The Initiate to get underway on August 1st


We tend to think of initiation rituals as harmless pranking fun, but the stakes are much higher for the newest recruit of The Initiate, a new horror-tinged mystery puzzler coming next month from Deceptive Games.

Players control the eponymous character, a man named Nathan Rockford who has "lost his memory and has awakened in a house full of traps and puzzles." The room is modern, though part of it is "surrounded by strange shapes and other mysterious objects." While "vague memories flash in your mind as you stand [on] the cold wooden floor," the room is quiet until a mysterious voice announces over the intercom that your mission, along with 84 others trapped elsewhere, is to use your wits to escape. If you succeed, you'll have the opportunity to join a powerful secret organization, but first you'll need to survive your trial.


The Initiate's first screenshots and trailer display some of the challenge-filled 3D environments you'll explore, but if you want a first-hand taste of what to expect, a playable demo is available for download. According to game's indie Welsh developers, this is intended to "highlight the key aspects of the game mechanics, and will give everyone an understanding of how the story will progress of this mystery puzzle adventure, without giving away too much of the main game.”

If you like what you see, there's not much time to wait for the full and final version, as The Initiate is due to launch on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux on August 1st. 

Adventure games by Deceptive Games

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The Initiate  2017

Nathan Rockford has lost his memory and awakened in a house full of traps and puzzles. Take on the role of Nathan as you attempt to discover the truth about why you are trapped here and who your kidnappers are. Using only use your intelligence, this is your trial. Can you unravel the mystery behind ...

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ALONE?  2017

When you receive a letter from your sister asking for help, you venture back to the hostel where you grew up. Little did you know what you were about to encounter in your homecoming. As you attempt to track down your missing sister, you become an unwitting captive merely struggling to survive the or...

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The Secret Monster Society (Series)
PC, Mac

The Secret Monster Society (Series) 2016

Deep inside our world is another, a bizarre place with many a variety of strange beings, that you and I would call monsters. But these creatures are not harmful in any way. They work in perfect harmony with our own, whose main responsibility is to supply humans with dreams. If anything were to happe

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