Factsheet

Developer:
Aegon Games Ltd
Based in England, United Kingdom

Release date:
3rd February 2015

Platforms:
Steam

Website:
astray-game.com

Regular Price:

GBP£4.99
USD$6.99
EUR€6.99
AUD$7.99

Description

Astray is a first-person horror/puzzle game set in an abandoned museum based on unusual cultures, legends, and supernatural themes; but something more sinister lurks beneath the surface..

Playing as the nephew of the museum’s missing curator, you must survive as you make your way through the abandoned building, interacting with objects, and completing puzzles along your way to unravelling the mystery of what lies beneath the museum.

Astray is powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Mechanics
In Astray, the player has no way to defend themselves; when encountering an enemy, the only options are to run or hide. You can avoid enemies by staying out of sight, and by crouching to make less noise while moving. The complexity comes in the form of the various puzzles the player encounters throughout the game. Astray makes use of physics puzzles (in which you must manipulate the environment in order to reach an objective) as well as more traditional puzzles scattered around the museum, the products of the museum curator's twisted mind. Astray was heavily inspired by "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" as well as older titles such as "Shivers" and "The 7th Guest".

What makes Astray unique
In contrast to most recent indie horror games, Astray focuses more on building tension, with longer periods between scares. We try to leave the player in situations in which they are anticipating a scare and creating their own horror. Astray is also set in an environment which deviates from the usual asylum/hospital/haunted house. Being set in a heavily themed museum allows us to have 7 unique and eerie environments ranging from ancient Egypt to a more futuristic Atlantis, most of the settings in the game are strange and unfamiliar to the player.

Story
The game takes place in 1909 inside Prof. Walker's Museum of the Supernatural, an in-development museum based on supernatural themes and unusual cultures. Rupert Walker, the museum's curator, spends most of his time locked away in his museum preparing for the grand opening. Recently, the professor has acquired a mysterious artefact for display in his exhibits, an artefact which he has obsessed over since it came into his possession. You play as the nephew of Prof. Walker; the family is accustomed to Rupert's odd behaviour, but an unusually long period of silence from your uncle has prompted you to investigate on the family's behalf. You arrive on foot to an old building in the middle of rural central England. The building is in disrepair, artefacts and props are strewn around the exterior. The doors are boarded up and there is no sign of life inside the museum. You must find a way inside the old building so that you may locate your uncle, and uncover the mystery of the strange artefact.

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Features


Videos

Release Trailer YouTube

Gameplay Trailer YouTube


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About Aegon Games Ltd

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We're a two-man indie development team from England with a passion for creating and playing games. The team consists of one programmer and one designer and other than audio creation, between us we're responsible for all aspects of the game development process.

More information
More information on Aegon Games Ltd, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Astray Credits

Dan
Programmer, Makeshift Artist

Dave
Game Designer, Makeshift Animator


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