In order to survive this horror game, you must trust strangers

In order to survive this horror game, you must trust strangers ...

Another summer has passed, and so it is time for one of life's greatest pleasures: video games. While it may be difficult to mourn the passing of summer, I find it comforting to lean towards fall and the relief of shorter days. So for this week, I found some darker and creepier vibes.

Cool WIP is a Polygons roundup of eye-catching clips and screenshots of ongoing projects. In this column, the Polygon team scours the internet for the most interesting games currently under development to give you a sample 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 pic.twitter.com/MMTsV2HWbs

Dead Static Drive's developers describe it as an anti-Nihilism simulation where you must trust others to survive in its world. As far as gameplay goes, it seems to feature intense driving and walking around abandoned areas. It sports that dreamy, misty appearance that sets it apart from other horror games.

Fwoosh fwoosh!This is a clever grappling hook.

In our metroidvania, your little fae companion becomes a grappling hook to assist you get to difficult to reach places! #indiedev #indiegamedev #indiegame pic.twitter.com/c3pPtMl8Ip

Rusted Moss is described by the creators as a bullet-heavy Metroidvania game where the main way you get around is via an elastic grappling hook. A video of it in action shows the player swinging around the other side of hanging stalactites before grabbing a power-up.

I don't believe these lily pads are sturdy enough for you to escape a monster.

Olle run, as fast as you can!A short segment of gameplay from Bramble: The Mountain King. #indiegame #gamedev pic.twitter.com/bMCRUEyQTf

Bramble: The Mountain King is a Nordic fairy tale adventure that was inspired by a video clip of Olle running away from a zombie-like beast that was following him in the water. The game looks to be playing sometime in 2023.

A touching game about getting to know hospital patients

Wayward Strand will be available on consoles at 6AM in your local time, worldwide. On Steam, it will be launched 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!!) http://www.twitter.com/mjZ9zHL2t

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

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

COCOON | AN ADVENTURE ACROSS WORLDS WITHIN WORLDSEach orb has an ability that can be unlocked, thereby turning the orb into a unique tool for you to utilize within other worlds.Wishlist on Steam https://t.co/F2Tiuk04Qu pic.twitter.com/QhM1bjOm5y

Annapurna Interactive is releasing a creepy game called Cocoon, which we don't know much about yet, but it seems to incorporate bug elements throughout, so the game will be rid of a lot of creepy crawlies.