This horror game will require you to trust people in order to survive

This horror game will require you to trust people in order to survive ...

Another summer has passed, and now is the time to return to one of life's greatest pleasures: video games. While it may be difficult to grieve the loss of summer, I find it comforting to lean toward autumn and even the agony that comes with shorter days. So for this week, I found pieces that evoked darker and creepier emotions.

Cool WIP is a Polygons roundup of eye-catching footage and screenshots of work in progress. In this column, the Polygon staff browses the internet for the most interesting games still under development to give you a taster of the coolest up-and-coming projects.

Annapurna Interactive's bug-filled adventure is featured this week in a cosmic horror driving game, a Metroidvania in which a grappling hook is your best friend, a lily pad platformer and a touching game about visiting hospital patients.

Who knew cosmic horror could be so dreamy

in the wild pic.twitter.com/MMTsV2HWbs

Dead Static Drive is described as an anti-Nihilism simulation where you have to trust others to survive in its world. It's developed by Reuben, who hasn't provided much information on its release date.

Fwoosh fwoosh fwoosh!This is a clever grappling hook.

Your little fae companion transforms into a grappling hook to help you get to difficult to reach places in our metroidvania! https://twitter.com/c3pPtMl8Ip #indiegamedev #indiegame

Rusted Moss is described by the developers as a bullet-heavy Metroidvania game where your main way of getting around is by using an elastic grappling hook. A gameplay video from the game shows the player using it to swing around the other side of hanging stalactites before getting a power-up.

These lily pads aren't quite sturdy enough for you to escape a monster, according to me.

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

Bramble: The Mountain King is a Nordic mythology adventure that was created by Dimfrost Studio. As Olle leaps from lily pad to lily pad, he almost fails to reach the game, which looks to have a dark, menacing tone.

A touching game about getting to know hospital patients

Wayward Strand will be released on consoles at 6AM worldwide, and on Steam at 5PM AEST / 8:00 AM GMT / 12 AM PST This is The Day! PleaseRT the news you see (*especially* after 5pm!!) pic.twitter.com/mjZ9zHL2t

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 functions as a hospital. It appears to be a very character-focused game, which mostly entails exploring its cel-shaded world by talking and getting to know the various patients and workers. The best part of it was just released on Windows PC on Thursday.

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

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

Annapurna Interactive is making a creepy game called Cocoon, which I havent seen much of until now, as it appears to be based on a Russian nesting dolls theme. The game will definitely be rid of creepy crawlies once it's released in 2023.