Publisher Iceberg Interactive grabs back to the start of its catalog with the surprise drop of Darkness Within 1: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder on Steam, which arrives today. This is the remastered version of the puzzle adventure, originally from 2007.
Darkness Within 1: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder is one of the publisher’s first titles, back when it focused on the point and click adventure genre, which wasn’t very popular at the time. Since then, the company has shifted its gaze mostly to strategy titles, which have been in a growing market in recent years.
Lore for the game is inspired from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, as these chilling adventures usually are. As such, some of the game’s puzzle elements deal with ethereal subjects, such as deciphering strange dreams.
Moreover, visuals for Darkness Within 1: In Pursuit of Loath received some thematic enhancements. Chromatic aberration will provide twisted imagery and cinematic effects as well as cutscenes have been added too.
Like a lot of its point and click kin at the time, Darkness Within is played in first person, across mostly static environments with interactive objects. It is, however, possible to turn around a scene to reveal other angles.
Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage, which released in 2010, will arrive on Steam in a few weeks as well. An interesting note to the reworked Darkness Within iterations is that developer Zoetrope Interactive had to be brought back together to make it, as stated by team member Galip Kartoglu:
We really enjoyed getting back together and updating both games for more recent Operating Systems, adding Steam achievements, improving the games’ graphics as well as adding new puzzles and environments for Part 2.
There’s so much momentum from Zoetrope Interactive at the moment that it may decide to stay, to work on new projects. Kartoglu continued:
We’re liking it so much, that after years of a focus outside of making games, we’re feeling a strong pull to get back into game development. Who knows, maybe one day there might be a ‘Darkness Within 3’, depending on the reception these two classics are given by the Steam audience.