Horror game Darq shows mind-bending puzzles and terrifying mannequins

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Darq is a psychological horror game starring Lloyd, a boy trapped in a lucid nightmare. Unable to wake up, Lloyd is forced to solve puzzles by manipulating the bonkers laws which govern his dream world, all the while hiding from the monsters which inhabit it. Developer Unfold Games describes it as a musically charged experience, but even in silence, Darq is absolutely arresting.  

It achieves remarkable depth through creative lighting and a thickly detailed foreground, and there’s a real sense of weight to its physics objects. 

Lloyd is more than scared and alone. He’s vulnerable, and vulnerability is at the heart of every memorable nightmare. It’s pure, helpless horror, and a great showing for a promising game. 

Darq will come to PC in early 2018. 

Austin Wood
Staff writer, GamesRadar

Austin freelanced for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and has been a full-time writer at PC Gamer's sister publication GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover-up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news, the occasional feature, and as much Genshin Impact as he can get away with.