You're a survivor of "The Parallax Effect". A government run project which took a dark, unforeseen turn for the worst several years ago. You are now left with no memory and seemingly lost in an abandoned world reclaimed by nature, but you might not be alone...
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Mixed (238) - 47% of the 238 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 31, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I want to start slow and steady being that this is my first submission to Steam. As an indie dev working on my own I feel like Early Access is the best option as it gives me a chance to take development at a pace I can handle and not be pushed to the limit to constantly produce updates every waking moment of my life. Going EA also let's me start to build a community surrounding the game which is one of my primary initial goals as a dev and I think it's quite an important one. I want to start getting opinions, some critical feedback and just get known a little around Steam before proceeding too far forward.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“As the current state of the game stands, I am looking at transitioning out from Early Access roughly within a year from release on Steam. Please note this time frame is not by any means set in stone and definite. I will more than likely shift this date depending on how the game progresses through development.”

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

“As I stated above, I have big plans to take this game above and beyond what it has initially started out as which is a small indie project of my own. In terms of features, I feel the game will progress incrementally adding features I have planned and any that the community highlights along the way. Development may be slow at times but I will try my best to maintain steadiness with my updates and keep to a routine/schedule both myself and the community are happy with. I currently have plans on loads of new content to work on and new features such as new weaponry, items, buildings and game mechanics.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently 100% playable containing hours upon hours of content to explore and enjoy both alone and together with others. Current content includes a fully implmented basic combat system with multiple weapons both lootable and craftable at players disposal. There is also a full base building system with additional extras such as multiple different storage containers, building items such as bedrolls and campfires and 4 different building materials oak, pine, walnut and aluminium. Full survival mechanics are currently implemented within the game along with multiplayer and singleplayer support. A basic backstory for the game has been developed however this is planned to improve drastically further down the track once the game starts gathering its own following and player base.”

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

“To be completely honest with you, I take pride in being an upfront, honest and fair dev (getting harder and harder to find these days) and I really just want to share my passion of game design and development with the world. If a little money comes my way in the process, well that's just a bonus. The only feature that I may implement in the future, if players are okay with it, is some sort of premium one-off purchase which offers some small perks to your account, of course only if YOU want to purchase it. I feel adding something like this is a good way to show your support for the developer (me) if you like my game or you want to get a few cool little extras thrown your way for supporting the game which I really do appreciate. As far as cost for the game itself goes, I feel F2P is a perfect place to start for me and I feel it gives the community a chance to give the game a go rather than feeling skeptical about spending their hard earned cash. Of course donations are always accepted if you feel the desire to contribute and support me in my development. Players showing interest in my game is more than enough to keep me motivated and driven to improve the game play experience for my players.”

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

“I want to reach out to the community as much as possible for ideas, or even just to have an audience to bounce my own ideas off of as really the players are the ones who play the game, they should have some level of a choice in what gets added and what doesn't in my opinion. I want to make a game my players enjoy more than anything. I'm also more than happy to discuss any submissions of artwork, game assets or even cosmetic skin designs you might want to submit. If you're a budding artist or design enthusiast and want to get directly involved with development please do not hesitate to get in contact, cool people are always welcome to share their creations with not only me but the games community also.”
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About This Game


Years following a devastating chemical attack, now termed as The Parallax Effect, has left the remnants of Chimera in abandoned ruins. You'll need to find a way to stay alive and rebuild your own world...
  • Survive against hostile predators such as wild wolves, foxes and bears
  • Utilise weaponry you've either found or built
  • Learn new skills to help you stay alive longer
  • Play the stealth game or go loud and wild with plenty of ammunition
  • Build bases, storage and other various devices to assist your survival


    There's still plenty of tasks to do in Chimera, even after The Parallax Effect...

  • Source clean drinking fluids and food
  • Search buildings and other unique locations for various supplies
  • Obtain a light source for conducting night exploration
  • Forage crops that have already grown
  • Plant your own crops and ensure they're well hydrated


    The Parallax Organisation conducted several illegal experiments upon survivors of the plague in the hopes to develop a cure, unfortunately several of them failed and instead spawned hellish mutants with superhuman abilities...

  • Keep a keen eye out for wild life which might behave hostile towards you
  • Fight off enemy hunters who roam Chimera trying to score loot for themselves
  • Befriend or betray fellow players who are surviving just like you
  • Watch out for rogue experiments tracking you down after dark
  • Keep starvation and dehydration at bay
  • Maintain your immunity to the plague with medicines or risk infection


    A small group of survivors have banded together to form The Red Shield rebellion which acts as a shelter for any humans out there wishing to join the rehabilitation efforts of Chimera and supports the banishment of The Parallax Organisation...

  • Locate The Red Shield encampment and introduce yourself
  • Get to know the NPC's who've joined the rebellion
  • Trade goods for cash or other valuables
  • Complete tasks of varying difficulty to gain respect and rank up in The Red Shield
  • Help reconstruct the remnants of society


    There was a strong military presence all over Chimera before the plague hit. Several intact vehicles and military installations still exist which are ripe for looting...

  • Search for military installations which are still intact and score some valuable gear
  • Locate land vehicles including ATV's, Humvee's and APC's
  • Locate air vehicles including helicopters and planes
  • Locate sea vehicles including boats and rafts


    Construction materials are everywhere, from wood to stone to metal. You can build a fortress to suit your needs and stow away your valuables safe from prying eyes...

  • Use various tools to obtain wood, stone and metals to construct objects
  • Build intricate bases and places to stash your items
  • Layout traps for anything trying to sneak in
  • Operate generators to provide electricity and use electronic devices you've built
  • Board yourself inside existing buildings as a makeshift hideout
  • Build light sources to keep things going after dark

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Core i5 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7870 (At least 2GB of dedicated VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If your PC is a potato you might have a few issues... Don't blame me!
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Core i7 3.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970/AMD Radeon 7950 (3GB of dedicated VRAM or more)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you have all of the above you should be good-to-go!
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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