DISTRAINT is a 2D psychological horror adventure game for PC. You step into the shoes of an ambitious young man named Price. In order to forge a partnership from a famous company, Price seizes the property of an elderly woman. In that very moment he finds out the price of his humanity. This is his story and the tale of his regrets...
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Release Date: Oct 21, 2015

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April 3

Russian translation now available!

You can now enjoy DISTRAINT in Russian.

A huge thanks goes to: Tolma4 Team!

A job well done! :)

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March 20

Spanish and French translations are now available!

The title says it all, a huge thanks goes to:

Fernando Rodríguez Álvarez - Spanish translation.

Guillaume "Vorador" WURIER - French translation.

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“I don't think I could even suggest improvements off the top of my head to this game. For a psychological horror game, DISTRAINT is emotional, powerful, well-written and a joy to play.”
PC Gamer Girl

“Eerie, surreal, and chilling atmospheric elements surround this nightmarish moral tale of heartless greed. Very well done, intentionally made with simple designs to keep you focused on the main character and his spiral descent into insanity.”
GWTW

“If you’re looking for a great way to kill a few hours with a story-focused psychological horror, you could certainly do worse than Distraint.”
Twinfinite

About This Game



DISTRAINT is a 2D psychological horror adventure game for PC.

You step into the shoes of an ambitious young man named Price.

In order to forge a partnership from a famous company, Price seizes the property of an elderly woman.
In that very moment he finds out the price of his humanity.

This is his story and the tale of his regrets...





DISTRAINT is a horror-novel style of game. It is dark and grim but also has its share of dark humor.

The story progresses quickly which allows for several settings and scenarios.
Your journey will last around two hours!

The gameplay is simple but effective: You move left and right, illuminate the way with your lantern and solve puzzles to progress through the story.

  • Side scrolling 2D with unique, hand drawn graphics
  • Atmospheric music and sound design
  • Minimalist interface so your focus never wavers from the experience
  • Delve into a unique story full of intriguing twists
  • One man effort - Graphics, animation, coding, music... You name it!

Can you live with the decisions you have made?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB card capable of shader 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9c Compliant
    • Additional Notes: Controller support is for Xbox 360 controller only.
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TheBowWowers
7.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Honestly, even if the game is labelled "horror", i think that "horror" isn't quite the right word.

The atmosphere is creepy, there are some nerve wrecking scenes but it really isnt a scary game so to speak.

The real horror of this game is probably the way the story pans out. That scares people.

In all seriousness though, a very good short story with simple and non-repetitive puzzles (At least the ones that make you agitated about having to do it again). Definitely reccomended, should probably take somewhere between 2 hours (Slightly more if you're lost but it generally isnt too hard).
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Gr0tAsk
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 19
A short horror game with a "nice" story and simple but good gameplay. Finished it in 2 ours, but enjoyed it very much. If you liked "Silence of the Sleep" you will like this one too, as it was made by the same guy. I'm looking forward for his next game too.
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Kitty
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
One of the best games on Steam. Definitely didn't see that end coming.
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Zeroko
8.9 hrs
Posted: August 17
In this game you play a Jewish Estate Agent who has a bad moral compass.....or something like that.
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Marcus Bresberg, Stockbroker
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
I got this from a random key on ♥♥♥, and after finding out about the shady practices involved in such keys, I feel really bad about it. This developer deserves my money.

Far too many games proclaim themselves to be "psychological horror" without understanding for even a moment what that means. Jump scares and spooky noises in poorly lit areas do not just magically create a sense of confusion and feeling that something is wrong about what's going on.

From the time that I was chased out of an apartment by the rotting corpse of the "elephant in the room," I knew this game was going somewhere good, and it delivered.

Yes, the game is short, and there is virtually no replayability outside of finding a few easter eggs, but for $5, you could certainly do much worse. There's a worthwhile story being told in a way that is increasingly difficult to come across, anymore.

At the very least, if you can get it on sale or in a bundle (that actually gives money to the developer), I'd highly recommend checking DISTRAINT out, if you're a fan of Silent Hill, Home, or Lone Survivor.

Favorite part: "WE HAVE YET TO SEE YOU DANCE, SON!"
Yeah, how does that sound, completely out of context, as a quote from a psychological horror game?
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Eddie : The Paraselene
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 11
It's about the journey.
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Roshmain
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 8
My first horror game. Yes, this game is not so scary, but I really enjoy this game. I know this review is a ♥♥♥♥ as all of my reviews, but I saying just....Play this game, is awsome. At least for me.
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Lucasones
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 1
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roa-kun
3.0 hrs
Posted: July 28
Distraint is a good example of a classic indie game, that was created first and foremost for the sake of the story which the author wanted to share with everyone. It combines a bit of a direct narrative, a bit of environmental storytelling and some atmospheric sound design to deliver its message.

The message in question in this kind of games games is a highly subjective thing, and if you're interested in the game, you better make your own opinion of it, but my version comes under the spoiler: People ruin lives of other people for what appears a considerable wealth to them, when in reality it's more like 2 cents. They're not making their lives better, as making the lives of everyone around worse, which is why everything declines.

Distraint has a sound story, not those pretentious "boy longes for a girl in a platformer game" setups you see these days. And because this game is a one man effort, its every component (be it graphics, puzzles, sound, or visual effects) is really consistent with the storytelling, providing a very solid overall experience.

Technically, this game is a 2D adventure with a dystopic setting and lots of horror elements.
The game has 4 main levels (based on story arcs), with an addition of several smaller levels made for the sake of artistic exposition. Don't worry, though, Distraint is not a walking simulator - you'll have to solve multiple puzzles to progress through each of the main stages. There is also a nice degree of funny interactions you can make by applying items from your inventory to unexpected targets. After each story arc is done, you return to the protagonist's apartments to wrap things up.

Speaking of the horror elements, they are made not so much to scare you, as to make an accent on some point of the story or develop a charachter trait. Overall, it works well, the game doesn't create suspense, but rather a feeling of phantasmagoria, and does it quite elaborately, so it doesn't fall apart as a bunch of random nonsense. Also, the game has some really good findings in horror department. THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Even though Distraint has a relatively slow pace, it really makes you wonder what will happen next. And what happens next really can come off as a surprise - or as a deppressingly accurate prediction.

Currently, SteamSpy estimates Distraint to have around 32k owners, and it definetly deserves more attention. If you miss the feeling of the game made by a single author, you should definetly play Distraint.

P.S. For more awesome hidden gems, follow the steam CRIMINALLY Low Sales curator.
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Ivy
3.6 hrs
Posted: July 25
It is such a heartwarming and deductive game. The music, conversations, the idea are all great. I highly recommend this to you. It only takes 3 or 4 hours to complete this game.
If you want to play a short film with a cute scenario, this is the one.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Distraint is a good example of a classic indie game, that was created first and foremost for the sake of the story which the author wanted to share with everyone. It combines a bit of a direct narrative, a bit of environmental storytelling and some atmospheric sound design to deliver its message.

The message in question in this kind of games games is a highly subjective thing, and if you're interested in the game, you better make your own opinion of it, but my version comes under the spoiler: People ruin lives of other people for what appears a considerable wealth to them, when in reality it's more like 2 cents. They're not making their lives better, as making the lives of everyone around worse, which is why everything declines.

Distraint has a sound story, not those pretentious "boy longes for a girl in a platformer game" setups you see these days. And because this game is a one man effort, its every component (be it graphics, puzzles, sound, or visual effects) is really consistent with the storytelling, providing a very solid overall experience.

Technically, this game is a 2D adventure with a dystopic setting and lots of horror elements.
The game has 4 main levels (based on story arcs), with an addition of several smaller levels made for the sake of artistic exposition. Don't worry, though, Distraint is not a walking simulator - you'll have to solve multiple puzzles to progress through each of the main stages. There is also a nice degree of funny interactions you can make by applying items from your inventory to unexpected targets. After each story arc is done, you return to the protagonist's apartments to wrap things up.

Speaking of the horror elements, they are made not so much to scare you, as to make an accent on some point of the story or develop a charachter trait. Overall, it works well, the game doesn't create suspense, but rather a feeling of phantasmagoria, and does it quite elaborately, so it doesn't fall apart as a bunch of random nonsense. Also, the game has some really good findings in horror department. THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Even though Distraint has a relatively slow pace, it really makes you wonder what will happen next. And what happens next really can come off as a surprise - or as a deppressingly accurate prediction.

Currently, SteamSpy estimates Distraint to have around 32k owners, and it definetly deserves more attention. If you miss the feeling of the game made by a single author, you should definetly play Distraint.

P.S. For more awesome hidden gems, follow the steam CRIMINALLY Low Sales curator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
A short horror game with a "nice" story and simple but good gameplay. Finished it in 2 ours, but enjoyed it very much. If you liked "Silence of the Sleep" you will like this one too, as it was made by the same guy. I'm looking forward for his next game too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
In this game you play a Jewish Estate Agent who has a bad moral compass.....or something like that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I got this from a random key on ♥♥♥, and after finding out about the shady practices involved in such keys, I feel really bad about it. This developer deserves my money.

Far too many games proclaim themselves to be "psychological horror" without understanding for even a moment what that means. Jump scares and spooky noises in poorly lit areas do not just magically create a sense of confusion and feeling that something is wrong about what's going on.

From the time that I was chased out of an apartment by the rotting corpse of the "elephant in the room," I knew this game was going somewhere good, and it delivered.

Yes, the game is short, and there is virtually no replayability outside of finding a few easter eggs, but for $5, you could certainly do much worse. There's a worthwhile story being told in a way that is increasingly difficult to come across, anymore.

At the very least, if you can get it on sale or in a bundle (that actually gives money to the developer), I'd highly recommend checking DISTRAINT out, if you're a fan of Silent Hill, Home, or Lone Survivor.

Favorite part: "WE HAVE YET TO SEE YOU DANCE, SON!"
Yeah, how does that sound, completely out of context, as a quote from a psychological horror game?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
My first horror game. Yes, this game is not so scary, but I really enjoy this game. I know this review is a ♥♥♥♥ as all of my reviews, but I saying just....Play this game, is awsome. At least for me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
It's about the journey.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Honestly, even if the game is labelled "horror", i think that "horror" isn't quite the right word.

The atmosphere is creepy, there are some nerve wrecking scenes but it really isnt a scary game so to speak.

The real horror of this game is probably the way the story pans out. That scares people.

In all seriousness though, a very good short story with simple and non-repetitive puzzles (At least the ones that make you agitated about having to do it again). Definitely reccomended, should probably take somewhere between 2 hours (Slightly more if you're lost but it generally isnt too hard).
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
One of the best games on Steam. Definitely didn't see that end coming.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Distraint is a short psychological horror title in which you play the role of Price, a young man whose job is to seize the property of others. He quickly discovers that he's entering a decent paying career at the cost of his own humanity.

The game is full of hidden meanings (even Price's name), and the story is something that almost everyone who has had a job can relate to. Myself personally being a slave to call center careers for the past decade, I certainly know how the protagonist feels and the story really hits home for me.

The graphics and gameplay style will easily remind players of titles such as Lone Survivor, Claire and Home. However, Distraint has a personality and concept that is unique to itself. The atmosphere in the game is heavy, brought on by dimly lit corridors and a pressurized ambiance that gives an overflowing sense of dread for the entirety of the game.

Distraint is an outstanding indie horror title that does its job of instilling fear and dread into the player. The puzzles are very easy and the game is very short, your initial playthrough may take anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete. Subsequent playthroughs will see 30-45 minute timeframes. There are a few grammatical errors within the dialogue at times, but the game is bug and crash free.

Though you may find yourself hard up to pay the asking price for such a short game, the price is worth every penny as every second is enjoyable here. It's also impressive that one person created this title in a little less than 3 months; the same creator behind Silence of the Sleep. If you're looking for a good horror title to spend some time with this Halloween, look no further.

Rating: 4.5/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
Belphegore's Hell House Reviews (Group)
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Distraint is psychological horror adventure game with very powerful moments of sadness and terror. I can say with confidence that this is one of the best games I've played in a long time.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
You play as a property-seizer called Price who is (to some degree) forced to seize people's houses in order to get a job. The game makes you to go to three different people, to which you have to explain that they're gonna have to leave the property. You have to help some of them in order to gain their cooperation. But even if they're willing to cooperate, Price's consciousness tells him that something is wrong with what he's doing. His mind soon becomes divided between getting the job and doing the right thing. That's when the crazy stuff begin to happen. Blood from everywhere, illusions, you name it. It's a perfect psychological horror.

Pros:
  • Amazing Atmosphere | This is the main component of every horror game. I have to say that this game is simply one of the best at creating such atmosphere. There are barely any jumpscares, but the whole feeling is made by music, art style, the story and the feelings that are caused by the story. The atmosphere is actually so good that I got goosebumps even while playing in the daylight!
  • Art style | This game's pixel art looks just amazing. If screenshot look at least slightly appealing to you, wait till you see it in action (you can just watch the video above!). The colour mix is really well-picked. I especially liked the purple-themed boss scene.
  • The Story | So, Distraint really has a story that touches one's heart. You have to take an old lady's home, visit her graveyard and face your inner dæmons. The story is always kind of unsettling and sad, but it also serves some (surprisingly) well-placed jokes that make you laugh while not losing the tense atmosphere.
  • The Music | As you might expect, the musical part of the game is really good as well. There are not many more things to say about it, though, except that it should have its own DLC.
  • Puzzles | There are a few (not many) puzzles in this game. They are a neat addition and they are quite enjoyable.
  • Achievements | There are 16 achievements in this game. They are mostly related to the story, but to unlock some of them, you will have to use certain items on certain objects or people. Or just do certain things. You will unlock most of the achievements on your first playthrough (2 - 3 hours), maybe even all of them, but to get the rest of them, you will have to play the game again. This is far from problematic, though, I completed the game several times and enjoyed the ♥♥♥♥ out of it. There is also a helpful guide on Steam Hub for this game, in case you'll get stuck somewhere.
  • Steam Integration | Apart from already mentioned Achievements, you will also get three Trading Cards for playing Distraint. Oh, yeah, and the backgrounds for crafting the badge look quite cool.

Cons:
  • SteamOS and MacOS Support | There isn't any. I don't know why, to be honest. It's a shame. Modern games should all support those two operating systems besides Windows.
  • Cloud Support | This game also doesn't have Steam Cloud support, but I don't find it too problematic since nothing except options is actually worth saving. The story is not too long, so even if you lose it, it's not a big problem. And it's worth replaying anyway.
  • Pricing | This is the first time I'm doing this so it might be a bit weird: I think $4,99 is not a high enough price for this game. The artistic value is amazing and it deserves more money.

The final verdict:
This game is so good. I played the whole story multiple times and I enjoyed it every time. It has great thrilling moments, sad emotional moments, moments of wonder, jokes ... you name it. I confess, psychological thrillers are my kind of games an this one was no exception. While playing Distraint, I felt very similar emotions to when I played The Park (another great game, but overpriced), except with a tiny bit less horror involved. For some reason, the way they picked just the right colours really stands out, as you can see on Steam Store screenshots. All of the involved sounds are also really good, you can even choose between different sounds of text-switching. The default controls are a bit clunky, but you can set them to whatever you like, so that is not even remotely a problem.
If you like horror games, but not the ones with cheap jumpscares for little kids, this is probably a game for you. There are some similar games out there that should give you a pretty good idea what to expect. The games is definitely cheap for what it offers, so consider getting it. But if you see it on discount, click on that shiny green "Add to cart" button without hesitation.

Greetings,
BirdCute

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.
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