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Softly I rise and fall, at the complete mercy of the waves. Is it as peaceful as people say? Don't have the energy to swim back to shore, nor the desire. Nothing but the sound of water filling my ears. Drifting away now, I feel nothing. As I enter my eternal slumber the deep beckons me.

A first person psychological-horror set in the mind of a drowning person's final moments.

Mind At Sea was originally made to challenge myself to learn more C++ but ended up becoming a finished project that I completed in 3 weeks. I've released it on Itch.io for free so that anyone can try it and give me feedback. If you do play it let me know what you think! 

Copyright 2023[Cameron Harford] This item is not authorized for posting on Steam.

Updated 5 days ago
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(7 total ratings)
AuthorCameron Harford
TagsHorror, Psychological Horror, Short, underwater


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Mind At Sea 478 MB
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Here you go, Cameron - one more video to add to your comments section. Thanks once again for the help in getting this working, I enjoyed the visuals and ideas in it!

Thank you so much General Red for being both patient and providing a video! Great feedback and I'll be taking this into account for future projects. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Hello Cameron Harford!

I've been meaning to play this game lately, and booted it up for the first time today. Unfortunately, I seem to have encountered a problem. I went into the games settings and tried to reset it from borderless windowed to fullscreen, only this caused the game to crash. Now, whenever I try to start the game up again, I receive the following error message (long wall of text incoming):

LowLevelFatalError [File:Unknown] [Line: 836] 

Rendering thread exception:

LowLevelFatalError [File:Unknown] [Line: 249] 

Result failed 

 at D:/Build/++UE4/Sync/Engine/Source/Runtime/Windows/D3D11RHI/Private/D3D11Viewport.cpp:368 


0x00007ffb32534fd9 KERNELBASE.dll!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff71825dbc7 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff71822cb8a MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff7181e25f7 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff7181e24f8 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff7186861cb MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff7186742b4 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff71867c3f7 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718bdf65b MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718bdcd66 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718dc154e MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718dc37f9 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718149799 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff7181498a3 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718c23c92 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718c24848 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff71826ec4b MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ff718269377 MindAtSea-Win64-Shipping.exe!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ffb32d87034 KERNEL32.DLL!UnknownFunction []

0x00007ffb34d42651 ntdll.dll!UnknownFunction []

Any ideas on how I might fix this? I've tried re-downloading the game several times, but now I keep getting the same error.

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Hey General Red! Apologies for the delay, I was busy. Also accidentally deleted my reply to you instead of editing it :/

After some research it appears you either need to update your graphics drivers or if you're using Windows 11 you should run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 10. Another option is to hit Alt+Enter when launching the game to switch fullscreen mode.

Let me know how you get on with the above!

Hello Cameron, I'm glad to say I managed to get it to work with the Alt-Enter trick! Thanks for the tip, should now be able to play the game. ;)

Ah awesome, sorry you had to experience that!

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Half the time I was scared out of my wits!  the other half I was LOST in a gorgeous sea of wonder and mystery.  To be blunt, I mostly had NO idea what was going on, but I was diggin it BIG TIME!!!

Thanks so much for playing! Your playthrough was a great watch and I'm glad you enjoyed it :D 


I feel like there is a lot to say about this game. I think the first thing to start with is the premise, as it is a very interesting take on the final moments of life. Usually you'd think to find a game about life flashing before your eyes, but this is definitely different. 

I also think that the graphics and art style of this game are phenomenally well done. This game has an atmosphere that really works because of this art style. That being said, the designs can make navigation confusing, as everything looks so interesting, but making distinctions can be difficult, plus the game is just dark in general, so it was a bit confusing.

Lastly, I think the music and the sounds were incredibly crisp and pleasing to hear, even at intense moments. The ONLY problem I had with the sounds of this game was how much the volume of the sounds and music would suddenly vary, making it hard to find a good audio level to keep this game at, but otherwise the sounds were fantastic. 

Overall, this was a very fun experience! Well designed, amazing art, and awesome audio!


I'm incredibly grateful for your detailed feedback and thank you for leaving a comment + video! 

If I wasn't working on another project I'd go back and adjust that last area. As you mentioned it does need better design from a navigation perspective. I aimed for an open area with a couple of branching routes but failed to make the direction clear enough. 

Very happy that you enjoyed the sound! Spent a fair amount of time trying to make them fit the theme. Though I do agree (and as people have given the same thoughts below) that some sounds need their volume adjusting. The chase theme comes to mind. 

Definitely taking this all into consideration for my current project and hopefully it'll be a vast improvement!

Anyway, glad you enjoyed the game and thanks for playing! :D 

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I'll definitely try to remember to keep an eye out for the next project!


very atmospheric with just enough tension having to avoid the divers! i haven't figured out where to get the third little blessing (they're really cute though ^-^) but i'm enjoying exploring the area and seeing all the neat features - great job!

Super glad you enjoyed it! I hope you managed to find the final blessing and if not, look below! Thanks for playing :D


I loved the art style of this game, everything looks so beautiful.  A creepy, and unsettling feeling washes over every moment of this game.  It feels so surreal, and bizarre.  

Awesome, thank you so much for playing and your video was great to watch!


Glad that you liked it!  It was a really cool game that you made.  You should be proud of yourself!


Looked marvelous and was actualy scared when you were forced to run

Glad you enjoyed it! :D


the visuals in this were stunning. hope you enjoy my video

Thanks for playing! Your video was good fun to watch and you gave some great feedback!


Very interesting game. Keep up the great work.

Thank you for playing!

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Thank you so much for your great feedback! I really enjoyed your video and glad that you liked the game!

You make a good point about the crouch walking, I'll bear that in mind for the future. 


Cool game and surreal experience! I liked the narrative of the game and thought it had a somber mood and atmosphere! great job!

I'm happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for playing!


SKIP TO 19:04!!!

Thanks for playing!


I really enjoyed your game! Genuinely creepy and eerie and i did not expect the game to be what it was so it was a pleasant surprise! I’m a beginner youtuber so excuse the quality of the mic, but here's my video! Thanks for reading/watching 💜

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was great fun to watch your video and see how you react! Thanks so much for playing!


Really blown away from this experience. It honestly felt very terrifying and claustrophobic. I would have like to seen more of the abstract puzzle solving along the way -- but what's already here is really, really great. Thank you for respecting the players time as well, I died after collecting the objectives and was worried I would've had to start all over -- bless the save states.

Very happy to see that you liked it! Yeah, I didn't want anyone to feel like it was a slog to get all of the Blessings again. Thank you so much for playing and leaving your wonderful thoughts!


Fantastic job, absolutely loved the environments and the presentation of the concept. As a graphic designer, I'm a sucker for typography and even down to the font choice was 10/10.

Thank you so much! Super thrilled you enjoyed the game (and the font)!


Love the atmosphere! I somehow got lost towards the end and spent a lot of time trying to get through a different door so my playthrough is pretty long. I think I almost got stuck in some terrain while I was wandering but got out eventually.

I really like it though, it was one of those games where the game world stuck with me after I stopped playing. Can;t wait to see more from you!

Thanks for giving your thoughts! Super useful feedback. I'll see what I can do to make it easier to find where you're supposed to go. Also, never seen two divers in the last area before! Will need to sort that. Happy you enjoyed it though!


This was very good! Extremely terrifying. It also helps that I'm deathly afraid of the ocean! This game had me shook. Great buildup of tension. Here's my playthrough: 

Glad you enjoyed it despite your fear! Your video was great to watch, thanks for playing!


Played it, It was very good. Graphics were great and the game play was solid. 

Thanks for playing! Happy to see you enjoyed it and your video was great!


This is so cool. I like it. So scary and creepy!

Thank you so much for playing!

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Glad you enjoyed it!

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very creepy game but ok :P


pretty solid. Rough around the edges. But definitly good for starting out!

Thanks! Definitely got things to improve but it was a great learning experience.


Hi there, I am a youtuber and I hope to get some support from you guys by leaving a like and subscribe at my channel.

I was initially interested in playing this game as it stated that it was a psychological horror game but I felt that I was unable to really feel the words psychological horror from this game. 

To me, Psychological horror is something that scares you from the within like a storyline that is extremely unsettling and disturbing which makes you feel afraid and anxious just because of the storyline or the atmosphere and environment of the game. Having said that, I felt that having someone chasing you as you fulfill the tasks does not really appeal to me as a psychological horror game.

Other than that, this is a great horror game and I hope to see a more well-thought storyline of the man drowning in his final moments like an exploration of his past life before he gives up and die.

Thank you.

Psychological horror deprives on playing with your mentality/emotions to frighten, disturb or unsettle (that's the definition). This game can potentionally disturb people due to its usage of clausotropy and sense of helplessness (it got me uncomfortable!) depending on what they find scary


Hey there spectators and Dev,

Mind at sea was a beautiful and terrifying experience.  More so for me due to the fact that I hate being underwater in the sea.

The visual were calm and yet strikingly beautiful and the short yet intense chase moments had my heart beating like a racehorse.

Thanks for letting us see your creation dev

Have fun spectators . . .

- L Squared


Thank you so much for your great description and very glad you enjoyed it! Super happy you got the message and your video was a joy to watch. 


I really like this game it's a little confusing to me but I'm still getting there and here is the first video of my let's play. I hope you like it.

Hey! Thanks for playing! Your video was super useful for feedback so thanks for making it. I'll see what I can do about the stuttering you had about half way through. I'll also add some hints as it isn't very clear what to do at points. I noticed there were some sound stuttering too, was that ingame or just in the recording?

I'm sorry about the late reply back but I think it might had been the recording maybe I didn't remember any sound stuttering at all but I might be wrong I will go back through my video and check