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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: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. Oct 27, 2017
    90
    What Darkwood does best, though, is give you a feeling of complete helplessness. The atmosphere, the darkness, the eerie soundtrack, and the design of the monsters you encounter are what make Darkwood one of the most memorable survival horror games I’ve played in recent times. Even after preparing as best you can, you’ll still always feel as though you could’ve done more. Death is always inevitable, but you’ll definitely be ready to jump right back in to try again.
  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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    80
    The loneliness inside the dark wood will catch you with its dark poetics. You will be scared and you will have fun. Hopefully you will forgive the game's worse controls and weaker duels. [Issue#278]
  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: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. May 10, 2017
    10
    The game was good when it came out in 2014, and since then it got massively better. The storyline has expanded immensely and many problems ofThe game was good when it came out in 2014, and since then it got massively better. The storyline has expanded immensely and many problems of yore have been dealt with accordingly. It's still getting updates, but it would already be probably the best 2D horror game out there if it was finished as it currently is. Expand
  2. Jan 6, 2019
    10
    Darkwood is a masterpiece, easily one of the greatest survival-horror game ever made.

    Don't let the top-down mechanics or basic graphics
    Darkwood is a masterpiece, easily one of the greatest survival-horror game ever made.

    Don't let the top-down mechanics or basic graphics fool you, this game is incredibly well-designed and the attention to detail is simply immaculate. It's atmosphere draws you in immediately with its haunting sound design, eerie landscape, and realistic soviet-era rural setting.

    Darkwood is like a fever dream. As you progress through the game, the story continues to unfold and things become increasingly surreal and horrifying. Desperation, hopelessness, and tension continue to build until you're left wondering what will happen next. It all wraps up in a disturbing conclusion when you find out the exact nature of your situation and what's at stake.

    Just about everything in this game is flawless: the atmosphere, the music and sound design, the story and its characters, the setting, and the gameplay itself. Darkwood is the culmination of years of hard work by developers who truly wanted to create the perfect survival horror game, which they achieved by incredible attention to detail that is unseen from the major developers. This game will appeal to a more niche crowd who can appreciate games that that don't make compromises in order to appeal to wider audiences. This game is HARD (especially on nightmare mode), there is a steep learning curve and many intricacies to familiarize yourself with. The combat takes a long time to get used to, and the overall game mechanics are quite novel and nuanced.

    If authentic survival horror is your thing, this is a must-play game. If you're a more casual gamer looking for a cheap thrill, look elsewhere. There are zero jump scares here; this is a game that relies on immersion and atmosphere to drive you to face your fears and survive.
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  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. Nov 3, 2017
    9
    Darkwood is a game that questions yourself why are you actually playing this. If you really look into some horror then it deserves it. BecauseDarkwood is a game that questions yourself why are you actually playing this. If you really look into some horror then it deserves it. Because the nights are really stressfull.I mean really..... what is a video game about? Because this game is not fun. The days are a collecting grindfest, but the nights....the nights are just pure stress man. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2015
    8
    The game is still under development and things may change.
    It's a 2D horror game with some interesting story. I don't want to spoiler much,
    The game is still under development and things may change.
    It's a 2D horror game with some interesting story. I don't want to spoiler much, but basically you're in a forest where a plague spread and turning people into monsters, and you have to get out. The map is randomly generated, but you'll always find the same locations around. You have to survive the days and nights through all means to solve the mystery and to get out of the woods. There are a few "quests" you can do to get some equipments or just to progress in the story, but not many. I found the game pretty scary especially at nights since you just see nothing without a light source, but the lights would just give you away so you have to rely on your hearings. The game can be really hard if you're not careful and prepared for the nights. This game is already interesting in it's alpha release, and it'll be just better when it's finished.
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  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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