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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“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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kitterkat3
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Enjoyed the game overall. The story was good if you like creepy plot with a side of confusing. The best part to me was the back story of the Atlantic Island Park. It did crash a couple of times when I was loading in, but adjusting the settings fixed that for me. It was an easy, mostly cinematic, playthrough that I would say was worth the price.
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Sheniab
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
I reallu enjoyed this game. The plot was intriguing and I was chilled by the Park ambiance. I also really enjoyed the constan the mystery. The narrative was really great and the voice acting I really enjoyed. I wish it was longer but besides that it was really well done.
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Raimanojaku
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Excellent game, nuff said :)

Deep story, great graphics, nice level design and sound FX, well-coded, quite creepy at times and most of all: very intense athmosphere from beginning to end!

Only downside is that it's rather short (~1:30h)
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Jesse McCree★ (samæl)
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
I will preface this that I have played TSW and I know the contextual story behind Lorraine and her child - I know what has happened to her and why The Park is what it is. I won't go over it - if you really want to whine about it being 'TSW context related', then buy the MMORPG the game is based on instead of leaving a meager negative review because your ♥♥♥ couldn't be bothered.

This said, The Park is a nice, brilliant horror/psychological game. I have seen some people saying it's a "walking simulator" as Gone Home is and I'm going to say to leave these people to their own convictions, mostly because they also never really bothered to actually play the game as it was meant to to, taking your pace through it and not just guzzling down as it were an absurd amount of Mountain Dew.

I've paid for full price and I also have pre-ordered it prior to its release date because it gave good gadgets for the game it spun from (again, if you believe the plot had no context, that is because you've never played TSW itself), and I've found myself scared by the prospect of having to do all of this in this creepy atmosphere. It had a nice vibe, nice backstory that leaves you guessing enough - leaves you enough to understand even fi you haven't played TSW, too - and I absolutely felt terrified and powerless.

I see this game getting shunned because it's not "worth full price", when people have gladly paid increasingly sums of money for something like FNAF - and it's really amazing. Because all I see are whiny people that haven't bothered to understand that this game is a self-insert tie-in into The Secret World itself and has events and takes places into the TSW universe. If you didn't see it coming, I don't know what to tell you.
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Nathan John
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Great Graphics
Great Story

If there is a con its that its 1.5 hours long.
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Faithy
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
This game is super creepy, with several good jump scares. I recommend it if you like this kind of thing, which (in the right situation) I do, myself. This game reminds me of an old Sega Saturn game that I used to love as a kid, called D. You don't really have a lot of control other than what direction you want to go and where you can turn your head to look around. There's not much actual interaction as it is much more of an "experience" than a game, kind of like a movie. But there are a few sort of "puzzle" elements here and there. This game could be better if it had been made with a bit more interaction, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. As a lot of people are saying, there really isn't much replay value since you will already know what is going to happen the second time around. I still found it entertaining and do not regret the purchase.
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DeadlyDoRight
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
Well I did like the story behind it even if I didn't quite understand it thoroughly.
Meant to be disturbing and not exactly something for children.
Recommended for those who like creepy dark and disturbing tales.
Not exactly survival horror but a rather haunting story about a mom looking for her son
and facing her own ambivalent feelings about herself as a mom and her mental issues.
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Gorglax
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
It was ok but not long beat the game in 66 minutes they could've done better like way better and a real story confused 89.99% of the time
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Mr. Cynical
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 17
Very short and the same sort of non-interactive linear walking simulator as Gone Home. Finished it within the refund period playing together with another (we were not hurrying and actually ended up backtracking several times by accident). Not worth the price of admission.
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Burntpinz
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
Is it a fun atmospheric horror game = Yes

Is it worth playing even though it is short = Yes

Is it worth full price ($12.99) = Maybe...If you enjoy the game and decide you would then like to go onto playing The Secret World, the price might then be justified by the in-game items you will receive for purchasing The Park. Otherwise, probably hold off for a sale.

I was able to boot the game and do a full playthrough without any issues.

Not a very graphical demanding game even on Ultra - that is all you get for video settings a slider for quality. But this isn't exactly Skyrim.

Overall I feel it is a well put together experience with some creepy moments. Also, if you play this game and then The Secret World or Vice-Versa, you will pick up on references in story, characters mentioned, and certain storylines involving The Park.

Incidentally, I thought it was one of the best areas in The Secret World.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A beautiful psychological horror.
Average gameplay time: 1.5 hours.

The price reasonably matches the quality of gameplay, graphics, and audio effects. Although the game may indeed be distrubing for some viewers, it is well worth it's price and definitely worth the experience as well. Something haunting about the game, which tends to draw the player in. Well done to the developers.

Rating: 4/5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
was a great , short ride , definitely need to check for atmosphere and story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Well I did like the story behind it even if I didn't quite understand it thoroughly.
Meant to be disturbing and not exactly something for children.
Recommended for those who like creepy dark and disturbing tales.
Not exactly survival horror but a rather haunting story about a mom looking for her son
and facing her own ambivalent feelings about herself as a mom and her mental issues.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This game is super creepy, with several good jump scares. I recommend it if you like this kind of thing, which (in the right situation) I do, myself. This game reminds me of an old Sega Saturn game that I used to love as a kid, called D. You don't really have a lot of control other than what direction you want to go and where you can turn your head to look around. There's not much actual interaction as it is much more of an "experience" than a game, kind of like a movie. But there are a few sort of "puzzle" elements here and there. This game could be better if it had been made with a bit more interaction, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. As a lot of people are saying, there really isn't much replay value since you will already know what is going to happen the second time around. I still found it entertaining and do not regret the purchase.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Very short and the same sort of non-interactive linear walking simulator as Gone Home. Finished it within the refund period playing together with another (we were not hurrying and actually ended up backtracking several times by accident). Not worth the price of admission.
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264 of 307 people (86%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
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The top three things that make good psychological horror are; atmosphere, atmosphere, and (you guessed it) atmosphere. This game has it in spades. Other qualities would include the pace and building of tension, the story itself, and the fear factor. The Park does them all very well, especially in the second half of the game where a progression device is used to masterfully build tension, fear and general unease.

Many reviewers, even some of the popular professional reviewers, state that they finished the game (or "beat" the game) in an hour or two. It took me almost 4 hours to read everything, get all the achievements, and experience it the way it was likely intended. Without spoiling anything, the second half of the game has readables that change as you progress. This device is what helps to build the tension, reveal clues in the story, and heighten the sense of horror. So I can imagine that many players didn't give the items a second (or even third or fourth) look after reading them the first time, if at all. I suppose it is possible to finish the game in under two hours IF they ran the entire game and didn't bother to check all interactive items. But doing so would rob you of the actual game experience. This is not a game to "beat", but a game to experience. Those of the tl;dr generation, or of the mindset to beat a game as fast as possible and "win" will likely not enjoy or appreciate The Park. Instead, it is rather like a short story from one of the early collections of Stephen King, or The Bachman Books. Perhaps even a PG-13 version of Clive Barker's Imajica or The Books of Blood ("We're all books of blood... wherever we're opened, we're red.") So if you were the type of fourth grader who preferred Koontz over Blume, The Shining over Superfudge, you will probably enjoy this.

That being said, the price point of 12.99 is too steep for a game that is less than four hours long. This puts the hourly rate between 3 and 6 dollars an hour, far too much. The appropriate price would be 4.99US. A dollar an hour is generally as high as I am willing to go for any game, and for that, it better be good.

I do hope that Funcom decides to make more vignettes like this, set in The Secret World style, or even a full length feature for single player. The fact that it's Multi-Player Only is all that is keeping me from playing The Secret World.

In summary, The Park is a great experience for true psych horror fans, but wait for it to go on sale at least 75-80% off.
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Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
The game is fun in the last few mins but it is too short and cost too much for a 1 to 2 hour game. Get it when it's $5 or less
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86 of 96 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
Overview:
The Park is what I call an "experience" game, kind of like an interactive movie, and is very story heavy. It took me about 2 hours to complete, including starting a new game to grab an achievement I'd missed at the beginning of the game. It is a horror game, but if you're looking for something with more replayability, this game doesn't really provide unless you just really liked the story or environment and wanted to play again.

Worth it for an "experience", but if you're looking or a horror game with more interactive elements such as stealth and combat, you could probably get something else great at the same price instead.

Thoughts, story wise:
Very simply put, you play as a mother looking for her child in an amusement park. However, things aren't what they seem on the surface, as the park turns nightmare-ish, and you're not sure if you're in the present time, or in reality. I would say that the game starts to pick up around the third ride or so, as you start finding notes that hint at the park's past. As the game progresses, you also start to find out secrets and mysteries of your own past, and of your relationship with family and son.

Pros/cons:
I felt that the game, while very slow in the beginning, really picked up in the second half. The ending left me pondering, the story made me debate and sympathize with some more heavy subject matter the game brought up. The characters are very human, and possibly even people that you could meet and see around in real life, and putting myself in her shoes was definitely a wild and dark roller-coaster ride (no pun intended).

I feel that that some aspects could be improved, for example the pacing in the beginning, or perhaps fleshing out the story a bit more. I knew enough to piece together things in my mind, and definitely don't mind ambiguity and intrigue, but some parts were definitely not really linked together. (Perhaps there was some reference to The Secret World that I didn't get, but I played TSW for some time and there was no info that I really understood to patch up those missing links. If you have info, please don't hesitate to let me know!)

Thoughts, gameplay wise:
The game is in first person perspective, and you can toggle running or walking. The menu has enough graphics options including field of view (important to me!). Mostly you try to follow your son's voice, and there are cutscenes triggered at each location, that convey story and atmosphere. The initial locations are more cutscene oriented, but in the second half, especially in a good part of the game, you have more interactivity. I found that this suited the game to convey this story - it's not survival and there's no combat.

One big thing I hope that can be improved, is the size of writing on the notes you pick up throughout the game. The writing is unproportionally small so may be really difficult to read on smaller screens.

Ending remarks:
I got the game at launch, which was $7.55 Canadian $. For an "experience" game, I felt it was worth it, like how I would pay $10+ for a movie at the theatre. The story was good and I felt I got what I was looking for, psychologically.

~If you enjoyed this review, please check out the Completing the Backlog curator page, for other nice reviews by me and others!~
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Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
How this has mostly positive reviews is surprising to me, maybe they are because it only costs $10 I suppose? For only $10 I guess I can see it's appeal maybe for the seasonal interest?

However the plot becomes obvious within about the first 15 minutes, and no there isn't any twist by that far you have probably figured out almost the entire plot.
The gameplay is about an hour long, maybe 10-20 minutes longer if you intentionally go as slow as possible to collect and read every note page.

Half of it is on rails, as in you literally just sit and watch, the other half is just following a path and reading papers you find, that is it, there is no gameplay beyond that.

However what really makes me say this game isn't worth it wasn't all that. I actually think for only $10 it still has enough intrigue, and provided enough of a very short thrill that maybe it could have been a 6/10 game rather than a 4/10 or less type game. They should have more developed and used these creepy beings, and tried to create something you can get excited about- because that never happened for me. When you finally feel the game might be getting to it's highest peak (which would be the minimum requirements of any other decent title), it just ends. It cuts short without delivering what you probably bought the game hoping for.

All in all this is about as a scary as say, something goosebumps related, but it was intended for adults with an adult theme; which might have been fine had it been excuted properly.

However it is halloween, so if you want to give it a go and literally don't care about spending $10 for one hour of medicore entertainment, then go for it, it is not the worst game you could play, and it does have a few legitimately creepy moments. I only just barely don't recommend it simply because it could have just been a tiny bit longer to give them the time and room to actually deliver on their suspense, or to flush out the rides, or something more in depth to add some actual gameplay element of some kind.

(Ps: Since I know people looking at reviews love to look at playtime, I stopped to actually read every single letter I could find in detail, and doubled back in some areas, and finished in about an hour and 10 minutes, the other 10 wasn't game time.
Also if your game crashes a few times on start up, it seems to just go away for the rest of the play session when you get it up and running, at least I hope- it stopped after a few start up crashes for me anyways)
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234 of 343 people (68%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
The Park is an immersive game with an interesting setting and good story telling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzpAGnmKWRk
You play as a mother who goes into an amusement park after her kid runs off. The place is filled dark corners, creepy faces and eerie notes. The game is similar to Dear Esther and Gone Home in the sense that there is no action or combat. It's simply a story-telling game.

The notes you find shed some light on some events that might have happened in the park. As you play through the game, you uncover more of the interesting story. Luckily, the voice acting is good, because there's quiet a lot of it. Your character will talk to herself when she sees certain objects, or describe a memory when you walk somewhere. It's interesting to listen to it all because it's nicely written.

Apart from having basic interaction with stuff like notes, you can also right click to call out to your son, which will also give a visual representation of where you can go next incase you are feeling a bit lost.

The environment itself is pretty spooky. Plastic faces of mascots, and a few shadowy figures. There are jumpscares, but they're didn't manage to annoy me like most games do. The game isn't filled with them, and they only really happen because you're on edge from other stuff.

Keep in mind, the game can be beaten in around 2 hours if you fully explore and read everything, so it is a short experience, however I found it an enjoyable one. Overall, a well sculpted game with good story telling!
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