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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: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  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. Jun 12, 2021
    10
    It was a grueling journey indeed. Darkwood is a tale of abandonment, despair, isolation, and desolation. It shows the dark truth and the utterIt was a grueling journey indeed. Darkwood is a tale of abandonment, despair, isolation, and desolation. It shows the dark truth and the utter helplessness of people left behind due to an illness that has plagued certain woods in Poland. The Stranger, one of the people who monitors the woods, has lost his way. He meets a Doctor who interrogated and lacerated him in order to spit out the way out of the woods. Left to die, the Stranger somewhat lives. He then began to embark on a journey to find the Doctor and battle through the unforgiving, hellish woods for freedom and solitude. Darkwood is a survival horror game like no other. I've never played a game like this one, especially a horror survival game where everything hits straight to the feels. It was a very unique entry to the already oversaturated genre of horror and brought a ton of new & interesting things to the table. It's a very atmospheric game; bleak and haunting. The game is very rewarding, though it is a hard and daunting task to get recompenses without surviving the difficult place the game sets in. The four current places, Dry Meadow, Silent Forest, Old Woods, and the Swamp have very unique layouts and distinct ambiances to them. Each place you progress to has an increase in difficulty, so be prepared every time. The combat wasn't great at first, mainly because this is my first formal introduction to a top-down game. It grew on me later on and got used to it so quickly, I died a lot less coming into the Silent Forest. There is a diverse type of enemies throughout the game, with each having their own unique abilities and equipment, making them hard to kill, especially during the first encounter. But the Stranger also dons abilities of his own through the gathering of cookable food for the Oven to turn into essence, which gives the player the power and advantage during battles. There is one catch though. With each tier, there will be one downside ability for the player to choose indefinitely. The story progresses pretty slowly and it's mostly because of how it depends on one's own pacing and how he/she approaches the game. Patience is essential to this, so be sure not to rush things, unless you're confident enough in your abilities and you're basically a god in these types of games. The side characters are compelling. They each have their own story to tell and personalities that reflect their appearances. The Trader, the first person you encounter in Dry Meadow, is quiet and reserved, giving no emotion at all. Cannot speak or anything, he can only write. He is the main source of getting equipment and valuables in order for the player to survive, but he needs to survive the nights in order to be given a Reputation, a mechanic that acts as the currency of the game. Wolfman, my favorite but not so favorite character as well, is very intimidating at first encounter. He doesn't give a damn about the Stranger at first but slowly opens up as you impress him with your prowess throughout the game. He has an interesting side-quest, but also a very questionable one too which is where my hate for this man, or animal, stems from. But I had no other choice. He rewards me great though, so that's somewhat a win. There are others like the Musician, a young innocent boy who only wants to free a certain someone from the grasps of an old woman. I did this boy dirty because I followed Wolfman's quest which resulted in a heartbreaking situation. This is what this game also does great. Your actions really matter. It affects the people around you and those choices reflect the character you're trying to build upon. It reminded me heavily of Fallout: New Vegas, another fantastic survival game. The music is outstanding. It gave me chills down my spine due to how eerie they sounded. I love how well it mixed up with the already tense and unrelenting atmosphere the game had and just added some more flavor to the horror aspect of it. The game doesn't have any jump scares. Really. Darkwood is an impressive game, undoubtedly one of my favorite games as of recent. Acid Wizard Studio made a gem of a game, and I wish a lot more people would try this masterpiece out. One of the best of its kind, worth a 10/10 rating. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2020
    10
    WHEN ALL GAMES WILL HAVE THE PLOT OF THE SAME LEVEL, I WILL UNDERSTAND THAT DIED AND I AM IN THE EMBROIDERY OF OWN ILLUSIONS. EXTREMELY PityWHEN ALL GAMES WILL HAVE THE PLOT OF THE SAME LEVEL, I WILL UNDERSTAND THAT DIED AND I AM IN THE EMBROIDERY OF OWN ILLUSIONS. EXTREMELY Pity THAT I LEARNED ABOUT THIS GAME BY ACCIDENT, AND ALL GARBAGE FROM LARGE COMPANIES WITH LOOTBOXES, GRIND, MICROTRANSACTIONS FOR SIGHT EVERY DAY. WORLD IS NOT FAIR. POLAND IS REALLY ABLE TO MAKE GAMES. FALAUT 3 OR 4 SHOULD BE LIKE THIS GAME. DARK AND EXCITING. INCREDIBLE. BUT THE FALOUT GAME SERIES BECAME A SIMPLE CHILDREN'S GAME. IT'S A PITY

    КОГДА ВСЕ ИГРЫ БУДУТ ИМЕТЬ СЮЖЕТ ТАКОГО ЖЕ УРОВНЯ Я В КАКОЙ-ТО МОМЕНТ ПОЙМУ ЧТО УМЕР И НАХОЖУСЬ В ОБЪЯТИЯХ СОБСТВЕННЫХ ИЛЛЮЗИЙ. КРАЙНЕ ЖАЛЬ ЧТО Я УЗНАЛ ОБ ЭТОЙ ИГРЕ СЛУЧАЙНО, А ВСЯКИЙ МУСОР ОТ КРУПНЫХ КОМПАНИЙ С ЛУТБОКСАМИ, ГРИНДОМ, МИКРОТРАНЗАКЦИЯМИ НА ВИДУ КАЖДЫЙ ДЕНЬ. МИР НЕ СПРАВЕДЛИВ. В ПОЛЬШЕ РЕАЛЬНО УМЕЮТ ДЕЛАТЬ ИГРЫ. ФАЛАУТ 3 ИЛИ 4 ДОЛЖНЫ БЫЛИ СТАТЬ ПОХОЖИМИ НА ЭТУ ИГРУ. МРАЧНЫМИ И ЗАХВАТЫВАЮЩИМИ. НЕВЕРОЯТНЫМИ. НО СЕРИЯ ИГР ФАЛАУТ СТАЛА ПРОСТОЙ ДЕТСКОЙ ИГРОЙ. ЖАЛЬ
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  4. Apr 5, 2020
    9
    Great survival game. The story is immersive, environment is obscure and to some degree disgusting. I fell in love with the game's music asGreat survival game. The story is immersive, environment is obscure and to some degree disgusting. I fell in love with the game's music as well. Don't let the looks fool you, it took me over 20 hours to complete the main story with some side quests still skipped! I genuinely wanted to find out what happens at the end. 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. Feb 4, 2021
    8
    A great piece. Horror, anxiety, depression, this game brings them all in a very original and well thought fashion. Very low occurrences ofA great piece. Horror, anxiety, depression, this game brings them all in a very original and well thought fashion. Very low occurrences of jump-scares. Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2020
    0
    The game is bad and the story is all over the place it isnt good by any means everything that happens just seem to happen for the sake of itThe game is bad and the story is all over the place it isnt good by any means everything that happens just seem to happen for the sake of it with no real meaning and the controls are clunky and awful the combat system sucks and no matter what people say its not scary by any means and the atmosphere is ok at best dont waste your time with this stupid game Expand

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