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Through the Woods

Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway that tells the story of a mother and her missing son. Through reactive narration, the player experiences the mother’s re-telling of the events surrounding her son’s disappearance. Players follow the path of a terrified woman who has forced herself to enter this terrible place for the sole purpose of finding her son, in a setting heavily influenced by Norse mythology and Norwegian folk tales. With Through the Woods, Antagonist have captured the feeling of the forest as they saw it as children, with all the fear and mystery that comes from roaming through it alone. This is coupled with a powerful story and high quality sound design, which in the darkness of the forest becomes a core mechanic. Through the Woods is a profound experience that directly delivers the feelings of loneliness and loss in a terrifying place...
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

2 minutes in, and I get stuck standing on a tree stump. 2 hours in, and I get stuck in a bucket. You'd think for a walking sim game, they'd have perfected the pathing. 10/10 for the collision physics of this game.
Other than that, a decent experience with less than 5 hours of gameplay. Not worth the full $20, but well worth the $2 or $3 I spent on it.

Review from Steam

Enjoyable Walking Sim. You're a Mom, chasing down your lost son amidst a scenic mountain area. You start in a family cabin, walk on trails, encounter monsters, pass monuments glowing with runes, track your son's personal documents, etc. You're armed with a flashlight and what you discover on your journey.
Scenery is noteworthy. Developed in Unity. Your inventory isn't instrumental. In other words, the letter E is the "activation" button -- open door, pick up document.
Controller capable game. Keyboard works too though. Your ASDF keys enable you to walk. Reorient with your mouse. Mouse click to turn on your flashlight, etc.
Save mechanism: You complete "chapters" and end at a "save stone," from which you resume your game later.
There are Steam cards and a robust achievement portfolio. .There's a Steam guide written in English.
I haven't finished the game, but other comments say it's about 2.5 hours.
Personally, I really liked it. Hope you do too!

Review from Steam

Based on Norse mythology and folklore, Through the Woods is an exploration heavy horror narrative experience about a mother searching for her lost son after he is spirited away to a forest full of seemingly abandoned villages.
The opening chapter was shaky, the biggest off put was how bad the water looks - a glowing white lake was later discovered, which sprouted some immature but unfortunately accurate remarks. Reading the Steam forums it seems this is a bug turned up in an update (possibly some point during 2017) and will never be fixed as the development team dissolved, it’s a real shame because further in the game there are some wonderfully designed areas full of creativity.
Through the Woods is very close to being a walking simulator but there is some gameplay with a little bit of challenge, mostly in the form of basic stealth but also some torch aiming ‘combat’. There are no jumpscares at any point, the game relies on building suspense. Stilted on occasion, there is also some fantastic voice acting and sound design - I especially loved the wolves.
The maps are detailed and open, and can feel very claustrophobic. It is easy to become disoriented and lost, which adds to the tension when navigating the dangers. You are rewarded for exploration with collectables and information about where you are, with the excellent chapter/checkpoint selection from the main menu - going back for missed objects was easy.
Unfortunately I do have to mention that the water wasn’t the only bug I experienced - notably I fell through a ceiling after picking up a collectible, there was a very trippy moment in a cave and at one point the game froze. Despite this, I still recommend the game for the atmosphere and worldbuilding, maybe wait for a decent discount first though.

Review from Steam

Nøk Nøk Nøkken on heavens door!
Starts out a little bit poor if I'm honest, felt a little tacky, but soon get's going and ends up feeling like a cross between Alan Wake and Northern Journey. Full of Skandinavian folklore and mythology. I sort of guessed Nøkken would be somewhere, I wasn't disappointed! Also has some creepy trolls and a cool witch.
There's a weird glitch in Red Riding Hood location and the sea could do with a polish, from a distance it's just totally white with no texture. Like Northern Journey, you're going to know straight away whether you'd like it or not from the screenshots. Sells for around £15, I think that's just about fair but I'd wait for a sale if it's something you're only going to play the once.

Review from Steam

This game I give a 3/5. I didn't really know what to expect because I did watch a video with someone giving it horrible reviews and then on the other hand read good reviews. So my tips going into it.
*Expect lots of running around/walking around with no combat.
*Worth the money if on sale.
*Take your time running through it and soak in all the surroundings because you pick up on some cool things for it is a forklore coming together and creating the atmosphere for you. If you rush through,you will miss a lot of the things like Frozen giants and dragons that blend in with the nature that do not oppose any threat to you. ( i randomly turned around and saw an eye looking at me)
All in all I do think this is a pretty decent game. I would play it again.

Review from Steam

If you don't mind the worst looking character models that you'll ever see in a video game, glowing ps1 water and particle effects, low quality textures or the jankier cut scene animations than Sims 1 has and you're okay to spend 20€ on a 2 hour game, then it's pretty good.
The story is interesting and the game is really athmospheric and spooky. If you're a fan of Alan Wake and/or Hellblade then this should fit for you. I bought it from discount for under 4€.

Review from Steam

Through the Woods is neither a pure walking sim nor a horror game, but rather an adventure with horror elements.
You can beeline to the end and it will take you about 2-3 hours, but honestly if you do that you won't enjoy much. Take your time to explore and read about the Norse lore that's in the game, it will be a much more meaningful experience. If you don't rush through it, you should be able to finish it within 4-6 hours. Although you can't really deviate from the game's linear path, you do get the chance to explore a bit and read lots of interesting lore and pieces of the story.
There is a sprint option which helps, and although you can't save manually, there are many checkpoints throughout the game, some of them right before a sequence that might result in death if you're a first timer and don't really know what you're doing. Yes you can die multiple times, but you can continue from the last checkpoint, so no biggie. Also, you have to die by each enemy at least once to get achievements :D There are enemies, but they are few and far between, plus it won't be difficult to avoid them or fend them off (you can't kill them). They aren't there to increase the difficulty level, but merely to add to the spooky/horror experience.
Considering this was made by a very small team and the game basically started out as an experiment, you shouldn't expect to be blown away by the graphics. That said, the environment is generally beautiful to look at, although the walking animations and face modelling are mediocre. I found the English voice acting pretty decent, but according to many other reviews it seems that the Norwegian voice acting (with English subs so that you know what's being said) is the best choice.
The atmosphere, story and music are the game's strong points. Like I said earlier, it isn't a horror game, but it is definitely atmospheric and spooky. The background music and the general audio is very good, and you also get to enjoy a nice story.
Overall, a pretty good game for what it is. If you're into walking sims/adventures with great atmosphere and horror elements and won't mind the lack of action/fighting sequences, you should definitely get this game. I thoroughly enjoyed it. That said, considering the game length and mediocre graphics, the asking price of $20 is too high. Wait for a sale, but don't miss it!