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Darkwood

2 months ago

Feature: Live, die, repeat

The 20 best survival games on PC

We’ve been battered by wave after wave of survival romps since Minecraft popularised the genre, with its deadly nights and groaning zombies, almost a decade ago. In its wake, we've been introduced to a cavalcade of punishing, persistent environments intent on putting us in an early grave. The masochistic impulse to put ourselves through the wringer for entertainment has spread to RPGs, management games, cosmic…

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11 months ago

Feature: Turbulent tales

How killing permadeath in Darkwood led deeper into the forest

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they underwent to make the best bits of their games. This time, Darkwood [official site]. “All roads lead deeper into the woods,” says one of the twisted characters in Darkwood, an excellent and haunting game of survival in a nightmarish forest. There are horrors in its tangles of subsuming wood, things…

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1 year ago

Feature: Is #1 A Jump Scare?

The 25 Best Horror Games On PC

To compile a list of the 25 best horror games on PC is to look into the void for so long that the void not only starts to look back, but shakes you by the hand and takes you out for coffee. It is to fight with monsters until you become a monster and then go on a European railtrip with the other monsters, and…

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Darkwood devs upload a torrent of their own game to thwart key resellers

The makers of Darkwood [official site] have uploaded a full version of their wonderfully dreadful new horror game to a torrent site. Acid Wizard Studio say it's for people who want to play Darkwood but don't have enough money to buy it, giving them a "safe" version to download. They also hope that this will dissuade people buying the game from key resellers, who they…

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Dreadful survival horror Darkwood launches in full

Delightfully unpleasant top-down survival horror Darkwood [official site] has finally escaped early access and launched in full. I'm a big baby where jump scares are concerned but Darkwood looks like exactly the sort of horror I crave: surreal, unsettling, often slow, and with some friendly-ish faces but so many more awful things. The bits I've heard from certified brave man Adam make Darkwood sound wizzo,…

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Survival horror Darkwood escapes early access Aug 17

The surreal top-down survival horror game Darkwood [official site] is almost ready to launch, after three years in early access. Developers Acid Wizard Studio have announced a release date of August 17th. Darkwood is a strange and awful game set in a nightmarish forest of odd creatures and odder people, where our survivor explores by day and by night, ooh nights are unkind. Our Adam…

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3 years ago

Feature: Living on the grid

Party Games: From Dungeon Master To Grimrock 2

I rearranged all of my furniture yesterday so that I could play a game and it's not even a game with a stonking great dancemat or waving and waggling control scheme. I've been dungeon crawling. This weekend, the stars aligned and I finally sank around fifteen hours into one of the big games waiting in my backlog. If I'm being honest, I shouldn't look to…

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4 years ago

Top-Down Terror: Noct, Teleglitch And Darkwood

Noct [official site] is a top-down horror game in the tradition of Teleglitch and Alien Breed. It's grainy, thermal-imaged satellite-view is the antithesis of a sedate bird's-eye-view, stripping away tactical oversight and contemplation. Noct is one of several recent games to create a tense and claustrophobic experience by twisting a typically expansive, liberating and distancing viewpoint. We covered it when it arrived on Kickstarter and…

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Feature: Loot and branch

The Wicked And The Weird: Darkwood Impressions

I've been looking forward to Darkwood for a long time. It's a top-down survival horror game with crafting elements, but early videos contained a hint of surrealism that helped the game to stand out from the crowd. Now that it has launched in Early Access, I've spent an hour exploring the early stages. It's a slow-paced Teleglitch, a survival horror game by way of Ice-Pick…

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Wolf This Down: Darkwood’s Interactive Trailer

Darkwood is a shining light in the coming night. Leading ludotechnicians now agree that by the year 2018, every game will be either a roguelike Metroidvania, an Ubi-style open world murder simulator, or a survival-based endurance test in the style of Day Z. Acid Wizard's first title straddles these genres, being described as "a top-down, open world surreal horror experience with a randomized world", but…

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6 years ago

Frightfully Enticing, Alarming Roguelike: Darkwood

Darkwood! It was fright at first sight when I saw the first trailer for your procedurally generated top-down horror shenanigans. There was crafting, barricading of doors, and even surreal and comically unnerving conversations with inanimate objects. The lighting effects created a suitable atmosphere and the darkness was filled with weirdness and tension rather than hordes of slobbering beasties. The game is currently creeping down the…

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What Awaits In Darkwood? An IndieGoGo Campaign

Adam's trousers haven't been the same since he glimpsed top-down survival horror Darkwood. His favourite britches, woven from Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher's eyebrow hairs and blessed by Morrissey, are now in a box and buried in consecrated ground. It was the overwhelming flood of terror juice he experienced at the indie RPG's trailer. If you'd like to help the development team ruin pantaloons everywhere, they…

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Fear And Roaming: Darkwood

It's been SLENDER pickings in the survival horror genre recently but Darkwood has my fear-glands tingling and, disturbingly, salivating. My internal organs are swimming in terror-juice, Darkwood is a top-down, oldschool survival horror set in a procedurally generated, open world. It features RPG and roguelike elements, with intense combat and a eerie atmosphere. They say 'oldschool', 'they' being the three folk from Poland who are…

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