Darkwood screenshot of a woman stuck in a tree

Darkwood is a top-down horror game that will ask of you to explore a randomly generated world during the day, and then hopefully barricade and defend yourself from a variety of horrors that start appearing after sundown. It might not appear to be anything impressive right now, but its one of the rare few horror games I have genuinely had to rage-quit due to how stressed out it made me - the sound design is just that damn good!

If you think I'm exaggerating just to prove some sort of point, worry not as I come armed with a rather convincing example. The video below is an interactive trailer from a couple of years ago, and even though the gameplay and overall design is completely outdated by this point it will still give you a really good idea of what Darkwood is all about, and why its so terrifying. Have a look, but make sure to enable annotations:

After many years and many updates Darkwood is going to finally be leaving Steam Early Access next month, on August 17th. As for the platforms, you can expect to see Darkwood on PC, Mac, and Linux. I've only played it for a short while as I want to keep myself 'fresh' for the full release, but even with this few hours put into it I can definitely say that Darkwood is a game worth checking out. So if you are as intrigued as I am and you would like to learn more I would recommend heading over to either the official website or Steam. And finally, here's a couple of images just to set the mood:

Darkwood screenshot of lights illuminating the fog

Darkwood screenshot of a crampt house with a corpse in it

Darkwood screenshot of a bloody abomination