If you scream, you restart. An Unreal Engine 5 short horror experience. The challenge: explore the forest for 18 minutes without screaming. The catch? Time only ticks when you move. It’s the perfect game to scare the pants off your friends and family. MICROPHONE REQUIRED!
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (73) - 57% of the 73 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (3,804) - 63% of the 3,804 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 27, 2023

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Hello! Thank you for thinking about joining us on our Early Access journey. Every scream you let out fuels our passion! DON’T SCREAM is our passion project, For us, players like you are at the center of all we do. We chose Early Access on Steam to invite you into our development world. It's more than just getting to play early; it's about building the game's future together. Your feedback and experiences will help shape and improve the scares and overall fun. With you by our side, DON’T SCREAM will become the best it can be!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're committed to enhancing this game to its fullest potential, so the duration of our Early Access phase largely depends on the feedback we get from players like you. While our current estimate is that the game will be in Early Access Q1 2024, this might change. If we see a lot of suggestions and ideas, or if we decide to expand the game even more, it might take a bit longer. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to make this game the best it can be!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

DON'T SCREAM isn't just another horror game. Our big dream is to make it the most unforgettable and spine-chilling experience for you. What you see now in the Early Access is just the beginning. So, what can you expect in the full version?

  • Scarier Scares: We're not just adding more scares but making each one count. We want to get under your skin, making you feel the suspense and tension, not just a quick jump scare.
  • Deeper Game Lore: Ever wonder why things in the Forest are the way they are? You'll get to dive deep into the lore and uncover hidden mysteries.
  • More to Do: We're adding optional tasks for those who like extra challenges.
  • Achievements & Cards: Show off your bravery with Steam Achievements and Trading Cards.
  • Game in Your Language: We know our fans are from all over the world. That's why we're working on translating the game into different languages.
  • Play It Your Way: Whether you like using a keyboard, mouse, or controller, we've got you covered.
  • Discover New Places: The forest isn't just trees. Expect new landmarks and structures to explore, each with its own tale.
  • Better Performance: While we are limited in how much we can optimize the game in Unreal Engine 5 without compromising the intended visual fidelity, we are working hard to ensure the game runs as smoothly as possible for everyone.

And that's just a taste! We have a lot more in store.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version has the microphone feature implemented and working. Most of the crucial gameplay mechanics are implemented, such as dynamic scares but will keep evolving and being further refined as the game is being developed. For further details read the "About This" section.

However, remember this isn't the finished product. As with any Early Access title, you might encounter some bugs. We're committed to fixing these, especially with your invaluable feedback. By purchasing and playing during Early Access, you're not just buying a game; you're partnering with us in its creation. We're building this experience together, and while that's a thrilling journey, there might be a few bumps (or bugs) along the path.

Thank you for your understanding and being a vital part of our game's development!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We recognize that times are challenging right now. Everyone is doing their best to save money, and we want as many people as possible to enjoy DON'T SCREAM. That's why we've set the Early Access price at approximately $9 USD. However, the final price may vary based on player feedback and the introduction of additional content to the game.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“"We want to work closely with our community. We'll listen to your feedback, run surveys, and talk with you to find out how to make DON'T SCREAM even better. You can chat with us on Discord and the Steam forums.”
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“Part 1 (A Terrifying *NEW* Game)”

“DON’T SCREAM - If You Scream You Lose!”


About This Game

BEFORE BUYING: This is a short horror experience designed to make players jump. Think of it as a scare simulator. Don't expect a storyline; just one primary challenge: DON'T SCREAM. It's simple enough for anyone, even your mom. Seriously, challenge your mom to play!

If you scream, you restart. DON’T SCREAM is an Unreal Engine 5 short horror experience inspired by '90s camcorder found footage. The challenge is simple: explore the mysterious Pineview Forest for 18 minutes without screaming.

Sounds easy, right? But there's a catch. Time only progresses as you move, and you cannot predict the scares. You must calibrate your microphone in-game so that every whimper, jump, or even a minor squeak is registered as a scream, increasing the challenge. With dozens of dynamic scares, each playthrough offers a unique experience.

It’s the perfect game to scare the pants off your friends and family. Our lead playtester (also my wife) is currently in a clinic recovering.


DON'T SCREAM challenges not just your nerves but your voice control. Here's what to expect:

1. Calibrate Your Microphone:

Set it up in-game. It's not just tech setup; it defines your challenge. A mere squeak or quiet gasp should be flagged as a scream, causing you to restart.

2. Mind Your Voice:

You can talk during gameplay, but keep it low – slightly softer than normal. Too loud and it’s game over.

3. Play Fair:

You could bypass calibration to shout through scares, but it'd spoil the thrill. For a genuine horror experience play as designed.


System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 / Processor Intel i5 9600K
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 1660 Super 6 GB / 5600 XT 8 GB
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microphone Required - Headset + SSD Highly Recommended
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 11 (64 bit)
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X / Intel Core i5-12600K
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB / RX 6700 XT GAMING 12GB
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microphone Required - Headset + SSD Highly Recommended

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