Layers of Fear

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Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration.





  • Adventure  
  • Aspyr Media
  • 2/15/2016
  • 1.0.1
  • English, Italian, French, Polish, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Turkish
Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Players take control of a painter whose sole purpose is to finish his Magnum Opus. The player must navigate through both a constantly changing Victorian-era mansion and ghastly visions of the painter’s fragile and crumbling psyche. Along the way players will find bits and pieces of information that will allow the player to understand the dark and sad past of the painter.
  • Psychedelic horror – A sense of insanity means each turn of the camera may completely change the look of your surroundings.
  • Victorian setting – Explore a game world inspired by masterpiece paintings, architecture and décor from the 19th century.
  • Original and classic art – Numerous pieces of original art and music flesh out the story and environment.
  • Story-focused exploration – Only through exploring the environment can you uncover the details of the painter’s dark and tragic past.


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CPU TypeIntel Mac Only
CPU Cores2
CPU Speed2.3 GHz
System RAM4 GB
Drive Space5 GB
Video RAM1 GB
Video (ati)ATI Radeon HD 5770 *
* Unsupported Video Cards: ATI Radeon X1300, ATI Radeon X1600, ATI Radeon X1900 XT, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, ATI Radeon HD 4670, ATI Radeon HD 4850, ATI Radeon HD 4870, ATI Radeon HD 5670, ATI Radeon HD 5750
Video (nvidia)NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M *
* Unsupported Video Cards: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500, NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300, NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, NVIDIA GeForce 9400, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, NVIDIA GeForce GT 130, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
Video (intel)Intel Iris *
* Unsupported Video Cards: Intel GMA 900, Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA X3100, Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 5000
Important Notes:
  • Optional Steam Key provided with purchase. Not required.

Downloadable Content For This Game (DLC)

DLCLayers of Fear: InheritanceReleased 8/2/2016$4.99

Reviews, Ratings & Comments


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  1. A horror game with potential, but ultimately failed
    by Aaron Harris, USA - Jun 1st 2016

    Originally, i was really excited to get this game. Not only did it look great and had a unique premise, but it has received a lot of positive reviews. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this game. It quickly became a chore to play, mostly due to the fickle contextual controls and the repetitiveness of the gameplay.

    If the developers improved the controls and developed the gameplay some more, maybe fleshing out the story a bit more, it could be a great horror game.

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  2. Moody, beautifully rendered, mind bending
    by Ken Spiker, USA - Mar 21st 2016

    Layers of Fear is not only a fascinating exploration game, it's also a work of art. Every detail contributes to a creepy and pervasive sensation of alienation and dread while preserving artistic coherence and integrity. In other words this game, in my opinion, is an esthetic experience as well an effective invocation of the macabre. You, the point of view character, are insane, and it's only getting worse. You are trying to complete a painting of your beloved, but you keep messing it up. You wander throught the rooms and corridors of this impossible old house while the storm beats relentlessly against the windows. You're looking for some connection to your lost love. I was impressed with how beautifully the house was realized and how it changes its configuration to reflect the confusion in your diseased mind. You can go through a door and turn around and the door is no longer there! At on point times seems to be progressing in reverse direction.

    This game has a particular scenario that you follow, while giving the illusion of free will. But of course you don't have free will. Fate controls everything you do and there is no escape. However I found the experience exhilerating. You can't stop trying, exploring those endless creepy corridors and trick rooms trying to find some connection to your lost love. Is there a conclusion, a resolution? You'll just have to find out for yourself.

    There are a few rather obscure puzzles, but not many. Mostly it's about atmosphere and suspense. I am impressed witih the artistry and imagination that went into creating this game. In quality of the both esthetics and gaming experience it is far and away better than most other games available in its class.

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