Alone In The Dark Creator’s Stealth Horror: 2Dark

2Dark [official site] looks like something that might emerge from the Ice-Pick Lodge. It’s a top-down stealth game in which you infiltrate the lairs of serial killers, attempting to rescue the children that they’ve kidnapped. Cheery stuff. Judging by the first trailer, below, sound is the central mechanic. Noises in the darkness are marked on-screen visually so that you can track their movement and direction. Most of the sounds appear to be variants of sobbing and muffled screams. Like I said – cheery stuff. Somehow, the super deformed art style just makes the whole thing even more creepy to my eyes.

This is Frederick Raynal’s first survival horror games since the original Alone in the Dark. Since then, the Little Big Adventure games have been his most recognisable work. I’d much rather have something small, weird and horrid than any kind of successor (spiritual or otherwise) to either Little Big Adventure or Alone in the Dark. This looks like just the ticket: Go in, get the kids, make your way out without losing your head.

Sounds simple enough but the traps strewn about the place and the need to shepherd, manage and convince children to follow you could be your undoing. Admittedly, the team management aspects that form part of your rescues could lead to nothing more than irritating escort missions, but they sound more intriguing, on paper at least:

“Players have a tough challenge ahead of them as they confront one serial killer after the other in their respective lairs. They will have to find the way out, save and manage the terrified, and not always well disciplined, children, confront horror-hunger beings, avoid traps, and much more besides. Through the different levels, the player will discover his adversary’s backstory and motivations and the terrifying secret of Gloomywood Orphanage!”

“Horror-hunger beings”. Yes!

The best stealth games always have a delicious tension that is only ever a couple of steps from triggering my flight response. It’s why the Thief games were able to creep into horrifying places without losing their sense of self; everything about a life in the shadows, hunted and hounded, can quickly make a victim of the player character.

If 2Dark is successful, it might well play with that idea of victimhood. The transition from rescuer to target should happen naturally as you delve too deep in places that are (ahem) too dark.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign last year, 2Dark is now available to preorder, which will provide access to the beta. That preorder costs €20 and the full game is set for release sometime next year.

10 Comments

  1. Shakes999 says:

    I’ll give it a shot just because Alone in the Dark and Little Big Adventure gave me so many memories, that I feel I owe it to him to give it a chance. That and I think it looks right up my alley.

    That being said, I went back and tried to play LBA 2 months ago for the first time since I was a kid and if there was ever a game I want to punch in the face, it’s that one. I still love it but ugh, maddening.

  2. Penguin_Factory says:

    2 Dark 2 Scary

    This looks cool. The graphical style reminds me of a lot of PS1 games, which is an interesting throwback.

  3. Press X to Gary Busey says:

    Little Big Adventure, Someone apparently sneaked an Enhanced Edition onto Steam while nobody was looking last week.
    link to store.steampowered.com

  4. Babymech says:

    Oh geez. This one looks like it will hit a little too close to home for me to be able to enjoy it – somehow they’ve stumbled on a very personal, very true to life theme here, at least for me. I’m talking of course about the name gloomy wood.

    As for the game, it’s pretty much a slow Zombies Ate My Neighbors, yes? I hope they kept the trampolines.

  5. csbear says:

    I like the look of this. Speaking of top-down horror, I can’t wait for Darkwood to get out of early access.

    • vahnn says:

      I’m loving Darkwood as well. Played it only a bit, as i don’t want to wear it out before its finished. Spooky stuff.

  6. SuperFaex says:

    I’ve played the first alpha version, since I have backed the game on Ulule. Even if it was very short it still was pretty amazing. Really looking forward to the full release.

  7. HERP DERP NANOMACHINES says:

    Rescuing children? Boooooorinnng.