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Step into the role of a desperate young man who is grieving over losing his only son. He wanders aimlessly through a murky swamp in search of .. something.. if only he knew what.
As he finds himself completely lost in the darkness, suddenly a glimmer of hope appears – a will-‘o-the-wisp named Irrlicht – which promises him help and guidance. When the Irrlicht’s glow touches their surroundings everything changes and new parts of the world are revealed, which had previously been invisible.
Learn to use this light to overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and defeat the horrible monsters of the swamp.

Schein has evolved from a small student project into a promising startup, and we’re happy to frequently hear it compared to Limbo and Braid.

Key Features

  • Scope: 12 levels are waiting to be discovered, protected by 4 ferocious monsters.
  • Game length: 4–8 hours of intense puzzle solving, jump’n’running gameplay.
  • Language: Audio fully synchronized in English – Textual content in English and German.
  • OST: Original, atmospheric soundtrack, ingeniously adjusted to mood and suspense.

System Requirements
Schein is currently being developed for Windows PC and requires a DirectX9 capable graphics card. Controllers/joypads are supported in addition to the regular keyboard.

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Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.4
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0 comments by ZeppelinStudio on Apr 5th, 2014

April 5, 2014 | by Tiare Feuchtner

For us the past two days were a little bit like travelling back in time. We were invited to attend the STC (Student Technology Conference) aka. the German Finals of this year’s Imagine Cup. As we arrived in the Microsoft Office in Berlin, we were greeted with lunch bags and goodies, there were young people everywhere and you could taste the excitement in the air – just like it was back in St. Petersburg. We greeted Jan, the organizer, and found our friends from akili:innovation in Dresden, who were competing again this year. This time Almuth, Hannes, Matthias and Marcel were not competing with one, but with TWO projects!


The days were full of talks about the “Internet of Things” and presentations of this year’s Imagine Cup competitors. There were so many things going on simultaneously, that we barely knew where to go. So we often did what any sensible person would do: We lingered in the common area, where endless supplies of coffee and soft drinks kept our throats wet, while we engaged in conversation with a great diversity of young people from all over Germany, learning about exciting ideas and interesting projects. At close intervals food would hover by at eye-level, smelling terribly good and all we had to do is lazily reach out and stuff our faces. Heaven, I tell you!

Our friend’s presentations in the categories World Citizenship and Innovation made us forget our feeding frenzy for a short while. And then of course, there were the Games. We were really excited to meet the winners of the Global Game Jam with Fru. This game’s principle is so beautifully simple and yet so entertaining and challenging. And of course it also reminds us a little bit of Schein – so no wonder I like it that much!

For us the evening began with a great German custom: “Freibier”! Beer for everyone – as much as we liked – for free! That made the hands-on showcase of the Imagine Cup participants even better. Later entertainment was provided by a couple of DJs, a table full of colorful tape inviting us to create art.. or something similar, and lots of nice little pieces of technology that were put to use in a hackathon.


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So in midst of a room that was buzzing with conversation, the sound of a quadrocopter hovering or mostly crashing, glowing Spheros zapping around at our heels and the deep booming of the music, the evening rushed by in what felt like 5 minutes. While some of us felt old and made our way home shortly after midnight, others didn’t find their beds until well past breakfast.

So the next day began lazily watching the first presentations via live stream and arriving at the Microsoft Office just in time for lunch. Friendly conversation, another couple of presentations and lots of coffee made the wait for the award ceremony quite comfortable. Our friends were awarded a third place in the Innovation competition and second place in World Citizenship. Each of them went home with a brand new Windows Phone and a Dell Tablet. So even though they won’t be flying to the worldwide finals in Seattle, I’d say it has quite paid off. Congratulation guys!


After saying our goodbyes we walked to the subway station feeling tired and strangely empty. Maybe it was because it had all felt so familiar, but we hadn’t actually competed, hadn’t presented our own project, hadn’t feared the jury’s judgment, and hadn’t felt so connected to the other teams as it had been last year. But there’s one thing we’ve learned about Microsoft in these past couple of years: They definitely look out for their own and they will make sure you are well fed, spoiled and happy!

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Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.4

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.4

Aug 2, 2013 Demo 0 comments

After taking home the first prize at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals, we finally have the resources to release Schein! Work continues with more vigor...

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.3

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.3

May 5, 2013 Demo 6 comments

In time for our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, we have published yet another version of our Dev-Demo. This update once again contains new graphic...

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.2

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.2

Mar 29, 2013 Demo 0 comments

It’s been a while since we last publis­hed an update of our Dev-Demo, but the chan­ges we made were so big, they requi­red more time. Check out Schein’s...

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.1

Schein Dev-Demo v0.3.1

Dec 22, 2012 Demo 0 comments

One month ago we successfully released our Dev-Demo and are very pleased with the feedback we have gotten. Apart from several bugs which our meticulous...

Schein Dev-Demo

Schein Dev-Demo

Nov 20, 2012 Demo 0 comments

Our Dev-Demo is merely a short demonstration of the basic gameplay techniques of this puzzle-jump ’n’ run, with which we want to enthrall you. The final...

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Ustra Aug 10 2013, 12:52pm says:

Hi there,
I made a german Let´s Play of this Demo hope that is ok for you, sure I could ask you before -.-.

Very well done! Hope you get Greenlit on Steam, keep up your great work

Watch it: Youtu.be

-Cheers Ustra

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Irenaart Feb 13 2013, 2:55am says:

Very, very nice. Wish you all the best!

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ZeppelinStudio Feb 19 2013, 6:18pm replied:

Thanks for the praise! :)

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JustTony Jan 19 2013, 6:42pm says:

Hello, I have a question. Can I make a German Let's Play? And upload it to YouTube?

Timothy Tony

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ZeppelinStudio Jan 20 2013, 6:43pm replied:

Hey Timothy Tony!
Sure, go right ahead! We'd love to see it too :) So send us your link and we'll post it on our site as well.
The Schein-Team

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dexter_deluxe Jan 13 2013, 6:37pm says:

Awesome game - trrrracking!

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FelixWunderlich Dec 4 2012, 7:13pm says:

looks very nice. best of luck!

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ZeppelinStudio Dec 5 2012, 1:09pm replied:

thank you felix!

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