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Fear Equation

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The world is covered in fog. Most who enter the fog disappear, and those who survive say it brings their nightmares to life.

No-one knows where it came from, but they all have ideas. Some say it's an experiment gone wrong, others believe it's divine judgement. And you? All you know is that the Sun is rumoured to shine just over the horizon.

You are The Engineer. You have designed the perfect system: a train, sealed off from the fog, ready to rescue survivors and take them to salvation.

If only they'd listen...Fear Equation is a turn-based strategy with rogue-like elements where you must take control of a modified freight train in an end-of-the-world scenario. The landscape has been overrun by a thick, deadly fog that manifests the nightmares of those inside it. Your survival depends on tactical planning and careful resource management.


As the Engineer, you'll need to rescue survivors, analyse their dreams and build defenses to protect them from their own imaginations. Complicating matters, passengers have their own theories as to how the fog was created and will form inter-carriage factions based on their beliefs.

Every game is unique and you can customise your Engineer to dramatically change how the game is played.Your passengers bring their nightmares with them. When the fog attacks, it will make their worst fears come alive. Read your passengers’ dream logs to help prepare defenses.The train needs resources and there's only one way to get them: send your passengers back out into the fog. Listen to radio broadcasts for hints and equip your scavengers well. But don’t stay too long because they’ll disappear into the fog.Passengers will group into four factions based on where they think the fog came from. Different factions are associated with different nightmares, skills and concerns. You’ll need to maximise their talents, handle their disputes and meet their needs.Create your own Engineer with special modifiers - both good and bad - that determine your individual train's starting conditions, overall difficulty and the different courses the game can take. Personalise your Engineer further by importing photos of yourself (or others) for use with your character.Populate your train with passengers of your own design using the custom passenger creator. Name, vital statistics, occupation, factional tendencies and influence can all be modified. As with Engineer customisation, you can import photos from outside the game to give each passenger a life of their own.Explore a richly detailed 3D cabin and interact with computers, train controls, maps and consoles. All interaction points feature an in-game manual so you’ll never get lost.
With squabbling passengers, limited resources and wandering foes including the cult-like "Fearless" and powerful military, the fog might be the least of your concerns...About Screwfly StudiosWe're a two-man developer based in Australia, dedicated to creating deep, innovative strategy games for PC. Fear Equation is Screwfly's third title; its previous games Zafehouse: Diaries and Deadnaut are also available on Steam.
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http://fearequation.com

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Mid-to-high performance NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 950 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Other Linux distributions should work, however they are not officially supported.

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / RADEON R7 250X with 1GB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 950 MB available space

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Mid-to-high performance NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 950 MB available space
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Fear Equation reviews and comments

Fun management game where you can create custom characters.
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Microsoft from French
Fear equation-help them survive in the face of a toxic fog war is responsible for the deadly fog covering the planet almost entirely. This fog makes the worst fears come up in every individual. You, you are the driver of a train (in a completely insulated locomotive in front of the fog) and you pick up survivors at each of your stops. Your goal is to bring them to a fog free zone, but it's not won. Your wagons are not insulated. We will have to put in place protections against nightmares, manage the resources as well as the supply of the wagon to food and medicine. At each stop, you send a group to explore the surroundings (especially the buildings) to find other survivors, resources but also fuel for the train. You would not break down in the middle of the campaign!? http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=628485452 to discover all my impressions on fear equation. [www.graal.fr]
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Microsoft from French
Fear equation is the worthy descendant of Zafehouse: diaries (the first version is findable free & legally). The team has bet on 1) management and 2) ambience. And it works as well as for his big brother! This game is a Pearl... but a Pearl of niche that will not appeal to everyone! No character on the screen other than in picture, no translation FR currently (although it is not a negative point as far as I am concerned), a pretty austere environment, in short: from the small budget. but. For those who have the love of the genre and work well done, those who read King and consorts, those who easily content themselves with the imaginary... Those there will find in fear equation a little gem to come out from time to again. It is probably not worth quite its current 15 euros but it is a priority purchase in balances for interested people. The game being a little hairy at first (but just at the beginning, reassure you) I made myself happy with more than 2H of tutorial just for you (attention: monetized videos. Don't click if it's a hassle for you;)) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEJWEBxPUyY
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Ignore my hours, I played the game for many hours before it released on Steam. German: Ignores my Playing Time, I played FE long before the Steam release for countless Hours. German: If Snowpiercer and The Fog had a Child And Screwfly would turn it into a complex Strategy game, then FE would come out of it. The 2 Man team of Screwfly is known for their slightly different Games (Deadnauts & Zafehouse Diaries, for example) and therefore not recommended for everyone. Anyone who has played the previous Titles, or is generally a Friend of complex (and sometimes rather heavy) survival strategy games, will find their Delight here. Everyone else should probably make a Bow around it:) English: If Snowpiercer and the Fog would get a baby and Screwfly would turn it into a complex strategy-game, well then IT would turn out to be FE. The 2 man DevTeam is known for their different kind of strategy games (like Deadnauts & Zafehouse Diaries). That's also the reason why FE is not for everyone. If you played their previous games, or if you're a fan of complex (and sometimes very hard) survival strategy, well then YOU will probably enjoy FE. Everyone else should avoid it. It's as I said, not a game for everyone:)
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