This weird new horror game is inspired by creepy Nordic fairytales

This weird new horror game is inspired by creepy Nordic fairytales

It's called Bramble: The Mountain King and it's freaking me out.


Reveaʟᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ tʜᴇ IGN Expo, tʜɪs ɪs ᴏɴe ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ᴡᴇirdest tʀᴀɪʟers ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏꜰ E3 sᴏ ꜰᴀʀ. Tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ's cᴀʟʟed Bramble: Tʜᴇ Mountaɪɴ Kɪɴg, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘer Dimfrost Studio descriʙᴇs ᴀs ᴀɴ "adventure/hᴏʀrᴏʀ ɢᴀᴍᴇ focᴜsed ᴏɴ ᴀᴛmospʜᴇric envɪʀᴏɴᴍᴇnts, ʜɪɢʜ-ᴇɴᴅ graphics, cɪɴemᴀᴛic moᴍᴇnts, ᴀɴd cᴀsual ɢᴀᴍᴇpʟᴀʏ." Tʜᴇ tʀᴀɪʟer, a ᴍɪx ᴏꜰ ᴄᴜᴛscenes ᴀɴd Pʟᴀʏᴅᴇᴀᴅ-esque sɪᴅᴇ-scʀᴏʟʟɪɴg plᴀᴛꜰᴏʀmɪɴg, establɪsʜᴇs tʜᴇ mood brilliᴀɴtly, wɪᴛh sᴏᴍᴇ surʀᴇᴀʟ folk hᴏʀrᴏʀ imᴀɢᴇry.

I'm not sure what exactly to expect from Bramble. It looks like a real trip. Dimfrost says: "Throughout the game you'll embark on a journey through the dark world of Bramble, where you'll encounter David vs. Goliath bosses and explore and traverse beautiful Nordic nature." I like that a lot of the game seems to take place in daylight, rather than the usual dark, haunted forests. If you've seen The Wicker Man you'll know folk horror is extra effective on a sunny day.

The main character is a "shy boy" who, with his adventurous older sister in tow, sneaks out of his home at night and wanders into a nearby forest. Terrible idea. They explore an ancient ruin and tumble through a sinkhole into Bramble, "a lost and magical world." I certainly love the vibes here. There's no release date other than 2022, but you can wishlist it on Steam now if you're into it.

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