Darkwood seeps on to Steam Early Access

Surreal PC horror game Darkwood is due to launch on the Steam Early Access initiative soon. The creepy game, developed by Acid Wizard Studio, gives you a top-down view of your lone and vulnerable character as they try to survive and explore the sinister woods around them.

As is the current trend with many games, Darkwood has a procedurally generated world which promises a good degree of replayability. The game also borrows from roguelikes and adventure games to craft something truly interesting for horror fans. Here are some of the highlights from the Steam store page:

  • By day, explore the randomly generated woods, scavenge for materials and weapons, discover secrets, solve mysteries and talk, trade with or kill the various inhabitants of Darkwood.
  • By night, find shelter, barricade, set up traps and hide or defend yourself from the horrors that lurk in the dark.
  • Gain skills or perks by extracting essence from mutated fauna and flora and injecting it into your bloodstream. This might also have various unexpected consequences…
  • Each action you take will have impact on Darkwood and its inhabitants. The choices you make will define the story which you will experience.
  • As days go by, the lines between reality and nightmarish fantasies will begin to blur. You will start to question the protagonist’s sanity, but may also stumble upon your own hidden fears…

Darkwood screenshot

Personally, the game had me at ‘Find shelter and barricade’. I love that kind of fortress/siege mentality in games, finding somewhere that looks safe and just trying to survive the night.

Darkwood looks like it’s something any horror gamer should keep an eye on.

Source: Darkwoodgame.com
Reporter: Casey Douglass

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