GNARLED HAG is a very tense little side-scrolling stealth horror puzzle adventure where a young girl attempts to escape from a creepy old house that’s inhabited by a terrifying witch.
In GNARLED HAG you take on the role of a young girl who had been abducted by a grotesque old witch. You need to search her house for useful items to aid your escape, whilst also avoiding the witch as she stalks around the house. You need to hide whenever she’s near and If she catches sight of you then you’d better run!
Taking around 10 minutes to play through (though most likely quite a lot longer if you get caught), it’s a very creepy little horror game with a tense atmosphere and a delightfully unsettling antagonist. The pixel art animation is fantastic, and feels fondly reminiscent of Trashy Rascal Studio’s work on Lasagna Boy, with retro cartoony graphics that still manage to instil you with a real sense of fear. The way the witch skulks about the house is terrifying and the fact that she melts under locked doorways rather than opening them is particularly disturbing! Highly recommended.
Controls: Arrow Keys – Movement, Shift – Run, Spacebar – Jump, Z – Pick-Up/Open, X – Use Object, C – Drop
Available On: Windows
Gameplay Video: Here