Be prepared for the horror, and to run for your life, in this pixel style horror adventure featuring five possible endings!
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Very Positive (112 reviews) - 83% of the 112 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 30, 2015

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“ sets a fine mood, has puzzles to break up the wandering and is a promising first release.”
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“...there were pretty good puzzles in this game and I enjoyed solving them ... it did have a story in the end and it did have some intense moments in the end...”

“Shut your windows, close the curtains and turn off the lights as you are about to play a first person puzzle solving horror game from earrgames.'s certainly one to impress with fantastic level design and an atmospheric background.”
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About This Game

Into The Gloom is a first person puzzle solving horror game based on retro style graphics.

It features only the black, white and red colors. Explore 18 suspenseful levels to find the items and solve the puzzles. You will encounter terrifying events along your path, and must escape from "The Shadow".

This is an atmospheric horror game; creepiness is not only about monsters but the environment, rich enveloping sounds and occasional jump scares. This game also features real dynamic puzzles, not limited to pickup and use items. Headphones are strongly recommended for best experience.

Prepare for the horror, and to run for your life in this pixel style horror adventure featuring five possible endings!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Headphones recommended
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Headphones recommended
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110 of 127 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015
You might be asking yourself what's so fantastic about yet another pixelated horror game? What's the angle here? What's the big deal and why do you need to suffer through yet another one? Well, sometimes, those pixels can be just as scary as something "realistic". Sometimes, they just hit just as hard as something as say, Amnesia. Maybe even harder.

So what does Into The Gloom do?

I can tell you what it did for me. As a gamer who has a handicap? Who suffers from a chronic illness? This hits me a little harder emotionally than it might for other gamers. This is, for me, a truly scary game. While we do have the jump scares (and they do offer you a polite warning before you start the game, yay!), we have a more poignant type of horror being told in this game as well. And it's that squishy type of horror that makes you think and dread the future. It makes you question your life. It makes you question yourself.

You don't expect a game that hardly clocks in an hour of game play per session to do that to you, but hey! There it is!

It's not long, but it'll give you the creeps. As you keep playing, more endings and possibilities open up to you. More ways to frighten yourself. More ways to keep thinking...

And it's cheap. It's certainly worth that price. You can waste about $2.99 on a quick scares and some self reflection, right?

Handicapped gamers: Beware of jump scares that may trigger neurological issues. They will not flash too brightly, but they are there. Your hands may get tired from the controls. Take breaks. (I'm on one now before I try again). Otherwise this is a pretty accessible game for majority of gamers.

Already an adored addition to my collection.
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015
This game is phenomenal. First of all, the atmosphere in this game is phenomenal. The eerie sounds always have me on edge, and even the slightest noise or sudden change becomes terrifying. The puzzles are also well done. None of them are too difficult as long as you don't rush through the game and take your time to find all the clues, but still give you a sense of accomplishment as you complete them. Furthermore, there is a huge amount of gameplay with multiple endings for only $3. This game is very much worth your time. I also found ALL of the endings, so if you need help findng those, watch my video!
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Note: This game was provided to me for free for review purposes.
Into The Gloom is an exploration horror game where you try to find your place out of a hospital, while finding out who and why you are there. It has all the elements of a good horror game. Spot on sound design, puzzles, documents, and it manages to keep you tense!

The Pros:
  • Art Style - The game's pixelated graphics may seem like a stupid choice in a horror game, but I was surprised how well it worked. For some reason, the corpses look even creepier, and the voxelized environments make you concentrate more on what's important: gameplay and suspense. The red black and white color scheme is also excelent and works well with the theme. The black fog that gives the game it's name is also great, as you can't see too far and it really makes exploring a little more intense.

  • Multiple Endings - You can end this game with five different endings. This gives it some degree of replayability, and even a challenge, as some of them are harder to achieve.

  • Scary! - As I've stated before, the game has a very nice scary touch to it. There are some jump scares, but not too many or badly executed. Sometimes, you will see the entities, and have to run for your life, you will hear very errie chants when approaching danger, I love it.
The Cons:
  • Short - Despite having multiple endings, the gameplay is rather short, and it is devided in chapters. After your first complete playthrough, you will already know what to do, and there is not story branching in the first chapters, so you will just race through to the exit. Overall you can expect, for your first playthrough, about 3 hours of gameplay, and more if you plan on figuring out all the endings.

  • Mostly Linear - Many of the areas of the map contain story critical items that are put there in order of necessity. You will almost always find an item just before you need it, to make things easier. Also, there are lots of doors that are locked, so you can never wander in the wrong direction. I would have preffered a huge explorable area, even if devioid of useful content, just to make it seem like you get lost, and make you uneasy when exploring.
This is an excellent horror game for cheap, with a decent story and unique art style, which really show you just how scary pixels can get when used correctly. Over par suspense and gameplay, along with multiple endings and great price tag make this game easy to decide on!

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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
25.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 10, 2015
Really amazing game made by Earrgames ,
Impressed by perfect balance betweeen music , ambience and gameplay ,
I was extra impressed about realtime map puzzle , if you click on first SQUARE puzzle map changes , like labyrinth .This is first time i saw something like this .
+Great Story (For detailed story info when you finish game read EXTRA)
+Great Gameplay

- It was too short ;D

I heared that game will have big update soon +trading cards , so guys this is perfect ;) Hope for more puzzles and jumpscares :D
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
Short and sweet, Into the Gloom is a frightening, pixelated nightmare with great music and enjoyable puzzles. It's a shame it's not a bit longer, but the game does have multiple endings so there is the option for replayability. Only downside to this game is you're going to need a spare pair of trousers on hand for all the pants ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ the game is likely to induce.

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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
I absolutely had a blast with this game! Did not even need to look at reviews to tell me I'd have a great time.

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26 of 40 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015

Into the Gloom is amazing with multiple endings and more depth than the simple graphics make you think it has. Don't give up on this game after just 15-20 minutes.. you won't see the first bad guy until probably 40 minutes into the game (at least). Trust me, the slow build is so incredibly worth it!

+ smooth controls
+ reasonable puzzles
+ excellent atmosphere
+ crisp graphics (pixelated)
+ eerie sound
+ down right terrifying chase sequences

- slow build (I can see a lot of people giving up on this game before they even meet the main bad guy, don't!! it's worth it!)
- repetitive layout at times
- can get caught on railings etc (super bad during chase sequences)
- some bad-guy appearances can feel unfair (How am i suppose to know he's on the other side of that door!! I'm not psychic!!)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
Don't be fooled by its deceptively simple three colour graphics, Into the Gloom proves to be a quality horror experience with an extremely unsettling atmosphere


-well made audio, the sound effects are creepy and keep you on edge, the eerie soundtrack is also very nice

-unsettling story that slowly unfolds during gameplay

-graphics,audio and story make up a very creepy atmosphere, the sense of dread can become palpable as you play

-decent puzzles

-not overly reliant on jump scares

-endings/notes unlock through actions done in the game and serve to flesh out the story, giving you a reason to find hidden thing and/or replay the game


-a couple clues/puzzles can leave you stuck, this can not only become annoying but also kill the pace

-level layouts can repeat a few times, especially at the beginning

-game saves only when entering a new area,if you have to quit while in the middle of a level you'll have to do everything again. Levels are pretty short though

-some chase sequences can get a bit frustrating

-somewhat short (1 to 3 hours depending on choices and your skill in solving puzzles)

-a couple typos

I got the game for less than 2$ and I was very impressed with it overall; Into The Gloom really nails down what an horror game is all about, playing it was a tense affair that kept me on edge and the story was very interesting.
I fully recommend the game, considering it's well crafted and its cheap price this is a much better proposition than other, more famous and/or costly horror games. Actually quite a few said games could learn a thing of two from this one.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
The graphics are simple, the game looks simple, it even plays pretty simple, you may go into this thinking it wont be scary cuz its so damn simple

You are wrong
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
This is the first pc game that i have reached 1000 frames on.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 9
The game uses an immersive camera that never stops moving, giving one the feeling of playing a live, breathing character. Even when you are not touching anything, the screen is moving around in slight circles. There is also stride bobbing when moving the character around. These effects may not affect everyone, but it makes me feel sick when I play. As far as I can tell, there is no way to work around these gameplay effects. It makes it very unpleasant when I try to play it, so I just don't play anymore. I can't recommend a game I can't play without feeling nauseated.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: August 8
Other people have said it far better than I am going to attempt to, but I simply have to add my praise to this game.

Pixelated? Yep. Mostly montone color scheme? Yes. One of the best horror games I've played in years? Very much so.

This is not a typical pixelated walking simulator with jumpscares. This game is a true horror game. And every time I look through my lists for horror games yet to be played I find myself again and again wishing there were more Into the Gloom's to play.

I have been playing horror games since the days of Haunted house on the Atari 2600. I have been reading horror stories, and watching horror movies since I was 10. I have played Amnesia, Penumbra, Outlast, The lurking horror, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Cryostasis, Anna extended, Clock Tower, Hired Guns, Undying, Fatal Frame, and more AAA, indie horror games, and obscure horror titles almost no one has even heard of than I could ever list in one post.

This game has moments where it ranks with the best of them.

Does it have AAA production values? No. Does it have 1000+ hours of playtime? No. But what it does have, it has in spades. It is well worth the $3.00 price and I can only hope the developer makes an Into the Gloom 2. I would rank that on my wishlist right next to Outlast 2 and a true Amnesia sequel.
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g l o v e
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 17
A phenomenal indie horror that's made with care and doesn't overstay its welcome. The maps are especially standout, taking familiar locations and injecting them with an eerie emptiness. The pacing is great and has you wandering through many different locations, which really feel as if you are lost in this abandoned city - moving to new maps often as the developer promises not to waste your time (or your money). Some heavy handed scares aside, this game has subtelty which allows the atmosphere to seep into you slowly and allows space for your mind to wander, which i think most horror games lack.

£2 is a steal for something so well crafted. Highly recommended
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Ner'0 aka. RaVeR'z
1.5 hrs
Posted: July 13
Prepare yo booty, for this is spooky

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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 8
Product received for free
First , game have really cool retro look. Second , good puzzle level.I would recommend this to buy the game but during the promotion, then you can buy the game for 30-70 cents.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: June 29
+Pixel art visuals: There's something inherently unsettling about 2D sprites that always turn in your direction

++"Gloomy" ambient music

+Exciting finale with multiple endings

+a few inventive puzzles

+short, but effective story

---Unbearable writing, at least in the english version: Possibly stemming from the translation, gems like "The vending machine is not responding" or "why i can't die" will have you cringing throughout the whole game (if you have the slightest interest in writing)

--Pixel art visuals: Sometimes the lack of detail is an issue. For example I mistook a "7" as a "1" and wasted about 15 minutes on a puzzle I had actually solved. Also, there are many doors and objects which have no gameplay purpose. This is fine of course, but each and every one is clickable so you better make sure you click every door and trash can you see, cause it might be important

I'm kind of on the fence on this one. If you're capable of understanding the original/non-translated version I'd say definitely go for it. If not, you better love dat pixel art, doe.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: June 2
Not realy that good, but fun to play once.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: April 30
I really liked the atmosphere of this game it has that sinister, oppressive vibe of the good Silent Hill games like the whole world is colluding against you without being overt. The monochrome and red pallet is a key factor in this. However I really did not like the pixel graphics, I am not one to hold poor graphics against a game but it does feel like it was a conscious decision to make it look a bit pants and it would probably have been improved by a more detailed environment. It has some decent puzzles, mostly solved by exploring and finding the right items. It has multiple endings but the plot is not the greatest and it is relatively short. Overall I am left feeling this game is okay so take it or leave it if it takes your fancy.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: March 21
If you are a fan of adventure games, go for this one. Just a small warning: if your imagination is limitless and you havent got nerves of steel, you actually might not want to play it, especially being alone at gloomy dark night...
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0.4 hrs
Posted: March 18
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