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Deadlight (2012) takes the monochrome running, jumping and shooting action in a more mature direction and with a deeper and coherent story. It draws on older (and equally excellent) platform games Another World and Flashback. You control Randall Wayne, a single character trying to survive the zombies to get to his family, which he does by running, jumping and solving puzzles.

It's high stakes and a violent world in which you are trying to survive, but this contributes to the exhilaration and at times moving plight of the protagonist. Often the game forces the player to use intelligence rather than violence to survive.

The game drops you into a no-win scenario. Although you have an objective this is not the usual saving the world narrative. It's about normal people and their encounter with these harsh situations. There are firearms and combat, but these are usually the worst point that you can make. Think and think fast about a non-violent approach to the game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Deadlight 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 days ago.
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This is an Action, Stealth and Traversal game with Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Shooting elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 18 with occasional, strong violence. The game features instances of strong violence where through the use of an axe or shotgun characters can be dismembered.

Occasional use of the sexual expletive '*!@?*'. There are also instances of cannibalism, although this is seen at a distance.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature (M) for Coarse Language, Horror Violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Deadlight usually costs £8.99 to £9.99.


Steam Store PC £9.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -

Deadlight Director’s Cut

Steam Store PC £8.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/07/2012, updated in 2016

Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Stealth, Traversal (Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Shooting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Tequila Works (@TequilaWorks)

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