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About the game

Sarcoex is Haunted is a free roaming physiological horror game in development by a small indie game development group, called Sarcoex Games. In Sarcoex is Haunted, you play as a character named Sarcoex Bloodrun. He suffers from anxiety and paranoia. In periods with high stress and high anxiety; he suffers with horrific hallucinations. Experience the horrors he suffers! Find out what horrors lurks within the mountains and his mind. Are the horrors real or just hallucinations?

About Sarcoex Bloodrun

My name is Sarcoex Bloodrun I am diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffers in periods with high anxiety. When I am stressed I can see and hear things which aren't normally there, it all seems real to me, but others around hasn't seen the horrors I have seen. I just want these “monsters” to go away. My therapist have suggested I take some time for myself, take walks in the mountains or just go on a vacation. I have decided to visit my fathers old work place, it is an abandoned research center in the mountains, I can't remember to name of the mountains, but I have visited the place many times. I know how to get there. I will go there at night, as no people is around at that time, and I can then just focus on relaxing.

Some say it's cursed, some say it's haunted.. I don't know..

The Mountains

The Mountains was Sarcoex's uncle's, Dr. Bloodrun, old workplace. Twenty years ago, his uncle mysteriously disappeared, Sarcoex was only five years old at the time. After Dr. Bloodrun's disappearance, the workplace was put under quarantine for ten years. After the quarantine was lifted, the old workplace was made open to the public. The Mountains was used a military biological research facility. The facility was known to the public, and rumors were spread that horrifying experiments were conducted. No one knows exactly what types of experiments, but some claims the scientists were trying to find an alternate food source. As of this day, no animals has been seen in the mountains. It flourished with animal life before the facility was established.

Hallucinations; real, surreal or just unreal?

Some claim that hallucinations is only a result of different universes connected by a wormhole, and that some particles go from a universe to a connected universe, and that these particles from an other universe, can form creatures that can interact with the different chemicals and electricity in the brain of some humans and animals. Those with such a brain, can see and interact with these creatures, and may get a better understanding of the universes and the multiverses. If those with such knowledge, unknown and surreal knowledge, try to claim that they got the knowledge by studying a creature that no one else can see; they are considered mentally ill. Some hear voices, some see things. Are they just something from another universe? Or even from another multiverse? Or are they just hallucinations and unreal?


You can buy early access to the game here: Desura.com, at a discounted price while the game is in alpha or beta. The full version will be a bit more expensive (not much :) ). You also have the choice to download a DRM free installation file after you have bought early access. The release is currently only for Windows.

The current prices are:

  • 8.99 USD
  • 8.99 AUD
  • 6.99 EUR
  • 5.99 GBP

You can use Google to convert a currency, ex: '8.99 USD to NOK' -> 49.1536174 Norwegian kroner


Controls:

Movement: W/A/S/D
Look:
Mouse
Inventory: I
Use: Mouse Left Click
Interact: Mouse Left Click
Close Window: Escape
Zoom: Z
Exit Game: Alt+F4

What happens after the final release? We will continue to develop more maps, new stories, fix more bugs and add new features, all included as patches to the final release.


Explore

Explore the mountains to discover what horrors and mysteries lurks within. Explore, solve puzzles, freak out and have fun.

Solve

 The gameplay is puzzle, exploration and investigation based. The goal of the gameplay is to make the player think, instead of act;  "What WAS that?", "That's creepy.", "Hope it's not following me or watching me." The player will be dragged in and be interested and freaked out.

Discover

 You have limited battery on your flashlight, you need to use the flashlight to be able to solve some of the puzzles. Batteries are found by exploring and solving puzzles. You can solve the puzzles in what order that you find most suitable. If you fail a puzzle, you can't restart it, the story simply adapts to your failure, or success, if you manage to solve a puzzle. Like the first puzzle at the start of Bard's Tale (in the small prison),  PS2 and Android version.

Breath

 If you have a microphone, the game can monitor it, and find out if you breath heavily, screams, panicks or if you are just calm (based on pitch and volume).

Play

Dynamic random events; on a playthrough you can trigger certain events and on other playthroughs those events may not be triggered at all. A different experience almost every time you play.


Linux

Beginning in May Linux development of Sarcoex is Haunted starts. 

Testing

 As a tester you will get the chance to test both the Linux and the Windows version of the game, and you will also get a free copy of the game on Desura.

The form can be found here: [Click me please] 

Applications: 25

Approved applications: 25

Testers invited: 10

More testers to be invited in Q3!


Flashlight with limited battery

 

5th June 2013  - Progress - Alpha 1.6.8



About the developers:

Sarcoex is Haunted is developed by a small indie group called Sarcoex Games, this group has 2 members; The Project Manager Anderwin and the Lead Developer André "Sarcoex" Nilsen. Anderwin's job is to tell André what he need to focus on, when the deadline is and what he should do next, Anderwin is also handling almost all people interactions, as André struggle with communication with strangers, due to his shyness and social anxiety disorder. Questions about the game is answered by André though. André's job is to develop the game, post news and progress about the game on IndieDB/Desura. His job is also to review feedback and suggestions, and answer those.
We both have some common tasks though; monitor the comments on IndieDB/Desura. We have a policy; To keep all comments, regardless if they are negative or positive about the game. Only spam is deleted. Even comments written in a different language are kept, they go through a quick google translate, if we do not know that language.

NOTE: DEVELOPMENT MAY BE SLOW AT TIMES, DUE TO ANDRÉ'S STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

EULA

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1 comment by andrenilsen on Aug 7th, 2013

The development has been put on hold, due to my struggles with real life issues. The development has been a heavy burden for some time now, it has literally been killing me. I can’t focus, I have no motivation. And I have gotten really depressed because of little progress. All that has been on my mind is the game, I have thought about it 24/7, been trying to come up with ideas. I have put a lot of time and effort into the game, and I don’t want to stall the development. But it is something that I MUST do, for the sake of my mental health. I don’t know how long the development is going to be stalled, hopefully not indefinitely.They who have bought the game through Alphafunding on Desura, can ask the Desura staff for a refund, if possible. The alpha branch will be renamed to “Donate”, and when the development starts again, the game will be free for all to test, all the way from Alpha to Final release.

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Sarcoex is Haunted PDF Manual v0.2

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The first draft of Sarcoex is Haunted's PDF Manual / User guide. Currently manual version is v0.2 Changes: 1.0 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Added Linux System...

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The first draft of Sarcoex is Haunted's PDF Manual / User guide. Currently manual version is v0.1

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Namelessness
Namelessness Aug 21 2013, 4:22am says:

'The development of Sarcoex is Haunted is on hold.' I hope the developer will be able to pick of where he left the game. But it is like it is.

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brentwilliam98
brentwilliam98 Aug 9 2013, 2:35pm says:

I am a tester email me the alpha my email is brentWilliam98@gmail.com

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andrenilsen
andrenilsen Jun 1 2013, 11:26am says:

Ubuntu installed on Laptop #1 with WUBI. The testing of Sarcoex is Haunted's Linux client, will be done there.

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Namelessness
Namelessness Jun 3 2013, 5:05pm replied:

Downloaded the FREE test release as soon as it came online. Will test it as soon as I can.

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andrenilsen
andrenilsen May 31 2013, 12:43pm says:

Updated the description, so you can see the status of how many as applied for testing, how many that has been approved and how many that has been invited so far.

"Applications: 25
Approved applications: 25
Testers invited: 10
More testers to be invited in Q3!"

I also removed the EULA from the description to have more space for writing about the game itself.

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PrescriptionPixel
PrescriptionPixel May 30 2013, 4:38pm says:

Sarcoex is Haunted provides an interesting insight into the development process and the effect delays can have on fans. Why not check out this Desura Pick video to find out why. Youtube.com

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andrenilsen
andrenilsen May 31 2013, 8:55am replied:

You can also see a preview of 1.6.8 on this video here: Desura.com

It showcases the current features of the test version.

You can also download a DRM free version of the test version here: Desura.com

Best regards,
André "Sarcoex" Nilsen
Lead Developer
Sarcoex Games

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andrenilsen
andrenilsen May 31 2013, 8:52am replied:

Thanks for taking time to play and review the current released Alpha. And thank you very much for the suggestions! It helps a lot. A lot is being implemented for the 1.6.8 update. Including a sprint/run mechanic, many more items to be picked up. New monster mechanics, more creepiness. The adaptable and branching story arc will also be started to be implemented.

We will add gameplay instructions at the start of the game, to make the controls more obvious. Thanks for that tip. :)

And the reason the torch light wasn't showing, was that your graphics wasn't set too low. Recommenced settings are "Good" or higher. You can choose the settings with the Unity Launcher, when you start the game.

And if you want to test the new features as they are being added. You can use this link: Desura.com . That is where the test release will be rapidly updated, as new features are added and ready for testing. The new features will be tested and bugs will be fixed before the main update is released.

The test version is free, if you have bought the game, or if you have gotten an invite to test the game for free.

The description of the test release:
"This is a test release, us at own risk! If you want to test the newest (unstable) version as it is developed, you can use this version. However, it will have bugs, flaws and general instability."

Thanks again for the review.

André "Sarcoex" Nilsen
Lead Developer
Sarcoex Games

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GreenGodBo
GreenGodBo May 20 2013, 9:37am says:

Free They said...

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andrenilsen
andrenilsen May 31 2013, 9:02am replied:

If you sign up for testing, you have a chance to get the game for free. You will get access to the alpha, beta and of course final release, and all updates. Sign up here: Docs.google.com

In the future, we will release a demo (when the game nears completion). We don't want to rush things though. :)

New testers will be accepted in Q3.

Best regards,
André "Sarcoex" Nilsen
Lead Developer
Sarcoex Games

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An immersive atmosphere, which sends shivers down my spine, I've quite enjoyed my brief foray into Sarcoex's Haunted - Beta Release. After nearly two hours running around doing not much of all however, I found myself to be quite bored. This feels like a canvas painted with some beautiful japenese-esque horror (modern, not medieval), with so much going for it, and so much room for expansion. Definitely a game I will come back to past the beta-release to have the wits scared clear out of me. Minor…

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