“A strong candidate in the “videogames as an art form” circle.”
9/10 – [Casual Gaming]
“Kholat is a well-crafted game that sends an experience that has a soothing soundtrack mixed with a beautiful graphical art style, and a story that holds interest alongside good and engaging story-telling with aw-inspiring moments.”
4/5 – [Gaming PC Forum]
“Kholat‘s world also offers one of the creepiest atmospheres I have ever experienced”
9/10 – [Gamer Headlines]
Narrated by one of the most popular British actors, Sean Bean, Kholat is an exploration adventure game with elements of horror, inspired by a true event known as the Dyatlov Pass incident – a mysterious death of nine Russian hikers, which led to countless, unconfirmed hypotheses. The player will plunge directly into the boundless scenery of the inhospitable Ural Mountains with the task to find out what really happened. In the course of events, you may come across more speculations than expected...
Will you find the answer? Will you get any closer to the truth? Will you survive?
Dyatlov Pass incident was a real story that happened in winter of 1959. Nine skilled alpinists went for a trip to the northern part of Ural Mountains, which ended fatally. Bodies of expedition's crew were found scattered on slope of Kholat Syakhl.
Russian investigators closed the case stating that "a compelling unknown force" had caused the deaths.
More information about Dyatlov Pass Incident can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DyatlovPassincident
stunning art design
immersive exploration experience
sophisticated music and sounds
chilling atmosphere and tension
self made story inspired by true events
main storyline and a lot of background plot to be discovered by players
non-linear open world
in-game navigation by map and compass
powered by Unreal Engine 4
estimated game length: 4 - 6 hours
Kholat is an investigative explore 'em up that has players looking for answers. What will you find up at Dyatlov Pass? Or, perhaps more pertinently, what will find you?
It's a gorgeous game, as you can see in our Let's Play video of Kholat's first fifteen minutes. One of the first commercially-available titles created using the Unreal 4 engine, there are dizzying, snowy particle effects in amongst the beautifully haunting snowy peaks of the Urals.
It's important for exploratory titles such as Kholat to nail the atmosphere and the aesthetics, and this game absolutely delivers on both fronts, helped along by a cracking turn from Sean Bean as one of the narrators. The real-life mysteries of the Dyatlov Pass incident have never been solved, and this game is a great way of interactively exploring such rich source material.