Katabasis is about enigma, exploration, and myth. It is about a father, a son, and ancient gods. The player possesses a father who has taken his estranged young son on a trip into the Russian wilderness. He must simply wander through wilderness environments and architectural spaces, while attempting to understand things that might not be understandable. This game was my senior thesis project to graduate with my degree in Game Art.

Background Information about the game:
The title, katabasis, is an archaic Greek word which simply means a descent. It has various meanings in different contexts, but the most relevant here is that of the archetypal descent into the underworld: such as Orpheus’ journey to retrieve Eurydice from the clutch of Hades, and Odysseus’ trip to the mouth of the underworld to question Tiresias.

The initial concept for the game was inspired by the tragic and still-enigmatic Dyatlov Pass incident, in which 9 experienced ski hikers, at the beginning of their trip, for some unknown reason ripped out of their tent in the middle of night during below-zero temperatures in 1959. All nine died from hypothermia or trauma related injuries, some with unknown causes.
Incidentally, the event took place on the side of a mountain known by the native peoples of the area, the Mansi, as Kholat Syakhl, which translates as The Mountain of the Dead. The major events of the game are based upon the mythologies of the Mansi people, especially a particular myth involving Mir-Susne-Khum, the World Surveyor Man.

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Katabasis is about enigma, exploration, and myth. It is about a father, a son, and ancient gods. The player possesses a father who has taken his estranged young son on a trip into the Russian wilderness. He must simply wander through wilderness environments and architectural spaces, while attempting to understand things that might not be understandable. This game was my senior thesis project to graduate with my degree in Game Art.

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Katabasis Mac (version 1.1)

Katabasis Mac (version 1.1)

Oct 30, 2012 Full Version 0 comments

Version 1.1 of Katabasis. Fixed bug where end cutscene would freeze, and made a few minor changes. Please let me know if the end cutscene still freezes...

Katabasis PC (version 1.1)

Katabasis PC (version 1.1)

Oct 30, 2012 Full Version 7 comments

Version 1.1 of Katabasis. Fixed bug where end cutscene would freeze, and made a few minor changes. Please let me know if the end cutscene still freezes...

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cmluepke
cmluepke Nov 19 2013, 5:25am says:

I really liked this game! I was impressed by the detail and scope. You can check out my playthrough on youtube here: Youtu.be
Thanks Tyler for releasing this here for us to play!

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Atonic
Atonic Oct 18 2013, 8:56pm says:

what are you supposed to do?

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Spatizzle
Spatizzle Oct 23 2013, 1:08am replied:

After you stray away from your son to look around (which means, you actually go walk away until you notice something out of the blue) - he goes missing. Basically you follow what you see until the end of the game. It's quite creepy and pretty damn good if you stick to it. Short game, but if you don't hardcore criticize or compare this game to others, it's a great experience.

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Spatizzle
Spatizzle Oct 17 2013, 11:57pm says:

I just played this, and bravo, I feel like this game is genius. I hate horror games that rely heavily on jump scares, but this one just keeps a tingling sensation that doesn't go away. I liked the fact that after seeing something, I would turn around and see something (or someone) walk by. That's the TRUE fear - not something that pops up screaming, but something that if you do not pay attention, can just glide by. I really got caught up in the game - made me always wonder "where the hell is the kid?!" and seeing him with the creature really spooked me. Great work man! Thanks for the experience!!

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luminaq
luminaq Jul 30 2013, 6:46pm says:

well...it seemed okay at the start, then I didn't know what to do and jumped on a cliff, walked there until i fell into water and walked until I fell of the whole world into the sky or something:O

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RunScaredyCat
RunScaredyCat Aug 19 2013, 11:39am replied:

Same :/ After getting the flashlight and seeing the hand on the table I thought things were going to happen but nothing did. Gave up and quited in the end. A shame as it did look good.

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spikefallguy
spikefallguy May 18 2013, 5:59pm says:

this game looks creepy so I am gonna play this

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roroz
roroz Apr 17 2013, 2:14pm says:

is dis a horror?

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Rowmar
Rowmar May 9 2013, 9:44am replied:

Doesnt look like horror...

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norelhouda
norelhouda Jun 26 2013, 2:05pm replied:

but is actualy horor

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Katabasis
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I really Don't get it but Its kind of creepy and a little scary and interesting

Dec 11 2012, 1:28am by Grimm1995

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