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  • Summary: Darkwood is a game about survival, exploration and fear, set in mysterious woods somewhere in the territory of the Soviet Bloc. It is a top-down, free-roam, surreal horror experience with a randomized world, taking cues from classic games, where oftentimes you had to figure things out forDarkwood is a game about survival, exploration and fear, set in mysterious woods somewhere in the territory of the Soviet Bloc. It is a top-down, free-roam, surreal horror experience with a randomized world, taking cues from classic games, where oftentimes you had to figure things out for yourself. By blending RPG, roguelike and adventure elements together with a challenging difficulty, Darkwood aims to please players craving for a deep and rewarding experience.

    The fear of unknown is powerful and the unknown will try to remain unseen, forcing you to watch your back. Your senses will be deceived, your sight fooled, your smell tricked by Darkwood's surreal terrors. No answer will be given to you for free, yet somewhere in the woods lies the truth, an explanation to what has happened in this godforsaken place.

    Looking for your weakness, your inner demons, only to devour you. Welcome to Darkwood.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 9, 2017
    94
    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.
  2. Sep 12, 2017
    85
    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.
  3. Dec 15, 2017
    85
    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.
  4. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    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.
  5. Oct 13, 2017
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. CD-Action
    Nov 16, 2017
    75
    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]
  7. Oct 1, 2017
    60
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Sep 6, 2017
    10
    I'm actually amazed, that there are so few ratings. I got the game through their Piratebay Torrent, which in itself is so commend worthy, readI'm actually amazed, that there are so few ratings. I got the game through their Piratebay Torrent, which in itself is so commend worthy, read their ReadMe in it. I will however buy it on Steam aswell, because i think creative people deserve to be supported, otherwise we will all be force-fed tripple A crap all our lives.

    This game is simple, yet very very intense. You might think you can't get scared because it's top down, or a graphical style which you can't get familiar with. HOWEVER, playing it with one life only, is super intense. If you like psychological horror, don't even think about it, just do yourself a favour and play it.

    And just in case any of the devs read this review: You guys are amazing and i look forward to see what else you are developing next!
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  2. Apr 24, 2018
    10
    What I truly love this game for is its atmosphere and the setting. I'd never think that there may be a top-down horror game that is thisWhat I truly love this game for is its atmosphere and the setting. I'd never think that there may be a top-down horror game that is this scary. Every moment you hear sounds from somewhere where your sight can't reach, and those aren't friendly sounds. The setting, which is a polish forest placed somewhere in the 1970s, maybe 80s, is something I've never seen before. The idea is unique and very interesting. As a Pole, I was excited to find any kind of things that referred to Poland in those times, and there were plenty of them (magazines, cigarettes etc.). Many people say that the controls are clunky, but for me, they were just fine. Not perfect, but it wasn't anything that would make the gameplay worse. Expand
  3. May 11, 2020
    10
    Picked this game up during a steam sale, not knowing anything about it. As a horror & game fan it surprised me and I ended up loving it.
  4. Feb 22, 2020
    9
    Este es un juego que me la hizo pasar bastante mal. Una obra que con sus gráficos me hizo sentir como un Silent hill y es mucho decir.Este es un juego que me la hizo pasar bastante mal. Una obra que con sus gráficos me hizo sentir como un Silent hill y es mucho decir. Completamente estresante , opresivo , paranoico. Sus sonidos son algo que te acosan todo el tiempo y sus noches son una pesadilla que pides por favor que terminen antes de que mueras. Quizás los controles son algo lentos pero eso es excelente. Provoca que nuestro personaje sea un poco torpe y realmente es como seria cualquiera de nosotros en esa situación. Espero un Darkwood 2. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2017
    9
    Darkwood, a mysterious game with a tense atmosphere, it's not made to be totally fun but is made to be immersive, and that is the strongestDarkwood, a mysterious game with a tense atmosphere, it's not made to be totally fun but is made to be immersive, and that is the strongest point of this game, the game have scary enemies being a impressive survival horror with no jump scares, even the game being really long i think that a permanent death would fits really well on this game, they could increase 1 bar of life to apply this and leave the game balanced. Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2018
    8
    Quite a good game and I would give it a good nine, but few years after release it still has some nasty lags on my computer. Looked for theQuite a good game and I would give it a good nine, but few years after release it still has some nasty lags on my computer. Looked for the solution, but found nothing. Other than that the game is fun and I like the atmosphere. The art style and animations in this game are awesome, however the controls feels a little off. I really recommend this game for every fan of horror games! Expand
  7. Aug 18, 2017
    1
    The game is not scary. It is boring and kludgy. It's also not as much hard as tedious, you die over and over until you find a solution. ThenThe game is not scary. It is boring and kludgy. It's also not as much hard as tedious, you die over and over until you find a solution. Then you die over and over until you find the next one. No skill involved. Expand

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