You have to hand it to Xbox Game Pass, it’s wheeling out some bangers this Christmas. We’re getting a steady stream of high-quality games that we wouldn’t necessarily have bought ourselves, as well as narrative-flavoured games that don’t have a huge amount of replayability. Mørkredd very much falls into both brackets, and it is out now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
Mørkredd is a co-op game that revolves around shadows. You are beings who would die in the dark, to the degree that the shadow cast by your partner is enough to kill you, so you have to use the lit environment to stay alive. The problem is that the path ahead is pitch black.
To make it to your fate, you will need to push a mysterious entity called ‘The Orb’. This is a moveable light source, and you’ll be manhandling it through the environment to both stay alive and to press the odd pressure plate. Morkredd is puzzle adventure, you see, and you will have to use The Orb, yourselves and your ability to interact with the environment to get through the game’s 60+ puzzles.
Mørkredd was designed from the ground-up for co-op, and it could well split households. If you can kill each other with your own shadow, we know what’s going to happen when we sit down to play it. Should you want to maintain your family relationships, it can be played solo, with ‘unique dual character controls’. Our review of Mørkredd on Xbox Series X unpicks whether the solo play holds up, or whether it is the cooperative aspects which come to the fore.
Some of the worst parts of games like Tin & Kuna were maneuvering a giant ball around a level, so we’re intrigued to know whether Mørkredd falls into the same trap of laborious pacing and frustration as your ball careens away from you. It looks like Mørkredd has a subtler approach, reminding us more of Limbo than a platformer, so our fears may be unwarranted.
Mørkredd is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and starts at £16.74 from the Xbox Store, with free downloads available from Xbox Game Pass. It’s also out on PC. You’ll also find the Ode DLC to accompany the game – that comes in with a £4.19 price point but delivers an extra level and a host of skins.
The Orb is your fate. Morkredd is a tense, physics-based co-op puzzle game for one to two players combining skill-based puzzle-solving, a challenging balance of light and shadow, and a dark world full of secrets to unlock.