With the Halloween movies and games special weeks in full swing, some releases missed the writing slot, and the best way to catch up on them with a smooth transition is to have a look at Antagonist‘s horror exploration title Through the Woods.
It’s been a while since I reviewed Kholat, but this title made me remember the snowy peaks to traverse and the unsettling atmosphere of darkness only being illuminated by a flashlight. While Through the Woods doesn’t retell the story of someone who investigates the disappearance of a group of people in the mountains, based on a true story, it still shares some similarities in presentation and storytelling.
A woman is looking for her missing son in the dark woods of Norway, and she soon discovers that she’s not alone, as some horrific creatures roam the land, inspired by Norse mythology and Norwegian folk tales. Being an exploration game, one shouldn’t expect a lot of puzzles or interactivity but soak in the creepy atmosphere while listening to the narrator telling things about the past. It certainly isn’t innovative, but if it can deliver a more structured story, then this could just be a very good alternative to all kinds of psychological horror games, especially since it has some impressive vistas in daylight as well.
The game is now available on PC in a standard and Collector’s edition, the latter featuring an artbook and the soundtrack.
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