From the developers of Slay the Princess, return to the crumbling coal town your family built generations ago for the funeral of your aunt. You won't be able to save everyone. You might not even be able to save yourself. Welcome home.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (110) - 96% of the 110 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,904) - 98% of the 1,904 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?

“Early access has been an extremely effective tool for releasing episodically and polishing the game as we go!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to be in Early Access until the release of Episodes 6 and 7, which we're currently hoping to release together in 2025.”

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?

“Episodes 1 through 4 are all fully playable, and contain ~580,000 words of content.”

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

“Depending on how the scope of the project continues to grow, we may raise the final price of the game before the full release. If we wind up doing so, we will give players a heads up so that folks on the fence still have a chance to purchase Scarlet Hollow at its original Early Access price.”

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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“The Best Narrative Game Of The Last Two Years Just Got Even Better”

“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.”

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About This Game

Warning: this game contains occasional flashing images. If this poses a health risk to you, please proceed with caution.

Coal mines sealed off after a deadly collapse. Strange creatures preying on livestock. Houses infested with vengeful spirits. The sleepy town of Scarlet Hollow has suddenly come alive with horrors, just in time for your arrival. 

This was supposed to be a quiet getaway in the rural mountains of North Carolina. All you had to do was finally meet your long-lost cousin and comfort her through her mother’s funeral. But now, each new day welcomes new nightmares.

You only have to survive a week. But can you get to the bottom of the horrifying mysteries haunting Scarlet Hollow before they claim your life?

Scarlet Hollow is an immersive horror-mystery with sharp writing, impactful choices, and meticulously hand-drawn art from award-winning graphic novelist Abby Howard.

It's being released across 7 episodes. The first FOUR are available now for you to play, with the remaining episodes to follow as free updates as we finish them.

Try Episode 1 For Free! (Yes, your saves will carry over)


  • A heavily branching narrative where your decisions (actually) matter. The relationships you forge and the decisions you make will dramatically alter your journey.
  • A complex paranormal mystery. Investigate haunted houses, strange sightings in the woods, a deteriorating mine, and more as you try and piece together what happened in Scarlet Hollow.
  • Terrifying and funny. Charming characters and snappy dialogue flip to pulse-pounding dread and horror at a moment's notice.
  • 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? Can you talk to animals? 21 different character builds change how you interact with the world and how your story unfolds.

  • A dynamic relationship system that reacts to your every choice and changes how your story unfolds. People won'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.

  • Original monster designs inspired by Appalachian myths and cryptids. You won't find any predictable vampires or zombies here.
  • No jumpscares. All of the horror in Scarlet Hollow comes from building tension and dread (and some disturbing imagery).
  • Touching romance. Whether you're into goths, dads, paranormal investigators, mysterious recluses, lo-fi beats to study and water your plants to, or actual monsters, we've got all your bases covered.

  • Hundreds of meticulously hand-drawn and traditionally inked backgrounds. Every background in the game is drawn by hand and inked on massive 19x24 inch paper.

  • Countless immersive sprites. Each major character has dozens—and often hundreds—of hand-drawn sprites that interact with backgrounds and capture a full range of lighting, emotion, environment, and outfit changes.
  • From the developers of Slay the Princess

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
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • 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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