March 1, 2016

Andreas Betsche

DreadOut – First Impressions

March 1, 2016 | Andreas Betsche

I have been researching games set in Southeast Asia. However, I couldn’t recall many games that focused on the region’s culture. I was looking for a game that depicted the cultural aspects of Southeast Asia, rather than just using it as a location. I explored a variety of games that covered different countries in the region, but they were mostly limited to one or a few levels. I almost gave up until I stumbled upon an Indonesian game called DreadOut.


It was exactly what I was looking for – a horror survival game set entirely in Indonesia. In the game, you play as Linda, a student who gets lost in a haunted village while on a trip with her classmates. Armed only with her smartphone and camera, Linda must find her missing classmates while battling ghosts inspired by Indonesian myths and legends. Although the technical aspects of the game were underwhelming, the atmosphere was very dense and genuinely scary. As I am not a big fan of horror games, this made the experience even more exciting for me. Unfortunately, I never finished the game due to some annoying glitches.


Have you played DreadOut or any other games from Southeast Asia that I may have missed? Please let me know!


Digital Happiness released a standalone sequel called DreadOut: Keepers of the Dark in 2016.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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