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DreadOut (Windows)

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DreadOut is a third-person horror game about a group of high school students (Doni Maulana, Linda Meilinda, Shakira Irawati, Shelly Angelia, Yayan) and their teacher Mariska Gandasasmita who get stuck on the road in the countryside when it is suddenly blocked off. They leave their car behind and explore the surroundings to find a way past it. The player controls the 17-year-old high school student Linda. They soon discover an abandoned town they can explore, but most of the game takes place inside a run-down school for the first act. Gradually supernatural elements and ghosts are introduced, with elements from Indonesian folklore. The game was released in two acts, with the second act made available at a later time as a free update.

Linda can move around and run using the keyboard keys and look around freely using the mouse. She has limited stamina however, so often she needs to take a break after running for a long time. While the focus is largely on the exploration and horror elements, there are also a lot of confrontations. In the first act these are centered around the school's main locations: two floors with four hallways each, many classrooms and a large open area in the middle. Ghosts cannot be fought directly. Linda needs to solve environment based puzzles and can interact with the environment. Next to a flashlight, her main tool is her camera. Activating it switches to a first-person view used to take pictures. Similar to the Fatal Frame games, it is used to see invisible ghosts and also shows weaknesses on characters. For puzzles it can reveal hidden passages or is used to solve them directly. The camera memory is limited to 30 pictures. When the last spot is used, the next one will overwrite the first picture.

Not all ghosts are hostile. There are passive ones, roaming about, stronger types that manifest themselves, and hostile ones that are (near) invincible. Linda has supernatural senses that light up the edges of the screen in a vignette of a certain colour. Red represents the vicinity of a spiritual being, blue an item or a hint related to a puzzle, and there are camera glitches while looking through the camera when an enemy is in attacking range. When red is shown, Linda also moves into a more careful stance. Ghosts can attack her with mental or physical damage, or both. Health is represented through distinctiveness of grayscale colours on the screen. When barely visible, she risks being sent into Limbo, a visual trip through her subconscious state that allows her to return to reality. During the trip there are often hints and tricks shown. Each visit lengthens the distance she needs to travel through Limbo, representing how it becomes harder for her to return, but the length can be reduced through certain items.

Linda has access to a journal where objectives are stored. It also contains notes and hints about what to do next. Certain items can be collected to solve puzzles or interact with ghosts. These are stored in an inventory. Discovered documents about the town's history are also stored and can be consulted. Finally, there is a ghostpedia where information about the different encountered ghost types is listed. By playing through the game three additional costumes for Linda can be unlocked. Two additional ones (Brazilian and Indonesian team shirts) were added during the 2014 football World Cup.

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Sciere (245527) added DreadOut (Windows) on May 24, 2014