Darkstar One offers a fantastic amount of freedom of choice. The story-based missions gradually lead you deeper into the galaxy to new races, new technologies and ever stronger opponents. Explore a vast array of solar systems in search of hidden artifacts of ancient races, essential objects for upgrading your ship--the Darkstar One.
User reviews: Very Positive (185 reviews) - 82% of the 185 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2006

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Darkstar One offers a fantastic amount of freedom of choice. The story-based missions gradually lead you deeper into the galaxy to new races, new technologies and ever stronger opponents. Explore a vast array of solar systems in search of hidden artifacts of ancient races, essential objects for upgrading your ship--the Darkstar One.
In addition to artifacts, acquire credits to purchase better equipment, such as weapons and shields. Earn credits in a myriad of ways: by taking on assignments, bounty hunting, piracy, smuggling, trading, escorting, transporting, rewards and more.
  • A vast, simulated universe with many unique races, space ships and battle tactics.
  • Elaborate story, related by more than fifty minutes of video sequences.
  • Configure and upgrade your ship, Darkstar One, any way you choose--build a fast attack ship with many light weapons or a near-invincible cruiser with heavy weaponry.
  • Over two hundred different weapons, shields and equipment items.
  • Rockets, torpedoes and mines feature special tactical uses: mines can fire at opponents or distract approaching missiles.
  • The "Spell Weapon": a special weapon with a powerful effect similar to certain spells in role-playing games. This weapon becomes increasingly versatile throughout the game and greatly increases tactical options.
  • Acquire weapons from other races - Mount distinctive weapons from other races on "Darkstar One," each featuring unique functions that require different battle tactics.
  • Embark on special missions - explore canyons or even underground on unknown worlds.
  • Freedom of choice - earn credits in many ways: fighting, piracy, assignments, smuggling, trading, escorting, transporting, rewards, and more.
  • Play as the "good" or the "bad" guy and take advantage of political disputes.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP (32 bit)
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Sound: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible 128 MB graphics card with support for pixel/vertex shader 1.1 (GeForce 3 and above)
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB HD Space
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP with SP2
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Sound: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible 256 MB graphics card with support for pixel/vertex shader 3.0 (GeForce 6/Radeon x1x00 and above)
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB HD Space
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
I wish there was an option for 'Meh' for recommendations.

As far as Space Sim shooters go, this is definitely a good catch on the market. The learning curve is hardly a curve at all (if you are able to get on good terms with relativity of direction), and it will keep you going for a while.

However, at the time of writting this, 7 hours in, it's becoming more and more apparent just how repetitive this game becomes, and offers you no replay value. The missions are all pretty much the same ("Go there, kill things") and it turns into an incredible grind fest if you're a completionist like me. Eliminating all the gangs, liberating the systems, flying through asteroids for upgrades and a silly sidequest now and then that is even more repetitive if that's even possible.

The game would also like to suggest that there are multiple ways of making money and choosing different paths and sure, there are indeed multiple branches that you can gain reputation in, to become a Merchant or a Smuggler, a Mercenary or a Pirate, a Killer or a Bounty Hunter...

Well, except that Merchant and Smuggler are the same thing with a slight risk and much larger reward for Smuggler, Mercenary and Bounty Hunter are just you shooting the bad guys, Pirate is you shooting the good guys and stealing their stuff to sell for Mercenary or Smuggler, and Killer is the same thing except you shoot to kill. So really, not much of difference at all.

And even though there are indeed dozens and dozens of systems to explore, there really isn't a reason to. It's all the same anyway, slight differences here and there (image of a planet in the background, number of objects, possible sidemission/collectible (that you can see and check news stand about locations of beforehand)), but other than that, you're probably not going to visit a lot of systems for more than a few seconds while your jump drive recharges.


Anyway, to wrap it all up, I would only suggest this game if you want to play a space shooter. If you're looking for a trader game, I would suggest you look at other Kalypso titles, as the trading system isn't really all that great here. If you're looking for something you can pick up and play casually whenever you feel like blowing some space ships up, this is the game for you.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Although there are a lot of negatives, generally if I finish a game, it's good enough for me to give it a thumbs-up. It's slow, very repetitive, and very linear for an "open world space sim". On the other hand, the ship controls feel very nice, and the game always has something for you to do. If you don't want to pursue the main quest at the moment, you could just go kill some baddies for fun and profit. Of course, you won't be able to "level up", unless you follow the main quest, which is a bit of a bummer.

Leveling up also is a bit awkward, since you don't really get anything for it, other than the ability to buy some upgrades from the local trade station. Those upgrades can cost a LOT of money, though. The game levels up the enemies along with you, so you'll never feel much more powerful than when you started the game, aside from there being more flashy bits when you hit the fire button. There's a mission toward the end that is next to impossible if you've been conscientiously upgrading your ship, though, so you might want to skip some of the upgrades until you've finished it (Flak 2).

I'd say the modeler did pretty good work on this game, even though it shows its age. There's a fair variety of ships that you'll see flying around. Would have been nice to be able to pilot some of them. :) The textures are pretty bad, and sound was just ok, but voice acting was a bit cheesy.

If you like space sims, give it a shot. If you're not a fan, pass this one by.

Space sim fans: 8/10
Others: 5/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
The core of the game is extremely monotonous. Go here, shoot bad guys, rinse wash repeat. I lost desire to play the game after 5 hours, but kept telling myself 'it will get better.' and 'I must finish what I started.' I ended up beating the game, the main story line probably could have been beaten in a quarter of the amount of time, I spent a ton of time flying to asteroids to collect upgrade items (artifacts) and pointlessly killing worthless pirates thinking that the money was important.

Overall, functionally, the game is great, only crashed 3 or 4 times, ran well, no technical issues. But the game itself feels basically over after a very short amount of time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
The cutscene CG is terrible by today's standards and the voice acting isn't so great (to be honest though -- it's truly NOT the worst I've heard in this genre), but beyond those two quibbles, there's actually a really decent game here. The ship combat is satisfying, the trade part of the game is charming in its retro simplicity and the space graphics are quite pretty. I like it, it's nice. Get it!
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
Works on Windows 8 64bit
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