved the paintings in this game. Especially baby face. Each painting is disturbing but wonderful, it really helps set the mood when you walk room from room. Personally, I enjoyed the dog painting, and the demonic eye paintings you find throughout the game. Lastly, I have to mention the music. When you travel to each room the music builds up and makes you feel uneasy at all times, even though there might not be a jump scare. I like scary games that make you feel constantly under pressure, and luckily, Layers of Fear fulfilled that tension. I mean, the game did have some jump scares, but it depended mostly on the environment, and making you feel alone and crazy. And that is what makes this game very special.

Favorite Part of the game

It was near the end when you search for your daughter or something. I didn't really care about the story, but those ♥♥♥♥ing porcelain dolls freaked me out constantly. There was a part where you are in a room and the door locks behind you. suddenly you turn around and see one porcelain doll sitting in a chair. Kinda spooky. Then the room cuts out to darkness, and opens up again with tons of porcelain dolls floating the sky, sitting on counters, and staring at you. OMG i felt so uneasy and nervous. I loved it so much, proceleon dolls are so ♥♥♥♥ing creepy. I will never look at a doll again, btw my grandma's house is filled with them.

Things I didn't like about this game, and you definitely should look out for this

Ok i don't know if it were my mistake, but i marathoned this game, sucking every detail out if possible. However, after 4 hours of gameplay, you seem to expect the jump scares at certain parts, and it's tedious to get into the story ( searching the cabinets). Also after a while, it just feels like you open door after door after door. Some parts feel the same, such as traveling down a long hallway, and guessing that there will be jump scare. DO NOT PLAY THE ENTIRE GAME ALL IN ONE SITTING. After a while it will feel boring and a walking simulator, break up your playing sessions and enjoy increments of the game. Also, i did not like the ghosts. There is one i believe, and she usually twitches around doing basic ghost ♥♥♥♥. Thank god the game didn't rely on the ghost's jump scares because it would be really ♥♥♥♥♥♥. I think it would be better if the story removed the ghost and just make you feel like you are the ghost, lonely, miserable, drunk. Get what I'm saying? A big mansion will make you feel...crazy.


Anyways, with a 15 dollar price and 4 hours of gameplay (havn't played dlc yet), I highly recommend this game.
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