A downloadable survival game for Windows and macOS

By Danstarr13

Welcome To The Parallax Effect!

**Please be aware that the game itself is currently in the very early stages of pre-alpha having only its second version released on May 22 2017.**

Developed solely by myself (Danstarr13) the game has been in the works for the last 3 years and is finally playable. The best genre I can fit to it is open-world crossed with survival-horror, it has both single and online multiplayer game modes allowing for survival on your own against the environment or the added challenge of surviving either with or against friends. I've put together my own website for the game which I would highly recommend visiting if you're interested in playing and following development of the game. The link is below for your access. I'd encourage you to register an account if you're interested in the game as it will allow you to join the community of current players and join in on the multiplayer action, you can also save your progress, achievements etc and receive some exclusive gear too!

The Official Website

Some private testing has been going on for the past few weeks to ensure most of the bugs from the first release v0.1 have been fixed and patched for the v0.2 release. If you are interested in following development and meeting other current players please join the Discord server I have made using the link below.

The Official Discord

So What's It All About?

The game revolves around the simple idea of survival in a densely forested region known as Chimera after an apocalyptic event known as The Parallax Effect occurred several years ago. Whether you choose to survive alone or with friends is entirely up to you however neither of the two make it less dangerous. Backstab, betray, steal or destroy anything and anyone in your way as you see fit. Your destiny is entirely decided upon by you and you alone. There is however a universal threat known as The Reaper who stalks survivors during the night. He knows where you are, the only way to escape is to hide as best you can or kill him using any means necessary. The map is roughly 10x10 km and will take a significant amount of time to fully traverse particularly when alone. There are 150 in-game items as of v0.2 ranging from backpacks, armour, food, water, medicine and of course weapons. There are currently 8 weapons in-game (9 if you count your fists as one) which have varying chances to be found. You will need to source correct ammunition once a gun is found, eat and drink to stave off starvation and dehydration whilst also keep your health in check with various medical utensils such as bandages, med-kits and tablets. It's bare bones survival, how you choose to survive though is entirely up to you. Build a campfire to keep warm, find or make a bedroll to rest in and even build intricate bases to store your loot and defend it with various traps such as barbed wire and wooden spikes. Currently there are 30 crafting recipes for you to make use of allowing base parts to be built along with storage units, traps and even some basic melee weapons. Controls are fairly basic at this stage mimicing those of your standard FPS game (RMB to aim, LMB to shoot, WASD to move, spacebar to jump, left shift to sprint, c to crouch, z to prone, h to switch perspectives and many others). The current in-game graphics are very good however will require a solid rig to run at decent frames with max settings. There are an extensive list of options to lower or heighten your graphics settings based on the power of your machine. There is current support for both Windows and Mac operating systems and will also be extending to Linux in the near future. A list of minimum and recommended specs can be found on my website (linked above). The game currently runs online functions through Steam requiring anyone wishing to play on a server to have an online Steam account (a Steam account can easily be created if you don't currently have one).

How Do Servers Work?

Very easily. In fact all you need to host/join a server is a copy of the same version of the game as the host, an online Steam account and a reliable internet connection. The back-end is all done for you, all you need to do is use the in-game UI to setup your server or join one. Please note in order to setup a dedicated server you will need to manually host it outside of the game itself. Specific instructions can be found by contacting me. Servers can hold a maximum of 10 players currently and have the option of both PVP or PVE combat modes. There is also the option to host a LAN or WAN server based on your circumstances. Currently there is no online save system for buildables however this will be addressed in the next update. Everything else saves correctly (inventory, stats, player position, player state, etc).

Great, So How Do I Play?

The game is available now 100% absolutely FREE for a limited time only, so get in on the action now to join an awesome community of players in an awesome game! You can download the latest version of the game on my website which is linked above and join the Discord server which is also linked above, to keep up to date with everything and even be an active part in development and earn yourself some exclusive in-game rewards. For the foreseeable future I would like to keep the game free until further development is completed and the game is of a high enough standard that I and the community would pay money for. I'm open to donations of any kind though of course don't feel compelled to send me anything, you showing some interest in the game is more than enough for me to be motivated to keep developing and pushing out updates. So, all in all if you like the look of what your reading then please come and join the chat I'd love for you to give some feedback and be a part of the games early development. For any further queries at all just comment below and I will reply ASAP or (preferably) join the Discord server and join the chat there. Thanks for your time and I hope to see you in-game soon!

Install instructions

Thanks for finding my game and sticking around, I'd firstly like to encourage you to join the game chat at my official Discord server 


Secondly, about the game, you have downloaded it for your appropriate OS I should hope. When running the game you will need to firstly unzip the downloaded file and run the Parallax.exe file inside the WindowsNoEditor folder. No further setup is required, all pre-requisites are already included in the packaged game files for you and will be installed! Further gameplay instructions can be found in the text documents included in the downloaded .zip file for your reference.


Windows v0.3
Mac v0.2


Log in with your itch.io account to leave a comment.

As of the most recent download the .pak issue persists. I have downloaded it several times and every time I extract it it says this .pak file cannot be extracted. Trying to subsequently run the .exe brings up the error "failed to open descriptor file Parallax/Parallax.uproject". 

(Edited 1 time) (+1)

Thanks for providing some detail about the issue, I'll be looking into this ASAP for a solution.

Hi - I tried installing the game using the itch.io app, and it failed to install after chugging away at this for a long time, BUT some files were obviously installed because a few GB of memory on my hard drive got gobbled up.

Is this a known problem with this game?

Hi there, yes there are some known issues with downloading a complete .zip file of the game as well as extracting it successfully. I'm currently unsure as to why this is happening to everyone but I'm currently looking into it and with some testing should have a working solution in the next few days, thanks for letting me know whats happened on your end.

(Edited 1 time)

Hi all, just a quick update for those of you who are not in the Discord server. The game has been updated to v0.4 on both windows and mac OS. You can download via the links above or from the official website. The update has fixed hundreds of bugs/glitches that were found and reported along with the addition of some cool new content! Check it out now if you haven't done so already.

Ok a lot of people seem to be having issues with running the game via the download file. In an attempt to fix this I will be uploading the game to itch.io (both windows and mac versions) which should fix the supposed corrupted/missing files in the download.

I tried to download this, but through Itch and the website download, I can't seem to get the executable?


Confused at how to install this, it says a .pak file can not be extracted and thus no ability to install/play the game.

(Edited 2 times)

Hi, thanks for downloading. The game requires no installation all you need to do is run the .exe file found in the directory assuming you are on windows. Just use WinRAR, 7zip or other preferred archiving program and open the downloaded zip file and navigate to this directory --> TPEv0.3Windows/Parallaxv0.3/WindowsNoEditor/Parallax.exe. If you're using Mac the directory will be TPEv0.3Mac/Parallaxv0.3/MacNoEditor/Parallax.app. It seems that you're also having an issue actually opening the zip file, this could mean an incomplete or corrupted download in which case will require a full re-download pf the game, or the program you are using to open the zip file is not appropriate. If problems persist please don't hesitate to contact me directly and I can offer more assistance.

v0.3 is now available for direct download via the links above.

(Edited 2 times)

it wont let me click the download it says its downloading but the google download bar says nothing i tried going to the main site but it says the page is not found....mac download works windows does not i am using windows

Sorry about this, I'm currently in the process of changing the downloads from v0.2 to v0.3. This will be fixed tonight.

thanks very much the download now works

v0.3 will be released in the next few days addressing many issues that have been reported. Thanks for the bug reporting to those who have!

I cant click anything. 

Well, for whatever reason fullscreen isn't working right. Every time I try and click anything it just switches to whatever is behind the game.

I turned off my pop-up blocker and the game did download.

In chrome, right hand side of address bar, click the little box where the star usually is and allow the pop-up.


The download links on your site are not working either.

The download link does not work for me, and the link provided in some responses that goes directly to the game site also does not work... when I click the windows download page it says im not allowed and gives error 404... halp

Hi there, I'm still trying to get the links working. In the meantime if you click on them they should take you to the downloads page on my site. You can then select your preferred OS at the bottom of the page.

It wont let me download. can someone help?

Hey Sift, sorry about the downloads not working there seems to be a problem with the links I've set up. You can grab a copy of the game for either Windows or Mac straight from my website www.parallaxgame.com if you can't get the links working on here.


After hitting esc with inventory open you can't close the inventory or do anyhing at all.

Thanks for reporting this issue, I'm currently looking into it and fixing. If you find anymore please join the discord server and post a bug report.

ok when I went to your official website I downloaded the game it works, but when I downloaded the game from this site it doesn't work for some reason it comes up with the "Thank you for downloading" but it doesn't start I think that the download for https://danstarr13.itch.io/the... doesn't work but the official website works

The game doesn't download :(((

Sorry, I just checked the links for the files and they were not up to date! I've fixed and tested them now and they should start downloading. If not, make sure your browser allows pop-ups as itch.io redirects you to my website to get the file which won't happen if you have pop-ups blocked. If all else fails you can go to my website http://www.parallaxgame.com and grab the latest version for both windows and mac.  If that doesn't work (which should not happen) join the Discord and I can set you up with a link for the game.

thank you

This game looks awesome!!

You should make a win32 edition man

Sure thing! I'll stick it on the to-do list :)

Thanks man :D

(Edited 5 times)

Full Review of The Parallax Effect
(The original Description of the game is way better explained. Though this is a just something coming from a person from the Community.)

Short Version:
A Standalone Dev is working exponentially well by himself.
With the Community holding up his feet to keep him up the mountain.

Multiplayer game that gives you a feeling like Unturned, 7 Days to Die and the Forest.
Aimed to give you a very scary Vibe with Survival and Multiplayer Base Building, Raiding and Fire fights. Work in Progress with a lot more updates.

Long Version:
First off, Danstarr13 did a wonderful job by himself. 
The community supports him very much and the game is making outstanding Progress.

He started it off as a small School project and it has unleashed Bigfoot steps to reach into an actual playable multiplayer Game.
We the community in Discord discovered 52 Bugs in 4 Days and the Dev Solved it in only 9 days. There is still a lot of Steaming hot asphalt to cover.

Game play:
You start off with nothing, Collect items, Make a shelter and wait.

Though that is not the case...When night falls things take a sweaty turn.
There is a lot of frightening events that happen that will make you hallucinate you are in Multiplayer though you are in Single-player.
There is also Wide Ranges of Guns and more to be added.
Still a few bugs left to Exterminate though the game is Playable.

The updates in the future are hoped to make this game take a twist and change the Meaning of Survival during the Night and Rush during the Day.


  • The Developer takes notes from the community.
  • Aspect of a Different genre of Survival.
  • Planned to be better than just the old Day, Collect, Build, Night, Wait and Repeat.
  • Multi-player & Single-player.
  • Free to Play for now.
  • Planned to be on Steam.
  • Windows & Mac Supported. (Yes, people play games on Mac.)


  • A lot to fix.
  • Not on Steam yet for Stable Multiplayer.
  • Some areas in the map are Bugged.
  • Not in a state that is imagined and planned.
  • Needs a Decent Gaming Rig (GT Series, i3 & 8GB is 40-60 FPS at Low Setting.)
  • Not a big community of Players.

Overall: Suggested to Give it a try and a Chance.

That is most of what I have experienced playing the game, And talking to the Dev.
Please Support the Game by Downloading, Playing and Leaving a feedback here...
Or the Discord: https://discord.gg/Czwmmkx

Have fun to you all and Enjoy The Parallax Effect.