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Dread Hunger Review
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Posted: 9 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Dread Hunger is a strategy survival game where you venture into the arctic wastes to find coal and food to keep your ship running, while trying to uncover the players who are two secret killers. In many ways like the hugely popular Among Us, this game also brings in elements from survival games such as The Forest, such as crafting and combat, along with a detailed and expansive open world.

You play one of a crew of up to 8 aboard a 19th-century British warship exploring the arctic. When you run out of resources and coal to power the ship's engine, you must venture out into the frozen tundra to find much-needed resources. However, two of your crew are secretly evil and will use dark magic and ancient powers to try and eliminate everyone else.

You attack animals for food and resources, which can be used for healing, crafting weapons and items, and more, and you can loot everything you find in the hope of finding useful items. The vast open world provides ample opportunity for survival, but also allows the two traitors to make their moves.

To avoid being discovered, you need to use subterfuge and deception to win over the other players, and indirectly cause the death of your victims. From both the crew and the traitors, clever strategies and on-the-fly thinking are required to emerge victorious.

It's a unique game that combines elements from a variety of genres to create an experience that requires skill, quick thinking and deception, making a novel alternative to games like Among Us for an older audience.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Communication, Fighting, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dread Hunger Game (@DreadHungerGame)

Players: 1 (8 online)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. Games typically take 30-45 minutes, and the length of each in-game day is about 9 minutes. The longest games will go on for about an hour, so a session with several games played could take several.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. When playing with fewer players, you can adjust certain settings to make the game more balanced, giving both the traitors and the team an equal chance at victory.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 18.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The Developers have given a mature content warning. "You can chop the limbs off animals and people with a sword. You can pick up severed heads / limbs and run around with them and then use them to kill other people. Sometimes dead people have willies."

In addition, the secret villains can use incantations and spells that summon, among other things, spells and cannibals. In order to activate these, you need to pierce your hand with a blade, which could be interpreted as self-harm.

You can also kill animals, by hitting them with objects, shooting them, or laying traps (such as bear traps). There are frequents blood effects when these events, and others besides, occur.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. You can buy various cosmetic items to change your appearance, but these do not affect gameplay in any way.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Dread Hunger Accessibility Report documents 15 accessibility features:
There are often events in the game where you need quick reactions, such as fighting animals and enemies or fleeing from a pack of cannibals. Such events, and others, often require precise use of controls, such as aiming a gun, and often you need to rapidly press buttons.

The text in the game is high contrast but is often in cursive fonts that make it difficult to read. You need to be able to communicate with other players through speech, as there is no text chat available. because of this and the many visual cues in the game, sound is required.

The game is often fairly uniform in colour, and certain sections are very dark, such as caves (which you can bring lanterns into to light up). When you are one of the secret traitors, the other traitor is outlined in blue, and this outline can be seen through walls for some distance. Events you cause, such as a pack of cannibals appearing, also have the same blue outline applied. No other players are outlined, so no need to distinguish between colours is required. Regular team players cannot have other players outlined.

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