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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GabrielCyphre13
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Horrible plot, Pointless endings. Cool atmosphere, but everything doesn't worth the price. I don't recommand to buy it, unless one day will cost less than 1 euro.
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[TBUSC] Mr.Widdelsworth
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I would highly recommend this game, to anyone looking for a short, story driven horror expirience.
I say expirience, because this game is quite the walking sim, although they do give you the option to run.
The game had some very real jump scares in it, but mostly it was the suspense that the game achieved that really scared me.
Be warned the game is very short, ie 1:30 hours for me.
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Blondie Barrels
( 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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Da Ork
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Not really a game or scary. It managed two or three jump scares through it. However if you are a TSW player then you may find the history of the park interesting like I did.
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Shadow
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The only scary thing about this game is the infinite loading screen.
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Azundris
( 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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Space Viking
( 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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BlueUnicorns13
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Not the longest game, but it was very enjoyable
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Justin Bieber
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Got it during the summer sale, it was 50% off.

Yeah. Whats to say about this game.

Genre:
Its not really a horror game (scary things? Maximum of 5 in the whole game).

Atmosphere:
The park itself brings a great atmosphere.

Story:
The story itself destroys this great atmosphere.
Tbh, its just a boring and nonsaying story.

Duration:
Maximum amount of 2 hours, for a full playthrough. 2 hours if you are really slow and watching everything.
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Eiya
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Quite a nice game! In 3 hours you are done, yet it is worth it definately :-) The game is scary and while playing it you keep wondering what ever happend to this woman with the kid. Its both confusing and a great experience. A game with unexpected moments. Well... just go and play ;-)
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
TL; DR: 4.5/10 Lots of good moments, overall not that spectacular.

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Honestly I’m trying to think of one good thing about this game to provide, it’s not terrible it’s just utterly forgettable. Think of it as a mixture of PT and Five Night’s at Freddy’s mixed with a dash of the incomprehensible twist building of M. Night Shyamalan. The problem is the twist they keep building seems like it’s going to go one way and have the game make sense, but then the game hightails it in a direction that doesn’t have anything to do with everything they just built.
There were moments when I was truly invested in the story with the main character trying desperately to find her child.

Sometimes, when the game played it right, my heart truly ached for the character and I found myself hoping that she would find her son alive and well. Even when I knew she wouldn’t and the events in this story were all in her head.

There were moments, like repeatedly beating you over the head with the story of Hansel and Gretel and the fact that the main character clearly needed medication, that you believed that in a fit of insanity and desperation she killed her son and cooked him. That would have been a truly terrifying experience to get to the end only to realize it’s just her trying to rationalize with herself what she had done to her child. Instead the “twist” ending we find out that she killed her kid at an abandoned amusement park.

I don’t know what this random a-hole in a chipmunk suit, or the freak in the top hat had to do with anything. They really didn’t add much to the story. Apparently they belong to another game, which shares the same connected universe as this one, and I’m sure if I played that one I would understand. But if you’re going to throw to random characters into a game to promote another one could you at least give us a little background on them first so we know what the bloody blue hell is going on?

In the meantime, we’re distracted by a walking simulator that goes from point A to point B, with a semi-coherent story with nothing else to add to it but the occasional jump scare. Other than this woman prattling on and on, that is.

Perhaps I am judging the game just a bit too harshly, but I love horror games and so when a friend recommended "The Park" I was very excited. Knowing that it wasn't a "AAA game" I didn't expect it to be overly long and complicated; what I did expect however was a thrilling and disturbing tale. Right off the bat the game lets you know that it will "mess with your sanity." However, all it “messed with” was whether or not I was fully invested in the story or cared. By the end the constant change of pace and tone only caused me to progressively hate the main character and her whiny attitude more and more.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This is one of those if I had a third option.
Good Story and Great Atmosphere, Secret World has lots of good environments, and this was well suited environment for story told.
I can't recommend this game, because it just isnt a game, its a minimal interaction narrative story, without the substantial depth you might have gotten from reading a book for a few hours.
I am just dissapointed that it could have been so much more, not that what was there was bad.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Well, I just finished it and have mixed feelings. It's about a three hour game, which isn't too bad. It's tagged as psychologic horror and the only way it could be considered psycologic horror is the fact that you freak yourself out thinking about where the jump scares are, but not everyone will play it that way. It is a decent game, but I had much higher expectations. The ending is surprising, but abrupt as if the developers worked too long on the rest of the story and then barely fit in the end. But all in all, I was too calm to be playing a horror game so I can't recommend this to someone looking for a scary game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Only about an hour and a half to two hours long, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in quality.

The writing's good, the level design nice (near the end, in the apartment, the objects and structure gets really nicely detailed), and, as a final flourish, you can see your feet!

Is it worth $13? In terms of length, no; in terms of quality and polish, yeah.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the voice actress did a spot-on job of portraying a young mother struggling as a single parent, which is difficult to portray in the correct manner.

My advice? Wait for a sale, even if it's just 15% off or so, then you'll get something you will really enjoy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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1 person found this review funny
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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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
The game is way too short to even be 9.99 should be 3.99.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Released last year by Funcom, The Park is one of those walking simulators where you do not have enemies who can kill you, you do not have levels to complete and you do not have a boss battle at the very end of your story. However, you do have an interesting storyline with psychological and supernatural elements.

You walk around in an amusement park controlling Lorraine who wishes to find her son. Callum has just run inside for no apparent reason - Lorraine is getting more and more desperate as night falls quickly and she begins experiencing one hallucination after the other. This creepy, dark and haunting environment is superbly brought to life thanks to the latest iteration of the Unreal engine. Lorraine's voice acting is also great and it accompanies the story very well.

Since this is a walking simulator you should not expect it to last longer than 2 hours. This is common and perhaps represents the only downside of the game. But then again this is common in this genre - you do not have many items you can interact with (mainly notes); they all help you understand the story (not just Lorraine's but that of the fun park).

If you like the genre you'll probably enjoy the ride - as for rides: Lorraine has the possibility to try almost all carnival rides. These are perhaps the most unsettling parts of the game and are there to shed light on the background of the story. Whilst a bit too short and pricey (even with 50% discount) The Park represents a great adventure that can certainly be very entertaining.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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