Deadlight: A Survival Horror Platformer Game
Deadlight is a 2D side-scrolling survival horror game developed by Tequila Works and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360 and Windows PC in 2012. The game was later remastered as Deadlight: Director's Cut by Tequila Works and Abstraction Games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in 2016. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world in 1986, where a zombie outbreak has decimated humanity. The player controls Randall Wayne, a former park ranger who is searching for his wife and daughter in the ruins of Seattle.
Deadlight is a platformer game that focuses on exploration, puzzle-solving and stealth. The player can run, jump, climb, slide and interact with the environment to progress through the levels. The player can also use weapons such as a fire axe, a revolver and a shotgun to fight against the zombies, but the ammunition is scarce and the combat is risky. The player can also use environmental objects such as cars, barrels and electric wires to kill or distract the zombies. The game features a stamina meter that depletes when the player performs physical actions such as running, jumping or swinging the axe. If the stamina meter runs out, the player becomes vulnerable and unable to perform any actions until it recovers. The game also features a health meter that decreases when the player takes damage from zombies, falls from heights or triggers traps. If the health meter runs out, the player dies and has to restart from the last checkpoint.
The game follows the story of Randall Wayne, who is part of a group of survivors led by his friend Ben Parker. The group is trying to reach a safe zone called the "Safe Point" in Seattle, where they hope to find Randall's wife Shannon and daughter Lydia. Along the way, they encounter various obstacles and dangers, such as zombies, bandits, soldiers and cultists. Randall also suffers from hallucinations and flashbacks that reveal his past and his guilt over his actions during the outbreak. The game has three acts: Act I: Welcome to Seattle, Act II: The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car and Act III: No Turning Back. The game has multiple endings depending on the player's choices throughout the game.
Deadlight received mixed to positive reviews from critics and players. The game was praised for its atmospheric graphics, sound design, voice acting and story, but criticized for its short length, linear gameplay, clunky controls, technical issues and lack of replay value. The game has a Metacritic score of 68/100 for Xbox 360 and 59/100 for Windows PC. The game sold over 500,000 copies across all platforms as of 2013. The game was nominated for several awards, such as Best Downloadable Game at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards and Best Debut Game at the 2013 BAFTA Games Awards. The game was also included in several lists of the best games of 2012 by various publications, such as IGN, Game Informer and Eurogamer.