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A Soviet Submarine has been intercepted in the North Pacific, 140 nautical miles west of Los Angeles. It's unknown if the vessel is armed with Nuclear Weapons. The Soviet minister for foreign affairs insists that the Submarine is in international waters and therefore has no obligation to abandon it's routine training exercises. 

Seemingly trapped in a nightmarish reality of ever changing worlds and environments it's up to you to figure out exactly what has happened on board the stricken submarine and to ultimately save the world from a nuclear catastrophe.

 First Winter is a first person horror set in 1982 during the cold war with a highly distinctive retro style.

"...dozens of horror games release on Steam every month (really!) and it’s really hard to figure out what is interesting and what isn’t, but I think you’re making a safe bet with First Winter" - PC Gamer

"That was fantastic!" - MrKravin
"One of the best indie horrors for me for 2018 so far!" - GG Gab
"Overall.. Decent" - John Wolfe

Key Features:

  • Incredibly unsettling tension from start to finish.
  • Multiple endings.
  • Nostalgic 80s sound track (Licensed for broadcast).
  • Professional voice actors.
  • Beautifully crafted levels.
  • Translated into German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.

Game Information:

First Winter is a retro style horror game  with interesting puzzles and an ever-present feeling of dread. Although your progress is saved frequently throughout the game it is intended that you complete First Winter in one sitting. It is also recommended that you use a pair of headphones rather than speakers.


In June 2017 Dan Sanderson published a micro horror game called Pacific which, to his surprise, was picked up and praised by popular horror YouTubers such as MrKravin, Markiplier, John Wolfe, GirlGamerGab and RaedwulfGamer. Enthused by over 1.5 Million views and featured in Waypoint Vice and IGN's "12 Awesome Games you might've missed", First Winter was born. First Winter is the full length remake version of Pacific.


Despite the option to 'disable flashing images' I can not guarantee that this will make it safe for persons with epilepsy.


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First Winter PC 32 bit (zip) 254 MB
First Winter PC 64 bit (zip) 256 MB

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kinda late to it all but my god this is going into my all time favs. shit this game feels like someone with a spiked mallet is waiting behind me to swing it at my head(good thing)

When the credits popped up I was speechless. What a ride. Enjoyed every second of it.

This is the best horror game I ever played. The story and endings are good and the scares are supreme. Overall id rate this a 10/10.

Amazing game just amazing, Thank you


Okay so I REALLY like this one!
The old school style graphics, and some legit scares are what really did it for me!

If anyone wants to see what I mean, you can check out my gameplay here:

Hey dude awesome experience, i liked the story and the game environment, I really liked

Keep it up

Gameplay PT-BR

Honestly, shocking.

My First Winter experience. (Spanish Gameplay)

What a solid game. I don't usually react to jumpscares but man, you got me a couple times.

I played it for my Bloodcurdling Barrage in which I do daily vids for all of October. Definitely my favorite of the month so far. Great work friend!

Here's part one of my play through.

A flawless game with plenty of jump scares and surprises! The transitions between rooms and hallways were outstanding and the puzzles really made me think. I only been able to get the 1st ending, and trying to figure out the computer's password seems a bit impossible (at least for me). Despite that, this is an amazing game!

Thank you for your kind words. Means a lot. The secret to the second ending is cryptic. Let me know if you’d like a clue 😉

spent most of this game getting the morse code perfect lol

Phenomenal game :O

Thank you so much

No problem, I loved it ;)

this game is amazing.

Thank you for the kindness ❤️

OMGGGG, This game is the best and The jump scares had me screaming every two minutes. 100 / 10. Also, the transition were amazing they worked together so well.

Thanks man. Great video! 

thank you for making me piss myself!

Did Gameplay On Dis Game 

I love your games :D

I liked this one! The transitions when your surroundings were flawless (as I said several times in the video)

Good game I rate this is as 5/5 stars (outstanding)

This is a list of thoughts of your game:

The Good Side:

  • I like the surprise spooks like the door smash, light pop out, the guy who shoots you unexpected and etc.
  • The story is well done
  • The radio and tape cassette dialog was very good
  • The textures very good but I think you should add a little bit more pixels into the textures
  • The pixel layout was very good almost like PS1 graphics
  • I like how stuff changes behind you to go further

The Bad Side:

  • I think the part where you have to make the right tones to unlock the door should be remove because that was pretty stressful to get it perfect.
  • I don't think theirs that much surprise spooks after mid-game
  • When transforming into the ship the framerate start dropping at like 10 fps for like 15 seconds or that could just be me

I would recommend for very good horror games

Very well done, good story I had fun playing it !!! 5/5



my gameplay on it

My Gameplay On It

Was not around on itch in 2018, stumbled upon this one, downloaded instantly, and want more lol great game!

No Commentary Playthrough

One of the very best indies I remember to have played. Great, great work.

Its cool

loved this game 

I leave my full gameplay of the game. Highly recommended. He's managed to get me into the game and give me some really good scares.

An interesting game. Had a lot of fun playing it.

That was a great game! Great job devs!

Great game!!
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What an awesome, crazy experience. I loved it. Everything was put together great from pacing, jump scares, puzzles, map layout and story. Bravo man. Excellent job. 

This was such a cool cool game! I cannot wait to play your other ones. I am hoping to go back and see about the other endings. It was very fun and very scary. The atmosphere was perfect. The story was different!! :)

Hey thanks for playing!! Really enjoyed watching your play though. 

What a ride!  This was a masterclass in suspense, with a tense atmosphere all around.  It's rare that a game can both make me jump AND give me literal chills, but First Winter managed to do just that.  Thanks for making this!

Thanks so much for the kind words!

This game is really great! I actually bought it on Steam a few months back and I noticed it's no longer available for purchase. Any particular reason why? Just curious.

I got to say that it was one of the best indie horror experiences I've ever had! Pure genius! Thank you for the game! Here's my little playthrough (Polish language) Cheers! 

Thanks for playing! I enjoyed your video. All I understood was "Jesus fucking christ" but I get the gist :) Next game will have Polish translations too!

Haha, yeah there was a lot of that :D Thank you for watching! Can't wait for the next project :)

I absolutely loved it!

here's the gameplay ;)

I'm am so happy that I stumble into this game, this is such a good short game with an engaging short story that is a "What if" in our real life history. I just realise there were two endings, but from what I can see, the ending I got below worked well and is on point.

I know I am bit late to the party but I have heard great things about this game.

I got both endings which was fun to do. I am impressed with this game! Fun and spooky. Got plenty of creeps in my run. Thank you for making this game.

Thanks for making the video! Cheers BerryDeaf! 

I wasn't going to plug this into the Itch comments, but the 3 Scary Games guy below me forced my hand. First Winter deserves it's own video.

Dan, this game was absolutely amazing. I'll be having a go at Pacific very soon, since I saw you mentioned a while ago that it was the prequel. I'll keep an eye out for more of your games!

Thanks Ynsin (and Sam). Enjoyed watching your video and your interpretation of the cassette tapes (which was spot on). 


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