A fully dynamic haunting-experience. Experience the horrors of a haunting that's never the same twice.


  • Free Content Updates FOREVER: Paranormal will receive free content updates that add new locations, stories, scenarios, scares, gameplay mechanics, and more! You will NEVER have to pay for DLC in Paranormal. The game's content is planned to double or even triple with each major content update.
  • Collectibles: In your bedroom, there's a shelf where all the collectibles you find are displayed.
  • Sleep System: Sleeping in your bed recharges your camera's batteries and also has a chance of triggering other events.
  • Flashlight (camera light): Creates a bright, short ranged light that casts dynamic shadows.
  • Newer sound effects: I've totally redone the sound in the game, optimizing it for surround sound or headphones.
  • Controller support: The game will launch with full XBOX 360 Controller support, as well as native Mouse + Keyboard.
  • Dynamic Haunting: I've revamped the dynamic haunting features from the tech demo I released, adding multiple outcomes, dynamic triggers, countless variables, and an action-reaction system. This will make your experience with the game much more unique and memorable, without missing out on anything important.
  • First-Person Camera: Much like in the movies 'Paranormal Activity' or 'The Blair Witch Project', the viewpoint will be that of a camera being held by a person (the player). Effects like camera shake, pixelation, video distortion, audio distortion, and motion blur will all be present thanks to the camera screen-space shader I built for everything.




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Paranormal - BETA 7 (Mac)

Paranormal - BETA 7 (Mac)

Oct 22, 2012 Full Version 59 comments

This is an old version of Paranormal. I'm releasing it for free because it contains newer code that can better be used to test if the full game will work...

Paranormal - BETA 7

Paranormal - BETA 7

Oct 16, 2012 Full Version 135 comments

This is an old version of Paranormal. I'm releasing it for free because it contains newer code that can better be used to test if the full game will work...

Paranormal - BETA 5

Paranormal - BETA 5

Sep 12, 2012 Full Version 55 comments

This is an old version of Paranormal. I'm releasing it for free because it contains newer code that can better be used to test if the full game will work...

Paranormal - BETA 4.0

Paranormal - BETA 4.0

May 18, 2012 Full Version 245 comments

NOTE: BETA 5 for the PC is now free to EVERYONE! These betas are more like demos of the full game (which is available on Desura). Enjoy! --- This is the...

Paranormal - BETA 3.0

Paranormal - BETA 3.0

May 15, 2012 Full Version 25 comments

This is the third beta release for Paranormal. Paranormal is a game where you play the role of a person with a camera inside a haunted house. As you play...

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Nest_ Jul 9 2012 says:

Hey Matt! First off I just want to say great work on Paranormal. Seeing all these videos really got me interested so I would love to buy it. I just had a quick question. If I pay $30 are the betas playable on Mac yet? I know the final version will be but I was just wondering beforehand. I do have a PC that can run this but if I pay the money and play the betas on a PC computer, will I be able to get a mac version when it releases or am I stuck to only the PC version since thats what I tested it out on? I hope this isn't a confusing question lol.

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MattCohen Creator
MattCohen Jul 10 2012 replied:

The beta is available for both PC and Mac, both are available to download as many times as you need.

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nelecces Jul 16 2012 replied:

I can't find the mac version, all the files are for windows. Are they already available for mac ? I'm sorry for the trouble :)

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Nest_ Jul 10 2012 replied:

Perfect!!! Thanks for the response. I'll be pledging shortly.

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jonteh Jul 9 2012 says:

Hi have you heard about STEAM Greenlight ? Forums.steampowered.com

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MattCohen Creator
MattCohen Jul 9 2012 replied:

I just read about it and I'm thrilled beyond comprehension. This is EXACTLY what the indie community needed from Valve!

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Sevilos Jul 8 2012 says:

I'm 'The Geek Trench' Paranormal giveaway winner. I'm excited to join the beta team and will keep you updated on bugs, ideas, and praise haha. (and possibly gameplay videos once i have some time at home)

Thanks again for thinking up an awesome game, offering the giveaway with them. I'm looking forward to all that is coming!

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MattCohen Creator
MattCohen Jul 8 2012 replied:

Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy it! :D

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iOutBrEaK Jul 8 2012 says:

If I had the money, I would have paid the thirty easily. The videos I've seen for this had me at the edge of my seat!
Any plans for an Xbox Live Indie game release? I'd definitely would find a way to pay for this if it were to come to Xbox Live.
The compatibility with the Xbox 360 controller was what had made me think of this, :D
Either way, good work so far!

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MattCohen Creator
MattCohen Jul 8 2012 replied:

Sadly an xbox 360 release is not planned right now. If the game is successful enough on desura and steam, I will definitely consider it.

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ThatOneScammer Jul 7 2012 says:

How do you pull up options on this game?

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Miiseryy Jul 7 2012 says:

My play through of the game can be seen here:


Thank you Matt for early access to the game, it's great! :D

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YanniTheJanitor Jul 7 2012 says:

Would it be possible to have a 2 player co-op or more?, I'd love to see more co-op horror games to play.

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MattCohen Creator
MattCohen Jul 7 2012 replied:

The sad thing about co-op in horror games is it takes away TONS of the scare factor. There's a reason people split up in horror movies: everything is scarier when you're alone and have nobody watching your back. I feel that there are some excellent mechanics that could be used in a co-op horror game, but a game like Paranormal is not the kind that would benefit them. Games more like Silent Hill or Resident Evil seem to be better fits for co-op. It's a very intriguing idea, but it's one I can't implement. For now, at least.

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Aug 30 2012 by Belchior

Lowest Rated (10 agree) 5/10

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You have some really good jump scares but the littles ones after that dont make much of an impact to scare me. im not feeling overwelmned.
i hope that you work more around these issues as you will be looking at a winner mate. keep up the good work. im looking forward to more updates

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