After playing this demo, I must say I'm super excited for the full game!! I'm so ready to make full series on this.
Our Secret Below (Demo)
A downloadable game
About The Game
Nia Davis, has been kidnapped and taken to the basement of an unfamiliar house. Waking up in a haze, Nia does not remember anything before this moment. In her weakened state, she overhears her captor and learns she does not have much time left to live. He is obsessed, and no one else can have her. There has to be some way out of here.
Understand Your Captor
In order to survive, Nia must escape her cell, scour her captor’s belongings, piece together his history, and use that knowledge to find journal entries, files, keys, and anything else useful to uncover a path to freedom. Break into security systems, unlock computer terminals, solve puzzles, open doors, and gain access to new areas while not being discovered to finally escape captivity.
More Than The Surface
While Our Secret Below is based in escape room style mechanics for its core game play, the game is heavily story driven and many of the player's actions revolve around driving the story forward, uncovering mysteries, and learning systems to keep from being caught. It may be unsettling learning how deep this man's obsession goes.
Our Secret Below is designed with multiple endings and lots of hidden elements that provide a wide range of content from additional lore, alternate play experiences, and may aid in achieving certain parts of the game's story. Some secrets are hidden in ways that may never be found. Our Secret Below is designed to be looked at from many different angles to experience all the game truly has to offer. If you think you've found everything, you probably haven't.
Controls (full version will have control prompts in game)
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You guys did your thing with this demo! Can't wait for the official release. Keep up with the great work!
Ok went through this DEMO but had a hard time for the PC and i kinda "cheated" the 2nd fire box code xD still... ON TO THE NEXT!
I absolutely love this teaser, and had a bast playing it. Like I said in the video I made, it's the perfect combo of creepy but interesting enough to keep me going!
Looking forward to more!
This game is a very unique and creepy addition to a puzzle genre, i like the intro into the game it really gives off a nice atmospheric start and makes you feel like you need to escape as quickly as possible, the basement is asthetically pleasing and has many objects and curiosities to look at.
The only down sides i encountered were a lack of direction or any sort of hinting to help you along and get your bearings in the basement, maybe in the future there could be a little more narrative or voice acting to guide the player to the key components needed to escape , especially if a person was new to this style of gameplay.
The horror element is good and the switch between the realities is a nice touch it will be interesting to see further developments in that direction and how scary things could get and also maybe a development into the characters personality reacting to the unfolding horrors.
Overall as a demo it is a great concept , it will be great to see what else develops.
thanks for playing! Someone else had mentioned maybe a hint system though I feel that might be a bit heavy handed. I have some thoughts on how to help guide the player a bit. Thank you for the feedback!
Just finished your demo game, loved the concept and with a bit of improvement would make it an incredible game. I pointed out all the things that could improve in the below video, but the key thing is the slow movement and camera locking when looking down.
Hello there. I have finished your demo, and I loved it. I must admit I had some trouble, but I refused to give up.
I have seen a couple of your Youtube videos as well. They were very informative for a developer as myself.
Here’s my feedback and please take note that this is just my personal opinion.
- Cool Logo intro. Well made.
- Puzzles. Hopefully more to come.
- Nice assets and well-polished.
- Great story and atmosphere.
- Your human models look awesome. How did you make these?
- Very slow movement speed inside the dirt area and it seemed pointless in the demo.
- Inventory hotkey on ESC.
- Mouse sensitivity was a bit too high.
- Camera locks when looking too far down. Then you will have to step back.
- Lack of ambience audio and random SFX. I think the game was very quiet.
- Missing subtitles. I did have some trouble hearing the dialogue sometimes.
- Missing a hint option for solving the puzzles.
I hope you will take some of my feedback into consideration. Perhaps you have already. You do have a great foundation for a good game.
I can’t wait to play the finished game. Keep it up.
thanks so much for taking the time to write this all out. Most of your concerns have been addressed already in my current build which is cool. This kind of feedback is very helpful!
I tested the Demo and I couldn't get over the beginning, I didn't have much to do, I just found a letter under a cloth and nothing else, but otherwise, it's very good.
Es un excelente juego ojalá fuera mas largo.
Pros and cons are down below) Check out my vid (the 3d game there):
1. The concept is amazing! I like the sense of dread and powerlessness that the game has offered.
2. The mystery is sooo well made. You just want to know more, especially after the ending and the stuff on the computer! Very catchy - serves the purpose of the demo!
3. The visuals are top hole! The place is so detailed. I like that is easy to miss stuff so you must pay attention to every thing around you! Also, I amires the chain mechanic a lot)
Disadvantages (points for further development):
1. When everything went black and the yellow line appeared on the floor - it was unclear what to do. The line seemed to me as an arrow, so I figured I need to go in the direction the arrow is pointing. I think it would be better is the line was flat at the end, so people could nor read it wrong.
2. Maybe I was stupid but there was no hint to where to dig and I also had to brute force the box open. Maybe I missed something, but it would be nice if the game had hints for stupid people like me (for instance, the hints may appear after you once have failed to find what you were supposed to and died)
3. The walls are painted with the same pattern. The pattern is made like painted with crayons or something so it's strange that someone painted the EXACT same thing over and over. Moreover, it doesn't look like a scribbles from a crazy person. I think the pattern should repeat less frequent or should be less readable depending on it's purpose in the game.
The game is awesome! You, developers, are awesome! Thank you, Brian, for calling me a big brain in the game XD 5/5 Can't wait for the full version!
Hope my feedback was useful!
Did you do all the art and coding by yourself?, it's really good
I'm hard on indie horror since so much of it is badly executed but I see potential here and I'm glad you got your funding! The only major issue I had was clicking on items. It was inconsistent and sometimes didn't seem to register, but I know it takes time to polish things. Also, I played a second time and the buried fire box didn't appear. Regardless, great job on what you've got so far and good luck with the finished product!
Easily one of the most promising horror games I've played. (I've played...a LOT) I don't think I've ever backed a game on Kickstarter so fast...actually I don't think I've ever backed one before! This game is creative and delightfully sinister! Absolutely cannot wait for it!
Loved it. Shit myself. 10/10
This is such a good start to the game! Can't wait for the full game!
Trapped. 4 Hours to escape! Well, that seems like plenty of time. Find the tools - figure out the codes - hack the computer... can YOU DO IT without being caught?? Experience a taste of Darkstone Digital's creative game play mechanics when you least expect them. There's a lot of potential here and I'm excited for future development!
Hello my name is Aarav and we have a company in which we make games. PC game and we like your game very much. We have thought that you become a partner of our company and you work for our company, we will put your game on Steam and do some modifications in your game which can compete with big games. Because your knowledge is very good and you are looking very good in making games. Because it shows how good your game is. Your game has been liked by all our team and you want to take it in the project, can you become a partner of our team and you will have to work in our company forever if You can also leave if you want.
Thanks for the demo. I'm intrigued. Looking forward to playing the full game. I wasn't expecting the horror element as I went in completely blind. Very weird. :)
I see lots of potential!
Really Cool and Really Scary!!
The game is coming together very well Brian, it even scared me at the end of the demo.
Clever of you to put the key in a place that would require me to not look at the puppies.Also, when does the OnlyFans go live?
Yo Brian! Thanks so much for reaching out to me to play another one of your games. I definitely had support you on kickstarter, can't wait for the game!
I also managed to unlock the computer 😎
Thank you so much! I’m glad you had a good time and not many have unlocked the computer. Well done!
hi Brian i liked the demo :
-great voice acting
-nice graphics (tho i dont give a single melon about graphics)
-we actually have a story
Thank you! I have some pretty cool stuff I’m working on for the story. I hope folks like it.
First congrats for achieving the kick starter!
I will try it for sure it looks interesting.
Ugh the demo went by so quick, and I was loving all the diff possibilities you could explore! From the crawl space, the computer, the 'secret', or even what was going on upstairs. So much! I mentioned in the vid that if you needed anything more regarding voice acting, I'd def like to help out if you think I could fit. Also looking forward to the full release of Mortuary Assistant in the near future!
Awesome! Thank you so much for playing! I’m excited to work on MA too. One thing at a time.
Quite an interesting concept of the game! I will wait for the full version, I will pass it with pleasure! Thank you to the developer!
Really enjoyed this game, love the elements of horror and the unexpected combined together. Cannot wait to see what's in store for the full game.
Feel free to check out my video of the game
Great game!! I can't wait for the full release!!
The game looks amazing! I love the focus on exploration and piecing everything together!
Out of curiosity, do you have any plans to release it on Mac?
I currently don’t have a working mac here so I can’t easily test a build. Maybe once the game is complete, if I have the funds, I’ll grab a new mac and try it out.
i NEED TO KNOW THE STORY
Gave it a go...
The game was amazing, i really enjoyed it, continue the good work!
super dope game, I really enjoyed it. keep it up guys
I really loved the atmosphere and the plot twist at the end, but due to the lack of "move your mouse to rotate" while watching a dogs picture I was a little bit lost for a while. Still, I really loved it! Keep up the good work and here's my little playthrough (Polish language) Cheers!
I loved this game and what you had to show of it. The game was scary and cannot wait to see what you do next with the game. Would love to keep updated on the game progress :D