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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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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[WB] MR PANTS
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Okay ... so just so you know, this game is really short. I did a pretty thorough play-through and made it in 2.5 hours -- I'm pretty sure I didn't miss anything (though I did not bother to get all the endings -- I got the "best" ending on my own, and then watched You Tube to see the rest).

That being said, I really enjoyed it. It delivers what it promises. It's interesting, there's a lot to explore, but I never got severely frustrated (there was one part where I did have to look up what to do ... but a tiny hint was enough to get me going again.)

The mechanics of the game are a little odd; you don't very directly control your character. Instead, you click to 'hot spots' that she is allowed to walk to. When you 'mouse look' and look around, you can actually see your own body and you turn in the direction you're looking. This leads to some funny moments where you can click someplace to walk past a mirror and see yourself moonwalking if you turn around while you're in motion to a 'hot spot'.

I'll admit, I'm not the biggest fan of this mechanic and I would have preferred full freedom of motion. However, it ultimately didn't subtract from the game. I do wish my character would move a little more briskly, but it didn't bother me enough to find it frustrating.

It is kind of interesting; sometimes the game really leads you by the nose and sometimes it lets you free without hints. I found it a good balance and overall I found the game to be enjoyable if brief. Better for a game to be short and leave a good impression than wear out its welcome anyway!

I would definitely recommend it to people who like the point 'n' click sort of genre.
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Ar1
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Fun game with tons of detail and a few simple puzzles. Excellent storyline, solid mystery. Definitely pick it up on a Steam sale, as it's not the longest of adventure/storyline games.

Very atmospheric, eery and creepy fun, my heart went into crazy adrenaline mode at least 6-7 times. Best bet is to play this lat at night. I finished it at 5AM. Now I hear creepy noises in my house too.

Special Thank You to the devs for having this available on the Mac platform. Not enough adventure style games (or games in general), so this is much appreciated. You earned tons of extra brownie points just for that.
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cosmolu
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm a big fan of story driven and/or horror first person games (SOMA, Gone Home, Outlast, etc). Upon reading the reviews and watching the trailer, I thought Dead Secret looked great and was excited to play it. Unfortunately, it ended up being a grave disappointment and an unfortunate waste of $10.

I want to resist my temptation to write a novel, so I'll try to make this brief.

Keep in mind, I played this with Keyboard/Mouse, and not VR.

PROS:

- The setting and time period is very unique, and one that I wish was used more in games.

- Despite being made for VR, you can control it with a mouse fairly functionally.

- It has two effective jump scares?

CONS:

- It just isn't scary at all. There's no atmosphere or feeling of any kind of threat or dread. it's just a house without any
real personality. Occasionally you'll be stalked by somebody with a mask or you'll see apparitions, but they aren't
engaging in any way. They just show up when they're needed, and end up being more comical than frightening.

- The best examples of story-driven mysteries either drive the narrative through detailed environmental storytelling
(Gone Home), or engaging character interactions/development (Hotel Dusk). Dead Secret does neither. The story is
literally told entirely through reading letters, diary entries and manuscripts thrown willy-nilly around the house for
really no reason at all. Aside from the crime scene room (which seems to have received the most attention), the house
is otherwise largely barren. Apparently your character needed to come in to investigate this mystery because NONE OF
THE POLICE COULD READ AND THEY ONLY LOOKED IN ONE ROOM OF THE HOUSE.

- The only speaking in the game is from your lead character during certain vignettes, and it is positively wooden. It's
little wonder the large majority of the inner monologue is done via text.

- While the mystery you unravel (read: read about) is interesting enough, the way events unfold and the way characters
act in the actual game world fill the story with enormous plot holes. Nobody behaves in a sensical manner, especially
when it involves the player character.

- There's no thought involved in game progression. There's only one way to complete each task, and only one order to
do those tasks in. Instead of deducing the mystery and solving the puzzles (see: Murdered Soul Suspect, LA Noire,
Hotel Dusk and Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments), you're just pixel-hunting your way from one key to one lock
ad infinitum. It becomes a dull repetitive slog as you're forced to backtrack numerous times (while moving at a snail's
pace). It gets even worse when you cannot interact with an item you've already determined is important because you
haven't completed some arbitrary task.

I might have felt differently about this game had I played it through VR, as the novelty and immersion factor may help shroud its myriad shortcomings. However, as I played it I cannot recommend it in good conscience. It's just....DULL, and manages to feel like an eternity while only taking 2-3 hours to finish. Don't waste your money like I did.
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I'm a big fan of story driven and/or horror first person games (SOMA, Gone Home, Outlast, etc). Upon reading the reviews and watching the trailer, I thought Dead Secret looked great and was excited to play it. Unfortunately, it ended up being a grave disappointment and an unfortunate waste of $10.

I want to resist my temptation to write a novel, so I'll try to make this brief.

Keep in mind, I played this with Keyboard/Mouse, and not VR.

PROS:

- The setting and time period is very unique, and one that I wish was used more in games.

- Despite being made for VR, you can control it with a mouse fairly functionally.

- It has two effective jump scares?

CONS:

- It just isn't scary at all. There's no atmosphere or feeling of any kind of threat or dread. it's just a house without any
real personality. Occasionally you'll be stalked by somebody with a mask or you'll see apparitions, but they aren't
engaging in any way. They just show up when they're needed, and end up being more comical than frightening.

- The best examples of story-driven mysteries either drive the narrative through detailed environmental storytelling
(Gone Home), or engaging character interactions/development (Hotel Dusk). Dead Secret does neither. The story is
literally told entirely through reading letters, diary entries and manuscripts thrown willy-nilly around the house for
really no reason at all. Aside from the crime scene room (which seems to have received the most attention), the house
is otherwise largely barren. Apparently your character needed to come in to investigate this mystery because NONE OF
THE POLICE COULD READ AND THEY ONLY LOOKED IN ONE ROOM OF THE HOUSE.

- The only speaking in the game is from your lead character during certain vignettes, and it is positively wooden. It's
little wonder the large majority of the inner monologue is done via text.

- While the mystery you unravel (read: read about) is interesting enough, the way events unfold and the way characters
act in the actual game world fill the story with enormous plot holes. Nobody behaves in a sensical manner, especially
when it involves the player character.

- There's no thought involved in game progression. There's only one way to complete each task, and only one order to
do those tasks in. Instead of deducing the mystery and solving the puzzles (see: Murdered Soul Suspect, LA Noire,
Hotel Dusk and Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments), you're just pixel-hunting your way from one key to one lock
ad infinitum. It becomes a dull repetitive slog as you're forced to backtrack numerous times (while moving at a snail's
pace). It gets even worse when you cannot interact with an item you've already determined is important because you
haven't completed some arbitrary task.

I might have felt differently about this game had I played it through VR, as the novelty and immersion factor may help shroud its myriad shortcomings. However, as I played it I cannot recommend it in good conscience. It's just....DULL, and manages to feel like an eternity while only taking 2-3 hours to finish. Don't waste your money like I did.
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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Fun game with tons of detail and a few simple puzzles. Excellent storyline, solid mystery. Definitely pick it up on a Steam sale, as it's not the longest of adventure/storyline games.

Very atmospheric, eery and creepy fun, my heart went into crazy adrenaline mode at least 6-7 times. Best bet is to play this lat at night. I finished it at 5AM. Now I hear creepy noises in my house too.

Special Thank You to the devs for having this available on the Mac platform. Not enough adventure style games (or games in general), so this is much appreciated. You earned tons of extra brownie points just for that.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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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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