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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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 78% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (846 reviews) - 93% of the 846 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?

“Thanks to Early Access, Darkwood has grown immeasurably. The time, funds and community feedback has let us mold the game into the unique experience it is today. During alpha, we have largely expanded the existing Chapter, added a new one along with a slew of new content, and reworked pretty much every mechanic. With the final release in sight, we'd like to thank you for this wonderful ride and some more patience as we add the remaining content and polish.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

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

There is still a some 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?

“The final release will feature a bit more of everything, along with some spit and polish. The Epilogue will most likely not be available during Early Access. It is highly recommended you wait until the final release, as the game will not have major changes from this point on!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We are currently at Alpha 8, which contains a prologue and two chapters of the game. There is more content to come, but we are close to the final version 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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September 30

Alpha 8.0



Get ready for the biggest update yet! I know we've said that before, and there were some pretty epic updates in the past... But seriously, this one takes the cake. It's so big I wouldn't know where to begin when trying to list all the changes we've made, so I'll just name the main things:

- CHAPTER TWO! That's right, a whole new world for you to explore.
- Chapter 1 is mostly the same, although it has been rebalanced somewhat.
- Get ready to get your feet wet - a new Swamp biome!
- Around a half a dozen of new NPCs!
- New enemies, with more varied and advanced behaviour!
- New traps, items and weapons!

I won't spoil all the new content, but there is some technical stuff I'd like to point out:

- You can skip right to Chapter 2 if you have a save file from a previous alpha where you completed the first chapter (it will be displayed in green in the profiles menu). BUT you will skip some content from the ending of Chapter 1... so it's your call.
- I've put a lot of effort to optimize memory and garbage collection, so I hope any out-of-memory crashes are a thing of the past! Additionally, this should help a lot with people with low-end CPUs with stuttering problems.
- You can disable the gamepad mode entirely in the control options if it interferes with your setup.
- The Epilogue will probably be unavailable until the final release.

Even though we've tested this update pretty heavily, it was impossible to catch and fix all the bugs given the size of the changes, so please bear with us! There is some content that did not make it into this update, but for now we will focus on fixing any non-minor bugs we find.

We are slowly nearing the end of development, so if you've already played some of Darkwood, we strongly advise you wait until the final release so you don't burn yourself out.

I'd like to thank all the testers who helped out during the last few weeks of huntings for bugs: ShadyS, FireRage259, DeforMC and SDF121! Much love guys!

In the meantime, we will be visiting streams and watching gameplay footage from you guys!

Yours faithfully,
The Acid Wizard

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June 23

Chapter 2 progress



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

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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 18
Great game. If you like survival elements, a bit of mystery, and an incredible horror atmosphere then you'll like this game. 8/10.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
http://www.acidwizardstudio.com/?p=667
This game HAS NOT been given up on. People who are saying it has simply haven't even bothered to look.

This game is made by 4 people, most games of this quality and size are made by 10 to 30+ people. Have some patience.
Now. My Review.

TLDR.
I have not had any bugs, glitches or crashes in my 8 hours of playing. For £12 or $15 I reckon I can still get ALOT more hours out of the game and it isn't finished yet. It is 100% worth your money.

Pro's
  • Terrifying Nights
  • Combat
  • Difficulty
  • Scavenging
  • Story
Con's
  • Rage inducing (Sometimes)
  • Hard to find certain items (Kinda good and bad)
Full Review.
I played this game for about 4 hours a long time ago and loved it but recently started playing it again and put 8 hours into it, in a single day. This game is a survival horror game where you scavenge resources to power your generator for the night time to survive. The game during the day is difficult, you will need to learn how enemies attack and how to dodge them whilst still being able to attack back. However during the night time, this game becomes terrifying. I have not played a game that has made night time so tense and scary since dying light. You need to board up windows, set traps and prepare yourself for any events or attackers that may want to kill you for a place to stay during the night or possibly be prepared for any paranormal encounters you may find yourself witnessing. Or the game will continue to build suspense but have nothing happen, equally terrifying.

This game isn't all just this however. It has bloody terrific writing and story, which is still being developed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 30
Best indie horror game i've played, easily worth more than $15.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
56.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12
I really dig this game. Unlike any other RPG of its type that I've played, this game is in a class by itself. Seemingly simple when you first start to play, but the more involved you get into the game you find yourself immersed in its creepy, atmospheric dark world and I find the gameplay unique and challenging.

I highly suggest this game if you're into the genre, especially baked off your ♥♥♥, late at night with headphones on - the game will definitely creep you out and had me started at random noises in my house while I played XD

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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 8
Darkwood gives me wood
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 7
Midnight. You can't see anything other than gas, that somehow keep save your life from something in the night : "Thank God I found this stick during the day and has scored some nails into it. I heared something moves outside a few seconds ago. Wait...Who just broke my barricade?? Oh my god, something inside of my house...It searches....Oh no, looks like it coming to my room. God, THE DOOR! AAH , IT TRYING TO BREAK THE DOOR *The door was broken* ... Aaaah, what the f**k are you?!.. GET AWAY FOR ME!!! GET AWAA..." *dead*

gameplay in brief^

It's amazing horror game with awesome atmosphere (I repeat, that atmosphere... ma dude!)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12
brilliant horror game.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 25
Need's Coop!
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4 of 15 people (27%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
83.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 22
I am tired of waiting this game to be completed since 2014

only one chapter since 2014

dayz, zomboid mkII.
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2 of 33 people (6%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 15
dev gave up on game
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