An interesting storyline, clever game and level design are all defining features of 2Dark, but it falls short when it comes to offering a challenge worthy of a survival-horror game that was anticipated with Frédérick Raynal's return to the genre.
2Dark is a frustrating mess of a game that shows plenty of promise as a concept, but fails to deliver on every single one of them.
If you enjoy a good horror with a bleak tale – and can stomach seeing pixelated children in cages or mauled by animals – then 2Dark is definitely worth checking out.
I give 2Dark a lot of credit for creating a challenging stealth game with a unique look and compelling story. I always looked forward to playing in a new environment and the creative ways to take down the bad guys.
Do you remember "Alone in the dark" game? that was a very unique game in survival horror genre and not like any other games of the genre. Now, 2Dark that made by the original developer of "Alone in the dark" Frédérick Raynal, is also a very "unique" horror game that you never played anything like that and has its own character. But this uniqueness doesn't mean that the game has not weaknesses, because it has some important issues on gameplay mechanics and balance. In the end i must say that if you are fan of horror genre and you want to experience a unique game with almost nice story telling, 2Dark could be one of your good choices.
Review in Persian | Read full review
2Dark has a lot of potential, and the premise is exciting. The developers dared to delve into a dark plot, and that bravery should be applauded. The title doesn't fail in any particular way, but it also doesn't meet its full potential. The gameplay felt overly complicated and could've benefited from a "less is more" approach. Some improvements to the inventory system also could've made gamers feel more in control of the protagonist. It would've been amazing if the game had managed to remain focused on some quick and tense action sequences, rather than spending so much time on tedious tasks, which interrupted the sense of immersion.
2Dark is mostly a triumph for Gloomywood. It is impressive and refreshing that a skilled user could play a survival horror stealth game that can be completed without killing anyone. Sure, sometimes accidents happen and a kid dies a horrible bloody death, which can lead to both horrific shock and bemused laughter... at the same time no less, but that is the weird and wonderful tone of 2Dark. Inane inventory system and difficulty spike aside, this is a very interesting and free-form survival horror that dares to be a little different. A humble little game that really tries its best to get people to invest in saving children and be heroic with no shred of irony.
In summary, 2Dark is an atmospheric experience, and while it isn't an out-and-out horror game, the game blends elements of survival horror with the main gameplay chiefly revolving around sneaking in a furtive manner through levels. The atmospherics are striking, and the cartoon-like animations work well as a contrast.
Despite being a simple game, 2Dark deserves a chance from gamers who love horror titles. However, as it is a game that may not attract a lot of attention, it might be forgotten among other titles of the same genre. From its first seconds to the very end, 2Dark provides players with a spooky environment, interesting story, easy gameplay and a few good scary moments.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
It's cheap, it's great and worth hours of enjoyment (as well as few jump scares to boot). The few issues in 2Dark are a testament to how good this game plays and feels. It's very important that this actually feels like a creepy game as well, otherwise the storyline wouldn't fit in well with the scenery. Overall, this is a great indie title to check out.