In order to survive this horror game, you will need to trust people

In order to survive this horror game, you will need to trust people ...

Another summer has passed, and so it is time for one of life's greatest pleasures: video games. I find it soothing to lean into fall and even the drearyness that comes with shorter days. So for this week, I found some darker and creepier vibes.

Cool WIP, Polygons roundup of eye-catching footage and screenshots of work in progress, showcases atmospheric games and more. In this column, the Polygon team researches the most interesting games still under development to give you a taste of the coolest up-and-coming projects.

This week we have a cosmic horror driving game, a Metroidvania where a grappling hook is your best friend, a lily pad platformer, a touching game about visiting hospital patients, and a bug-filled adventure from Annapurna Interactive.

Who knew cosmic horror could be so dreamy in the wild

Dead Static Drive is described by the developers as an anti-Nihilism simulation where you have to trust others to survive in its world. It's interesting as far as gameplay goes, and it has this dreamy, misty look that sets it apart from other horror games.

Fwoosh fwoosh!This is a clever grappling hook.

Your little fae companion turns into a grappling hook to assist you in reaching difficult to reach places in our metroidvania! #indiedev #indiegamedev #indiegame

Rusted Moss is described by the developers as a bullet-heavy Metroidvania game in which you travel around with a little companion who then transforms into this elastic grappling hook. A clip of it in action shows the player swinging around the other side of hanging stalactites before grabbing a power-up.

I believe these lily pads are sturdy enough for you to escape a monster.

Run Olle run, as fast as you can! A quick excerpt from Bramble: The Mountain King gameplay from Gamedev

Bramble: The Mountain King is a Nordic fantasy game that was created by Dimfrost Studio. Olle jumps from lily pad to lily pad, almost failing to escape the zombie-like beast in the water. The game will be released sometime in 2023.

A touching game about getting to know hospital patients

Wayward Strand will be available on consoles at 6AM local time, worldwide. On Steam, it will launch on the 15th: 5PM AEST / 8:00 AM GMT / 12 AM PST This is The Day! Please tweet the news you see (*especially* after 5pm!!)

Wayward Strand is the exception to the creepy theme of this list. The game follows one character as they board a floating ship that also serves as a hospital. It appears to be very character-focused, and it mostly involves exploring the ship's cel-shaded world by talking and getting to know the various patients and workers. The best part is that the game just came out on Windows PC on Thursday.

A world outside a world inside a world (you get the point)

COCOON | AN ACROSS WORLDS WITHIN WORLDSEach orb has an ability that can be unlocked, thus turning the orb into a unique tool for you to use within other worlds.Wishlist on Steam

Annapurna Interactive is releasing a creepy game called Cocoon, which we do not know much about yet, although the developers use bug references throughout the game. The game will be released sometime in 2023.