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Ultra-Indie Daily Dose: Gnarled Hag Is Gretel, No Hansel

Hello, you glorious gluttons for all things indie horror! Are you just starving for the newest of the new, the most unknownest of the unknown? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Ultra-Indie Daily Dose! In this series, we’re going to pick a new game every day from an indie horror creator you’ve probably never heard of. No million-dollar budgets or factory productions. This is the space for the little guy with not but a developer toolkit and a dream. So if you’re down to roll the dice on something different, then stick around and check it out!


When you think about it, Hansel and Gretel were only able to escape because they could team up like the Ice Climbers. How would the story have gone if only Gretel was there? That’s more or less the premise of Gnarled Hag, a game by itch.io developer Pompasaur.

Gnarled Hag has you playing as a young child who finds herself captive to a presumably evil witch. Starting out in a locked cage, you must use your wits and whatever key objects you find in order to progress through the game. But be warned, the hag is roaming the halls, and she wont take kindly to her meal/slave/new pal escaping captivity.

It’s a fairly quick and simple game, but with great sound design and top notch pixel art, Gnarled Hag is certainly a game worth checking out. You can try it for yourself by clicking here.

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