Darkwood is a unforgiving survival horror with a procedurally generated, open world. By blending RPG, roguelike and adventure elements together with a challenging difficulty, Darkwood aims to please players craving for a deep and rewarding experience.
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Very Positive (16 reviews) - 100% of the 16 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (830 reviews) - 94% of the 830 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 24, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Because we want to hear what you have to say about Darkwood - the good, the bad and the ugly. We still have a lot to do until we're satisfied with the game, and we believe the current version is a good balance between showing you what Darkwood is about, letting you decide if it has potential, and being early enough in development to have room for change based on your feedback.

On a general note, being able to have an impact on something you are excited about sounds really cool for us, and we would give A LOT if we could go back in time and put a piece of ourselves in a game we love. Thanks to Early Access, this is now possible.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“As long as it takes to make the game as good as possible!

Darkwood launched on Early Access in July 2014. Our initial prediction was to release the final version around summer 2015. During this year we have listened to a ton of feedback from the players, and made major changes to the game which required a lot of time.

There is still a lot of work ahead of us and we don't want to make promises we can't keep, so we cannot give you a approximate release date as of now.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“You can see the list of changes planned for the future in the "Planned features" section.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It's very playable, with some of the features and content pretty polished, but also some that are pretty rough or even placeholder. The amount of content is also limited to the first chapter of the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the game after the final release will be either equal or higher than during Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We read pretty much all of the suggestions posted on our forums, or the Steam discussions, so if you have something valuable to say, don't be afraid to speak out - even if it means bashing the game. We want to make Darkwood the best experience we can!”
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June 23

Chapter 2 progress



Howdy!

Read up on what we've been up to these past few months on our blog!

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March 16

Alpha 7.2 (+ hotfix 4)

Hello!

Get ready for another update to Alpha 7! This update mostly focuses on fixes and minor new features.

The patch notes are too long to post here, so head on over to our blog and read all about it!

In the meantime, we’re busy working on the Epilogue and Chapter 2. Here’s a sneak peak of the new Swamp biome:




As always, I’d like to thank the testers for their hard work on making sure this alpha is nice and smooth: ShadyS, FireRage259 and Vixx! :)

The Acid Wizard

Update 17.03.2016
I uploaded a quick hotfix for a few issues:
- Fix for weird dialogue sometimes appearing when interacting with the oven.
- Fix for freeze on game load screen when loaded a game just after a dream, and the first hotbar slot was empty.
- Fix for error when loaded a game after a dream and then somehow entered another big location.

And another hotfix:
- Fixed characters sometimes not moving to their hideouts properly.
- Fixed some blood animations not playing properly.

And another one...
- Fixed some crates with missing padlocks. This won't take effect if you've already loaded a game however :(
- Fixed the combination to the crate close to the Chicken Lady.

Guess what? I've added a (hopefully last) hotfix on 21.03.2016:
- Fixed flares and molotovs being out of place when aiming them.
- Fixed some missing texts.
- Fixed a few duplicate textures.
- Fixed sometimes not being able to use the pigshed lever.

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Planned features

  • Finishing and polishing the first chapter, and adding the remaining one(s).
  • A better introduction to the game.
  • More unpredictability and proceduralness.
  • Full controller support.
  • A bit more of everything: items, dreams, skills, enemies, events etc.

About This Game

PLEASE READ BEFORE BUYING:
Darkwood is in Early Access right now. This means that:
- The game will have bugs (ranging from minor annoyances to not being able to run the game at all) and will change during development.
- Your savegames will NOT be compatible between updates.
- New versions will be released in 1-2 month intervals.
- The difficulty will be unbalanced and unfair.
It is strongly recommended you ONLY buy the game if you want to influence the development. Otherwise, please wait for the final release.

PLEASE READ THE KNOWN ISSUES THREAD BEFORE BUYING

Darkwood is a unforgiving survival horror with a procedurally generated, open world. 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. Your senses will be deceived 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.

  • By day, explore the randomly generated woods, scavenge for materials and weapons, discover secrets, solve mysteries and talk, trade with or kill the various inhabitants of Darkwood.
  • By night, return to your hideout, barricade, set up traps and hide or defend yourself from the horrors that lurk in the dark.
  • Gain skills or perks by extracting essence from mutated fauna and flora and injecting it into your bloodstream.
  • Each action you take will have impact on Darkwood and its inhabitants. The choices you make will define the story which you will experience.
  • As days go by, the lines between reality and nightmarish fantasies will begin to blur. You will start to question the protagonist's sanity, but may also stumble upon your own hidden fears...

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requirements may change during development. Minimum resolution: 1280x768
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requirements may change during development. Minimum resolution: 1280x768
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
    • Additional Notes: Requirements may change during development. Minimum resolution: 1280x768
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Recent:
Very Positive (16 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (830 reviews)
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Nindoge
( 33.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 17
This is one of the best indie games I've ever played. This is classic horror at it finest. The writing, music, atmosphere and monsters are perfectly designed. The atmosphere will keep you on edge the entire time. The only time you really get an "escape" from the atmosphere is if you're fighting a wolf outside during the day. But as soon as you kill that wolf, you immediately go back on edge. All the other combat will keep you on edge the entire time.

This game doesn't have "jumpscares" but it is seriously one of the most terrifying games I've ever played.

Then you have the Nightmare that is the nights. I don't want to spoil anything that happens, you should buy this game anyway, you can find out then.

The crafting is simple but it fits the gameplay perfectly. The scavenging day to day to get by always keeps the game fresh because you have to go out further and further each day. On top of that is the randomly generated map which always makes things very interesting.

All of the core gameplay is there, all that's left to develop is the story (from the half we've seen, it is amazing so far).

Don't let the "Early Access" label fool you. This game is absolutely fantastic. If you like horror, this is for you, if you like survival, this is for you, if you like a game that oozes with atmosphere, this is for you. This game sets a standard for any game attempting anything similar in the future, from the writing and characters to the atmosphere, combat and scavenging.

I would also like to mention that with all my hours on this game I haven't even seen half of everything that's in the early access version. I still have many hours of gameplay left.

This game deserves to be played. It is well worth your money.
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TicTac
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16
Absolutely recommended. Very well made, the fact it's not too clean and tidy makes the story telling and atmospheric effects much more ...alive, This game shines through being ingtelligently made and with a course (As in rough) edge that a AAA game just would not have, thus much more atmosphere and effect.
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fUn*z13l5ch31b3
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 12
Creepy! ....recommended for ppl with no fear -or a mushroom overdose.
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Stratomsk
( 21.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 11
Amazing horror game. Updates are slow but worth it.
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Lunarwhal
( 38.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 10
I only have one thing to say:
Don't listen to those who complain lack of updates
This game is being developed by extremely small team of like 3 people altogether.
If you would know game developing you would know it's very slow especially in small teams.
If someone complains about game being in ALPHA remember this:
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Early Access Game
Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.
Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development
______________________________________________________________________________
It clearly states the game is in Alpha and you should wait for the final release in case you don't like early access games.
It's like buying a horror movie and complaining about it afterwards because you didn't know it was horror movie even though it was clearly said on the DVD cover...
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FangusKlot
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8
Very surprised with this one. Outstanding atmosphere and well crafted game mechanics. This is how a true survival/horror game is meant to be. Absolutely recommend Darkwood to fans of the genre.
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Yuriznikov
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Pretty gud
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Ghost King
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 6
I'm a giant fan of horror (In general) and when i discovered this game I instantly knew it was going to scare the ♥♥♥♥ out of me! Now of course there's going to be people whom are upset at the pace of development on this game but in all honesty so far they haven't let us down!

Scary Factor 9.5/10
Gameplay 9/10
Story (so far) 6/10
Overall 8/10
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Definitely Jimi
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4
Played till night 10 thinking the game was too easy. It is now day 19 and I've only survived 1 of 9 of those nights.
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Ragowski
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 3
Great creepy atmosphere, very tense at times. Freaking LOVE the art style. I give it spook/10

Considering the stage it's at I'm having a lot of fun and can barely pull myself away from it. I just wish there was more content but it's still early access so whatayagonnado right? Can't wait to see what's coming next
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 10
I only have one thing to say:
Don't listen to those who complain lack of updates
This game is being developed by extremely small team of like 3 people altogether.
If you would know game developing you would know it's very slow especially in small teams.
If someone complains about game being in ALPHA remember this:
______________________________________________________________________________
Early Access Game
Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.
Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development
______________________________________________________________________________
It clearly states the game is in Alpha and you should wait for the final release in case you don't like early access games.
It's like buying a horror movie and complaining about it afterwards because you didn't know it was horror movie even though it was clearly said on the DVD cover...
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8
Very surprised with this one. Outstanding atmosphere and well crafted game mechanics. This is how a true survival/horror game is meant to be. Absolutely recommend Darkwood to fans of the genre.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 17
This is one of the best indie games I've ever played. This is classic horror at it finest. The writing, music, atmosphere and monsters are perfectly designed. The atmosphere will keep you on edge the entire time. The only time you really get an "escape" from the atmosphere is if you're fighting a wolf outside during the day. But as soon as you kill that wolf, you immediately go back on edge. All the other combat will keep you on edge the entire time.

This game doesn't have "jumpscares" but it is seriously one of the most terrifying games I've ever played.

Then you have the Nightmare that is the nights. I don't want to spoil anything that happens, you should buy this game anyway, you can find out then.

The crafting is simple but it fits the gameplay perfectly. The scavenging day to day to get by always keeps the game fresh because you have to go out further and further each day. On top of that is the randomly generated map which always makes things very interesting.

All of the core gameplay is there, all that's left to develop is the story (from the half we've seen, it is amazing so far).

Don't let the "Early Access" label fool you. This game is absolutely fantastic. If you like horror, this is for you, if you like survival, this is for you, if you like a game that oozes with atmosphere, this is for you. This game sets a standard for any game attempting anything similar in the future, from the writing and characters to the atmosphere, combat and scavenging.

I would also like to mention that with all my hours on this game I haven't even seen half of everything that's in the early access version. I still have many hours of gameplay left.

This game deserves to be played. It is well worth your money.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16
Absolutely recommended. Very well made, the fact it's not too clean and tidy makes the story telling and atmospheric effects much more ...alive, This game shines through being ingtelligently made and with a course (As in rough) edge that a AAA game just would not have, thus much more atmosphere and effect.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 12
Creepy! ....recommended for ppl with no fear -or a mushroom overdose.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 6
I'm a giant fan of horror (In general) and when i discovered this game I instantly knew it was going to scare the ♥♥♥♥ out of me! Now of course there's going to be people whom are upset at the pace of development on this game but in all honesty so far they haven't let us down!

Scary Factor 9.5/10
Gameplay 9/10
Story (so far) 6/10
Overall 8/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 11
Amazing horror game. Updates are slow but worth it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 3
Great creepy atmosphere, very tense at times. Freaking LOVE the art style. I give it spook/10

Considering the stage it's at I'm having a lot of fun and can barely pull myself away from it. I just wish there was more content but it's still early access so whatayagonnado right? Can't wait to see what's coming next
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4
Played till night 10 thinking the game was too easy. It is now day 19 and I've only survived 1 of 9 of those nights.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Pretty gud
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