Norwegian Horror Through the Woods Is Out Now

If you’ve ever wanted to feel what it’s like to be a child in a forest in Norway, or a mother who’s lost a child in a forest in Norway then Through the Woods [official website] stands to make your dreams come true. The game is influenced by Norse mythology and Norwegian folk tales and tells the story of a mother whose son has a fascination with a pier and her constant struggles to keep him away from it because it’s dilapidated and dangerous. So, my typical Saturday night then?

Alas, the woman’s plight only deepens when little Espen does whatever he wants and takes a boat into the haze of the Norwegian morning. The meat of the game involves you, as the mother, looking through the woods for Espen in a third-person perspective. If psychological horror is your bag, then the eerie woods of Through the Woods should tingle your spine and spook your soul. Probably.

Orrrrrrrr it’ll just be another game where you walk around and get spooped by jump scares here and there. Hopefully that’s not the case.  The baby crying in the trailer sounds a lot like the same sound effect at the beginning of the Mickey Avalon song “Drugs.” Also, the game’s logo reminds me of a death metal band’s logo, though it’s too legible to actually be one. Judging by the trailer I’m not sure how it got so many accolades when it was first shown off, but hey. I haven’t gotten to play it for myself just yet. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Here’s what Pip had to say about last year’s Kickstarter demo.

If you’re looking for a ween to hallow you this Halloween, Through the Woods hit Steam and GOG on Thursday. You can get it now at £14.39/17,99€/$17.99, which is 10% off the normal price!


  1. khaoselement says:

    Gotta say, wouldn’t really call this a horror game. As far as I’ve been in it anyway. It’s dark, yeah, but it’s like…Firewatch with Norwegian folk lore. It could be I’m just not far enough in for the scary, but yeah, just my two cents.

  2. Tanngnjost says:

    Norwegian here, I was scared of trolls growing up. This seems interesting.

    The shields and runestonesseem a little over-the-top, though. Especially with the glowing and Latin letters.

  3. LennyLeonardo says:

    Heh, “spooped.”

  4. User100 says:

    I don’t quite understand what the point of articles like these is…
    The writer hasn’t played the game yet, doesn’t know whether it’s any good or not, and can only make guesses about its content.
    So – why write about it in the first place?

    • skalpadda says:

      The headline might give you a hint.

    • vahnn says:

      They announced it a while back, and Pip did play the demo and write a short article on it, so it’s only natural that they follow up by announcing its release.

    • Jalan says:

      Yeah, RPS staff – how dare you publish articles that confuse and irritate this person!

  5. Turkey says:

    Not a single Norwegian Wood joke? Wtf, RPS!

    • Jalan says:

      The film adaptation wasn’t great, but that score by Jonny Greenwood was something else.

    • DonJefe says:

      Yeah, yew wood think that could start a good pun thread.I know I’m pine’ing fir one to spruce things up a bit, and they are usually a larch.

  6. natebud says:

    You can tell its a lady skeleton in the photo because it has boobs.


    • Saarlaender39 says:

      Hahaha…I was thinking to myself: “Hm, something looks odd in this picture.”, but couldn’t quite put a finger on it.

      However – after putting some thought in it:
      If you look closely – the bedcover pushes her dress down to her spine, so what seems to be her boobs is actually her skeletonized chest bones.