There is an unusual cabin deep in the woods. It had served as a laboratory and a dwelling for three generations of Lodgers. But as of late the latest Lodger has been noticing weird changes in familiar surroundings; things are missing, noises and rattle heard. Something odd is coming out of the woods.
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Release Date: Oct 4, 2013

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"It is almost cute. It is almost iconic. It is almost remarkable. It is deeply sinister. And it is one of the best games I played in 2013."
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April 20

Where to Support Pathologic (if You're Inclined to Do So)

Have you heard of Pathologic?

Here’s how it goes:

A plague breaks out in a remote steppe town full of weird local traditions. Three healers try to fight it: a scientist from the Capital, the son of a local shaman, and a half-crazed girl. Each of them has their own idea of how the terrible disease came to be, and what is real magic to one of them becomes backwards superstitions to another. Taking on the role of any of these doctors, you’ll try to overcome the invisible evil while doing your best not to succumb to the disease, to bandits, hunger, and fatigue; scavenging and bartering for pills, bread, and milk. But survival is hard here.

Pathologic is the first game Ice-Pick Lodge has released—and it’s also the game we’re working on now. Weird, huh? One would suspect it must have something to do with us bumping into a Guest and rewinding time.

It was a successful bump, too: we’ve had a rather spectacular Kickstarter campaign to support the development of the remake of Pathologic.

The campaign is over—yet once again a wild paradox appears: it really isn’t.

We’ve launched a Backer Portal recently—a website where you still can support the game. You can learn more about Pathologic there, of course, and then sign up for the Portal if you find yourself interested in the game. If you like survival, plague, and despair, it may be worth taking a look.

Oh, and we’ve also got an official Steam community now—with a Curator’s List of our favourite games and all. We are planning to update it, too, and it’s the best place to contact us on Steam if you want to discuss something that’s not Knock-Knock.

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About This Game

There is an unusual cabin deep in the woods. It had served as a laboratory and a dwelling for three generations of Lodgers.

But as of late the latest Lodger has been noticing weird changes in familiar surroundings; things are missing, noises and rattle heard. Something odd is coming out of the woods. Come night, it seems like someone's made himself at home in the twilight of rooms, attics, and cellars.

You need to stay awake and sane till dawn.

The Lodger is wandering the rooms, evading the unknown, counting minutes till morning. But it's only in the night that he can solve the main puzzle and find the answers. What's going on? Are the Guests real, or are they just figments of his insomniac imagination? What'd happened to the forest? What's happening to the cabin? Is there a line between reality and imagination?

Gameplay details

  • Hide! Play hide-and-seek with denizens of your nightmares.
  • Don't look now! The goal of each night is to reach dawn while still sane.
  • Fill in the gaps. The house aids the Lodger. You only have to fix it up and keep it in order.
  • Seek. The Lodger has lost something very important. The reason for what is happening is somewhere inside. Everything that is happening can be explained, you only need to find the key and bring it to light.
  • Wait. In this game you need to watch and listen carefully. Inspect and scrutinize. You only have to last until the sunrise.
  • Follow the rules of the game! Of course you must first understand the game being played with you.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Graphics: GPU that supports shader model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or later
    • Graphics: GPU that supports shader model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
It's essentially a creepy game of Hotel Mario plus hide and seek where the rules are different for each level and you kind of have to figure them out from narration and sometimes failure. If you still don't understand what this game is about, well, join the club. However, half the fun is figuring it out.

And it's really friggin creepy. I know the art style look like something out of a Tim Burton film, but this game scares the crap out of me and stays with me long after I play. That's why this game gets my recommendation.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
This game is one of those games that has a feeling of being creepy but not so scary, and at times will leave you sucking your thumb, hiding under your covers in bed. A very nice horror game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Cute, scary, atmospheric and weird all at the same time. The style is enough to keep my interest high, although the gameplay does get a bit repetitive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Tá procurando um jogo de terror?
Especificamente um que tenha um bom ambiente?!
Achou!
Nesse game você vai controlar um amante da ciência à beira da insanidade!!
Como você não consegue dormir, você começa a ouvir e ver coisas e, se isso não fosse ruim, estas começam a ter vida...!
A mecânica do jogo é bem simples, você precisa iluminar a casa, para verificar se tudo está bem, e sobreviver até o amanhecer.

Jogabilidade: 9/10
Música: 9/10
História: 8/10
Sustos: 9/10
Tensão: 9/10
Implorando pela sua vida: 10/10
Tive que trocar as calças: 10/10

Aqui está o Let's Play que fiz do jogo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFrRjrMrbAY&list=PL9LWQE8_PAJAXK_z-Xt6H8egyjQWaQpv1
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
This is such a strange title, it's not really a scary game, but the few bits of music and the setting make for a fairly tense evening everytime I decide to play it.

The rules of the game themselve are not very clear, and while you might be the type who will see it as a challenge, not everyone might have the patience to get punished for something they don't know that they have done.

The game can be very cryptic at times and the good ending is quite difficult to discover without reading a walkthrough, but overall i think this game was a good experience.
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