The year is 1977. Your nephew Alex has joined a religious cult and moved with them to the South American jungle. It's up to you to sneak into the commune, find out what's really going on, and decide if you need to get Alex out.
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Mixed (26) - 69% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 2, 2019

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August 10

First Update Is Live

We've just posted our first update v1.0.3!

This includes the following:

  • Much-requested multiple volume sliders for conversation, loudspeakers, sound effects, and music all separated, so you can balance and mix the volume how you like it. The loudspeaker voices are a bit quieter by default.
  • Ability to skip through conversations, so if you're on a replay and want to move faster through a conversation with one of the friendly characters, you can.
  • Fixed a lot of balance and bugs with the conversation and prayer murmurings that were making them play much more than they should have.
  • Fixed various problems with the Japanese subtitles.

Implementing the volume sliders involved touching more areas of the code than we expected, and made this update a little slower than we would have liked, but it's easily our most requested feature, so we hope it serves you well. We'll be moving on to some more gameplay related fixes next - see our pinned post on the forum for more on that or to post your own requests.

You should automatically get this build - if you want to check that you have the latest, go look on the Settings screen, where you should see the version number Sv1.0.3 in the upper left corner (not to mention the volume sliders right below).

Let us know what you think!

- Richard

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August 3


We have launched! After our lengthy development, it is great to see people trying out the game and finally getting to figure out what is going on in the jungles of Battuela.

Thanks to those of you who already picked up the game! To those of you who maybe have it on your wishlist but haven't yet, remember we have a 20% off discount just for launch week, so now's a great time to start your infiltration of Freedom Town.

Thanks to Blonde Viking (Will) and Rangutang (Geoffrey) who streamed the game on our store page on launch day (and which we have been repeating since). They're lovely people and if you want to go check them out on their own channels: and

Launch day is a lot of frantic things going on as you can imagine, but now that we are one day in we're reviewing the feedback and looking to work on our first update, focusing on quality of life improvements that will help everyone out as you try to seek out more narrative. In any development cycle, there's things that you want to do that you simply don't have time to. And for a very small team, The Church in the Darkness is a complex game with lots of moving parts. Now that we're getting your feedback we're going to prioritize the top things to improve. I've started a thread in the forums for just such feedback:

If you like the game a steam review is most appreciated. And if there's something that bugs you or feels broken, let us know in the comments below or on the forums and we'll see what we can do to fix it.

Thanks everyone!

- Richard
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“Games to Watch - 2018”

“We've never seen this type of setting seriously tackled in a video game, where we're more accustomed to fighting black-and-white wars against caricatured manifestations of evil. Rouse chose this approach because he thinks the medium is capable of reaching beyond that scope.”
Game Informer

“It's a creative form of narrative direction that I hope will influence how players choose to go about infiltrating camp. If they're a nice crew, the moral impetus might be to get in and out without harming a fly. If they're bloodthirsty zealots, well, a few flies won't matter.”
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About This Game

No one is forced to join a cult. It welcomes you. It understands you. It envelops you until the words become more than truth—they make you whole.

In the late 1970s, the charismatic Isaac and Rebecca Walker lead the Collective Justice Mission. Labeled radicals and feeling persecuted by the US government, they relocate their followers to the one place they believe they can create a socialist utopia: the jungles of South America. There they build Freedom Town. But relatives left behind in the US become worried: what exactly is going on at this compound in the jungle?

You play as Vic, an ex-law enforcement officer who has snuck into Freedom Town to check on their nephew, Alex. Whether you choose stealth or violence, you must infiltrate the commune, find out what’s going on within, and locate your nephew, before it’s too late.

The dynamic story of The Church in the Darkness changes every time you play. It's up to you to explore Freedom Town, figure out the shifting personalities and motivations of the cult leaders, and decide what to do.

  • What ending will you get? Will you get Alex out, whether he wants to go with you or not? Will you confront the cult leaders? Will you join the cult?
  • Unlock every ending for each scenario by trying different play styles or making different choices.
  • Multiple ways to play: Avoid detection completely, taking out guards and civilians non-lethally, or kill anyone who gets in your way.
  • Interview characters from Freedom Town and search for clues. Documents and letters scattered around camp will hint at the true nature of the commune.
  • Fully voiced game, starring Ellen McLain (best known as GLaDOS in Portal) and John Patrick Lowrie (the Sniper from Team Fortress 2) as the cult leaders, Rebecca and Isaac Walker.

How dangerous are the Walkers? How far will you go to uncover the truth and save Alex? Could it all have turned out differently?

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Drug Reference
Strong Language

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 or later (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU - 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.11+
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 MB available space

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