Narrated by one of the most popular British actors, Sean Bean and powered by Unreal Engine 4, Kholat is an exploration adventure game with elements of horror, inspired by a true event known as the Dyatlov Pass incident – a mysterious death of nine Russian hikers, which led to countless, unconfirmed hypotheses. The player will plunge directly into the boundless scenery of the inhospitable Ural Mountains with the task to find out what really happened. In the course of events, you may come across more speculations than expected... The game has won "GameConnection Europe 2015" awards for "Best Story / Storytelling" and "Best Desktop / Downloadable" game. Dyatlov Pass incident was a real story that happened in winter of 1959. Nine hikers went for a trip to the northern part of Ural Mountains, which ended fatally. Bodies of expedition's crew were found scattered on slope of Kholat Syakhl. Russian investigators closed the case stating that "a compelling unknown force" had caused the deaths.

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3.99 GB

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Great Game

Narrated by a great actor. There are no objectives and makes you feel immersed and the game feels genuine. This game requires patients and some slight map reading/land navigation skill. The voice actors were great and their emotions sound real. Your deaths come swift and sometimes feel unfair and will ocassionally frustrate you. You will do alot of walking but this helps you discover new points of interest. Exploration is a must to complete this game so you can uncover the "truth". You will become confused as you try and put all the pieces together you well get lost at some point which adds a feeling of loneliness and hopelessness. I highly recommend this game.

113 out of 118 people found this helpful.

Atmosphere, ambience, & chills.

Kholat shines with its atmosphere as a whole... It's not littered with cheap scares & jumpy moments. The setting (based on the Dyatlov Pass Incident) & collectables drive the vague direction of the game but that is the beauty...if you were investigating this incident in real life you won't have quest & objective markers in your face guiding you. You have a map (with notable found locations marked) & a compass. Is it hard to use the compass to navigate? Yes. As it would be. It puts an emphasis on remembering landmarks. Some are annoyed by this but it adds to the suspense of being utterly lost & alone. YOU WILL BE LOST. That's intended. YOU WILL BE CONFUSED. That's intended. This is barebones realism at its finest with an amazing unsolved incident driving the story & an ambient, unforgiving, and gorgeous environment that sets up the danger & suspense with constant shivers down your spine because, as the real life incident reinforces, the only thing out there is the unknown.

36 out of 37 people found this helpful.

True story, horror, and Sean Bean ❤❤❤

So I recently watched a movie on this incident called The Devil's Pass by the director of Cliffhanger. While the movie was just dumb horror fun, it did get me interested in the real story (read about it online) so to play a game with its own take on the incident is quite exciting !! PS: Boromir narrates added bonus LOL

108 out of 124 people found this helpful.


I've been waiting and waiting for another adventure game, and this does it. I'm very happy to have a good game with great graphics. It also doesn't take up much storage. I don't know if it's truly worth the price but we'll find out tomorrow.

21 out of 42 people found this helpful.


I didn't even know this was coming to console! watched pewdiepie play this and it looks sooo good. Graphics and Horror on point!

31 out of 74 people found this helpful.

☠ ☠

can't Wait to play it

16 out of 48 people found this helpful.

if you want no idea on what to do

this is terrible! no guide on what to do, no help, zero way to get started. the map doesnt tell you where you are where to go or where you have been. I had to google russian compass to see what north was BECAUSE ITS IN RUSSIAN! Sean Bean or not this is terrible save your money. unless you love not knowing what do to even play.

58 out of 213 people found this helpful.


Nice concept, but the compass and map do not line up at all. Unless wandering around aimlessly is your thing, save your money.

Excellent based on a true story horror game

Don't listen to the negative comments. Those comments are based on those who need their hands held. After all, in real life, a map doesn't show you that "you are here" every time you look at it! And that is one of the points of this exploration/horror game! It is more realistic to actually wandering the mountain range, trying to find your way. There are coordinates on the map and written on rocks. Pay attention to those! Yes, the compass is in Russian. The story and game setting is based in Russia. The letters, articles, and journals are in Russian on one side of the book and translated on the other side. There are some jump scares and you will die alot as you figure out the gameplay. Use of a headset is recommended as the dialog can sometimes be barely audible. Also be prepared to turn down the music. It can often be overwhelmingly loud when trying to hear the dialog or cue effects. Overall, I have been enjoying the edginess and intrigue of this game.

Pretty dope

The game itself is fantastic, but my only heartbreak. with it is that the achievement s aren't. poping. Other than that great game.

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