dead_file.exe — is an unusual experience in platformer genre, that mixes mystery story, neat soundtrack and spectacular graphics, introduced by the hard gameplay, into the Old-School cocktail with f̶r̶e̶a̶k̶i̶s̶h challenging level design. Of course, if it's possible for cocktail to have level design!
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Mostly Positive (49) - 79% of the 49 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 8, 2017

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June 21

Meet the Garage Sale — Hugest dead_file.exe update!

We always wanted to reward players for their aspiration and interest in our game, even if they have completed it. It is a reason, why we have released 5 updates and a free level pack since release date.

But, in addition, we wanted to implement something more different and interesting. Before Steam Direct system release, it was quite easy — we could just add Trading Cards. But now there's
really no way to add them.

It has been nearly a month since our third question about Trading Cards had been answered. We have asked Valve about Trading Cards requirements 3 times, but we still know only that we have to "Apply the confidence metric". From that day on, ENGINE© INVESTIGATORS©™ ENGINEERS©™® were doing everything they could, to find something new (but similar to Trading Cards) in their backyard, garage and ███INFORMATION REMOVED███ until they finally found it!

It was a bunch of ███INFORMATION REMOVED███, also known as Floppy disks, also known as BEST TRADING CARDS REPLACEMENT. Today we present the most innovative and original dead_file.exe©™® update — Garage Sale! And a huge 75% (discount value depends on your currency!) Summer Sale discount too!

Oh, wait, we guess we were too long with our lyrical digression! Well, it's time to announce the changelog.

Recent major dead_file.exe update includes some сompletely new features such as Item drop system and shaders (game effects) customization.

You can learn more about dead_file.exe item drops and inventory system in our guide. But now we suggest that you read this post and try the new version of the dead_file.exe! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

» General changes
  • Now game has got game economy and item drop systems
  • New game economy feature: Inventory (synchronized with Steam)
  • New game economy feature: Crafting
  • New game economy feature: Rewards for completing game levels
  • New game economy feature: Floppy disks system
  • New menu design
  • Some levels design was changed due to its difficulty
  • Soundtracks were improved with a new sound technology called Cinnamon Surroundings
  • Now game progress can be erased, just hold DEL button for a second
  • Cinnamon Core shaders and game effects (CRT, VHS and Color Correction) can be now configured in config.dat file ("Config" menu option)

» Garage Sale changes
  • 6 brand-new items called "Recorded floppy disks"
  • 3 brand-new player visual effects called "Move Trails"
  • 1 brand-new case with Garage Sale update items called "Garage Sale — Gear Case #1"

» Optimization improvements
  • New way to display video&image was implemented to dead_file.exe
  • Performance and game effects were slightly improved.
  • Game resolution was improved

Well, that's all for today. We worked on this update for well over 2 months and hope you will enjoy Garage Sale! ʕᵔᴥᵔʔ

Thank you for your attention!
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April 9

Can you catch the M.I.N.D.!?

Hello! Recently we have uploaded a new version of dead_file.exe. Today's update contains new improvements and some new content! But, before we designate the changes, we want to notice that today is the last day of sale with the up to 85% discount! (discount bases on your currency) This is really the last chance to become a test subject for a very small fee!

This update hasn't got a lot of big changes, because we're preparing something more bigger, but it still has new features:

  • New public level minigame - Elektronika (Menu -> Public Levels -> Public Level 6: Elektronika)
  • Seasonal public levels small design fix

  • Cinnamon Core effects was optimized
  • Cinnamon Core particles was optimized
  • Rare game crashes on old PC were fixed

  • We have written a changelog! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ

You can get update through Steam client.
Thanks for your attention! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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“The humorous plot is screwed up, really cool music plays.”
Recommended – IndieWorld

“IMSCARED’s bastard daughter – a rare poster child for 2D psychological horror platformers that focus on the digitalization of human consciousness. And only for $0.99!”
Recommended – Malkavian Madness

“Play as a white ball, or sometimes a black ball with red eyes.”
Recommended – Non-Human Protagonists

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About This Game


dead_file.exe — is an unusual experience in platformer genre, that mixes mystery story, neat soundtrack and spectacular graphics, introduced by the hardcore gameplay, into the Old-School cocktail with f̶r̶e̶a̶k̶i̶s̶h̶ challenging level design. Of course, if it's possible for cocktail to have level design! Of course, if it's possible for cocktail to talk with you, remember your choices, playstyle and adapt to you! Now with t̶r̶a̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶c̶a̶r̶d̶s̶ floppy disks!

Wait, have you really read this text twice? OwO


  • Naturally hardcore gameplay
  • 6 game chapters, each chapter brings new gameplay feature such as invisibility, gravitation control and levels inverse
  • Abstract storyline. Wait, is this a caesar cypher in game dialogues? Wait, can I decrypt it? HOLY ███INFORMATION REMOVED███
  • dead_file.exe can remember your playstyle, choices and other p̶e̶r̶s̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶d̶a̶t̶a̶.̶ ̶D̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶w̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶d̶ ̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶n̶e̶w̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶v̶a̶c̶y̶ ̶p̶o̶l̶i̶c̶y̶?̶ interesting things
  • Incredibly aesthetic artstyle. Fully customizable!
  • Full gamepad support
  • [DO NOT FORGET TO CHANGE THIS DESCRIPTION PARAGRAPH] I don't know how to characterize soundtrack, so I can say that it just plays.
  • [DO NOT FORGET TO CHANGE THIS DESCRIPTION PARAGRAPH] This game is so strange. It has changed some levels by self. I don't remember I have coded it.


P.S.Your next line is — "I'm going to read reviews and then decide if game is worth it"!

You really needn't worry about dead_file.exe quality. We read those reviews many times and already have implemented/fixed/replaced mentioned issues. Enjoy! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated video card with 512MB video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 and later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated video card with 1GB video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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