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Oakwood is an indie first-person Survival Horror made by the two-person team Breaking Dimensions, released in December 2018.

Arriving late to the abandoned Oakwood campground, the player character Madison finds the violent remains of their friends' campsite. Exploring the forest and the dilapidated lodge, they discover that prehistoric predators now hunt the grounds. The player will explore the dark depths and ominous history of the abandoned campground while trying to survive the prehistoric creatures who are hunting ruthlessly throughout the grounds.

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  • Abandoned Area: The titular Oakwood is an abandoned campground, which became abandoned after a lot of unexplained disappearances happened there. Of course, as it turns out the disappearances are a result of dinosaurs making their home in the area.
  • Apocalyptic Log: There are a few of these scattered about the campground. One can be found in the sewer, written by one of Madison's friends and it ends abruptly.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: The dinosaurs featured are pretty much copied off of the ones from Jurassic Park: Tyrannosaurus rex that can only see animation, raptors that resemble scaly and oversized Deinonychus (with some feathers along their backs), and frilled Dilophosaurus that spit venom (it's accurately sized, though).
  • The Conspiracy: It is indicated by the ending that someone has been luring groups of people to the abandoned campground to sacrifice them to the dinosaurs in the forest from as far back as the 70's, perhaps even longer if the tribal markers at the end are any indication.
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  • Death of a Child: It is mentioned in a few notes scattered around in the Oakwood lodge that a few kids at a summer camp went missing in the woods. Given what's in those woods, it isn't hard to guess what really happened to those kids. It begins with "om" and ends in "nom nom".
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: Especially when it's inhabited by prehistoric predators.
  • Downer Ending: Madison reaches the location of the only survivor immediately after they'd been eaten by a Tyrannosaurus and then they turn around to see a pack of raptors surrounding them, then one mauls them.
  • Down the Drain: The fourth level takes place in a Absurdly Spacious Sewer with a Dilophosaurus patrolling the dark tunnels.
  • Killed Offscreen: All of Madison's friends are killed in this manner through out the game. The only real signs that they were even there are items they happen to drop upon being killed.
  • Living Dinosaurs: Goes without saying.
  • Lost World: In a few notes scattered about regarding unidentified animal droppings (which are obviously from the dinosaurs) and mysterious flora growing in the woods, it is speculated that there is a pocket ecosystem somewhere hidden within the depths of the forest. Some notes from a professor and his assistant can be found, detailing how they went looking for this pocket ecosystem. You can find one of these notes in the secret area, written by the assistant — who is clearly freaked out — about how he is aware of something watching him and how he just wants to go home.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: You use a pair in the above mentioned sewer level to navigate the pitch black tunnels.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: At no point does your friend on the radio every refer to the dinosaurs as such. She only calls the raptors "things" and the T-Rex "that giant thing". While it might be remotely possible she's never seen Jurassic Park and doesn't know what a raptor is, it kind of defies belief that she wouldn't even know what a T-Rex is.
  • The Other Rainforest: The game takes place in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Prehistoric Monster: Naturally as this is a horror game with dinosaurs.
  • Raptor Attack: One of the main threats of the game are Deinonychus stalking the camp lodge and the forest.
  • Sound-Only Death: One of the first things the player hears while they are looking through the deserted campsite of Madison's friends is the distant sound of someone's agonized screaming. It isn't too hard to guess what happened.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: We've got a Tyrannosaurus rex, a pack of Deinonychus, and a Dilophosaurus (complete with Super Spit) all running around the campground.

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