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!

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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.”
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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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Senopati
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I had to pause this game after meeting Mrs. Goodwin :)

Tears everywhere...
So sad.
But this is life.
You do it, or don't do it.

Thanks for reminding myself that forget what parents and grandparents actually means :)
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Smacka My Paca
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Its a damn cycle. Now I feel terrible. Anyway, very nice game dev. Good job.
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Monomaxos
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Audio 8/10
Graphics 6/10
Gameplay 9/10
Story 7/10
Time to beat 2.5hrs

I like it.
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YOUR STARCH
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
The game is good, it makes us think about what is happening ...
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medtheshed
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Something a bit different. A fairly straightforward adventure with a twist, the actions of the main protaganist come back to haunt him at the end of the game. It's got a quirky style with a bit of comic gore and basic but appealing graphics.
It is quite short so the price is probably fair although I got it as part of a bundle.
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Oregono
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
BEATEN! Around 3 hours

A well done story-based exploration sidescroller with some subtile horror/spooky vibes, but mainly an nteresting story.
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★★★★★★(SSS)Pazi
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Wow.

First of all. It has a really nice story and its one of these stories you will be amazed/sad when you finish the end.
10/10 Stay classy Price.

Sidenote here: It may has some gory moments but its in a mild ratio.
Anxious People can give it try.
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indywarners
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
I'll be the one to point out the elephant in the room....

NOT ENOUGH COWBELL!
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Sarkoth
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Distraint is a really weird game. I like weird games. Not entirely sure whether it's a good game, but 11/10 would feed human flesh to the elderly again.
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Feto Benevolente
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Jesus.. This game.. I'm speechless, what a ride. Just buy it, you won't regret.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Distraint was programed by one person over the course of a few months, but you would never guess it from playing the game. It is extremely well done, capturing its intended atmosphere perfectly. Despite being a shorter game it offers a rich and rewarding story that sticks with you. While not the scariest game to ever exist, it did make me jump a few times. There were also a few times where I found myself hesitating to proceed. Both of which are truly admirable feats in side-scrolling games.


Pros:
>Solid story that keeps you wanting more throughout the game.
>The style and feel of the game is distinct, well done, and matches the story perfectly.
>Teaches the player a valuable lesson in the form of a short story.
>Smooth gameplay, does not have any weird bugs or glitches at all, easy to stay immersed in the game.
>Steam achievements and controller support.

Cons:
>Does not save to the Steam cloud
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Jesus.. This game.. I'm speechless, what a ride. Just buy it, you won't regret.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Wow.

First of all. It has a really nice story and its one of these stories you will be amazed/sad when you finish the end.
10/10 Stay classy Price.

Sidenote here: It may has some gory moments but its in a mild ratio.
Anxious People can give it try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
The game is good, it makes us think about what is happening ...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
BEATEN! Around 3 hours

A well done story-based exploration sidescroller with some subtile horror/spooky vibes, but mainly an nteresting story.
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25 of 29 people (86%) 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.
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24 of 31 people (77%) 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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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
Ain’t Isn’t a Word, but DISTRAINT is a good game!
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A good solid story is at the heart of DISTRAINT, don't be fooled by the simplified graphics, easy control scheme, and minimal inventory system. This game is a surreal spiraling descent into the maddening mind of Price, as his sins soon overpower him. Past sins interrupt and cloud the present, and the bizarre and grotesque becomes intermingled into Price's daily life. Very well done game and a great follow up to Silence of the Sleep.

What we liked:
- Surreal imagery.
- Disturbing sequences jolt you out of normal puzzle solving moments
- Atmospheric, spine tingling sounds, entice you and set the mood perfectly

What may through you off about this game is the retro graphics, simple design, and its middling degree of difficulty. I found that DISTRAINT's style was quaint and charming. More diversity, and length would always go a long way with gamers as well. Still, this is a wonderful little thriller, hard to put down once you sit down to play it!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
You control Price, a man that has just started working as a repo man for the McDade, Bruton & Moore firm: you are their face when people need to be convinced of letting go of their property, you're the one doing the dirty part of the job and Distraint asks you how much of your humanity you're willing to let go to be successful.
You'll be playing through three different distraints plus a few more sections, exploring rooms, gathering objects and using them to solve simple puzzles: Distraint's gameplay might be pretty straightforward but is backed up by a very good story and great atmosphere.

PROS:

-the 2d pixel graphics are simple but feature a great style made up mostly through the smart use of black and white with a few contrasting colours in between

-really nice sound design and great soundtrack

-the art, sound and music all contribute to a greatly eerie and disturbing atmosphere where reality is interrupted by gruesome visions

-a quite good story and narrative dealing with morality and the consequences of one's decisions

NEUTRAL:

-the puzzles are, for the most part, very easy and straightforward, so don't expect much of a challenge

-the bobblehead-like faces might not be everyone's cup of tea and they're a bit lacking in expressiveness

CONS:

-the layout and timed puzzles of the third restraint can easily get confusing and leave you a bit stumped

-quite short, expect around 1,5/2 hours

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I really, really enjoyed my time with Distraint even though its gameplay might be basic, most of the puzzles were a breeze and its linearity means there's little replay value unless you're achievement hunting. But the game's story and narrative are really good and can easily keep you engaged as you go through different distraints and see how Price reacts to what he has to do. The visions that sometimes break up reality not only serve as a great way to express Price's feelings but are also appropriately creepy, gruesome and serve as an important part of the plot.

When you consider that Distraint was an one-man project completed in just a few months I can only congratulate the dev on the result: Distraint is an effective and engaging psychological horror and an easy recommendation.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Well... After reading all of the good reviews for this game I decided to buy it, it was a huge sale anyway, so, why not. Andd... I can't say I regret I've bought and played it, but it leaves a huge depressing trace after finishing it, even though it doesn't lack some good humour.

The game itself is amazing, atmosphere, style, jokes, ironic commentaries, puzzles (spent a good hour on mushrooms level lol). I don't like horror games, but here wasn't much of it, so it was just a little bit creepy, especially playing at night with lights off.

Anyway, my point is.. This game must be played if you're 18-20 and older, otherwise you wouldn't understand what the game is trying to tell you. The ending was pretty predictable, but nevertheless powerful. The moment with the lantern near Mrs. Goodwin's grave made me drop a tear.

9/10 for short, but amazing experience.
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