Set in a creepy amusement park hiding a dark and sinister secret, The Park is a first-person psychological horror experience focused on exploration and storytelling.
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Release Date: Oct 27, 2015

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Reviews

“Tense and chilling storyline... a well crafted and finely tuned psychological experience”
80/100 – Dealspwn

“The Park hammers home the point that few things can be more frightening or more disturbing than the fragility of the human mind”
80/100 – Game Debate

“This is pure psychological horror, with a dash "summer fun gone wrong" tropes thrown in for fun”
Polygon

About This Game

Set in a creepy amusement park hiding a dark and sinister secret, The Park is a one to two hour long first-person psychological horror experience focusing on intense storytelling and exploration instead of combat and action.

A day at the park... a lost teddy bear... a missing child. As the sun sets over Atlantic Island Park, you must explore its dilapidated rides in search of your son, Callum. As darkness falls, you will experience panic and paranoia through a narrative written by a team of award winning storytellers.

Amusement parks are happy places, filled with the joys of childhood and the exhilarating rush of fantastic rides to be dared. That was the vision of eccentric business man Nathaniel Winter when he opened the doors to Atlantic Island Park in 1977.

Unfortunately, the park's history turned out to be one plagued by tragedy and drama. Its freak accidents, grotesque killings and ghostly hauntings have inspired many a sensational headline, and locals worry the park is far from done claiming innocent lives.

For Lorraine, it's where her worst nightmare began.

WARNING: This experience deals with subject matter that might prove emotionally distressing to some. Player discretion is advised.

  • Explore Atlantic Island Park and step onto rides such as the Ferris Wheel, the Bumper Cars and the Rollercoaster; just beware, some of them have a life of their own
  • Enter the mind of Lorraine, a woman facing every parent's worst nightmare, and unravel her story as well as the dark and tragic history of the park
  • Call out for Callum to respond, and interact with the environment around you while examining clues and listening to Lorraine's own inner voice as the game progresses
  • Compelling graphics and audio deliver a uniquely atmospheric setting rich in mood and mystery, developed by a team of award-winning AAA developers

BONUS: The Park is inspired by a setting within the modern-day myths and mysteries MMO The Secret World. This copy of The Park includes unique in-game items that can be applied to one The Secret World account; the Killer Chipmunk outfit and three powerful, legendary talismans.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 Bit
    • Processor: Core i5 processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD4400 / AMD Radeon 5750 1Gb VRAM / NVidia Geforce 640 1Gb VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 Bit
    • Processor: Core i5 processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 760 series 2Gb VRAM or better / AMD Radeon R9 270X 2Gb VRAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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ViolentColor
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
OVERALL - 6.5/10

It's hard for me to say whether or not I feel good about the overall score I am giving this game, as I definitely think about it and have fond memories already (it's only been a week since I played it). On one hand, I felt kind of screwed over on a gaming experience that I feel could have been so much more, a true revival of what I felt Silent Hill delivered so many years ago. On the other hand, for a game that is listed as "walking simulator" as a descriptive tag, I never once felt while playing that I was having a bad time. I would recommend experiencing The Park for yourself, but I wouldn't break the bank to get access to it (I got it on sale). I still can't help feeling like I really need to know more, but I don't have the time or energy to see if any real investigation will net me anything fruitful.

Link to full review: http://www.violentcolor.com/reviewcontent/2016/5/2/the-park-review
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fireal2
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
First time I've wanted to review a game, couldn't decide whether to recommend or not, since I bought it on the basis that the negative reviews were not too negative.

I enjoyed this game. ..... But as soon as it starts to get good and gripping , it ends, It's abrupt. It left me wanting more and a i felt little unsatisfied.

This is not a puzzle game or a deep exploration game, there is nothing to solve atall really.You go where it wants you to and follow the story.Which is quite nice.There are a couple of "scary" parts but it was mostly just creepy and interesting to see what was coming next.

I honestly felt they could have done more. There were plenty of typical horror game/movie scenes which were done well (there's a part that is clearly paying tribute to a certain game, which is awesome:) and I personally wanted more of that, more random ghostly/crazy things happening would have made it way better and not too much extra work on the developers part ... I'm trying to not spoil anything here so I can't be more specific, but if you play it you will see.

I recommend it BUT only if your ok with what I said. When I decided to buy it, I read the negatives and they said similar things but many were angry that they didn't get more.
However most everyone agreed the atmosphere, graphics, story were all decent and are enough to be worth the money.
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yung free
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
not even scary, only takes a hour to complete, its not even worth $12. i refunded it after completion
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squad up360
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
this was a good game spooky at times and a good story
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Cadan
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This game has a cool atmosphere, I'll definitely give it that. But even purchased on sale, I still feel the price tag is a bit steep for the short play. Especially considering the last 40 minutes is VERY repetitve. I don't regret playing it though and would even still recommend it, since I got the experience of exploring a creepy amusement park which was what I was hoping for. It lives up to that. The exploration path is pretty linear in this though - even when you think you have options for where to go, mostly it's a dead end just off camera to have you doubling back. I guess it would have been more satisfying feeling less like you're on tracks through the whole game but that's just me. All in all, a decent game but make sure you get it on sale as the price tag is way too steep without a sale. Not sure how much replay value it will have, I'll give it ago again when I get the creepy theme park urges.
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Asriel Jeepers Dreemurr
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
So for the most part the reviews of this game seem to be complaining and whining about the length of the gameplay.

Honestly the game is very very short, but the themes and psychological thrills the game is trying to accomplish can only go so far before they become tedious/uninteresting. The Park IS a short thriller, but it really delves into the workings of the subconscious and achieves a beautiful yet merciless atmosphere. I wouldn't recommend the title at full price, but it's one that goes on sale often. If you're really into narrative story-telling and thought-provoking materials, then this game is still worth the $12.

It does come with some replayability and the story is really envelloping, but I would have to agree that the game comes to close in a hurry. Just stop, enjoy the environments and all the themes and tropes the game deals with, don't rush through it to the end... Also if you are an achievement hunter, the achievements aren't too much of a challenge to acquire.

In my honest opinion, if you know what you like (this game is similar to Gone Home and games of that caliber), then this game is a gem, definitely worth even $10... If you want a game with an enemy you can combat, and with solid answers to the protaganist's experiences and questions, and a tangible reward that you can boast about, save your dollar. This game offers only logical treasures and thought-provoking build-up.
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Buttface
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Very spooky, handles the steam controller pretty well. Doesn't rely heavily on jump scares, but instead it uses a much more psychological approach and adds unease by making small alterations that may not be clear to people who aren't taking their time and exploring every aspect. Also, the tie-ins to the Secret World are neat.
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id10m
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
It's short, yes, so pick it up on sale. And it's essentially on rails, no puzzles, no decision points. That said, it's still a creepy atmospheric trip through a nightmare funhouse, and if you played any TSW it's a fun way to revisit Atlantic Island Park from a different perspective. Think of it like an interactive movie, pick it up when it's available for about what you'd pay for a creepy flick at your local second-run theater, and enjoy it for what it is.
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MEGA FAGGIT
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Walking simulator that last an hour and a half with maybe 3 spooks tops. Get it for like $2 i guess.
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Toy Bon Bon Games
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I see a lot of down votes but I personally really loved the atmosphere of the game. Yes, nothing can kill you. Yes, you are never really in danger or threatened. This game isn't about the jump-scares but more about the psychological terror and also about mental disorders with a hint of the supernatural. I had fun with it, yeah, it's only about an hour of game-play. But it makes up for it in the long run. Is it worth the money. I would have to say no, don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I would wait until it's on sale to buy it if you want to try it
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Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I wish I could recommend this game but it was way to short for the pricetag. I picked it up on the sale which was 6.45 euro and I still regret it and for one reason. It's VERY short, now I didn't expect this game to be a long one but at least more than 1 hour(the 0.8 extra hours it was paused) for that price.

That being said It's a beautiful game and the story is different and interesting. AND you get to ride the attractions! Yay!
It's supposed to be some kind of horror game and it does give off that kind of atmosphere. Although it's not very scary it gives off the right kind of feeling of "darkness". I also have to give a plus for the voice acting which is really good and I specifically like the mother's(protagonist) voice.

If you're thinking of buying this game be prepared for a good 1 hour spent but in the end a feeling of having been robbed.
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Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I finished The Park in about 2 hours while searching for just about everything in the environment and soaking in the atmosphere. It is a short walk-story-adventure game.

Pros:
- Good atmosphere
- Great attention to detail in second half of the game
- Builds up mystery in the beginning
- Part of The Secret World universe
- Runs at 60fps, no hiccups
- Good visuals
- Run button (not fast as sprint)
- Solid visual and sound effects
- A few good genuine scares

Cons
- Main protagonist voice acting is average (not believable)
- Plot holes, some things do not make sense
- Boring or lack of in-game interaction with environment
- Ending did not bring closure nor was it a good cliffhanger
- Poor story
- Last area in the game dragged on, too repetitive
- Too short
- Repetitive gameplay interaction with amusement park rides become boring fast

If you have or you are playing The Secret World, you may want to check it out because you're a fan of the universe. I'd recommend to skip it, as you already have seen this kind of content in The Secret World MMO. Furthermore, for adventure game lovers, I cannot recommend this game due to the poor story, average voice work, and short gameplay length.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
A spooky time for all!
However The Park isnt flawlessly crafted, you can sometimes see through the cracks of the world which causes one to be taken out of the immersion.
That being said there is some spooky dook to be had here, if you dont mind walking about for 2 hours and very slow sequences.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
THE GOOD

- Really great atmosphere (albeit presumably of the "love it or hate it" kind). Enough so that despite of its problems, I still consider the price of admission money very well spent.

- Short. No, I'm not listing "short!" under "bad" -- for one thing, I was dead sure I'd played for 3½, maybe 4 hours when it was only two (very tense) hours. I'd argue the length is just about right; any longer than that would likely have taken away from the experience. At two hours, you can play it in one uninterrupted sitting, which I highly recommend. The length suited the story, and I consider it a boon to have a game with limited commitment (heck, I have a stack of 100+ unplayed games, and so, in all likelihood, do you). So in the end, it's a question of comparison -- at two hours, it was cheaper than a movie ticket, and a more satisfying experience than most movies I've seen in the theater in recent years. Can you get more play-time per dollar from other games? That's pretty much a given, and if that's your concern, fair play to you, buy this on sale, or take a pass altogether and buy Fallout 3 instead.

THE BAD

The game went out of its way to ruin the first impression, and I was yea close to returning it within the first fifteen minutes:

- Keys used for control are fixed. Yeah, in this day and age. I don't even.

- When first playing, sound would cut out unless graphics quality was set to Low. This on a (admittedly 4yo) box that runs The Secret World itself on high, and that I run X-plane on. In fact, it's the only game that I haven't run on 1080p high or ultra. That's a ridiculously poor show for a "walking simulator."

- For what it's worth, people look weird and wooden (the woodsmen, haha) in this game. Whether there being few of them means that it really doesn't matter so much, or whether it means that they should've gotten at least those few right, I'll leave for you to decide.

- In "Extras", they say some things that seem rather spoilery at the time.

THE REST

- If you look around a bit after playing the game, you'll see people discussing the ending, to the tune of, "10 posters, 20 opinions." Sorry, but if you're a storyteller, and after you're done, your audience isn't sure what story was told, you're not doing your job. Or at least, you're not doing it very well.

(And I'm saying that as someone whose favorite movie is Primer -- but while Primer makes you work for it, I feel you get a fairer shot at figuring things out.)

Moreover, people are likely to have very different takes on what happened depending on whether they've played The Secret World (whose universe The Park is set in). Whether the layers added by knowing The Secret World are neat in the same way it can be amusing to have jokes and references for the parents in a children's movie that will go over the latters' respective heads, or whether it's a dirty trick requiring you to buy The Secret World (a pretty good game in my opinion, but perhaps not your cup of tea, or more than you bargained for in terms of commitment) to fully understand The Park, I'll leave to your discretion.

Finally, this connection to the Secret World is exacerbated by the latter not only providing further context and lore about the setting (the Secret World universe in general, and the Park in particular). The Secret World also offers a "20 years later" type wrap-up mission which apparently is a SEASONAL mission, so if you play The Park any time other than Halloween, enjoy the wait for the wrap-up (or, you know, watch it on Youtube).

Much as I love The Park, and love The Secret World, I can't help but feeling that The Park would have been stronger standing alone. Conversely, as a TSW player it's hard not to think, "Wow, this is the atmosphere that TSW aims for, but often fails to create." (And TSW already does better than many; it's hard to get this right, and it's inherently unfair to compare spookiness of a game that you play alone, with a defenseless character, looking for the next item to examine, and examine again, versus one where a lot of your vocabulary for interacting with the world is violence, and you know the game gives you a fair chance at killing your problems. It's true that TSW pulls no punches when it comes to its riddles (Don't sight read sheet music? Don't have a baseline grasp of latin? Or morse code? Or Ivrit? Tough luck, this riddle is not for you, then!), but it's harder to ever fully engage with the atmosphere when you always have to be ready to fight at the drop of a head (and in a somewhat formulaic way at that).)
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Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I really hate giving bad reviews but this game has so much wasted potential:

Cons:
-100 minutes of gameplay for $13=not good.
-Sparse action
-Sparse plot line
-Sparse atmosphere
-Underused villains

Pros
-Excellent voice acting
-It's a cursed amusement park
-Some atmospheric elements look really good. Like the waving trees and ferris wheel.

This game disappointed me. The idea of a cursed amusement park is good! But the park feels so boring and lame that the game feels more like simply walking around looking for something to do.

There are a few creepy, scripted moments, but the game is essentially a walking simulator. You pick up a few letters, newspapers and stuff to learn the plot, which is thin. And the papers are very difficult to read due to the crappy handwriting, poor resolution (on my machine) and the fact that they are extremely long and boring.

The chipmunk in the game has great potential to be an impressive villain. In the story, it is revealed that he makes ice sculptures. Which should mean he has a chainsaw. No chainsaw. In fact, I can't tell that the chipmunk ever actually moves.

The premise is dumb. Your kid wanders into the park after it closes to rescue his teddy bear. You lose track of him so you figure, hey why not ride all the rides? The Tunnel of Tales is a long, long retelling of Hansel and Gretel. Pretty sure the ride is long to make the game seem less short. It's boring.

Why is this lady riding the ferris wheel when she should be looking for her kid?

At the end when she finds him, he is unconscious on a slab, so she stabs him in the head. WTF?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Atmospheric but short. Completed in one hour and twenty minutes. Ending becomes obvious after about ten minutes.
Not recommended.
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Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Quick game, intetesting twist at the end. Fun fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
It's short, yes, so pick it up on sale. And it's essentially on rails, no puzzles, no decision points. That said, it's still a creepy atmospheric trip through a nightmare funhouse, and if you played any TSW it's a fun way to revisit Atlantic Island Park from a different perspective. Think of it like an interactive movie, pick it up when it's available for about what you'd pay for a creepy flick at your local second-run theater, and enjoy it for what it is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
this was a good game spooky at times and a good story
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Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
The Park is sure to catch the eye of any horror fan, its setting and atmosphere excitedly screaming: Play me! Not being able to resist the seductive allure of its sinister facade, that is precisely what I did. After two hours it ended, and once again, a promising horror game has left me disgruntled. To be clear, the atmosphere is efficacious and a handful of the scares will leave you picking your fevered heart up off the floor, but the story, characters and themes drag the entire experience down. It would appear Funcom were entering the most unlikeable character of the year contest when they created Lorraine; a vacuous individual with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She wanders around the park wallowing in self-pity, expressing her nihilistic views; which begs the constant question why she doesn't just turn back and leave, suddenly her loathing will be interrupted by a terrifying manifestation of some eldritch horror, which then prompts her to reminisce about bygone days with notes of ardour. I'm assuming this is meant to convey Lorraine's inner struggle, but it's a complete mess, it's all over the place and the story doesn't help matters at all with its stern intent of being vague. The child is nothing more than a plot device, and only has one line of dialogue if I recall correctly, which is probably a good thing.

If you're just looking for thrills and spills in a creepy environment, then the park is open. Anyone searching for something more, it may be wise to save your money.

5/10
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