Horror adventure awaits as you step into a place nobody knew existed and hunt for clues around every dark corner and in every scribbled notebook. With a twisted past, and a terrible secret just waiting to be revealed, Cold Winter Farm will leave you questioning whether what you know, is really what you know.
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Release Date: Jul 1, 2015

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“This game stands out from the point-and-click crowd with an excellent story line, thorough attention to detail, and a sense of foreboding.”
8/10 – Rely on Horror

About This Game

Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting is a dark, shocking, and fear charged mystery horror adventure game, that casts the player in the role of Sheriff Alex Truman as he attempts to piece together the origins of a disturbed and unidentified car crash victim.

Set entirely underneath an idyllic country farmhouse, in the deserted and claustrophobic confines of a mysterious and secret underground complex, players will explore a place nobody knew existed, and uncover a twisted past that gets more and more terrifying with every corner turned, every door opened, and every note read.

What happened beneath Cold Winter Farm? What does it have to do with the stranger, who survived a terrible crash, only to sit and mutter the farm's name? And if the place is supposed to be deserted, who keeps opening all the doors?

Told from a 1st person perspective, in the style of Myst and Dark Fall, and backed by atmospheric pre-rendered 3D scenes, and a chilling score, Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting weaves a tangled and brutal tale of love, revenge, jealousy, and bitter rivalry to create a horror experience that will bring new meaning to the concepts of hope and trust, and leave you questioning whether what you know, is really what you know!

Key Features:


  • detailed storyline and characters
  • 1st person point and click slideshow style movement
  • atmospheric 3D scenes
  • puzzles integrated into the narrative
  • 1280x 720 (16:9) screen resolution
  • chilling and emotive original score

The Background Story


Deacon Oaks is a small and quiet town, where nothing bad ever happens. Sheriff Alex Truman has a peaceful life dealing with lost dogs, trivial disputes, and a few drunks here and there. He should be the happiest lawman in the world. But there's just one small part of him that longs for some excitement, for something that would break the monotony he doesn't even realise is eating him alive.

One cold November night it seems his unspoken wishes may have been granted when he’s involved in a car accident with a man who appears suddenly in the middle of the road. Alex is fine, but the man ends up in hospital with a broken leg, and several cracked ribs. Nobody knows who this guy is or where he has come from, and to make matters worse, he won’t speak. Finally the town has its first real mystery, and Alex is overjoyed. But that joy is to be short lived.

With no way of finding out the man’s identity, he’s moved to the local state mental health facility, and life in Deacon Oaks goes back to normal, until two months later when Alex gets a call informing him that the “road guy” has at last spoken. Three words were all he would say – “Cold Winter Farm, Cold Winter Farm, Cold Winter Farm”, over and over again.

Alex has no idea what it means, but he does know that Cold Winter Farm is on the edge of town, and that’s good enough. The mystery is back, and Alex wants to get to the bottom of it right away. Problem is, the biggest storm in fifty years is heading towards town – he’ll never make it out to the farm and back before the storm hits. But Alex doesn’t care – something deep inside is driving him – he has to know who the “road guy” is, and he has to know now. Abandoning all rational thought and ignoring the warnings of his deputy, he grabs the keys to the 4x4 and heads out.

Ten minutes after he arrives at the farm, the storm is so out of control, that it uproots a tree, which falls onto the house, crushing the roof, and trapping Alex in the basement. That’s not all though. The fallen tree has opened up a hidden doorway, which leads to a secret corridor. At the end of the corridor is an elevator, and the only place it can go is down. With no chance of being rescued until the next day, and with the overpowering need to find answers drowning out the fear he feels, Alex decides to take the elevator down.

But what will be waiting for him at the bottom? Will it explain the origins and identity of the “road guy”? Will it explain why the “road guy” was walking in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the freezing winter? Will it explain why he wouldn’t speak for two months? And if it does, will the answers be simple, or will they be ultimately more disturbing and terrifying than anyone could imagine?

Enhanced Edition


The "enhanced" edition of Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting has been converted from its original square (4:3) resolution of 1024x768 to a higher widescreen (16:9) resolution of 1280x720 to better suit widescreen displays.

Other updates include a new inventory and larger in game text for easier reading, as well as several general improvements throughout.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Display capable of 1280x720 resolution, mouse, and keyboard required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 98/XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Display capable of 1280x720 resolution, mouse, and keyboard required
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I would not recommend this game because of the lack of direction, objectives, and instruction as well as the obscure puzzles. I am currently stuck because a video from the archive won't play for me and I don't know what is wrong. This was a frustrating experience.
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
The developer is too lazy to port the game to mac and Linux, he could do it so easy with a wine wrapper and enjoy new sales, I tried to help him, instead we are greeted with a "I don't care"
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55 of 64 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2015
I'm happy to confess that I'm criminally underqualified to review games like this one, so let's start with a brief disclaimer. I'm not usually an impulse buyer - as God is my witness, I'm a cheap 'n' nasty "sales ♥♥♥♥♥" if anything - but since I'm on holidays I found the opportunity to be one of the first reviews for a freshly-released horror game all too tempting, and this one looked intriguing and wasn't too bad a price, even at a mere 15% off. Sold! The first lesson here, boys and girls, is to properly read the Steam Store page, as what I foolishly assumed to be a "regular movement" kinda first-person game is in fact a point-and-click game, and if there's one genre I have ambivalent feelings towards, that'd be it. Oh well. The good news, however, is that even an adventure gaming dumb-dumb like myself can tell that this is one of the QUALITY specimens of its genre.

For the hour I've played thus far, it has all the hallmarks of a well-made horror point-and-clicker: Nice visuals, spooky music, atmospheric sound...and, perhaps most importantly of all, a genuine air of MYSTERY. Granted, Scratches started off similarly well, before steadily devolving into unnecessarily convoluted storytelling and even MORE convoluted "puzzle"-solving...but as far as I can tell, the puzzles in this one are super-logical and genuinely clever, though the downside to this is of course that UN-clever people like me have precisely ♥♥♥♥-all chance of getting anywhere in them without constant reference to a walkthrough. But at least I could work SOME of it out without resorting to such cheating, and the bits which I couldn't made perfect sense once I'd looked them up. Which is more than I can say for a LOT of "adventure" games I've attempted over the years...

What I'm trying to say, in my typical long-winded fashion, is that if you're the type of person who can actually get their noggin 'round this kinda game, this is certainly shaping up to be one of the good'uns. Me, I'm a university student at the moment, so I'm inclined to find my leisurely pleasures elsewhere for now, but if at some point in my future I feel like this kinda high-level cerebral challenge, I'll be sure to recall how this one actually impressed me, not least of all in the fact that I was able to make a teeny, tiny bit of progress before seeking out that much-needed help (hell, most point-and-click games I can't even seem to get past the first ROOM without a walkthrough, I'm that feckin' stoopid).

Verdict: 8/10.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
The overview
A sheriff, a stranger, and Cold Winter Farm. Three words from the stranger, the only three words, and three months in the saying. An insufficient answer for why he was wandering the road in the outskirts of Deacon Oaks. Sheriff Truman wants – needs – more. Cold Winter Farm and its stately home beckons.

A snowstorm, a tree fall. Trapped in a basement, a door is revealed. A door to a corridor. He can’t go back, so Sherriff Truman goes forward. What he finds he cannot have imagined.

And so begins Corrosion, a self proclaimed “dark, shocking, and fear-charged mystery horror game”.

The underview
A large part of Corrosion’s thrill is discovering what the hell is going on, with tantalising hints dropped in at a satisfying pace, leading you down that dark and terrifying path towards the inevitable truth. You’ll spend a lot of time hunting down keycards and codes to access locked areas of the lab. This does get a little repetitive, but the excitement of exploring a new area keeps you going - you’ll be dying to see what’s in next room, despite - or maybe because of - the potentially nasty things you may find.

The game is packed with journals and recordings, which fill in the story of Cold Winter Farm’s past and flesh out the characters. It’s a well-worn but trusty method of driving the narrative along, and pretty much the only option, as this is one of those games where you’re on your own 99% of the time. Of course, the occasional self-locking door and mysterious noise hints that there’s someone - or something - else inhabiting the labs, but to say any more would spoil the surprises.

Aside from tracking down keycards, you’ll have to solve the occasional brain-buster to progress through Corrosion’s plot. Puzzles are about 50/50 on logic and inventory ones and they tend to lean towards the brutal side in terms of difficulty. These aren’t brainteasers. These are migraine-inducing hard puzzles. There are moments where there isn’t a logical connection between where you are and where you need to go next. You’d expect a hint as to what to do next, perhaps one of those handy keycards for accessing another part of the lab, but three or four times I was left clueless. It was only after scouring the entire building that I discovered a previously locked door had been opened, with no warning at all. It’s a simple case of patiently covering old ground, but I could’ve done without it. With that being said, there’s a cool little maths conundrum, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and you’ll need to work out times and dates of specific events that occurred in the lab, then play back recordings using the handy security archive.

Is it scary?
After several hours of creeping through Cold Winter Farm’s eerie corridors, I sat back and considered the key question: is Corrosion actually scary? It’s surprisingly tough to answer. “Fear-charged” is probably an apt description. Psychological horror might be another. Things don’t go "boo", and I have already said it wasn’t frightening, in the scary sense of the word. But there is fear in the game, as an emotion expressed in a variety of ways. People who were here before you were clearly fearful, and some frightening things went on. After unlocking the door to the medical lab or morgue, I hesitated before plunging inside, for fear of what I'd stumble into. Some of the contraptions I saw, including a particularly memorable chair, definitely surprised or shocked. Those with weak stomachs will also balk at some of the diary and computer entries, while the sinister music gets under your skin and creeps you out. This understanding builds, and by the time you get to the chase, all the little parts – the music, the setting, the sounds – may well have come together to produce a tension waiting to be relieved. Or run away from.

Final thought
Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting isn’t an easy game, so it ended up being a good length, and it kept me engaged and wanting to play some more. It suited a lot of my preferences, and what didn’t appeal was outweighed by what did. In a way, the theme that revolves around this game reminds me of Exmortis. It's one of the better (if not my favorite) free horror/adventure point & click that available out there.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
Before I write my full review a bit of a disclaimer. I had to use a walkthrough to get through this game. Particularly very early on. With that said, Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting is very much a game oozing with mystery and the unknown. You're trapped in the basement of an abandoned farm looking for clues. What you find, though, is conspiracy upon conspiracy and what amounts to supernatural forces at work. Or is what you experience just a figment of your imagination? I'm a fan of games that treat the player with more questions than answers by the time the credits roll and this one doesn't disapoint. I'd love to see more from Viperante. It's not a perfect first-person adventure game, but if you're a fan of horror and don't want jump scares, this one might be up your alley.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
While Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting wasn't exactly what I had expected, it's one of the more decent horror inspired point and click titles on Steam.

The player will take on the role of Sheriff Alex Truman, who winds up getting trapped in an underground lab. Although the store page says a basement, it really is more of a lab; equipped with a morgue, sleeping quarters and many places for the player to explore. The story itself is solid, although for the first few hours of the game it will be shrouded in mystery. You will slowly unveil it as you progress, and the ending has a surprising turn that will leave you wondering.

While there is really no linear way to play the game, in order to progress you will be required to trigger certain events by finding, crafting or viewing certain objects. I will go ahead and admit fully that I used a guide, and while doing so I still clocked in at almost 5 played hours. Without the use of a guide, this game could take upwards to 10 hours to complete, depending on your competence regarding hardened point and click adventures like Myst and Dark Fall. Make no mistake, this is no casual point and click.

My only gripe with Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting is that it isn't grittier. There are very few sections that include blood or gore, and there is no horror to speak of. Sure, the story once you reveal it in its entirety is horrific, but quite honestly I would classify this title under suspense rather than horror. This isn't a huge issue though, as the story and gameplay are both compelling enough to hold the interest of the player. Once I started playing this and uncovering the truth of what happened, I couldn't put the game down.

The game is worth its asking price for any point and click fan; especially those who are looking to venture away from the current casual industry standard. If you can get it on sale, that's an even bigger bonus, but don't hold out for one... it's rare that a $10 point and click will last for more than two hours. With this game. you get a minimum of 4 hours if you're using a guide for $8.79 CAD.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
Tedious or boring.
Also movement in this game is really awkward as I found
it difficult to go directly to an objective.
Instead I found myself having to turn left, then turn left
again before I could even move forward.
There were times I couldn't even make a right turn to
get somewhere.
This is the worst aspect of the game.

You are not equipped with any kind of map so getting
disoriented as you move about is all too easy.
It's hard to find any sense of direction as every time you turn
you wonder if you are proceeding in the right or wrong way.

I didn't find anything else that was outstanding or impressive
in this game.
Others have commented about the eerie or creepy atmosphere
but I found this game rather bland in this respect.
Certainly the graphics in this game are nothing exceptional.
So on a scale of 1 to 8 with 1 being abysmal I would rate this
game a 3 at the most.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
Get your notebook and pen ready, 'cause you're going to need it for this game. I found the story really intriguing, and liked the difficulty level of the puzzles. If you're not into reading and recording keywords and small details, this may not be the game for you but it was exactly what I was looking for. You won't be shaking in your pants for most of the game, but there are some nice atmospheric moments that made me pretty nervous. I definitely recommend this one if you're on a point & click binge like I am. :)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
If you are a true point and click fan, and like escape games, you'll like Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting.

Avoid using a walkthrough if you can help it. All of the answers are there, just read and observe everything, and think critically. The ending was abrupt, and a bit disappointing, but mostly because I didn't want it to end.

Mildly scary (for a scaredy cat like me), with some mild gore, and suggested violence.

Happy clicking!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Whew, what a story.
I was taken for a pretty mind-blowing 8-hour ride. The plot is quite extensive, and concludes pretty brilliantly.

Hated the movement though.
It's easy to lose your bearings because of the angles they give you in each room. Sometimes you have to go "up", "left", "down", then "right" (or something like that) just before you can look at objects that are otherwise right in front of you! Because of this, it's easy to lose track of which way you're facing, and subsequently which direction you should go.

Some of the puzzles also really sucked.
As the game progresses, you acquire an extensive inventory. There were at least 3 different instances where I could think of other perfectly reasonable ways to solve the puzzle at hand by combining different inventory objects from what was required (e.g. Item A could be combined with Item B to give the same result, but the game insists that only Item B be combined with Item C for the solution, or something like that). And in many cases the solution required was ridiculous - you'd have to specifically know that you had to use those items, otherwise you'd never logically think of it.

And the English was subpar.
I kept seeing "there" being used instead of "they're", and other small but glaring linguistic errors. It got quite irritating to a point, especially when some of these errors were being made in things like in-game newspaper articles and official government docs, which one would expect to be impeccably written. The mistakes undermined the realism.

But ultimately, the engaging plot and incredible atmosphere made up for everything.
To be honest, the game was far from impressive when I first started playing it. But then as I found out more (don't worry, this happens quickly) and the story started to unravel, things got pretty intense. Add to that the superbly effective music/sound/ambient noise + sleek graphics, and I was completely immersed.

Not to mention, things do get pretty scary.
It's rare to find an adventure game that effectively manages to convey a sense of urgency. Very often you can spend as much time as you like dawdling away at any location. Not with Corrosion though. There were a few times I felt a heart-pounding need to get out of one particular location as soon as possible, because it was so unnerving! And at a certain point in the game, there's even a chase scene - that sure got my adrenaline pumping alright!

Conclusion
Money well spent - in terms of conveying the desired mood, atmosphere and story, this game succeeds brilliantly. Puzzles, navigation & other game details may be less than perfect, but the overall gaming experience is still pretty awesome.
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W4YNEWHITE
7.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
This was an interesting game to say the least. Understanding the story was the meat of it, and its the type of game that you either like or dislike. For me it was enjoyable, eerie and very challenging. I needed a walkthrough many times in the game, and found myself getting stuck quite alot. What I did find very frustrating was that if you didn't completely read an article from beginning to end, you may have trouble later on in the game when needing to advance. My advice is to read all the content and search everything. The puzzles in this game were very difficult and I would never had thought of some of them without a walk aid. In the same universe as games such as Myst or Riven, this First Person Point 'n Click game is a real mind driller.

8/10
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prelude2disaster
7.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
tl;dr 8/10 - Fantastic, challenging Point & Click Thriller. Well worth purchasing!

I think that's the highest score I've given a game. Maybe Goetia got an 8 too, I'm not sure. Either way, let's clarify that I am in no way afiliated with the developers, creators, game scriptors, audio technicians blah blah blah. I'd like to address that I'm a little bias towards liking this kind of game too. I have a condition that causes severe irritability and lack of concentration. Playing games that I use to love has become a chore so this was a breath of fresh air.

Instead of giving my own pros / cons, which have been addressed in other reviews, I'd like to address some of the common items in them.


1) Controls. I personally have no issue with the controls. I think the mouse is perfectly acceptable to use for turning, stepping forward etc. but others have listed it as a huge criticism. The reason I've mentioned it is to counter those negatives with the fact that you don't want to overlook the smallest detail in this game by rushing around. If given the chance, most people (myself included) would generally head to the furthest point they could and work backwards. The control scheme in place allows you to check your surroundings carefully every step of the way and with that, you'll find useful tools and items that you're going to need. Hell, I managed to overlook something in the very first screen because I wasn't in the right way of thinking when I started.

2) 'That code'! Yeah, there are some tough puzzles. They require some thinking and even with all the materials in the game, it will take you some of your own working out to get the answers. The computer lockdown code gave me a hell of a lot of trouble. I'm happy to admit that. But with a bit more searching, I found a note that explained it clearly. With some of my own hand written notes, I worked it out. Be prepared to make your own notes during this game and make sure you keep them properly labelled. There's another one later on that requires you to click items in sequence. Without making notes, it would have been impossible without backtracking numerous times.

3) Story. Considering you're 'alone', the story is: How the hell do I get out of here!? What you can learn during the game is more about where you are, the people that once called it home and what their reasons for being there was. This is discovered through audio logs (each has a puzzle to finding the correct information to hear it), diaries or notes around the building. I found myself wanting to know everything I could about these people and discover what drove them to their actions. It was truly fascinating. Some discoveries will lead you to more questions and are open to interpretation at the end.

I'm genuinely looking forward to the next project the developer works on. Oh, and the developer has explained why there isn't linux/mac support. He doesn't use the systems so doesn't know how to do it properly. He'd rather keep working on quality than allow a port that would be subpar. A normal, human, response.
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Kipland_Kinkill
13.0 hrs
Posted: August 1
Great puzzle game of the old point and click genre worth the pennies it cost. definately recommend it if you like the point and clicks.
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deefdelic
7.2 hrs
Posted: July 31
I usually do not enjoy this kind of adventure puzzle exploration games because most lack the gameplay and the feel of urgency of the mission/story at hand.
This game however plays good and for the price i got this game it was without explaining to much a good time.
It's a real horror vibe.. Nice..
If i had to rate this game then i would give this (considering it's low price) about a 6.5 out of 10...

Recommended
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richard.alvarez2
2.3 hrs
Posted: July 28
the controls are terrible, the story line is some what ok but the way to solve them is a bit to the extreme, for example the code to the computer is damn near an algebraic equation!, i looked up the walkthrough and i got tired of it and un installed it, the clips and pictures provided looked apealing but the game it self it terrible at just being a game.
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Bamboo (Redness)
5.2 hrs
Posted: July 27
Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting, is a point and click horror game developed and published by Viperante.

Controls:
This is a POINT AND CLICK adventure, so don't expect keyboard or controller controls which is a common complaint.

Gameplay:
The puzzles start off mind bending than start getting very hard as the game goes on. I have a complaint about the back tracking. You have to do a lot of back tracking in this game.

Story:
It's not the greatest story line ever... But it is definitely not the worst either. My complaint isn't the voice acting, it's the plot holes. Some characters are mentioned and never given a proper back story.

Rating?
8/10 GREAT FOR A POINT AND CLICK! PICK IT UP!
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PURESharon
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 25
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Saint Aaron
4.8 hrs
Posted: July 14
Product received for free
I actually enjoyed the game. The story kept me interested to finish it on one sitting. The game never felt boring and always made me think on what i would do. The atmosphere along with the detail was pretty good for this style of gameplay

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Atmosphere
Puzzles
Steam Trading cards & achievements
Story
horror/creepy feeling

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