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About the game:

Discover your haunting past as you battle with your own demons and try to escape the unstoppable fate of decay that lurks within you. 

You  play as Cole Mason, a brilliant mind with an unfortunate past. You experience his life and realise how poor choices ruined it, perhaps he was worthy of such a fate afterall. Try to explore the environments and understand the story behind them in this psychological horror game.

Make sure to review the  game after you play, enjoy!

Disclaimer:

There is a known bug in this demo where your screen displays weird solid colors instead of rendering the game, the solution is to go back to the main menu (esc->menu) and click continue, sorry for the inconvenience! 

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Game is too dark

Will add a brightness option in the menu soon, thanks for playing.

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Pretty cool game. It felt like a cross between P.T. and Layers of Fear. The game did crash on me a few times, but I was able to finish it. I think with a bit more polish, story, and some events to add a feeling of dread, this would be an excellent horror game. Nice work Stratos!

Thank you so much for the kind words, many people have already compared this to P.T. but none yet with layers of fear which is one of my favorite horror games and I definetely drew lots of inspiration from it, so your comment is on point.

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Interesting game so far. I see the overall theme you trying to build for this game. For a demo there was not much emotional connection to be made. The looping concept is great but there needs to be more events occurring in the area to boost its entertainment value. On my computer screen its quite dark and I was still able to finish it but not without some difficulty. In the video I showed the difference in gamma levels. There is no monster, so other than guilt of a slightly bad marriage what drives this person to keep moving forward? I hope this help for you to improve and keep at it. 

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Thanks for the detailed review I enjoyed the video as well, you gave me some great questions to use as guidelines. The overall feedback was compact but precise, thanks for playing!

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The game gave me some pt vibes for sure. Though it definitely didn't help that the door didn't open for me a few times and forced me back to the main menu just to progress. Besides that, it's an ok game.

Here's my channel for other games I have played. http://www.youtube.com/c/Levont

Thanks for the video!

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I was really hooked to the story and atmosphere but unfortunately I've encountered two bugs:
1. Weird screen flickering (I had to restart the checkpoint)
2. The door to the bathroom wouldn't open so I couldn't finish the game :(
Overall it was quite a nice experience! Here's my little playthrough (Polish language) Cheers!

Sorry for the bathroom door bug that didn't let you finish the game, thanks for the video!

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I don't really understand what the final product is going to look like, but if it at all resembles the story beats and pt sequences already displayed I cannot exactly say that I am excited for it. My video provides more context and points out a few technical issues that could be fixed to improve the overall experience. 


Thanks for playing the game! I think you nailed most of your points and there is much room for improvement, I really appreciate taking the time and properly critiquing the game. (Also I didn't even know you could glitch yourself like that in the kitchen haha). 

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This was a very enjoyable experience. The buildup of tension was really good, and I found myself becoming very investing in the story that was unfolding. I gave some thoughts at the end of the video. Great work!

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I really enjoyed the video and your thoughts on the game were actually really helpful, thanks for playing and for all the kind words!

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Very well done. The pace of this game was just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, waiting for what surprises lay around the next corner for me to discover! One feature I think was impressed with, was the TV in the living room. The reflection effect was very good indeed 👍. Keep up the good work. I look forward to experiencing the rest of the story/game!!!!!!

Thanks for playing!

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Game got some potential for sure. If I was you I would change the font of the text in the subtitles, it can be a bit of a pain to read imo. Also, I know Dark is scary. But maybe add some lamps you can turn on etc? you can always have them go out if you want some event to pop off. Its just a bit too dark imo. Anyways, keep up the good work. Also the continue option wont allow you to open the hallway door again, you have to exit the whole game and reopen it for it to work. But so far you can be pretty proud with what you made.

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Thanks for the input, the font is an issue and I will keep the lighting suggestings in mind for future projects as well, I think that's good  advice. I would appreciate it if you reviewed the game! Thanks for playing! 

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Mano, what game is this huh?  a game with the same PT vibe, man I loved it I’m dying to know the rest of the game, the graphics are beautiful and beautiful, the gameplay is not bad, I wanted to ask more if this game soon has a chance to come out to Android  and iOS, some of the languages included Portuguese were missing, but okay, I really loved this one.  <3

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Thank you for the kind words! No the game won't be available on android or ios (mobile in general). I hope to continue working on it so I can reveal the rest of the story soon, glad you enjoyed it! A review would be greatly appreciated!

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Congratulations on your game, I really enjoyed it, please everyone who wants to help me to subscribe to my channel, thank you:Placebogames - YouTube

Thanks for trying  it out!

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Hello, I played this game and I really enjoyed it, the sound effects were great and the environment was also pretty cool, I did also get that screen bug but it doesn't ruin the experience at all, good work :)

I'm really glad it  didn't ruin the experience for you, I am still struggling with it haha,thanks for playing!

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Had some problems with the game but got there eventually and the atmosphere was really good really creepy.

Thanks for the playthrough and the kind words!

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nice!!

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Amazing game dev but the screen sometimes turns into weird colors 

 

Thanks for trying it out! I am still looking into that bug, thanks for the info!

CEO of "amazing game dev"

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good but need fix

Working on it! Thanks for playing.

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Getting blackscreen suddenly during gameplay. Hope you will fix soon.

Working on this error atm. Right now the only solution is to go to the menu and click continue. Sorry for the inconvenience!

That didn't work. I got glitched every time.

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You can make it through. Just go to the menu and press continue. If the door then will not open, close and restart the game and then click continue. Worked for me. 

Thanks for the solution, that is no longer needed I just published a new update. It doesn't fix the blackscreens yet but going to the menu and back into the game now fixxes the issue every time!

Thank you!

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Oh, and I do not know if you noticed in my vidio, but if you use the door before "the crying woman" slams it, it will stay shut until you reload the game. And you should probably ask for a rating at the end of the game or somewhere else, as I am not sure it will get as much attention if ratings are low. As far as I can see, I am the only one who has given it a rating so far.

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Great graphics and some really good scares too. There are however several bugs in the demo that makes the demo practically unplayable, as you can see in the vidio I made. I had to restart and close+restart the game several times to make it through. Despite this, the atmosphere was not completely ruined and would have been really great without these bugs. This is something I highly recommend you fix as soon as possible if you expect people/players to get vary far in this demo (as of 12/01/2021). Despite the bugs, this game has great potentiale, and I hope to see the full release some time in the near future. Great work!

-BH

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Thank you so much for trying it! I enjoyed the video as well, would you mind if I used it as a temporary trailer as the one I'm creating for the game is taking some time? 

Now about the bugs, I only found out about it (specifically the one where your screen shows solid colors) shortly before releasing the game. However, I thought it was due to corrupt files or a bad build since its a renderer-related error. Either way the bug seems to exist in every build of the game so I am planning to fix it asap and reupload a proper build soon. Again thanks for the kind words even though you had to deal with that issue!

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I get to the same point in the game and I cant escape the weird colours I can just hear the woman crying in the background. Also when I restarted from the last checkpoint I cant even get through the door.

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You have to exit the game and then press continue.

Thanks for reporting, the second issue got patched! I am uploading the new and improved version right now. The weird colors are still bugging me however so if you run into them just go to the main menu and click continue, sorry for the inconvenience!

I did go back to the menu and hit continue then I couldn't open the door it wouldn't let me 

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Close the game and restart, then click continue.

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No, not at all! :D In fact, I would really like that. Thanks for watching!