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  • Summary: The game is inspired by true event known as Dyatlov Pass Incident.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 9, 2015
    91
    The adventure in Ural mountains is a slow paced, ambitious horror game. Based on “true story” as well. [Sept 2015]
  2. Jul 3, 2015
    80
    The atmosphere and the feeling of being lost and hopeless in a harsh environment is where Kholat really delivers its memorable experience.
  3. Jun 22, 2015
    75
    It doesn’t achieve that solemnity in its narrative that you’re expecting in this kind of games, nor runs its plot elegantly, but we’ve been through four hours looking for notes and picking them in these woods, till the end. And that should mean something.
  4. Jun 10, 2015
    65
    Sound, controls, graphics and Sean Bean - all fine. But it's just not scary enough and has a weak story which is bad for a horror game.
  5. Jun 30, 2015
    60
    The world of Kholat is magnificent, but the promises of a cool story and memorable gaming experience do not really come true. Using the map and compass are fun, but frustration and boredom are near. Too bad, because especially the Dyatlov Pas-incident is a good subject for a game.
  6. Sep 1, 2015
    50
    Visually stunning, but a slog to play through. [Issue#164, p.90]
  7. Jun 8, 2015
    40
    Its ideas reveal the game Kholat wanted to be, but its aspirations soar far higher than the game it became. What good is a mystery if you don't care about what it might tell you?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Jun 9, 2015
    10
    This game is a cold shower for all the lazy game players used to being led by a puppet master throughout the game. This is new, this is fresh.This game is a cold shower for all the lazy game players used to being led by a puppet master throughout the game. This is new, this is fresh. The lack of action that we're all used to is rewarded by the atmosphere of an adventure and perfectly thought-out environment. And this is just inspired by the Diatlov Pass Incident not based on it. The compass and not knowing where we are on the map (we have to remember everything on our path and be really observant), although frustrating at the beginning, is a nice touch. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    If you haven't played a good, atmospheric exploration horror like game set in frozen mountains in a Russian region, then this game is for you.If you haven't played a good, atmospheric exploration horror like game set in frozen mountains in a Russian region, then this game is for you. It's beautiful, climatic, based on a true story. It is not too long but worth playing just for the the story and the immersive feeling it gives to you. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2015
    9
    The most underrated game of this year - Kholat has a fantastic atmosphere, beautiful plot (can not be compared with that awful film aboutThe most underrated game of this year - Kholat has a fantastic atmosphere, beautiful plot (can not be compared with that awful film about Dyatlov few years ago) and it is more terrifying than many modern indie-horrors. I don't understand how can it get scores less than 80. Expand
  4. May 28, 2019
    7
    Интересный взгляд поляков на события перевала Дятлова. Сюжетом эта игра не может похвастаться, он укладывается в 40-ка страницах, которыеИнтересный взгляд поляков на события перевала Дятлова. Сюжетом эта игра не может похвастаться, он укладывается в 40-ка страницах, которые разбросаны по всей локации. И как вы понимаете прийдется много бродить и читать обрывки журнала. А бегать сильно не получиться из-за задышки.
    Так, что любителям ЭКШОНА и СКРИМЕРОВ можно расходиться.
    А вообще игра очень красивая хоть наполнение мира могло быть и по-богаче. Продуманный рельеф который уже знаешь наизусть по прохождению пары часов. Классная механика ориентировки на карте по координатам и компасу. А вот парящий в воздухе компас и отсутствие ног немного отвлекает от изучения местности и поиска координат. И периодические баги с отображением текстур. Но это не испортит впечатление от прохождения.
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  5. Mar 7, 2016
    7
    Atmospheric and scary exploration game (think Dear Esther/The Vanishing of Ethan Carter meets Amnesia) with Sean Bean's voice and some reallyAtmospheric and scary exploration game (think Dear Esther/The Vanishing of Ethan Carter meets Amnesia) with Sean Bean's voice and some really nice music. There are no quest markers here, no clear objectives - you start with a map (with some geographical coordinates written on it), a compass and a flashlight and that's all the help you'll ever get.

    You have to make your way through the mountains and find out what happened to lost expedition. If you're not careful - you'll die because of avalanches, traps and supernatural stuff that happens around you. Better get used to the feeling of constant danger lurking somewhere near, be ready for some jump-scares as well. Be aware that Kholat uses Unreal Engine 4, just like Hatred, so you need a powerful machine to maintain 60 frames per second on max details.
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  6. Oct 6, 2018
    5
    The game is about as lame as Slenderman and honestly it's probably also its biggest pride, all you do is walk and walk more, the thing thatThe game is about as lame as Slenderman and honestly it's probably also its biggest pride, all you do is walk and walk more, the thing that makes Slenderman superior to this game is the fact you get stalked and you can eventually die if you aren't being careful, but this game in the other hand will do none of that.

    First chapter, nothing assaults you and nothing happens pretty much. In Bendy and the Ink Machine at the very end of the first chapter something does happen and throughout the first chapter, you are not wandering aimlessly. Second chapter, you may get assaulted, but it is extremely obvious, it's not as subtle as Slender nor Bendy, with good stamina management you can escape all danger, other than that it's still the same boring walking simulator where you wander aimlessly. Take chapter 2 and put it into all the other chapters and it's basically the entire **** game.

    One thing some peeps here seem to like are the graphics, they are very realistic, but they are extremely boring to look at tbh. Most of the models are extremely grey and look the same regardless of where you are in the game, it's so ironically bland that the graphics are extremely uninteresting and boring. Quite a shame because the devs prob put a lot efforts into said graphics.

    The music is nice, but it's not the best type of music to be used in a videogame.

    As a whole, the game is very artistic, but it's undoubtedly extremely boring, it's almost like that game called "The Graveyard". What a joke!
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  7. May 13, 2020
    2
    Weak jumpscares, framerate issues, checkpoints too far away from each other and definitely not fun

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