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Kholat is a survival horror video game. It is based on the Dyatlov Pass incident, where a group of nine Russian college students went missing in February 1959 on Kholat Syakhl ("Dead Mountain") and were found dead in the time span of four months. The tenth student walked back earlier due to illness. The player controls the protagonist who is retracing the steps of the students.

The game consists of three main acts in which the player has to eventually reach the scene of the Dyatlov Pass incident. By use of a map and compass system, the mountain pass has to be explored, using basic movements as walking and sprinting. Jumping nor climbing is possible. The sprinting is limited, with excessive use leading to motion impairment and vision blurring. The sprint is mostly used to escape to safety after the brief encounters you have with the mountain’s hostile “fire spirits”. Failure to escape from a "fire spirit", stepping into a trap or falling of ledges will result in an instant death. The game has limiting abilities to save your game, only when you’re visiting one of the established camp sites strewn around the pass or whenever you find a new note, article or journal page strewn across the mountain pass.


Kholat PlayStation 4 Heading down the mountain
Kholat PlayStation 4 This sacrificial altar has been used
Kholat PlayStation 4 Found a set of inscribed coordinates of a possible interesting, but no doubt dangerous place
Kholat PlayStation 4 You can piece the story together by collecting various diary pages and articles

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Gamegravy Windows Dec 29, 2015 7.5 out of 10 75 Windows Jun 12, 2015 7.4 out of 10 74
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jun 10, 2016 65 out of 100 65 Windows Dec 11, 2015 65 out of 100 65 PlayStation 4 Mar 18, 2016 62 out of 100 62
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 13, 2015 60 out of 100 60
Riot Pixels Windows Jun 14, 2015 40 out of 100 40
TrueAchievements Xbox One Jun 22, 2017 2 out of 5 40


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