Game release: “Kholat” (PC)

Despite the hot weather, horror adventures like IMGN.PRO‘s Kholat will still make your skin crawl.


In the same vein as real-time first-person exploration games like Dear Esther or Gone Home, the gameplay doesn’t revolve around object combinations, but on navigating isolated surroundings while discovering what happened or what is happening. Based on the real Dyatlov Pass incident with the disappearance of people under mysterious circumstances, the player has to dive deep into the Ural Mountains without disappearing him or herself.


It looks all rather good with the Unreal Engine 4 in addition to some lovely art design, and the voice work by Sean Bean gives the indie game a more Hollywood-like appearance. While the trailer doesn’t tell much, the atmosphere should be enough to warrant a play if one wants to experience some chills during the hot summertime. There’s also a 10% launch discount on both Steam and GOG that will last until June 22, 10:59 PM GMT.


I’m not sure if my PC can handle it, but if it does, then rest assured I’ll give it the review treatment, as I enjoyed the underrated movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Renny Harlin. Only this time with no other participants on the trip to help out and (more importantly due to some rather boring dialogue and uninteresting characters) to converse with, the game might actually do the unsettling source material justice.

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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8 Responses to Game release: “Kholat” (PC)

  1. Andrew says:

    Not heard of this game, but I did enjoy “Dear Esther” and “The Old City”. I’m also a big fan of horror titles so this definitely sounds like one for me. Given the Steam Sale is in full swing, I’ll be keeping my eye out for this one.

    Cheers for the recommendation.

    • nufafitc says:

      Glad you liked the recommendation. Haven’t heard of “The Old City”. What’s that all about? I played “Dear Esther” at the Notgames Festival in Cologne and it was quite an interesting experience ;).

      • Andrew says:

        Similar to “Dear Esther”, “The Old City” is a first-person narrative game in which you walk around an abandoned city that’s become dilapidated.

        Voice-over tells parts of the story depending on where you go and you can read diary entries to piece it together more.

        What I loved about “Old City” were the visuals. It’s a beautiful looking game with a puzzling story that I feel leaves a lot open to interpretation.

        Worth it if you like those sorts of games.

      • nufafitc says:

        Ah, ok. This sounds very familiar to “Into Blue Valley”. Haven’t played that game yet, but it’s a found footage adventure game that also has these narrated segments. But it seems to be pretty horrible if you believe the reviews.

        However, I’ll definitely check out “The Old City”, so thanks for the recommendation. If you know any other interactive fiction games, just let me know and I might feature them here if I find the time :).

      • Andrew says:

        If I come across any or think of any more off the top of my head, I’ll let you know 🙂

      • nufafitc says:

        Awesome, thanks :).

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