Have you ever wanted to play as a parasite infecting the body of beloved children’s icon Winnie the Pooh? Well, Winnie’s Hole, a new horror game dungeon crawler set in the now-public domain franchise is made for you, sicko.
Described as a The Thing-esque body-horror puzzle game, Winnie’s Hole lets you enter the lovable bear as a monsterous parasite. You’ll capture the honey-loving bear’s cells, take over his insides and corrupt his body into a monsterous, eldritch nightmare that takes over the Hundred Acre Woods.
Initially developed as part of a one-week Game Jam, the project eventually evolved into a full dungeon crawler/puzzle game.
“Join Winnie the Pooh on a new adventure, from within!” the synopsis reads. “You play a virus in Winnie’s body, capture cells to grow mutations and specialise your host. Refine his primitive form, adapt for survival, and do not let his friends contain you. They do not understand our gift… We must share it with them.”
Using procedural generation, every journey through Winnie the Pooh’s body is unique. Depending on how you take over the iconic children’s characters’ body and the resources you find, you’ll evolve the body horror in brand-new ways.
Starting off with small lumps and bumps, you’ll eventually evolve the cuddly character’s form with multiple limbs, a lá Dead Space’s necromorph, and even multiple heads. After all, more heads are better than one, as the saying goes. Watch the trailer below:
Since entering the public domain, numerous Winnie the Pooh projects have been revealed. Infamously, the first project using the public domain incarnation of the character was Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, a low-budget (and not very good) slasher film featuring the character. The film already has a sequel in the works.
Winnie’s Hole currently has no release date available, but it’s available to wishlist on Steam right here. There are currently no plans for console versions of the upcoming horror game.