Scarlet Hollow is a horror-mystery game with sharp writing, dark humor, and hand-drawn art from award-winning graphic novelist Abby Howard.
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Very Positive (20) - 100% of the 20 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (158) - 99% of the 158 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 11, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“User feedback following the release of Episode 1 was instrumental in helping us fine-tune our game and make it as good as possible. This has included fixing typos, catching bugs that slipped through our own QA, and changing some dialogue options to make our game's interactivity more robust. It's important to us that the player character feels like a proper representation of what our actual players would want to do or say in these situations. We hope to continue this process through the release of our remaining six episodes.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to be in Early Access until the release of Episode 7, which we're currently hoping to release in October 2023.”

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

“Scarlet Hollow is following an episodic release schedule. The Early Access version of the game will give our players access to new episodes as we finish them. The game will leave early access once Episode 7 (the final episode) is ready for release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The early access version will release with Episodes 1 and 2 finished. We've planned seven episodes in total, and we'll continue to release those episodes to our players as they're completed.”

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

“Aside from occasional discounts during Steam sales, the game will have the same price point during and after early access.”

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

“We read our Steam forums, Subreddit, discord, and twitter messages sent by our players and frequently use their feedback to improve our game. We also regularly survey our players and use their feedback to influence the shape of future releases.”
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“One of the best narrative games I’ve played.”

“Scarlet Hollow managed to wow me not only with concise yet rich writing but also in the seamless incorporation of unorthodox gameplay mechanics.”
87/100 – RPGFan

“The very precise, sweet spot of horror and humor.”

About This Game

Scarlet Hollow is being released across 7 episodes. The first two are already released for you to play, with the remaining episodes to follow as free updates as we finish them.

Trapped in the dying Appalachian mining town of Scarlet Hollow for the funeral of your estranged aunt, you quickly find yourself at the center of a dark mystery that threatens your life and the fate of an entire town. Who lives, who dies, and the fate of an entire town rests on your shoulders.


  • A heavily branching narrative where your choices matter. The relationships you forge and the decisions you make will dramatically alter your journey.
  • Terrifying and funny. Charming characters and snappy dialogue flip to pulse-pounding horror at a moment's notice.
  • A complex relationship system that changes how characters act around you. Characters don't just like or dislike you. Become friendly rivals, bitter adversaries, best friends, or mild acquaintances with everyone in town based on how you approach the story.
  • Trait-based dialogue and role-playing. Scarlet Hollow's dialogue system is driven by role-playing elements that let you choose who you want to be. Are you quiet and observant? Hot and clueless? 21 different character builds change how you interact with the world and how your story unfolds.
  • Original monster designs inspired by Appalachian myths and cryptids. You won't find any predictable vampires or zombies here.
  • Five romance options. Whether you're into goths, dads, Youtubers, mysterious recluses, or lo-fi beats to study and water your plants to, we've got all your bases covered.
  • Dozens of meticulously hand-drawn and traditionally inked backgrounds. Every background in the game is drawn by hand and inked on massive 19x24 inch paper.
  • Hundreds of immersive sprites. Each major character has dozens of hand-drawn sprites that interact with backgrounds and capture a full range of lighting, emotion, environment, and outfit changes.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Scarlet Hollow is a horror game, and it is not intended for all audiences. Please visit our website ( if you need a full list of content warnings.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.8 ghz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OX 10.9
    • Processor: 1.8 ghz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Processor: 1.8 ghz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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