The Fabulous Fear Machine is a narrative-driven strategy game with a pulp horror style. As the Machine's new Master, you must sow fear and expand your influence by creating Legends, harvesting resources, manipulating events, and spying on your enemies.
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Oct 4, 2023

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“Between its dark theme, pulpy comic book art style, and haunting sound design - which involves a lot of long, ominous tones and frequent screaming - The Fabulous Fear Machine may be the most unsettling game of 2022…”
The Gamer

“The game has an impeccable visual style and does an excellent job of making strategy game tropes feel unique and engaging.”
Screen Rant

“There's the sense that you, the cackling mastermind, are the real victim of the Machine, hovering on the brink of succumbing to the very hysteria you’re trying to kindle.”

About This Game

The Fabulous Fear Machine is a narrative-driven strategy game with a pulp horror style, from the creators of Do Not Feed the Monkeys. You’ve just become the newest Master of the Machine, and now you must generate fear and expand your influence by playing Legend cards: those scary stories, urban myths, and conspiracy theories that lurk in the dark corners of the mind.

To clear a path for your Legends to grow, you’ll dispatch your Agents to new locations on the map, harvest and manage resources, decide how to deal with events in the simulation, and spy on the operations of your foes.

What are your deepest desires? Power, wealth, glory? Everything you’ve ever dreamed of is within your reach, with The Fabulous Fear Machine.

Pick your poison. From cryptids like the Black Dog, to urban legends like Bloody Mary, to conspiracies like Reptilians—with over 80 Legends to choose from, you’ll craft a custom blend of terror for each city you visit.

Horror evolved. Plant the seeds of fear in fertile ground. Watch and listen to how the media reacts to your Legends. Feed them, then see them grow more powerful and effective.

The job done right. Your strength is in strategizing; leave the dirty work to your Agents. Send them to explore new locations and infiltrate your enemies, making interesting choices along the way.

An equal and opposite reaction. Rivals and the forces of good alike seek to undo the Machine’s influence for their own ends. Plan accordingly, or you may find your own Legends twisted into inspirational stories, mascots, or other sugary-sweet clichés.

A tale as old as time. You’ll direct the stories of several Masters operating in different regions of the world. Along the way, explore the history of the Machine, its enemies, and the Agents who aid you.

Presented by AMC Games and SHUDDER. Early development of the game was supported by and FEDER (European Regional Development Fund).

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game does not allow the player to directly commit violent or mature-themed acts, but it is a game about spreading scary stories, urban myths, and conspiracy theories in the form of illustrated “Legend” cards. Please be warned that some of these illustrations may depict acts of realistic or fantasy violence, terrorism or arson, gory content, psychological horror, implied harm to children, violence against minorities or vulnerable groups, depictions of suicide, veiled nudity or implied sexual violence, or the consumption of tobacco as well as illegal drugs.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS, ATI Radeon HD 3470
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
    • Additional Notes: If you match the Minimum Requirements, we recommend using minimal settings in order to avoid low frame rates.
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (32/64), Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.6 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 610, ATI Radeon HD 4650 Series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers

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