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WARNING: This game may be disturbing to some audience as this game contains real disturbing footage, sounds, fear nature, jump scares, gore, extreme violence and intense horror that may not be for the faint of heart. Play this game at your own risk.

The Backrooms: 1998 is a is a first-person found footage psychological survival horror game where it tells the story of a young teen after accidentally falling into the depths of The Backrooms in 1998. Roam freely, mark, explore and try unravel the story - however you are not alone. Don't scream or it will hear you. Mind your footsteps, if you step on glass it will hear you. If you knock over objects, it might hear you. Everything comes at a consequences.

Search for supplies, tools and items to help in your escape. Such tools as a spray gun which can help you to mark your path so you don't get lost in The Backrooms. Things you may see in the shadows, are sometimes not shadows. Something or someone may be lurking in there with you. Use your stamina only when needed, and tread carefully. Hiding in crawl spaces, under tables or inside lockers if you see something unusual can be a good idea.

Please note: The Backrooms: 1998 is a survival horror game being worked on by one developer, the premise of the game is an "escape room" type of game - where you have to collect clues, find supplies to help you in The Backrooms and try to escape them. It is currently in Early Access and I will try my best to update the game frequently to give you the best enjoyable experience. Please do submit your feedbacks and suggestions as it really helps out with the development!

Try to escape by completing objectives, finding clues and unfold the mystery surrounding how you got stuck in The Backrooms. This is an 'escape room' type game - you have to find your own way out by searching for clues and tools to help live longer. Mark your paths, hide in furniture and try not to make a sound - every corner can be your last. Making too much noise can attract unwanted attention.

The game takes place in 1998, it tells the story of a young teen after accidentally falling into the depths of The Backrooms. Each room can look the same, and they can also play tricks on you. That is why it's vital to search for supplies to help you mark your paths, find medicine to stay sane and try to escape if you dare. Just remember, that you are never alone in the backrooms. In order to survive, you must stock your inventory with items and collect supplies you may find in different rooms that can be essentials to your survival. In addition to finding items such as a spray gun to mark your path, medicine to stay sane, syringes to heal yourself, crowbars to open barricaded doors and such you also have to manage your inventory carefully and also manage your flashlight's batteries. Ending up in the darkness in the backrooms is not a good idea.

    • An immersive found-footage experience with a thrilling story and a claustrophobic environment set in The Backrooms in 1998.
    • Survival elements with full inventory system, objectives, clue-findings and tools to help you survive longer, or escape.

    • Find, uncover and unravel the terrifying backstory of The Backrooms with ever-changing rooms, hallways, areas that all seem too familiar.
    • Flashlight, Tools & Supplies: Find tools and supplies to guide you in The Backrooms such as flashlight that also requires batteries, spray gun to help you mark your paths so you know you been there before, and others.
    • Stamina System: You won't be able to outrun it. It will catch you as it never gets tired.
    • Mark-Your-Paths: Tools that can be used for path-marking such as a spray gun to help you to mark your path so you don't get lost.
    • "Escape-Room" Objectives: Roam freely, mark locations and find clues, complete objectives and try to escape The Backrooms, if you can.
    • Inventory Management: Find supplies and tools to help you survive longer in The Backrooms. Such tools will be vital for your survival.
    • Doors, crawl spaces and more: Roam around hallways, passages, crawl spaces and rooms. Be sure to close the doors behind you, or it can notice.
    • Hiding System: Hide from the enemies in lockers, crawl spaces and under tables to get past your enemies or hide from them.
    • Changing Environment: The environment may change with your sanity in The Backrooms. That's why it's vital to mark your path.
    • Gut Wrecking Moments: Walking on broken glass can make noises that the enemy may hear, same as moving crates or knocking over objects. all these things can give away your position. Try to evade them or use them as your advantages.
    • Hardcore-Gameplay: This will be an objective-finding type game, where you have to complete a set of objectives in the backrooms and find clues. You are only allowed to save limited number of times only when you are in the 'safe room'.
    • Enemy That Listens: The enemies can hear your footsteps, your breathing through the microphone and your fear.
    • Plan Accordingly: Plan your next move as it may be your last. Peak around corners, watch your foosteps, move slowly on glass and use stealth.
    • Limited Saving System: You can only save limited number of times in a 'safe room' - If you lose after the limit, you are forever stuck in The Backrooms.

    • Microphone Input: The enemy can hear your breathing, voice and screams through your microphone. Don't scream. 

    Real found footage telling the story of the terrifying events that occurred in 1998.

    Use tools such as your spray-gun to mark your paths so you don't get lost.

    Sometimes the things you see in the shadows, are not just shadows.

    Find flashlights, tools and supplies to help you survive a bit longer or escape.

    Inventory system, combine items and inventory management that you need to manage.

    Use the environment as your advantages - Such as closing doors behind you to slow enemies down and give you a chance to think your next move or to hide.

    Interact with items and objects which can be helpful and provide you tips.

    Gut-wrecking moments with an enemy that can hear your footsteps and your voice.

    Creepy environment with narrow and claustrophobic hallways, corridors and rooms.

    Discover crawl spaces to hide from your enemy and take shortcuts to the unknown.

    - with many threats lurking around each corner you turn.

    Mark your paths so you don't get lost, and see which path can be safe or unsafe.

    An environment that changes along with your sanity.

    Discover, mark, find clues to try and escape the madness of The Backrooms.

    Hide in lockers, under tables and in furniture to stay hidden from the enemy.

    Find necessary items to unlock new short-cuts for several other rooms.

    Explore or not, the choice is all yours - each path you take is yours to choose.

    If the enemy is near, be sure to hold your breath - as it can hear you from your mic.

    Findable craftables that you can combine together to make more powerful items.

    Saving system where you can only save only for limited number of times near a VHS.

    Will you trust your sanity? Some things can be real, while others are not.

    The question is .. do you have what it takes to enter The Backrooms of 1998?

    The Backrooms: 1998 is a horror game made by one developer at Steelkrill Studio. Please note this game is an objective-collection game with a story. Your objective is to find and collect clues in the Backrooms while also finding supplies, items and objects to help you out - all this while you are being hunted by the enemy. If you can, please submit your feedback and report any bugs and this will really help speed up the progress of the development! Thank you so much.

    Updated 2 days ago
    StatusIn development
    Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
    AuthorSteelkrill Studio
    Tagsbackroom, backrooms, found-footage-games, Horror, horror-game, Psychological Horror, scary, Survival Horror, the-backrooms
    Average sessionA few seconds


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    The Backrooms 98.zip 934 MB

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    The Backrooms 98 DEMO.rar 475 MB

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    Very nice game.. everyone should try it


    terrifying in a nutshell, I can't imagine what the person on whom this game was based on experienced.

    Nice gane


    Very nice gameNice game.


    Sadly, i can't play it because it's not free. Anyways i know the game is great. All the YouTube videos of the game are awesome, and i know they are real. Great Job.


    One of the scariest games of all time!!


    make it free


    This game was my first rodeo on real horror games and I have no idea what is the concept of the backrooms. I just clicked and bought the game because it looks fun and interesting to play. I was wrong a little bit. Guess what I wrote on the wall in the backrooms?


    I for sure love the game and the funny thing is that I was playing tag with the monster in the backrooms. It was fun while it lasted.


    a really disturbing game, since it is unfortunately based on real events, it is still striking due to its powerful mechanics. You don't get many games like this


    Amazing Game is so perfecto! I recommend it


    Very nice game. I recommend everyone to play it.


    Very cool to play and it's so incredible and interesting


    A very incredible gaming video


    This truly one of the scariest. I really enjoyed it. 


    This game is really amazing.I found it so incredible and nice.I will recommend it to anyone interested.I have really liked everything about this video.


    Eu me assustei bem
    Gameplay PT-BR


    This game me a few good scares!


    Me parece un genial juego que vale la pena probar


    Enjoyed it 🙂 🙂 🙂......


    Wow it looks scary i really enjoyed it

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    This Truly was one of the Scariest games I've ever played! Geezus!!


    had a blast with this one!

    Easily one of the scariest indie horror games I've played in a long time, once you understand the mechanics and get used to the jumpscares it's easier to deal with but the first 30-40 minutes of gameplay are SO uncomfortable I almost quit playing. Fantastic experience! Some of the jumpscares feel a little cheap but that is the only real criticism I have. Loved it.

    I'm glad to see this game available on Itch.io! I think the monster is a little easy to get away from but I love the environment and art style. There are a ton of random jump scares that work in the beginning, but lose their impact after seeing them so often. I think most people would love this game though.

    Thanks for making games!


    Wow this game was scary! Love the new concept of the enemy hearing you from your microphone!