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 (66 reviews) - 86% of the 66 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2016

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“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

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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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Astralis Andros50
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is so well written, and draws you in so well, that I even jumped from simple background noise. I love games like this.

Only con I have is the movement aspects, but that is SOOOO small it be a nicpick issue.

Love this game.

You love story, puzzle, mind horror games. This game is for you. :D
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DeadMeat [ACE]
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
very atmopsheric. good graphics, the house is well designed to give you a creepy feeling. a few jump scares, though well timed. only about 2 hours long, but multiple endings
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JordanJade
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
Overall, I highly reccommend this game. It has a few flaws, but despite them, it was creepy, even scary at times, forced you to think on your feet and be intelligent about how to progress in the game.

PROS
-Very enjoyable gameplay despite being a point-and-click. I didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it.
-Genuine scares. This game sometimes made me feel uneasy playing it alone at night.
-Incredibly immersive story. With every new document, I felt like I learned more about the in-game world around me.
-Interesting puzzles and use of the space. Despite being limited to a small house and etc, nothing felt too overused.

CONS
-Pretty short for $15, I played incredibly slowly and left the game running alot while I ate, etc, and I only got 9 hours out of it. I feel like they could have put a little more into it.
-The Ending: I feel like so many mysteries were left unresolved by the end of the game that it was nearly disappointing to me. Given, I only got endings S, B and D, but I doubt the things they left me hanging on were resolved in those endings. How does the Snow Woman tie into any of this? How did the machine work, why was it important to the plot, and why did Josie want it so bad if she had full access to it from the begining? I feel like the writers could have done a lot more to elaborate on what James Lowery's past was like, why he decided to steal Harris' name, why Josie decided to turn on him, and why we keep seeing a man in a demon mask pointing us around? Was it a metaphor for James Lowry, or was is the original Harris? What was the point? And why did James have such a massive freezer in his basement, why was he in there by which to be killed?
-To summarize what was written above, a lot of the mysteries that you assumed would be resolved by the ultimate ending of the game were not. It left me feeling like the game was cut short and that there was a lack of closure.

Despite all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It's for those who like good storytelling, a fun creepy vibee, puzzle solving and adventure.
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Rosenmary
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Fun game. Worth a play. Unfortunately, slightly too short.
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kelseyr713
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
Dead Secret is a thoroughly entertaining horror adventure mystery that had me on the edge of my seat. Get this if you’re a fan of any of those genres.

Read my full review here: https://nerdybutflirty.com/2016/04/06/review-dead-secret-a-classic-murder-mystery/
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AngelFire
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
This was a pretty good game, puzzles were easy to figure out with some investigation you can run through this without much of a problem of becoming stuck and frustrated. So highly recommended for new comers to this kind of game. No bugs encountered saves on exit. Got 3 of the 5 endings on writing this review.
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40GallonTophat
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
I'm genuinely torn on this game, though I did like it more than I didn't like it. **Non-VR review**

+ Creepy
+ Logical puzzles
+ I really liked the art direction (though my friend hated it -- for what that's worth)
+ Doesn't overstay its welcome
+ Despite being built for VR, the game controls well enough without it and the augmented-reality overlay makes for interesting visuals
- Looks like it would have FPS controls, but as it's designed for VR, it's point and click
- Game would have benefited from more voice acting -- there's 20,000,000 notes to read throughout
- Couldn't get streaming to work on this game for some reason. Just a black screen though I could hear the audio
- Once you realize what's going on, it's much less creepy, and kind of doesn't make a ton of sense

tl;dr: Play the demo. If you liked that, you'll like the game. If you didn't, the game is just more of that, so pass on it.
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whenstorytellersplaygames
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Dead Secret is a easy, fun explorative game. If you are looking to explore, read documents and play detective - this is a fun game to play. There's multiple endings, so there's replay value.

In terms of story, you'll have to 'work for it'. It's not given to you outrightly, it's done through investigation. We didn't play this game on VR (we played on PC), but we can see how it'll be immersive if played on VR.
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ZealousChameleon
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
- Great point and click psychological horror
- quite a few jump scares
- found the story quite addictive, more you discovcer the more you get pulled into the intriguing
- short game for 15$ but i think its worth it if discovering and solving creepy mysteries is your thing
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CRTitan
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Possibly one of the most thrilling and suspenseful investigative/horror genre games I've ever played. As one who dislikes point and click style games, I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed the gameplay. As an avid horror genre player who has played through games such as: Amnesia 1 and 2, Outlast and Whistleblower, Alien Isolation, Doors, Hatman, and Kraven Manor; I can say that this is a must play for any horror game regulars. For an indie horror with a somewhat short playthrough, this game is great. Definitely a good game for a rainy day!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I'm genuinely torn on this game, though I did like it more than I didn't like it. **Non-VR review**

+ Creepy
+ Logical puzzles
+ I really liked the art direction (though my friend hated it -- for what that's worth)
+ Doesn't overstay its welcome
+ Despite being built for VR, the game controls well enough without it and the augmented-reality overlay makes for interesting visuals
- Looks like it would have FPS controls, but as it's designed for VR, it's point and click
- Game would have benefited from more voice acting -- there's 20,000,000 notes to read throughout
- Couldn't get streaming to work on this game for some reason. Just a black screen though I could hear the audio
- Once you realize what's going on, it's much less creepy, and kind of doesn't make a ton of sense

tl;dr: Play the demo. If you liked that, you'll like the game. If you didn't, the game is just more of that, so pass on it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This was a really fun game. I am old school and love the point and click and adventure games. The graphics and story are amazing! I am now craving another game like it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Possibly one of the most thrilling and suspenseful investigative/horror genre games I've ever played. As one who dislikes point and click style games, I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed the gameplay. As an avid horror genre player who has played through games such as: Amnesia 1 and 2, Outlast and Whistleblower, Alien Isolation, Doors, Hatman, and Kraven Manor; I can say that this is a must play for any horror game regulars. For an indie horror with a somewhat short playthrough, this game is great. Definitely a good game for a rainy day!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
- Great point and click psychological horror
- quite a few jump scares
- found the story quite addictive, more you discovcer the more you get pulled into the intriguing
- short game for 15$ but i think its worth it if discovering and solving creepy mysteries is your thing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Dead Secret is a easy, fun explorative game. If you are looking to explore, read documents and play detective - this is a fun game to play. There's multiple endings, so there's replay value.

In terms of story, you'll have to 'work for it'. It's not given to you outrightly, it's done through investigation. We didn't play this game on VR (we played on PC), but we can see how it'll be immersive if played on VR.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This was a pretty good game, puzzles were easy to figure out with some investigation you can run through this without much of a problem of becoming stuck and frustrated. So highly recommended for new comers to this kind of game. No bugs encountered saves on exit. Got 3 of the 5 endings on writing this review.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
Overall, I highly reccommend this game. It has a few flaws, but despite them, it was creepy, even scary at times, forced you to think on your feet and be intelligent about how to progress in the game.

PROS
-Very enjoyable gameplay despite being a point-and-click. I didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it.
-Genuine scares. This game sometimes made me feel uneasy playing it alone at night.
-Incredibly immersive story. With every new document, I felt like I learned more about the in-game world around me.
-Interesting puzzles and use of the space. Despite being limited to a small house and etc, nothing felt too overused.

CONS
-Pretty short for $15, I played incredibly slowly and left the game running alot while I ate, etc, and I only got 9 hours out of it. I feel like they could have put a little more into it.
-The Ending: I feel like so many mysteries were left unresolved by the end of the game that it was nearly disappointing to me. Given, I only got endings S, B and D, but I doubt the things they left me hanging on were resolved in those endings. How does the Snow Woman tie into any of this? How did the machine work, why was it important to the plot, and why did Josie want it so bad if she had full access to it from the begining? I feel like the writers could have done a lot more to elaborate on what James Lowery's past was like, why he decided to steal Harris' name, why Josie decided to turn on him, and why we keep seeing a man in a demon mask pointing us around? Was it a metaphor for James Lowry, or was is the original Harris? What was the point? And why did James have such a massive freezer in his basement, why was he in there by which to be killed?
-To summarize what was written above, a lot of the mysteries that you assumed would be resolved by the ultimate ending of the game were not. It left me feeling like the game was cut short and that there was a lack of closure.

Despite all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It's for those who like good storytelling, a fun creepy vibee, puzzle solving and adventure.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
Dead Secret is a thoroughly entertaining horror adventure mystery that had me on the edge of my seat. Get this if you’re a fan of any of those genres.

Read my full review here: https://nerdybutflirty.com/2016/04/06/review-dead-secret-a-classic-murder-mystery/
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Compelling narrative kept me playing until I uncovered the secrets of Dead Secret. Puzzles were an enjoyable challenge -- not too hard, but also required some thinking.

Still managed to get me with a few of the scares.
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

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Dead Secret is a new mystery thriller designed specifically for the virtual reality experience on mobile devices. Because of that it does come with some limitations. I would imagine to get the ultimate experience out of Dead Secret, first prize would be to play the game with a virtual reality headset but developers Robot Invader have also ensured that those without a headset can also kick back and enjoy solving the mystery which centers around the murder of a recluse in Rural Kansas in the late 1950's. This review will center primarily around the non-virtual reality version because as of yet I have not jumped aboard the virtual reality hype train. However, having said that, Dead Secret does show a large degree of maturity I was not expecting from such early VR tailored experiences so I might be jumping aboard sooner rather than later if the games being released show as much promise as Dead Secret.

Because the game comes to us from the mobile space certain sacrifices have been made when it comes to in-game textures and animations. While they certainly don't detract they are not cutting edge in any shape or form and can often be very symmetrical with clear stark and boxey lines. Also textures appear to be very washed out. Dead Secret lets the player take on the role of a gossip columnist for the local rag, a columnist with big dreams about one day reporting in the big city. Convinced there was more than foul play at work regarding the local homicide of a recluse, could solving this murder end up being your big break and the ticket out of this one-horse town? It's your duty to dig deep into the mystery that surrounds the murder and uncover the clues that will ultimately either lead you to solving the mystery and uncovering the perpetrator or ending with your own grisly death as you get too close to the truth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVSgugMV9Ws
Dead Secret isn't a particularly long game as I managed to complete it in just over 3 hrs. There are 4 different endings though so depending on what choices you make throughout the game at certain pivotal points will determine who you unmask as the killer or whether you end up being the killers next victim. As with any good mystery there are a colourful cast of suspects from a jilted ex-lover, an ex-colleague who was possibly looking to leverage what the dead recluse was working on and take credit for the discovery himself to the seemingly simple farm hand with aspirations of becoming a writer. The recluse also employed a pretty blond assistant who it appears - after some digging - has some secrets of her own.

You will never get to personally meet and interview any of the suspects (unless they are personally hunting you through the house wearing a grisly looking mask ala Scream) as information is cobbled together from various dossiers and notes you uncover within the house. Dead Secret is very much an adventure title, like those from the late eighties and mid-nineties, where you will collect certain items throughout the house to either combine or use to further your progress. For any adventure game lover that holds a nostalgic burning candle for the games of yore from the now defunct LucasArts and old Sierra (not the new resurrection) will find lots to enjoy here. The central mystery is actually very well written and tightly paced and as you get closer and closer to unraveling who the killer a certain urgency is injected into the game. Dead Secret isn't about jump scares, thankfully, which really surprised me since a majority of horror games using VR tech seems to think that this is the only way to creep and freak out an audience.

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I really enjoyed Dead Secrets central mystery and I certainly will be returning back to it once I have finally gotten my hands on a VR kit. Purchasing the game does come with a VR unlock code for the Occulus Rift store. Dead Secret manages to be creepy without resorting to the lowest common denominator when it comes to thrilling its audience and is definitely a recommended purchase for any fan who enjoys playing armchair detective and solving murder mysteries.

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