Dark Hotel is a Codeless Man Games’ free psychological horror title that is worth diving into. In this creepy first-person walking simulator, you explore a hotel’s dark corridors. However, you’re not alone; something sinister is haunting you, as you can see a spindly spectre passing from room to room. Similar games you’ll enjoy include Passing By and Where the Demon Lurk.
Your goal is to get out of the hotel alive and with your sanity intact. The game is full of flashing lights which at times leave you in complete darkness. But you won’t get lost, as the ghost hotel host is kind enough to leave candles on your path.
The main menu of Dark Hotel has spooky intro music. When you click ‘Start’, the excitement begins as you find yourself in a hotel room. Your first actions in the game will be to explore your surroundings and pick up the items around you.
In addition to moving and looking around, you’ll interact with objects like doors, drawers and picture frames. You can also take in details by zooming in or focusing on an object. All the while, a suspenseful atmosphere pulls you in. After some exploring, the game lets you leave the starting room and enter the first-floor corridor. The average gameplay is between 5 to 10 minutes.
The ghost hostess will guide you through the game by hinting at the path to story progression. As you explore multiple storeys of this hotel, you’ll encounter blood and corpses scattered throughout the building.
At any moment, flashing lights can explode across the screen. When this happens you need to find keys to place on the pentagram. If you enjoy jump scares, you’ll be ecstatic to hear Dark Hotel is full of them. However, those who are sensitive to these conditions should avoid this game.
Escape or die trying
The ending of Dark Hotel might not be for everyone, but you’ll have to decide for yourself. Regardless, the build-up to that ending is suspenseful and worth your time.
Dark Hotel is free to download for Windows devices. The compressed installation package is 676 MB. If you like, you can pay the game developer any amount of money as a gesture of goodwill or a ‘thank you’.