Video Game: Dread Out

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DreadOut is a survival horror game from an Indonesian indie developer called Digital Happiness. When a group of high school students go astray from their vacation trip, they discover an old, deserted town. They quickly realize that something sinister is about to happen when they enter said town. Linda, the main protagonist, soon realizes that something different/mystical is happening to her. She suddenly has a spiritual power that can perhaps save her and her friends from the unknown.

The gameplay is based on taking pictures of the ghostly enemies to fight them, much like the Fatal Frame series. However, the gadgets used are modern inventions, e.g., smartphones, digital cameras, and digital video cameras, rather than something vintage. Also, the game is based on Indonesian folklore ghosts and takes place in a rural Indonesian town. As usual for the genre, the game contains exploration and puzzle-solving.

Now available on Steam here.

This game provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: In Indonesian myth, pocong is usually depicted with their hands and legs tied, leaving them more-or-less incapable of physical assault and making hopping their only way to move. In the game...not so much.
  • All Just a Dream: The demo. Most likely also a case of Psychic Dreams for Everyone
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: One of the rewards for funders.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: To defeat Sundel Bolong, Linda must take a picture of the hole on her back.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The posters at the town are written in untranslated Indonesian (unlike the notes). Some of them had humorous meaning or a pun.
  • Body Horror: Palasik is a floating head followed by internal organs. However, averted by the ghosts in the demo so far.
  • Bonus Boss: After collecting all three Soldier's Medal, Linda can explore the town at nighttime. Facing ghosts that are not normally encountered in the game such as Pocong, Kuntilanak, and a Young Genderuwo.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Borderline case towards the ending of the demo.
  • Creepy Doll: In one of the rooms in the demo you can find a dirty teddy-bear-ish doll hung by a noose, with a fallen chair under it.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment: we'RE all DYING...we'RE all DYING...we'RE all DYING.
  • Endless Corridor: The Demit Lorong chases Linda in here.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In the demo.
  • First Person Snapshooter: The main feature of the gameplay.
  • Ghostly Gape: At least one apparition has this appearance (albeit with white eyes above a black mouth).
  • Ghost Town: Where the characters get stuck in.
  • Girly Run
  • Haunted House: Or rather, haunted village.
  • Improbable Weapon User: And how. As far as we know, the phone used by Linda is a normal smartphone.
  • Large Ham: Linda's 'friend' you encounter in the demo.
  • Magical Camera: The camera application of the smartphone is somehow able to deal damage to spirits by taking their picture.
  • Meaningful Name: IrisPhone. Iris is responsible for controlling the size of the pupil to control the amount of light received by the eye.
  • Nightmare Face: And how.
  • Pig Man: Babi Ngepet. A large sized pig/boar with a human face when viewed with the camera.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: The characters we've seen so far are wearing their school uniforms...during their vacation trip.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Silent Snarker: Linda.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Naturally.
  • The Quiet One: Save for a few gasps and grunts, Linda doesn't say much and doesn't really talk with the other characters, even if they're having a conversation with her.
  • The Stoic: Downplayed. Linda does show emotions, but not as much as her friends do. Heck, Ira even comments that Linda was never the type to panic or be surprised by anything.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Downplayed with Linda and Ira. They're both Childhood Friends, but are not above playfully hurting each other (i.e. slapping, play choking).
  • What Could Have Been: According to the first Dev Diary video, the game has been through many changes in gameplay, including: 3rd person RPG horror, 3rd person action horror, FPS survival horror, casual puzzle horror, sci-fi horror, casual horror, and the current iteration.
  • Woman in White: Kuntilanak enemies. Based on the illustration on the IndieGogo page, matianak will also be like this. As well as Sundel Bolong.