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Developer(s) Ice-Pick Lodge
Publisher(s) CIS Buka Entertainment

EU Meridian 4

Distributor(s) UK G2 Games

ITA Blue Label Entertainment
INT GamersGate

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) CIS 20050609June 9, 2005

UK 20060818August 18, 2006

Genre(s) Psychological horror
Mode(s) Single-player (First-person view)
Distribution CD-ROM

Pathologic (known in Russian as Мор. Утопия) is an award winning 2005 psychological horror video game developed by the Russian studio Ice-Pick Lodge. It was published in Russia and other CIS-countries by Buka Entertainment. The game was published in the UK on 18 August 2006 by G2 Games.


The game is about three people who are known mostly by their nicknames: two men, Bachelor (Бакалавр) and Haruspex (Гаруспик), and a girl nicknamed Devotress (Самозванка). Each tries to uncover the source of a strange lethal sickness that has befallen a small town. Although you can play as each of them, there is only one storyline, which is seen from different points of view depending upon the chosen character. The ability to uncover some secrets depend on which character is being played. Throughout each day you receive quests from NPCs and at exactly midnight, the incomplete quests are erased from your notebook. Quests are divided into main missions, (one per day) which decide if a major character will die, and side quests, which earn money and items.

On the edge of town, there is a great building named Polyhedron (Многогранник), a geometrically impossible structure used as a fortress by children. On the opposite side lies an ominous mountain called the Abattoir, with the Apiary, an insane asylum, next to it. All districts and major buildings of the town are named after body parts and biology.

The Ice-Pick Team[edit]

  • Nikolay Dybowskiy — Game designer and writer
  • Airat Zakirov — Technical Director
  • Aleksey Bakhvalov — Lead programmer
  • Iliya Kalinin — Art Director
  • Evgeniya Dashina — Lead Artist
  • Irina Kapitonova — Artist
  • Peter Potapov — 3D Designer
  • Ekaterina Romashkina — 3D Animator
  • Vyacheslav Goncharenko — 3D Modeler
  • Vlad Ermakov — 3D Modeler
  • Andriesh Gandrabur — Music composer and sound designer


Pathologic was critically well received in Russia, winning five major Russian awards.[1] However, its reception in English-speaking countries has been varied, being both praised for its remarkable atmosphere and concept while equally panned for its poor translation, outdated graphics and slow gameplay.[2][3][4]

Since release, the game has become a cult classic, with Rock, Paper, Shotgun notably writing a 3 page article on the game describing it as "the single best and most important game you've never played."[5] Ice-pick Lodge has expressed interest in creating a crowd-funded re-make of the game. [6]


On the official Ice Pick forums, a retranslation of the English version by the forum members has been stalled since 2010.[7]

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