When Sarah inherits her great-uncle's old country home, she has no idea about the dark secret she has stumbled upon, and the obscure world it will take her to.
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Release Date: Mar 17, 2016

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May 12

Obscuritas Version 1.2.1

-Some Objects had issues with shadows and lighting.
-In the level "A Way Out" the hellhounds did not appear when restarting from
the checkpoint.

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When Sarah inherits her great-uncle's old country home, she has no idea about the dark secret she has stumbled upon and into what obscure world it will take her to. Help Sarah solve the mystery and escape the malicious clutches of the old mansion. Fear is a constant companion on your journey. No matter the dark shadows lurking behind every corner, creeping beasts or demons from another dimension: You have to face your greatest fears to defeat the darkness.


  • Creeping shadows, huge spiders or terrifying monsters that are coming for you: Experience your personal nightmare through the game's “fear recognition mechanic”
  • While fighting your way through this nightmare you'll have to solve various riddles to get to the root of this evil and defeat it
  • Face your Fears in 3 different chapters with a total of 29 sequences
  • Experience thrilling graphics set in an atmospheric environment which will turn your blood cold

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Win Vista/7/8/10 (32/64Bit)
    • Processor: AMD/Intel mit 2,8 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or comparable AMD graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: Win Vista/7/8/10 (64Bit)
    • Processor: AMD/Intel with 3.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or comparable AMD graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTx 570-class
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 770-class
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Product received for free
I love this game immensely, best to play it alone at night with headphones on.

The suspense keeps increasing with every puzzle that you pass, and the achievments act as hints for when you're stuck on a level.

10/10 love it
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
TL;DR if you like games like Astray but less obvious puzzle solutions, then this is for you.

- Well made environments, lighting & sound design.
- No unecessary stamina system.
- Nice mix of essentially object collection & arrangement puzzles that punish you for not paying close attention to the environment for clues to the solution.
- Brightness settings, so you don't have to suffer through darkness.
- A good many batteries, matches & lightswitches that for the most part, actually light the rooms.
- Pretty long, 90-minutes so far & I'm just entering Chapter 1 - Sunroom, which seems to be about half-way through going by the Chapter load menu.

- Can't pick up batteries if you don't have a flashlight, Pineview Drive did this & it was dumb then too.
- A heap of keys to collect & backtracking as a lot of the puzzles require you to collect environmental objects but you can only carry one at a time for an unexplained reason. You can have 5 batteries & 10 matches, but you want to carry 5 tiny wooden plaques, no chance.
- The puzzles are often frustatingly well-hidden (specifically Devs, the Tribal Masks puzzle, playing on Normal, I basically had to rub up against the masks for the objects to highlight & the Roman Numerals section of The Vault is awful trial & error crap); I'd say 10-15 minutes of game time has been from poor object highlighting.
- The story doesn't really seem to be apparent, I'll collect notes & Sarah will give me some dialogue; but I can't read the notes, I'm interested in the story; but so far it is very thin.

This is pretty pricey for a horror/puzzle game on Steam, but so far it is worth it.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Update 25th of March: If you do like elements such as “permadeath” (within a level), “trial and error”, “replaying levels over and over again” and if you finally able to deal with frustration, go for it!

First impression review after 60% completion with ~9 hours on record, based on pure facts.

The game starts as find the key and open the door simulation with easy, environmental puzzles, so I was happy about it. Later it is becoming more challenging in a positive way; still happy. ;-)

The in game graphics are very well done and good looking (but poorly optimized; at least you can adjust several graphics settings), overall creepy atmosphere, sounds and some solid jump-scare moments.
Varied level design with impressive love of detail: mansion, vault, cemetery, asylum, etc.

Very soon it turns out that you have to play hide and seek with some creatures and face deadly challenges, such as traps…
The problem: Levels and challenges are getting bigger and there is no save game / check point system in place! The game saves your progress at the beginning of each section/level and if you mess up at the end, you have to do the whole thing again…

Level of difficulty: hard
Level of frustration: high
Moment of sucsess: awesome

I am an adult, average skilled gamer, so my findings might not apply to you... ;-)
The game is great and I still recommend it; even though I might never see the end…
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26 of 38 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Obscuritas is a fairly new psychological horror game from the developer VIS Games. No newcomer to the scene, VIS Games have released a slew of PC titles, most of which are simulators or sports based. They've also released some of their titles on the Nintendo DS/Wii/GBA. However, this title is their first venture into horror; with a semi intriguing trailer and promising screenshots, Obscuritas is a game that practically begs to be played.

You will take on the role of a young woman named Sarah, and early on you learn that your great uncle has passed away. He left you his large mansion, but you must prove your mettle if you want to inherit it. Little did you know that your uncle leaves keys everywhere, has lain many a trap for you, and has so much extra cash on hand that he built his own amusement park just to screw with you. After the opening sequence, there is little in the way of story progression, save for the odd note that you will pick up; they also get less frequent the further you delve into the game. It would be nice if the story was expanded on a bit further, but it's left thinner than rice paper and Obscuritas would do just as well without it.

There are a total of 29 sequences across three chapters; though really only 28 are playable, as the last one is nothing but an end cutscene followed by credits. Through each level, you will be tasked with completing extremely vague puzzles or finding obscurely placed keys in order to progress to the next sequence. While it would be wrong to classify the game as a key finding simulator, it does need to be said that later on in the title the game focuses less and less on complex puzzles, and does have a hefty chunk of key finding. Though do not let that deter you, as the levels themselves are extremely interesting and range from a funhouse, an underground vault, a massive maze, an asylum, and even an old abandoned house with rooms that constantly change. There are many elements to Obscuritas that will play with your brain, and make you start to question your sanity and reality.

While all of these components work well with each other, I would not go as far to say that the title is unique anymore. Quite honestly, it's a conglomeration of The Park, Layers of Fear, and Stairs, all rolled up into one game. Although the horror crowd are definitely not tired of these ode-to-Silent Hills PT love letters, and so Obscuritas is a very welcomed addition into the growing library of psychological horror games that truly mess with your mind. You may now be thinking to yourself, "but Belphegore, all of this sounds really great! Why have you given the game a down vote?", well... there are a couple of different reasons for that.

My entire experience with Obscuritas was hindered by nearly unplayable levels. Even with low graphic settings in 1080p, in 80% of the sequences I had around 15-30 FPS at all times; some levels even went down to 1 FPS and maxed out around 13. The remaining 20% played perfectly, and were usually the closed-in areas such as the fun house and the vault. Anything outdoors or in a larger indoor area such as the asylum or the mansion were complete write-offs. I am not, by any means, a stickler for high FPS games; if a game is rendering at 30, I'm fine with that. However, Obscuritas would stutter and freeze frame consistently. I definitely did not get any immersion out of the game, and this brings me to the second reason why I'm giving a downvote; I went to the forums to get help from the developer.

Whoever is behind the VISGamesDev Steam account has succeeded in turning me off of purchasing any titles from them in the future. The first thread that I posted in, where someone with a 980 Ti was having the same issue that I was, got closed and the developer said that the game works perfect but the game engine isn't "powerful". They said they included a reflection that is hard to render, in an inferior engine, and apparently you need better than a 980 Ti to do so. Which leaves me begging the question as to why they would include such a "feature" in the first place:
( http://imgur.com/gudAmvE )

As this isn't the case, I opened another thread to which the developer came in and basically called me a liar in regards to the title running like crap, that they tested this game on multiple systems and there are YouTube Let's Players who can run the game just fine. They act as though their coding is the word of God and could not possibly be wrong. Although the developer wouldn't directly say what game engine they were running, I am assuming this game was created in Unity since there are end credits that allude to it. Which in turn, makes me get why this game runs like absolute trash on my AMD rig (specs in profile) and why it is hit and miss on a lot of systems.
( http://imgur.com/HhffXxA )

So in the long run, is Obscuritas worth it? It's a 50/50 chance, really, and if you have a hard time running it then you're pretty much SOL with a developer who couldn't care less; at least they're getting excellent Let's Plays, right? If you buy it and it runs fine, it's a really great game with a cop-out ending and menial storyline. The jumpscares are fun, the atmosphere is very thick and immersive, and the puzzles are challenging yet fun. The game lasts roughly 9 hours, which is more than acceptable for the price tag; do note that you may be playing Russian Roulette, however. Spin the chamber and take the chance, or forego supporting a developer that refuses to acknowledge either their coding or their engine needs an overhaul. It's up to you.

Rating: 2.0/5.0 - It's not awful, but it's not great.
(it would've been significantly higher if issues were not present)
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Not terribly scary if you are used to these types of games, but a decent storyline and a really good atmosphere keep you engaged. Much better, if still similar, than the developers last game, Pineview Drive. There are some really great puzzles here, the only real gripe I have is that you must complete the "level" before it saves your progress. I found that it ran better than Pineview, but could still use some more optimization. Recommended.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
The most frustrating game I've ever played. The fact that the maker/makers of this game decided to go full on lazymode and put invisible hellhounds to almost every ♥♥♥♥ing chapter tell's a lot about their creativity. Don't get me wrong, the hellhound was a good idea in the graveyard and in the asylum but then you guys kinda started overuse it. I really liked this at the beginning but the closer I got to the end the more unmotivated I became. Could have used my 19,99€ better.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
When I started playing this game, the game looked similar to Pineview Drive. It turned out that Obscuritas was made by the same developers of Pineview Drive. Is it better or worse than Pineview Drive? Obscuritas is a lot better. Not a sequel but really good game.

I have always longed to play a game where I take an adventure through an abandoned carnival and amusement park, a haunted mansion, a madhouse, and an abandoned hospital all in one. Obscuritas is that adventure and is a love letter for all people who like abandoned amusement parks, hospitals, haunted mansions, mannequins, dolls and clowns. This game truly delivered the adventure well and I cannot be happier than that.

The graphics are very simple and gorgeous at the same time that nails the atmosphere well. The atmosphere and graphics reminded me of Pineview Drive obviously, F.E.A.R., Layers of Fear, and STALKER combined in one. It worked so well that it built a lot of suspense and terror that left me feeling scared without relying on cheap ♥♥♥ jumpscares that a lot of horror "games" use. The scary tension and atmosphere must be inspired by the works of David Lynch and Hitchcock who are very well known for creating horror and mind-bending movies.

The gameplay is much better than Pineview Drive especially with less keys and more adventuring through different places. You just look around for clues and objects to help you solve puzzles and advance through the places to provide you a part to be in the story. But that method was executed really well for this game.

One of the better horror games I have played in a long time. A word of tip: do not let that doll mess with you. ;)

8.7 out of 10
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Full review at https://www.scaredtoplay.com/blogs/view/obscuritas-review

I wanted to like Obscuritas, and in a way I did. The music is fantastic, the locations are cool and interesting, and there's a bit of Lovecraft mixed into it all. However, there are some issues with this game that make it tedious (tedium =/= difficult). For instance, the save system for this game saves at the start of each chapter, and each chapter is roughly 20 minutes long. That means if you die near the end of a chapter, you have ~20 minutes of replaying what you've already done. This is made worse by the fact that death is instant, and the game is nearly too dark to see traps (If you do play, turn the brightness up to like 80%). In addition, the puzzles scale from great to infuriating. Once again, I'm not talking about difficulty. One of the most difficult puzzles in the game was also one of my favorite. Instead, I'm referring to situations like the very first puzzle in the house, where you're given a clear, concise hint which you follow to the letter, only to realize you didn't "solve" the puzzle because you weren't at the right position.

I really enjoyed the second act, but you really have to be patient if you're going to get through this game. As such, I can't personally recommend it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Obscurities (Pineview Drive 2)

Obscuritas is a mediocre horror adventure. The story is weak, and the impressive amount of backtracking is frustrating. Technically speaking, the game doesn't stand a chance against other eminent competitors (like Outlast and SOMA). The game is not a complete failure, however: it has a good variety of puzzles and a perceptible tension.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
7.5 / 10

I finished Obscuritas on normal difficulty in 12 terrifying hours.

It has an intense atmosphere and the music / sound effects are amazing and suck you in immediately.
The graphics aren't on a triple A level but done by professionals without a doubt.

A lot of smaller or bigger references are hidden throughout Obscuritas and never failed to make me laugh, which was a more than welcome stress relief during intense or frustrating moments.

80% fear 20% frustration.
Obscuritas doesn't hold your hand with big colorful arrows that lead you the way.
You have to memorize, combine, use pen&paper or plain old trial&error
your way through this game.

Some puzzles are very hard to solve others are easy but give them a chance to see if you can solve them yourself before looking up the solutions.
And never stop playing because you are frustrated, its worth it.

If you prefer your games difficult go hard mode.
If you are casual go normal mode
and if you want to focus on the puzzles you may choose easy mode
(Warning: you will loose your dignity, don't do it!)
The price of 20€ (05/2016) is justified but may lead to frustration for beginners or impatient gamers.

With "Pineview Drive" and "Obscuritas"
VisGames is a game developer that horror fans need to keep an eye on for the future!
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10.4 hrs
Posted: July 31
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Posted: May 3
Good game, not a scary and bloody horror, but it is good and atmospheric, with unique puzzles. Controller is recommended.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: March 24
This game is honestly mediocre. It's just a copy paste of Amnesia but with worse graphics and animations. Environments are empty and feel cheap, lighting is OK but inconsistent, it's buggy and the whole artistic design is just unremarkable. Selling this for 18 dollars/euros is just stealing.
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