Darkwood is a top-down survival horror video game developed by Acid Wizard Studio. Top-down is the genre of game in which you play with the perspective from above the character. With that in mind, we can only see things from the high angle above but get a hard time seeing things up close to our character.

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The top-down perspective gives the game its deserved credit

The game was released through Steam Early Access on July 24, 2014, and supports Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, SteamOS and Ubuntu. Later on, the full game was released on August 18, 2017. The game is set in an open-world environment, a place like a forest in the Soviet Bloc where the main characters got stuck in a closed area for an unknown amount of time.

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What would you do if there is a monster crawling in the darkness?

On March 20 of 2019, a Nintendo Switch version was announced during the Nindies Nintendo Direct and is planned to be released on May 16, 2019. The game is also ported to PS4 and will be released on May 14 of 2019, under the publisher Crunching Koalas.

Trailer for the horror game

The game has a dim and somewhat "dark" theme which helps to bring eerie feelings to players. With the top-down point of view, players will have to look out for upcoming objects all the way through their adventure.

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Various items are found everywhere in an open-world environment

The game features many many systems like crafting, unlocking storylines, a day/night cycle, trading and NPC interaction, a skill system, stealth, and combat, as well as story progression altering several aspects of the world.

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Would your answer drastically change your fate?

During the daytime, players can roam freely around the world and strive for supplies in many scattered places. Sometimes, you need to stay at your place and repair gears and equipment. You may feel the need to fix doors or barricade to secure your shelter. The crafting system for equipment and upgrades is also interesting if you spend more time looking at it.

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There is a map to aid you in the journey

However, the night will be the real test where players might end up dying, losing half of their inventory depending on which difficulty player chose. Looking for the ultimate escape, good players will do their best to avoid the devastating dent to their looting.