Sidescrolling sci-fi survival horror Dark Matter hits Steam and

InterWave Studios' Dark Matter has been fairly quiet for the past year or so , but out of the blue the 2D sci-fi survival horror/Metroidvania has turned up on Steam and . It's a game about crafting, about light and darkness, and of course about shooting creepy-crawly aliens in dimly lit hallways. Trailer after the break.

Essentially, Dark Matter looks like a 2D version of Dead Space, with customisable weapons, craftable items and upgrades, and some pretty nifty lighting effects. You can see those below in this old, old video of the game's alpha version (There doesn't appear to be a more recent gameplay video.)

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.