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Ergastulum

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: K Monkey Games
Release Date: October 2018

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'Ergastulum' Announced, Launches Kickstarter Campaign - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 7, 2017 @ 3:34 a.m. PST

Ergastulum is a new first person horror that blends asian and western folklore to create an unforgettable adventure.

Ergastulum is a first-person fantasy horror adventure game that blends a mix of Chinese and Western folklore to create a terrifying vision that will test a players faith to the extremes. The game focuses on psychological horror which relies on the character’s fears and abnormal psyche to frighten players.

It is inspired by the Dark Souls series as well as Amnesia, Gone Home, Ultima and Alien Isolation, all of which helped me design and develop a dark unforgiving atmosphere.

An Ergastulum is a underground building used to hold dangerous slaves, or other creatures. This is the Dark World. The player must traverse between the Dark World and Light World to find the answers they seek and this is done through an in-game hypnosis mechanic.

The game seeks to challenge and confuse the player’s grasp of the narrative by creating doubt about their own perceptions of reality or questioning their own sanity. With only your Crucifix and the Light as your only defence, you must explore the Dark World of Ergastulum to unlock the secrets in the House.


K Monkey Games, founded by a former PlayStation developer, also announced the launch of their campaign on Kickstarter, looking for $79,015.

“K Monkey's dream is to create horror games that push boundaries without being held back” said, Joey To, Founder and Developer at K Monkey Games. “Since going independent, I have always wanted to create a game like Ergastulum and deliver a horror experience like no other.”

Key Features:

  • Combat-less stealth gameplay with only a Crucifix and Light to protect you
  • Real-time light and shadow gameplay to hide and manage your sanity
  • In-game sanity levels affect your surroundings and how enemies react to the player
  • 100% procedural-generated maps in the Dark World so every time you enter it will be the unknown
  • Inspired by both Western and Chinese folklore to create new forms of horror
  • Traverse between the Light World and the Dark World through hypnosis
  • Intuitive puzzles to solve to unlock hidden secrets
  • Over 14 creatures each with their own unique AI and attacks
  • Distract enemies by making sounds from throwing or using objects in the world

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