Fear Equation is a turn-based horror strategy game where you play the engineer of a modified freight train, built to protect its occupants from a deadly fog that brings their nightmares to life. Survival depends on analysing passengers' dreams, crafting defenses, upgrading, scavenging and resource management.
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Mostly Positive (43 reviews) - 76% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 15, 2016

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August 17

Fear Equation v2.0.2 - Custom passenger improvements and Linux build

As of this update, Linux players can now experience the nightmarish joys of driving through the fog-filled apocalypse of Fear Equation! Plus, a special treat for custom passengers.

Fear Equation has been updated to version 2.0.2! This patch marks the release of the Linux version of the game.

While we can only officially support Ubuntu 12.04, the game should run on a variety of distributions. A Linux technical demo is available if you'd like to check if the game is compatible with your setup: https://forums.screwflystudios.com/index.php/topic,890.0.html

We've received a number of requests from players asking for a full, customised allotment of passengers and as of 2.0.2, this is now possible! The custom game screen has been tweaked to support up to 150 player-made passengers.

Finally, we've added five achievements based on the mysterious Wanderers. Time to harness the power of the fog for your own ends...

The changelog for 2.0.2 can be found below:
  • Added: Fear Equation is now available on Linux. Please note the game is only officially supported on Ubuntu 12.04.
  • Added: It is now possible to have up to 150 custom passengers. The passenger tabs have been replaced with a list that can be sorted by name, occupation and priority.
  • Added: (Steam only) Five new achievements based on Wanderer interactions.
  • Fixed: A typo in the beacon report.
  • Fixed: An issue with Wanderers as carriage leaders.
  • Fixed: An issue with passengers being killed while attacking a Wanderer.
  • Performance: Optimisations to SMAA (anti-aliasing).
  • Performance: Small optimisation to bloom effect.
It is recommended (but not required) you start a new game after updating, as saved games may not be compatible between versions.

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June 6

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Love Fear Equation? Why not grab The Screwfly Collection containing our other games, Zafehouse Diaries and Deadnaut? Complete the set and save 15%!

We've just released a special discounted Steam bundle containing all three of Screwfly Studios' strategy titles - Fear Equation, Zafehouse Diaries and Deadnaut.

About Zafehouse Diaries: Stuck in a remote, abandoned town, you must lead five survivors with conflicting motivations, fragile relationships and fiery prejudices to safety from the roving undead.

About Deadnaut: Lead a squad of Deadnauts as they explore, investigate and fight their way through the derelict ships of dead civilisations. Every mission is unique and no two locations are the same.

If you enjoyed one, there's a great chance you'll love our other games and there's no better way to own them all. In addition, you'll save 15% compared to buying them individually.

Interested? Check out The Screwfly Collection here!

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Reviews

“It works brilliantly as a train simulator. It's a great roguelike. It's a fantastic real-time strategic action game. This game is better at multiple genres than many games dedicated to just one genre are. I cannot recommend this highly enough.”
Many A True Nerd

“Fear Equation is easy to understand from a mechanical point of view but very hard to master, a video game that can evoke a lot of ideas with a few screens and plenty of data while giving players the freedom to solve challenges via trial and error.”
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About This Game

The world is covered in fog. Most who enter the fog disappear, and those who survive say it brings their nightmares to life.



No-one knows where it came from, but they all have ideas. Some say it's an experiment gone wrong, others believe it's divine judgement. And you? All you know is that the Sun is rumoured to shine just over the horizon.

You are The Engineer. You have designed the perfect system: a train, sealed off from the fog, ready to rescue survivors and take them to salvation.

If only they'd listen...

Fear Equation is a turn-based strategy with rogue-like elements where you must take control of a modified freight train in an end-of-the-world scenario. The landscape has been overrun by a thick, deadly fog that manifests the nightmares of those inside it. Your survival depends on tactical planning and careful resource management.


As the Engineer, you'll need to rescue survivors, analyse their dreams and build defenses to protect them from their own imaginations. Complicating matters, passengers have their own theories as to how the fog was created and will form inter-carriage factions based on their beliefs.

Every game is unique and you can customise your Engineer to dramatically change how the game is played.

Your passengers bring their nightmares with them. When the fog attacks, it will make their worst fears come alive. Read your passengers’ dream logs to help prepare defenses.

The train needs resources and there's only one way to get them: send your passengers back out into the fog. Listen to radio broadcasts for hints and equip your scavengers well. But don’t stay too long because they’ll disappear into the fog.

Passengers will group into four factions based on where they think the fog came from. Different factions are associated with different nightmares, skills and concerns. You’ll need to maximise their talents, handle their disputes and meet their needs.

Create your own Engineer with special modifiers - both good and bad - that determine your individual train's starting conditions, overall difficulty and the different courses the game can take. Personalise your Engineer further by importing photos of yourself (or others) for use with your character.

Populate your train with passengers of your own design using the custom passenger creator. Name, vital statistics, occupation, factional tendencies and influence can all be modified. As with Engineer customisation, you can import photos from outside the game to give each passenger a life of their own.

Explore a richly detailed 3D cabin and interact with computers, train controls, maps and consoles. All interaction points feature an in-game manual so you’ll never get lost.


With squabbling passengers, limited resources and wandering foes including the cult-like "Fearless" and powerful military, the fog might be the least of your concerns...

About Screwfly Studios

We're a two-man developer based in Australia, dedicated to creating deep, innovative strategy games for PC. Fear Equation is Screwfly's third title; its previous games Zafehouse: Diaries and Deadnaut are also available on Steam.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / RADEON R7 250X with 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 950 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-to-high performance NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with 1GB RAM
    • Storage: 950 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-to-high performance NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with 1GB RAM
    • Storage: 950 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Other Linux distributions should work, however they are not officially supported.

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