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Kholat is an adventure-horror game inspired by true event known as Dyatlov Pass incident – mysterious death of nine Russian hikers, that led to countless, unconfirmed hypotheses.

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“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

Key Features:

  • 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

  • challenging exploration

  • 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.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows 7 32 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 470
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Recommended Requirements
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 TI
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space

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Reviews for Kholat

Incredibly creepy and chilling

Kholat is an extremely shiver inducing and creepy experience. This isn't your casual full of jump scares horror game. What's scary about the game is the narration, which is based on a true story, and the conditions your character is put in. The music, the sound effects and the incredibly beautiful graphics let you see the world of Kholat come to life. This game gave me the shivers on every step and every sound effect that made me look around in fear. The atmosphere that is achieved is absolutely terrifying. The voice acting in the game is a nice touch that contributes to the story. Sean Bean's narration is fantastic. You explore the game using only your compass and map, which I found very confusing at first. I got lost more times than I can count, but later I understood that this is the purpose of the game. Getting lost and surviving in the unknown is scary. When I got used to the map and compass it got a bit easier. Besides the storm and the paranormal events in the game, your enemy is a mysterious silhouette that I'll try not to spoil. The AI of the enemy is a bit questionable as it is too easy to trick it and bypass the danger. Yet that does not take away from the creepy experience. There are collectibles in the game that fill in the gaps you may have in your mind about the story, but they don't really provide much replay value. However, Kholat is a unique experience that I would certainly recommend.

Very creepy and engaging game

Kholat is a game in the flavor of Outlast. You cannot defend yourself but find yourself up against a scary enemy that can kill you quickly. This game is properly eerie and the environment, the music and the sound effects all come together to really keep you on edge. The graphics are surprisingly good. I also only encountered 2 glitched during my 4 hour playthrough. Overall, this game is fun, creepy and very well done. I never got bored nor did I get less scared as the game went on. You really do feel alone and feel like you are roughing it in blizzard conditions in this game. I recommend it to anyone who likes a fright.

Walkin open world simulator

Walking simulator in an open world map. Kholat looks like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter but without puzzles, powering the idea of being a walking simulator with a story driven development. In Kholat you'll have to explore more than you think. You are lost in a huge area with your compass and a map. Knowing where you are would be the most important of your concerns. The idea of the game is getting to the places where story advances, reviving some situations that happened in that place and were part of the events that led to the main plot. A narrative experience, kind of tedious, that lacks a bit more interactivity. The awful save system doesn't help either.

A satisfying experience that is worth checking out

Kholat is a horror game built in unreal engine 4 by IMGN.PRO. Its all about exploring and surviving in a terrifying environment in Ural Mountains.The story is based on a real incident that happened in February 2, 1959 where 9 skiers found their deaths in an abnormal way.Many theories flourished out of this mystery.The narration of the story in the game borrows the voice of Sean Bean known as Ned Stark in the game of thrones series. The visuals are stunning and make an atmospheric environment in which you can really feel the frost of the mountains in the warmth of your room.The game is on first person ,you start the game on the foot of the mountain and you progress through the storyline as you find coordinates written on the snow or the things of the people who lost their lives that you find.You will find yourself lost after the first 25 minutes playing but you will soon understand that this is your constant state.Your only weapons in your journey are your map and your compass.There are no guns to protect yourself and your character cant move fast.Your enemies beyond the hostile weather, the frost and the wolves are some orange specters that if your character makes contact, dies in an instant.In addition these specters often run out of something so you have to follow their path in order to survive.Plus you must always have in mind that the hero dies easily.(keep an eye on your standing).The music and the sounds are great and give a more immersive tone in your playthrough. The game provides 6 -8 hours of gameplay.

Chock(holat) full of atmosphere and scares

Kholat is a horror game is as atmospheric as it is scary, if not more so, not because of jumpscares, but because of proper use of atmosphere, visuals, and sound design. Kholat takes place in a Russian mountain, trying to figure out what happened to hikers who died under mysterious circumstances. Based on real events, Kholat tries to tell you the player what happened, but adding in supernatural elements to give its own spin and answer. The setting allows for scenery that can shift from beautiful to terrifying, not unlike the scenery of Alan Wake, and also it gives you a sense of isolation from civilization, broken by the knowledge that while you aren’t alone in these mountains, you are better off not knowing exactly what is waiting for you in the snow. Kholat plays a lot like horror games where you wander around the environment, discovering pieces of information that tell you the story. While this is the same gameplay style that some other horror games of note use, this time you at least have a map. And music. And a proper story that doesn’t require you to visit the Wikipedia page to discover. Kholat is not the most terrifying game out there, but what scares it gives you are well done. But while you will come for the scares, you will stay for the scenery.

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