Darkwood

Darkwood provides a new perspective on survival horror.
Scavenge and explore the rich, ever-changing free-roam world by day, then hunker down in your hideout and pray for the morning light.
  • Survival horror from a top-down perspective that is terrifying to play.
  • No hand holding or quest markers. Test your skills and figure things out on your own!
  • By day explore the randomly generated, ever-sinister woods, scavenge for materials, craft weapons and discover new secrets.
  • By night find shelter, barricade, set up traps and hide or defend yourself from the horrors that lurk in the dark.
  • Gain skills and perks by extracting a strange essence from mutated fauna and flora and injecting it into your bloodstream. Watch out for unexpected consequences…
  • Make decisions that impact the world of Darkwood, its inhabitants and the story you experience.
  • Meet eerie characters, learn their stories and decide their fate. And remember - don’t trust anyone.
  • As nights go by, the lines between reality and nightmarish fantasies begin to blur. Are you ready to step into Darkwood?
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows Vista
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
Storage: 6 GB available space
Additional Notes: Minimum resolution: 1280x720
Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel i3
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 660
Storage: 6 GB available space
Additional Notes: Minimum resolution: 1280x720
Minimum Requirements
OS: OSX 10.8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
Storage: 6 GB available space
Additional Notes: Minimum resolution: 1280x720
Recommended Specifications
OS: OSX 10.8
Processor: Intel i3
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 660
Storage: 6 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
Storage: 6 GB available space
Additional Notes: Minimum resolution: 1280x720
Recommended Specifications
OS: 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04
Processor: Intel i3
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 660
Storage: 6 GB available space
  • Due to its demanding nature and deliberate style of gameplay, Darkwood may not be up everyone's alley. Nonetheless, it's undeniably a survival horror done right case, entangling the player with its reverie-like ambience in a gnarled realm of mildew smells and ghastly aberrations.

  • What Darkwood does best, though, is give you a feeling of complete helplessness. The atmosphere, the darkness, the eerie soundtrack, and the design of the monsters you encounter are what make Darkwood one of the most memorable survival horror games I’ve played in recent times. Even after preparing as best you can, you’ll still always feel as though you could’ve done more. Death is always inevitable, but you’ll definitely be ready to jump right back in to try again.

  • Darkwood is a thrilling survival game with tons of exploration, rich story background and enigmatic characters. The crude atmosphere has been build using a bright illumination system, visuals, music, sounds and silents. The forest, filled by darkness, is like another main character. Gameplay works fine, but the combat system isn't deep at all.

  • Despite some minor frustrations and inconsistencies, Darkwood is a journey of masterfully deceptive madness that will drag you in whether you like it or not.

  • Despite some unsatisfying gameplay systems, Darkwood can provide legitimate thrills and scares for the horror fans that miss the vibes of such classics as Silent Hill 2 and Pathologic without ever using a jump scare. Whether it is the uniquely grotesque art style or the ever-challenging design of its difficulty, Acid Wizard Studio has proven it understands what ingredients make up a good horror experience and the randomised elements of the game allow a unique narrative every time you play.

  • Despite an inconsistent combat system, Darkwood is a very original and insane top-down survival horror, with some rogue-lite elements to complete the offer.

  • Darkwood does so much with its simple top-down perspective that it matches some of the best horror games released this year. It is easy to appreciate the finer details when you methodically explore a captivating wooded area, gather resources, and fend off deadly creatures before the terrifying night arrives.

  • Quotation forthcoming.

  • Darkwood is a thrilling survival horror game that delivers a unique experience with its pixel art top-down graphics, great sound design and gameplay in mysterious woods full of danger lurking behind every tree and corner.

  • A very interesting experience for those who enjoy surviving, particularly if they're also looking for something new in the horror genre.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    The loneliness inside the dark wood will catch you with its dark poetics. You will be scared and you will have fun. Hopefully you will forgive the game's worse controls and weaker duels. [Issue#278]

  • An outstanding story-telling survival of a non-traditional style that plays with the unprecedented feeling and humor on a horror note. The fight does not have to suit everyone, but if games like this are not completely strange to you, the phenomenally tense atmosphere, great art style, and the gorgeous background story you must unravel yourself, will catch and hold you until the end.

  • Darkwood does a great job of showing off its weird, unsettling world, but it struggles to tell players what they have to do. The woods are home to secrets and terrible truths alike. Though it falls short of reaching its full potential, mostly due to questionable controls and cumbersome combat, this horror game is worth the experience on the merits of its haunting atmosphere alone.

  • CD-Action

    Darkwood’s developers have an expert grasp of what terror is, where it lurks and how to frighten the player to make him come back for more. They couldn’t decide whether they’re making a story-driven game or a sandbox, but their effort is still worth recommending to everyone who enjoys good horrors. [11/2017, p.64]

  • Darkwood is one of those games where it’s easy to have a mixed opinion on it. The control mechanics leave something to be desired, which is never any more true than in combat. Once we get past that, Darkwood actually gets a lot of things right. The story is shrouded in mystery as bits of the narrative are gradually revealed as the player progresses through the game. The very nature of the game is puzzling, but without any hand holding the player can figure out what needs to be done and this feels rewarding. Tension is built through a constant sense of danger and the unknown, with a visual style and sound direction that contribute to the overall sensation of dread. The end result is a more psychologically-driven sense of fear and not one made by the cheap use of jump scares. The lack of direction and poor combat controls could be enough to keep some from entering Darkwood, but horror fans that are willing to forgive these aspects can find a rewarding and chilling experience within.

  • Darkwood is a fine open-world survival experience, and spins a good yarn, but doesn’t quite succeed as a horror game. The ominous veneer wears off quickly enough, and you’re left with a somewhat cumbersome Don’t Starve clone. Darkwood has its moments and will please a certain dedicated breed, but less masochistic general gaming audiences may find the title more tedious than terrifying. Don’t venture into these woods unless you’re prepared to rough it.

Darkwood
$14.99 $7.50
Title: Darkwood
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, RPG
Released: 17 August 2017
Developer: Acid Wizard Studio
Publisher: Acid Wizard Studio
  • Single-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Full controller support
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