If You Enjoy Fatal Frame, You Might Like Indie Game DreadOut

By Ishaan . May 16, 2013 . 12:40pm

Horror games with an Asian setting tend to be rare. Fatal Frame and Siren are the only two prominent names that come to mind, although, there is the lesser-known Ju-On: The Grudge game from AQ Interactive, too. An indie developer named Digital Happiness is looking to make their own name in this space with a game titled DreadOut. They even have a playable demo that you can try out.


DreadOut is an indie game that’s being crowdfunded via IndieGoGo, and is set in Indonesia, featuring a cursed city housing spirits based on Indonesian mythology. Here’s a brief summary of the game’s story, copied from the game’s website:


When a group of high school student astray from their vacation trip, they discover an old deserted town. Soon they realized that something sinister is about to happen when they entered the town. Linda as the main protagonist, soon realized that something different / mystical is happening to her. She suddenly have a spiritual power that maybe can save her and their friends from the unknown.


The main character will use her modern gadget such as; Smartphone, Digital camera, and Digital Video Camera to interact with the various kind of East Asian Mythical Ghost that you never seen before and also to help her solve the puzzles of the deserted town.


If that sounds like Fatal Frame, it’s supposed to. Digital Happiness say, “If you love Fatal Frame you certainly enjoy playing this game.” They’re asking for $25,000 in contributions to help complete, and are already almost at their goal. They’ve acquired nearly $20,000, with three days left to go until their IndieGoGo campaign comes to an end.


DreadOut is scheduled for release this year and is also up for voting on the Steam Greenlight program.


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  • Meh, yokai’s. Its lacking in music, I need music. Gameplay

  • StevenIsBelievin

    Kuon is also a good Asian themed horror game for PS2.

  • CirnoLakes

    Holy crud, a game that’s developed and set in Indonesia?

    That’s super rare!

  • Solomon_Kano

    I don’t really go for horror games, but I could get behind this for the setting alone. Indonesia, eh?

    • Testsubject909

      When was the last time you played a game whose setting was in Indonesia?

      • Solomon_Kano

        Neverary 32nd 20XX.

      • GHAmer

        FarCry 3, Just Cause 2, Uncharted

    • Fairlee

      Believe me, Indonesia got a lot of scary-looking ghost.

  • AweOfShe

    I’ll give the demo a go. I’m always up for a good horror game.

    • Linhua

      … Ditto there.

    • Testsubject909

      I’m not, but I’m always good for playing a good game, even if it’s in a genre that I’m not too comfortable with.

  • Chiupon

    The main girl is kind of a cutie O:

    • Testsubject909

      Fatal Frame characters were also mainly cuties.

      • Chiupon

        slightly unrelated but watching those cute twins do that spoilery thing at the end of the 2nd game traumatized me :D

        • Testsubject909

          Joyously traumatized you apparently.

          • Chiupon

            My favorite anime are Madoka and Evangelion. I’ll let that speak for itself. There’s just nothing like a good deconstruction, or lolis killing each other.

  • malek86

    Uhm, I suppose the demo will be worth trying. It’s quite rare to see asian survival horror nowadays, and on PC even moreso.

  • konsama

    This sounds really interesting, would be a good change of pace.

    If only my PC could run the demo…T_T

  • SiliconNooB

    This had my attention until I read the description…

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    A Fatal Frame-ish game based around Indonesian mythology developed in Indonesia? Count me in. Although a console port wouldn’t be a bad idea.

    • Testsubject909

      Wii U could use this title.

      And that’s from someone who doesn’t own or plan to own a Wii U. I just don’t like to see potential wasted is all.

  • GibbRS

    There’s also “Calling”, the Japanese themed horror game full of Japanese housing and creepy little dolls everywhere.

    I’ve never heard of DreadOut, but I’m intrigued now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. ^___^

    I just watched a double feature for Shock Labyrinth and Tormented, and this game is giving similar vibes just from the screenshots.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      I loved “The Calling”~

  • I’ll give the demo a try =)

  • I want to try this, but i dont think my 4 years old notebook can run the demo, T-T

    • Testsubject909

      Ah, fellow person tortured by using a notebook I see.

      Man, if only my laptop didn’t die on me… Though I do have a PC coming my way in a week or two.

  • Random question: Will this game be considered for the Wii U too?

  • Scrooge_McDuck

    As an Indonesian, I always dwell on how my country present itself to the international community. Thus I view a project like this under scrutiny, much more than I do others. As a result, unfortunately I found many awkward phrasings and grammatical errors in the project page and I became worried that it’d have an impact to how people view the game itself.

    So a question to anyone who’d care to answer. As an English speaker, do you actually care about this kind of a thing? Would people from English speaking countries have more confidence in the game if only the pitch was a wee bit more polished, resulting in more donation? Or maybe I’m just being a nitpicky killjoy?

    PS: This is in no way intended to devalue the great effort the DreadOut team has put into this project. Heck, I’m sure this very message contains its fair share of errors. I’m just a worrywart like that.

    • jeka69

      I’m Indonesian and that’s my sentiment exactly.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      I am an English speaker, and we are STARVED for horror games. I didn’t really bother reading the proposal or anything. The demo spoke more for me than anything else. Loved the little I played of it, and really can’t wait for the full release ~

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    I tried the demo, had me jumping and screaming obscenities randomly. Did the job that Fatal Frame used to. Donated $20, everyone should donate, or vote yes on Project Greenlight on Steam.

  • Go2hell66

    for an indie game this looks pretty damn good

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Haha.^_^ To think that in my whole life, there will be a day i see my old school uniform in a game there.^_^

    • Testsubject909

      It’s a nice looking uniform.

      Now prepare for people to eventually start drawing R34 material and see your uniform in DreadOut Doujins.

    • DyLaN

      Thk for the reminder! My secondary school uniform also looks almost the same too. Scratch tht, SE Asian school uniform looks the same anyways. Its a nice change after all the anime school uniform XD

  • neocatzon

    Ok, I’ll tell you a bit about Indonesian culture, horror and
    folklore in general.

    About culture

    Located in Malay Archipelago, a perfect place for international trading and
    multitude culture met. Thanks to this a lot of cultural influences takes place
    in this region. Imagine it, it started by strong maritime kingdoms that do
    trade and student exchange in South Asia, followed by colonial period (Europe including Dutch, British, and Spanish tried to monopolize this archipelago), and finally Japanese occupation. Not to mention any other contacts with East Asia, Australia, and other neighboring countries prior to that.

    Horror and folklore

    Huge influences means huge archive of folklores. Also noted that Indonesia is an archipelago with over 300 ethnic groups each with cultural identities. This multicultural pot has an immense amounts of traditional literature including folklores. Sadly, many of these folklores are lost thanks to slow growth of literature (many inherited by oral-literature, Indonesia writing and reading culture are bad even now), colonization, and lots of other causes. But, there’s still so many that survive (but dying thx to lost interest). The popular ones for example are Leyak, a blood sucking demon (related to Rangda and Barong. SMT guys~), Pontianak/Kuntilanak (a beautiful but deadly ghost that preys on men), Pocong (basically ghost in hug-pillow with supernatural power), Jailangkung (annoying voodoo), and many more. The references these spiritual being have is highly influenced by many culture the Kuntilanak for example can be related to banshee. The description of each ghost usually not very descriptive leaving them to many representations, thanks to this they can go to very weak or very strong. This ambiguity maybe can make them stronger if they lived in Gensoukyou lol.

    Personally I like to see what they’ll do in Dreadout. Indonesian horror can be filled with both humour and pure scare. From the alpha, there’s a motor riding ghost, they may in the right track XD.

  • isfuturebright

    Looks awesome!

  • artemisthemp

    I may have to try the demo, but ain’t very good with Horror games

  • Manu

    I tried the demo with mi friends and we find it totally boring..it looks more like Silent Hill Shattered Memories than Fatal Frame, and I think that Fatal frame is much better.

  • Sergio Briceño

    I tried the Demo and it gave some shocking moments, not really scares but then again I didn’t know what I supposed to do after my first big scare/death scene. This game has so much potential. I don’t have a credit card but I will bug some friends to try it and donate for me :p

    Also, nice looking poligon underwear on the MC. Had to say it. Almost made me want to die over again just to watch her get up from that nice angle.

  • Yan Zhao

    Main character is cute, sold.

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