Darkness Within 2 is 3D occult-themed first-person video game developed by the company, Zoetrope Interactive and published by Iceberg Interactive. It is the second installment of the Darkness Within series and inspired by the horror novels of the author, H.P. Lovecraft. In this game, the player assumes the role of Howard Loreid, a police detective who is still reeling from the strange events of the previous game, Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself in an empty cabin in which he discovers a mysterious letter that tells him of the connection of his past to the string of bizarre deaths and paranormal occurrences that unfold.
Players will have to read through letters and old books and manually highlight clues about the story. However, choosing the auto-research mode instantly provides the player with the important clues without him/her having to read through the text. The game offers numerous games that range from jigsaw puzzles, combination locks, hidden objects, and codes. Navigating the game environment requires the player to use both keyboard and mouse. The W key activates movement, C key triggers crouching, spacebar makes the character jump, and pressing Caps Lock accelerates the player’s movement. Inventory items can either be equipped or enabled by pressing the right-click mouse button.