Dead Secret is a first-person horror mystery set in rural Kansas in 1965. A reclusive professor is dead and it’s up to you to crack the case before you become the next victim. Investigate the murder and explore the story Time Magazine called “captivating” and “deeply creepy” .
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Very Positive (92 reviews) - 84% of the 92 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2016

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August 18

Vive Update Live!

Dead Secret is now available on HTC Vive!



To celebrate the occasion, Dead Secret is 34% off--US $9.89--for two weeks. Oh yeah!

A few notes:

  • for those who have already purchased Dead Secret, Vive support will arrive via an update today at no additional cost
  • both the Vive Wands and gamepads are supported. To switch to the Wand, simply click the trackpad. You only need one Wand to play
  • both standing and seated play are supported
  • select the VR mode by launching Dead Secret while SteamVR is running, or by right-clicking and selecting "Launch Vive Version." Your save data is shared between VR- and non-VR versions.
  • Oculus Rift owners can access their free version of Dead Secret via our Oculus Key Validation Tool.

Thank you for the support and reception to date. We're excited to hear your thoughts and feedback on solving a murder in VR. It's a grisly business, but we hope you enjoy it!

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July 27

Dead Secret coming to Vive - August 18th



We have been excited about bringing Dead Secret to the Vive for some time now and are happy to announce that come Thursday, August 18th, you can dive into the bizarre case of Harris Bullard's death in beautiful VR on HTC Vive.

Vive Release Date
August 18th, 2016

Price
It will remain at $14.99. For those that already own Dead Secret, the Vive version will be made available at no additional cost

Controller
Vive Wand and gamepad will both be supported

It has been great to see this community's positive response to Dead Secret to-date and we eager to get the VR version in your hands to see how you like it. Solving a compelling murder is an engaging experience for sleuth enthusiasts and we look forward to hearing your feedback and reactions about doing that in immersive VR. Enjoy!

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Reviews

“I felt completely immersed in the story”
Famitsu

“An easy recommendation for both experienced VR enthusiasts and newcomers.”
5 / 5 – VRFocus

“A deeply satisfying story.”
8.5 – VRGiant

Oculus VR Support!

Every purchase of DEAD SECRET comes with a free unlock code for the Oculus Rift version. Solve this mystery on your desktop or in VR! Check the discussion group for details.

About This Game

DEAD SECRET is a first-person horror mystery set in rural Kansas in 1965.

"This is a bizarre experience." -- SWERY, director of Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die.

Who killed Harris Bullard?

A reclusive man with a mysterious past is dead and it's up to you to crack the case. Investigate the crime scene, uncover secret documents, and piece together the puzzle to name his killer. But keep your wits about you: nothing is as it seems and you are not alone. Bullard took his secrets to the grave. Somebody wants them to stay there.

DEAD SECRET is designed for both traditional and virtual reality play. This game includes a free unlock code for the Oculus Rift version.

Features

  • Uncover the complex and mysterious history of the victim by investigating his highly detailed home for clues.
  • Find items, solve puzzles, and collect evidence to name the murderer and make headlines.
  • Discover the late professor's strange devices and use them to explore the deepest recesses of your subconscious.
  • But watch out: a masked murderer is hot on your trail. Don't let him corner you or it's all over.
  • Five different endings to unlock!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or better, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450 or higher with 1GB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: VR Version requires Oculus recommended spec machine or better.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or better, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 970 / AMD 290 or faster
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA or ATI Graphics Card
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: VR version is not available for MacOS.
    Recommended:
    • OS: MacOS 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
    • Graphics: NVIDIA or ATI Graphics Card
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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Horde4Life
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Really fun little horror mystery. Played 2d. Jumped a few times and was entertained the whole time. Its not action horror, but there are some "Oh ♥♥♥♥ I gotta hide!" moments that i wasnt expecting, and that was awesome!
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15scarp
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Interesting game with plenty of jump-in-your-seat scares. A good story and characters. No annoyances - you know, those little tasks some games make you do to chew up time.

The game is pretty short. I finished it in about 3 hours. And I solved it on the first go, then explored the alternate endings.
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WhipinPiccadilly
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Vive review: If I could do a 'thumb sideways' then I'd have gone for that as my overriding feeling so far is 'meh'. On the plus side, I'm enjoying the story so far which is ticking along nicely (though the 'puzzles' are very straightforward) and I'll definitely finish it to find out what happens also there's a few nice atmospheric touches however compared to other experiences out there it's not really enough. The key comparison for me is the quite brilliant 'Chair in a Room: Greenwater' which is graphically superior, significantly more immersive (thanks in no small part to the ingenious way they implemented room scale) and it's miles scarier. This game doesn't even get close to creating the same level of atmosphere. I appreciate I maybe comparing apples and oranges to some extent as this game was developed before room scale existed but on current showing I don't think there is enough here is recommend it. Sorry.
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Hooded Crow
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
This game is fantastic! I would highly recomend that you try this adventure on the HTC Vive. The graphics are some of the more decent for VR right now and the lighting is spot on to stimulate your since of fear. Point and Click is the last genre I'd expect to enjoy and VR but, this being a thriller game, having to wait until you've fully hovered to point you last clicked before you can change you're velocity adds to the terror. This is also one of the few VR games to give you a physical representation of your body which is awesome! Especially when you're looking in the mirror!
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evonc95
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
I was incredibly immersed in this game throughout and felt like it got a great balance between technical puzzle solving and atmosphere. It is more psychological horror than cattle prod scares but there is a fair share of the latter as well. If you are the type of person who likes to be deeply unsettled rather than outright scared you will love this.

My only criticism might be that the story/characterisation isn't as compelling as I would have liked it to be. Still, the beauty of the game and the understanding the makers had for greating tension and creepiness more than makes up for it.
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turdle
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
i wanted to try this game out with the vive. i'm having a good time, you can check out my progress on my youtube channel
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keiron
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 20
VIVE OWNER REVIEW

I hope the developers see this comment. If they do and fix the issues I mention I will definitely re-purchase (I have requested a refund). This *could* be an excellent scary game but for a few major issues. First, the game is not room-scale enabled. If I deviate from my original standing position even slightly I can see a headless corpse of my own body just to the side of me. Since jumpscares often work by putting a scary person/monster close to your viewpoint I find myself constantly scared of my own body which just gets irritating after a while. I would rather not see my own body at all. Secondly I can't see my own hands in the game. Thirdly the movement mechanism of sliding my body to the location I've chosen just doesn't feel right. I much prefer to teleport to a location and then wander around a bit.

This game has clearly been built for the Oculus Rift first and then ported to the Vive. If anything this game showcases just how much more immersive the Vive is compared to the Rift. To see how to address all the issues I've raised download the horror game A Chair In A Room, which is excellent.
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el_Chelso
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
It was pretty short, but a decent play. I imagine playing with VR is better suited to the game mechanics. I jumped at a couple creepy moments in the game, it was generally entertaining but nothing special. The puzzles are super easy, if you are looking for challenege this defo isn't the game for you.
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lindasgifts
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
Awesome game! Very scary so if you like that sort of thing, this is a good buy! Also it is challenging without being impossible. One of my favorite VR games to date!
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Toddy
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
Bit creepy, but great fun, a muat have for me.
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
VIVE OWNER REVIEW

I hope the developers see this comment. If they do and fix the issues I mention I will definitely re-purchase (I have requested a refund). This *could* be an excellent scary game but for a few major issues. First, the game is not room-scale enabled. If I deviate from my original standing position even slightly I can see a headless corpse of my own body just to the side of me. Since jumpscares often work by putting a scary person/monster close to your viewpoint I find myself constantly scared of my own body which just gets irritating after a while. I would rather not see my own body at all. Secondly I can't see my own hands in the game. Thirdly the movement mechanism of sliding my body to the location I've chosen just doesn't feel right. I much prefer to teleport to a location and then wander around a bit.

This game has clearly been built for the Oculus Rift first and then ported to the Vive. If anything this game showcases just how much more immersive the Vive is compared to the Rift. To see how to address all the issues I've raised download the horror game A Chair In A Room, which is excellent.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
I clearly didn't read the game description and reviews of this game very thoroughly before I bought it, as I was just expecting it to be a tame little point-and-click murder mystery game. I didn't realize it was actually going to be a horror-mystery that would scare the living bejesus out of me!

There are so many things about this game that should have put me off: the clunky mechanics (also didn't initially realize the game was made for VR first, not PC, which is what I played this on), the plot holes and loose ends, the brief playtime (I took it slow and still completed all endings in about 3 hrs), and the truly terrible voice acting, but ultimately the whole thing was so tightly plotted, designed and presented that the final product was compelling enough to totally override all weak points. I also really appreciated the designers' attention to finer details, like the objects in the pantry named after mystery writers and characters, the presence of a set of Lafcadio Hearn translations in Bullard's office, etc. It felt like the developers really wanted this world to feel immersive and fully realized, and even as a PC player, I really appreciated that.

HIGHLY recommend...even though I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
**Non VR review - I intend to update this when I've played on the Vive release later this month**

tl;dr - 6/10. A decent enough FPHorror, enjoyable but short.

Length:

Ok let's start by addressing the elephant in the room. This game isn't long. My three hours of play time include the time it took me to cook and eat dinner. So overall, I guess it's a 1.5 - 2hour playthrough. I see it as a somewhat positive thing though because with the environment you'rew given, much longer and it would have seemed drawn out.

Visuals:

To be honest, it's not the most graphically intensive game and the visuals are fit for purpose. Edges are clean and there's no tearing. Something I was impressed with was that you're character actually has a presense! An actual body you can see when you look down so you're not some floating eyes like some games.

Some areas, which I can understand to a certain point, are just too damn dark though. Even with the flashlight I ended up using a "certain key item" to look around darker areas. A bit more of a configuration menu would have been nice.

Audio:

Mostly fit for purpose sometimes though the music can be overbearingly loud meaning you'll be adjusting your computer/tv volume whilst trying to hide from a masked maniac. Again, a config menu would have addressed this. Aside from that, nothing else detracted from my experience.

Gameplay / Story:

These would normally be separated but they're both so easily addressed there's no point.

The game is clearly aimed towards VR with you highlighting where you'd like to be, clicking and waiting while your character walks there then click where you'd like to interact. You're limited to where you can walk too (walk to desk, walk to door, walk to cupboard etc.) It was actually quite fluid after a couple of minutes though, giving you an opportunity to look around at where you'd like to go next while moving to your destination.

The story is contained in notes scattered around the environment. Aside the intro of "dude was murdered. I know it! I'm gonna find out why", unless you read the notes you locate, you're not going to understand anything that's going on. There's multiple endings, three of which require you to make it to the end of the game. A nice touch by the devs was to allow you to 'continue' a completed game from just before your final decision, allowing you to pick up the two other endings requiring a full playthrough. I won't spoil the others though. A little fleshing out wouldn't have gone amiss and it would have been nice to have characters do voice-overs for the notes.

Overall:

Issues aside, I enjoyed my time with the game and I'm actually quite looking forward to doing it again on the Vive. It was fairly well made but I think the price tag may be a little too high for what it is. I grabbed it when it was on sale and feel I got my money's worth.

I'd say this has earned a solid 6/10 from me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I was incredibly immersed in this game throughout and felt like it got a great balance between technical puzzle solving and atmosphere. It is more psychological horror than cattle prod scares but there is a fair share of the latter as well. If you are the type of person who likes to be deeply unsettled rather than outright scared you will love this.

My only criticism might be that the story/characterisation isn't as compelling as I would have liked it to be. Still, the beauty of the game and the understanding the makers had for greating tension and creepiness more than makes up for it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Interesting game with plenty of jump-in-your-seat scares. A good story and characters. No annoyances - you know, those little tasks some games make you do to chew up time.

The game is pretty short. I finished it in about 3 hours. And I solved it on the first go, then explored the alternate endings.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This game is fantastic! I would highly recomend that you try this adventure on the HTC Vive. The graphics are some of the more decent for VR right now and the lighting is spot on to stimulate your since of fear. Point and Click is the last genre I'd expect to enjoy and VR but, this being a thriller game, having to wait until you've fully hovered to point you last clicked before you can change you're velocity adds to the terror. This is also one of the few VR games to give you a physical representation of your body which is awesome! Especially when you're looking in the mirror!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Awesome game! Very scary so if you like that sort of thing, this is a good buy! Also it is challenging without being impossible. One of my favorite VR games to date!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Bit creepy, but great fun, a muat have for me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Really fun little horror mystery. Played 2d. Jumped a few times and was entertained the whole time. Its not action horror, but there are some "Oh ♥♥♥♥ I gotta hide!" moments that i wasnt expecting, and that was awesome!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
It was pretty short, but a decent play. I imagine playing with VR is better suited to the game mechanics. I jumped at a couple creepy moments in the game, it was generally entertaining but nothing special. The puzzles are super easy, if you are looking for challenege this defo isn't the game for you.
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