Percentile Rank

Kholat is ranked in the 20th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

61

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jun 7, 2015

As a lifelong fan of Fortean mystery and atmospheric adventures, Kholat is a game I really wanted to love, but it left me out in the cold in more ways than one.

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Scored Reviews

Gamestyle
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 10, 2015

An amazing story based on actual events. KHOLAT is a standout game in a genre that often fails to deliver.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jun 19, 2015

Overall Kholat is an atmospheric adventure game that is creepy but really should not be labeled as a horror game. With a wonderful art style and amazing sound effects, Kholat should still please horror fans and adventure game fans alike.

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Honest Gaming Reviews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2017

So, a beautiful looking game that has an amazing soundtrack and is based on a still unexplained real life event. I will now do quite a bit of reading about The Dyatlov Pass Incident and try to see how good the game related to it.

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Fextralife
8 / 10
Fextralife

Top Critic

8 / 10
Apr 25, 2016

Enormously atmospheric, highly intriguing, but falls just a little short of its narrative ambition. A compelling real life historical mystery. Well told, though the pay-off may frustrate some. A great control innovation effectively supports the overall atmosphere of isolation and exposure.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2016

This thrilling story will keep you at the edge of your seat and will leave you wanting to know more about these events. Kholat won't disappoint the fans of the genre and is worth a try.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 5, 2015

While much of Kholat can feel repetitive as players roam aimlessly through the barren landscape, the spine-creeping sense of dread that accompanies the rest of the game more than makes up for it. There were a few times that I began to feel a bit bored with winding through the same rocky paths, but they were offset by the time spent struggling to survive against encroaching threats and the strangely threatening narration of Game of Thrones' Sean Bean.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2015

Kholat is a compelling release set against a fascinating backdrop that drew me in early and kept me playing. It offers a memorable, if not completely satisfying, experience that's worth checking out.

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Slant Magazine
Mar 29, 2016

IMGN.PRO's indie survial horror game encourages profound contemplation, specifically about living with death.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 16, 2015

Despite its issues I still feel Kholat is a genuinely disturbing experience, full of atmosphere, tension and visually impressive for an Unreal Engine 4 game. Its faults take it out of the really awesome category but I personally loved it and how it blended horror with unravelling parts of a real world mystery. As it is I believe Kholat is still worth playing but just be aware that frustration and tension will be present in equal measure.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

A poignant and masterfully haunting affair, Kholat's flawed narrative and sparse environments aren't enough to considerably detract from its overwhelming atmospherics and sense of adventure.

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VGProfessional
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2017

Kholat succeeded where many failed: to create a superb horror mood for a game, mixing great visual settings and a soundscape that is bewitching. In terms of gameplay, however, the game is limited by simple interaction and no jump system, plus frustrating death and errors with no reasons or explanation, which might test even the most patient players.

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Sirus Gaming
7 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Feliciano Mondigo
7 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

Don't get me wrong, KHOLAT is a good example for next-generation walking simulators. But the unhinged story and lackluster gameplay makes the game feel stressful at times. The graphics, once again, are impressive. The 4 or so hours I've spent are oftentimes stressful when walking back and forth and don't even get me started with the game's disappointing ending.

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TheXboxHub
Jun 14, 2017

The design, looks and sound are superb, mixing the deeply disturbing and realistic settings of this true disaster from 1959.

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ThisGenGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

Kholat has plenty of issues but there is no denying that it also one of the most atmospheric games I've played recently and is really creepy. The game makes great use of the Unreal Engine 4 as well to deliver some great visuals. I also like that it is based on a real world event as it adds more to the game. If you're into these kind of experiences I highly recommend it but do expect some frustration to come with it.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2015

Kholat is a welcome challenging and atmospheric take on the horror genre

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2016

Kholat is a very interesting first person survival horror game that sadly fails to deliver on all of its promises due to an unfocused storytelling style, which doesn't take full advantage of its mysterious premise. A tighter storytelling would have served the game greatly, as its survival mechanics are among the more interesting of recent times. A quality title, without a doubt, but definitely polarizing and not for everyone.

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Digitally Downloaded
Apr 21, 2016

Though there's less direct threat when compared to more mainstream horror titles, there's an intensity to that environment that helps to create a wonderfully sinister atmosphere. It's not an essential horror game, but it's a genuinely ripping yarn.

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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2015

Kholat is a great looking game that can capture the imagination of players very quickly with its impressive environments and with the initial narrative about the real world set of events on which it is based.

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GameCrate
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2015

If you're really, truly desperate for a new adventure-horror game in the vein of Dear Esther and you consider yourself to literally have the patience of a saint, at the very least Kholat will look and sound pretty as you play it. Anyone who doesn't want to deal with tedious gameplay, a confusing story, or frustrating progress roadblocks however should steer clear.

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2015

Little to no directions are given to the player -- you're just dropped into the world and expected to figure things out on your own. It wasn't until my second play session that I realized the locations marked on the map were of importance. After figuring out proper use of the map and compass, it was easy to complete the game in just around four hours, which felt a bit light for the asking price of $20, considering most of your time will be spent looking at snowy rocks. Overall an enjoyable experience that has a fantastic presentation but just lacks much depth in gameplay.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 20, 2016

Kholat may be daunting to approach at first with its massive scale, but its eerie setting is worth exploring for its intentionally perplexing narrative and unsettling visual and aural atmosphere. The simplistic gameplay may turn some off with how tedious exploration can become with few scares and long stretches of nothing, but if you choose to remain steadfast on this trail, the sights, sounds, and story may very well be worth your effort.

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Polygon
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2015

Kholat's narrative exploration is ambitious, and the real world base for its plot, the recreation of exploring a bewildering and unforgiving landscape and the audio-visual design were all superb. But for what it gets right, the mounting flaws in its design only become more evident and distracting.

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Cheat Code Central
3 / 5.0
Cheat Code Central
Angelo M. D’Argenio

Top Critic

3 / 5.0
Jun 8, 2015

For its price, Kholat is a pretty enjoyable experience, and I'd certainly recommend picking it up if you can find it on a Steam sale, but do note that Kholat is one of those games that requires willpower to keep playing. It's easy to put down, but a work of art of a horror game when you don't.

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PushStartPlay
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

A horror title, with hardly any moments of dread, which has been seemingly written by a person who's behind WWE promos.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Fergdaddy

Top Critic

Jun 29, 2015

Kholat brings the atmosphere, but makes you wish you had brought your own compass.

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Gamers FTW
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2016

Kholat does a fantastic job at creating a tense, moody atmosphere in which you're completely alone in an unforgiving landscape. However for everything the game does right there is an equal flaw to break player immersion. The grizzly tail of a real life a real life incident immediately draws you in, but the narrative is often perplexing leaving you with a lot of unanswered questions. The open-world environment is realistic, beautiful and calls on your adventurous side, but the gameplay is overly simplistic and exploration is tediously long.

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games(TM)
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 8, 2015

Visually stunning but a slog to play through

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GamingTrend
50 / 100
50 / 100
Jun 15, 2015

KHOLAT nails the experience of being atop a snowy mountain during volatile conditions, and the idea of it being based on a true story is intriguing. Ultimately, though, the execution falls short and you're left with a shallow experience that is hard to find the fun in.

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CGMagazine
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2015

A certain type of player will find a lot to enjoy in simply puzzling out their location and trekking toward the objectives.

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Hardcore Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Jun 12, 2015

Kholat quite likely captures what it would be like to be lost in the snowy mountains, but games are meant to be enjoyed, not merely 'survived.' With such an interesting story and a great narrator, Kholat truly dropped the ball in what could have been a great narrative, instead delivering nonsense dialogue and an incomprehensible plot.

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COGconnected
45 / 100
45 / 100
Apr 2, 2016

It's a disappointment to see something squander such potential.

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God is a Geek
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

Grievously weighed down by its unforgiving orienteering mechanic, tedious gameplay and frame-rate issues, Kholat is more likely to leave you with your head aching rather than your head spinning.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 22, 2017

Horror and walking sims are my two favorite genres in the medium, but Kholat serves as another unfortunate reminder that they don't belong together.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 19, 2016

Kholat had a lot of potential, but is unfortunately hard to enjoy, due to frustrating gameplay and hard to decipher orienteering mechanics. It will appeal to the odd soul, who will fall in love with its disturbing and maze-like mountaintop setting, but most will come away annoyed.

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GameSpot
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jun 7, 2015

Kholat's poor attempts to creep and confound you fail to capitalize on its terrific premise.

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TheSixthAxis
4 / 10
4 / 10
Mar 30, 2016

It's a shame because Kholat has one of the best horror game set-ups we've seen for quite some time. Not only that, the team at IMGN.PRO has clearly put effort into sculpting an spooky collection of vistas each dripping in atmosphere. Sadly, wedged between these tense moments is way too much filler. The mind-numbing map reading and navigation would have been easy to overlook if that only made up a small portion of the game. Instead, it forms this drab and unappealing bedrock that threatens to drag Kholat down whenever there isn't something scripted happening on-screen.

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DarkZero
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jul 20, 2015

Simply put, Kholat fails to properly balance its moody aesthetics while keeping the player actively invested. It is yet another case of an experience that is beautiful to witness, but boring to actually engage in.

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