Gloomwood

Posted:  September 06, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
Disclaimer:  This is an initial impression of the game. Our review and recommended settings will be updated when we've completed a full and thorough analysis of how it performs on Steam Deck. Check back soon for our full analysis!
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
40 FPS
Limit
40
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
7
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
1100
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Visuals:

Resolution: 960x600

Display Mode: Exclusive Fullscreen

Vsync: Off

Framerate Cap: 40

Dynamic Shadow Quality: Medium

Lightmap Quality: Low

Texture Filtering: Bilinear

Anti-Aliasing: 4X

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
8.5W - 12W
65c - 70c
4.5 - 5 hours

Review

Update 9/12/22: Changed Lightmap Quality settings to "Low" due to a recent update that changed Lightmap Quality labels.

Trapped in a dark Victorian city that has been consumed by an ancient curse, you must survive and plan your daring escape using stealth, weapons, and of course, your wit in this unique survival horror game inspired by the great survival horror games of the 90s and 2000s. You will come across a unique arsenal and utilize in-depth interactivity with the environment to stay alive like eavesdropping, peeking through door cracks, checking bullets, and more. Can you make it out of this town alive?

Gloomwood is an early access game produced by the people who made DUSK, AMID EVIL, ULTRAKILL, and FAITH, all of which are awesome games. When I started playing, I came across several heavy issues, but I am happy to report that they have all been solved!

First, we had to deal with the settings. When starting Gloomwood, there is an insane stability issue. If you look at any sort of light source, you will immediately start to drain around 19W battery drain and hit temps at 80c. In my testing, this was due to the lightmap quality. Changing this to "Very Low" fixed this issue entirely, but it wasn't enough. With some other setting tweaks, we were able to use a TDP limit and bring this down to around 12W battery drain max and temps below 70c with a stable 40 FPS.

Left ImageRight Image

With very little visual differences, you can see the drastic improvement to battery drain, temps, and framerate stability.

The second big issue after figuring that out was controls. The game doesn't have controller support yet, though there seems to be some plan for it down the line as they have a "Gamepad" option in the settings. I took the time and went through the settings and put together a community controller layout that is now uploaded called "SDHQ Gloomwood Layout". You can find it in the community layouts for the game.

Otherwise, with these tweaks, the game runs like a charm with just a couple small hiccups here and there. But these are so small that I wouldn't say they matter. So far the game runs like a charm and I am happy to say it works so well, especially with the new layout and settings!

Gloomwood Screenshots:

Lightmap Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image
Left ImageRight Image

Screenshots:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

With some minor tweaks and our controller layout, Gloomwood is definitely not a gloomy time!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
BarbecuedKitty
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$19.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

Update 9/12/22: Changed Lightmap Quality settings to "Low" due to a recent update that changed Lightmap Quality labels.

Trapped in a dark Victorian city that has been consumed by an ancient curse, you must survive and plan your daring escape using stealth, weapons, and of course, your wit in this unique survival horror game inspired by the great survival horror games of the 90s and 2000s. You will come across a unique arsenal and utilize in-depth interactivity with the environment to stay alive like eavesdropping, peeking through door cracks, checking bullets, and more. Can you make it out of this town alive?

Gloomwood is an early access game produced by the people who made DUSK, AMID EVIL, ULTRAKILL, and FAITH, all of which are awesome games. When I started playing, I came across several heavy issues, but I am happy to report that they have all been solved!

First, we had to deal with the settings. When starting Gloomwood, there is an insane stability issue. If you look at any sort of light source, you will immediately start to drain around 19W battery drain and hit temps at 80c. In my testing, this was due to the lightmap quality. Changing this to "Very Low" fixed this issue entirely, but it wasn't enough. With some other setting tweaks, we were able to use a TDP limit and bring this down to around 12W battery drain max and temps below 70c with a stable 40 FPS.

Left ImageRight Image

With very little visual differences, you can see the drastic improvement to battery drain, temps, and framerate stability.

The second big issue after figuring that out was controls. The game doesn't have controller support yet, though there seems to be some plan for it down the line as they have a "Gamepad" option in the settings. I took the time and went through the settings and put together a community controller layout that is now uploaded called "SDHQ Gloomwood Layout". You can find it in the community layouts for the game.

Otherwise, with these tweaks, the game runs like a charm with just a couple small hiccups here and there. But these are so small that I wouldn't say they matter. So far the game runs like a charm and I am happy to say it works so well, especially with the new layout and settings!

Gloomwood Screenshots:

Lightmap Comparisons:

Left ImageRight Image
Left ImageRight Image

Screenshots:

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

With some minor tweaks and our controller layout, Gloomwood is definitely not a gloomy time!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
BarbecuedKitty
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
40 FPS
Limit
40
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
7
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 0
GPU Clock
1100
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Visuals:

Resolution: 960x600

Display Mode: Exclusive Fullscreen

Vsync: Off

Framerate Cap: 40

Dynamic Shadow Quality: Medium

Lightmap Quality: Low

Texture Filtering: Bilinear

Anti-Aliasing: 4X

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
8.5W - 12W
65c - 70c
4.5 - 5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$19.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

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