Face your Destiny! In Andergast, whose inhabitants are considered to be notoriously superstitious, King Efferdan awaits a state visit from high-ranking dignitaries. For centuries the kingdom has been at odds with neighboring Nostria, but now first steps are being undertaken toward a lasting peace.
User reviews: Very Positive (394 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 22, 2012

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"This fantasy story provides an all around satisfying experience for every adventure gamer."
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“The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, is a sure contestant for 'Adventure game of the year'”
88 – PC Master

“Chains of Satinav boasts incredible artwork and atmosphere”
3.5 – Adventuregamers

“Chains of Satinav provides a superbly engaging story driven experience, that feels uniquely its own”
80 – Strategy Informer

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About This Game

Face your Destiny!

In Andergast, whose inhabitants are considered to be notoriously superstitious, King Efferdan awaits a state visit from high-ranking dignitaries. For centuries the kingdom has been at odds with neighboring Nostria, but now first steps are being undertaken toward a lasting peace. But a plague of crows troubles the king, for the birds are acting with unusual aggressiveness, even attacking humans. Moreover, there are those among the citizens of Andergast who swear that the crows are bringing them dark nightmares. As the belligerent creatures infiltrate even the castle itself, the king seeks a skilled bird catcher - an opportunity for young Geron to prove that the reputation for ill luck that has followed him since childhood is undeserved. Following an audience with the king, the prestigious task is assigned to him. However, not only does his task prove unexpectedly difficult, but it also turns out to be the first step of the greatest adventure of his life, which will lead him to the borders of the charted lands of Aventuria and beyond.

With a history of more than 25 years, The Dark Eye is one of Europe's best-known role-playing brands. In addition to the popular pen & paper adventures, TDE has also inspired a series of successful computer games. The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav immerses players deep in the world of Aventuria, where they experience an amazing story and explore lands never before featured in a TDE computer game.

Key Features

  • An epic fantasy soundtrack, as well as high-quality voiceovers to provide an unparalleled gaming experience.
  • Dive into the fantastic world of Aventuria and experience an epic adventure, written by experienced authors of the popular pen and paper fantasy role-playing game The Dark Eye.
  • From the makers of A New Beginning and The Whispered World

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    • OS: Windows® XP/VISTA/7TM
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Single-Core-Processor or 2 GHz Dual-Core-Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 6 GB
    • Video Card: OpenGL2.0-compatible Graphic Card with 512 MB RAM (Shared-Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX9.0c-compatible Sound Card
    • Additional: Broadband Internet Connection, Mouse (third mouse button and Scroll-wheel recommended)
    • OS: OSX Lion (10.7)
    • Processor: 2 GHz (Dual Core) Intel
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 5.5 GB
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I definitely recommend this game. To whom? To anyone who appreciates art. This is several paintings in interactive form. Not for those who just want to shoot stuff.

Why should you buy it?
-As an introduction to Memoria, the sequel. You'll get to know the characters, and get the references in Memoria.
-Clever puzzles. Some are perfectly logical and relatively easy, while others defy logic (faerie realm) or are just too convoluted. Walkthrough will be needed. Sometimes its just a tiny little detail that eludes you (a thing that had to be broken). They are, however, still worthwhile and enjoyable.
-Good story! Its a nice adventure to have, meeting colorful characters, discovering many things, traveling to strange places and ultimately saving your hometown. Reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia.
-Unique. Like its sequel, there is no other game quite like this out there.
-The visuals. The artists did an amazing job. While the puzzles in the faerie world are impossible to understand, the surreal art is wonderful.

Is anything bad?
-The lipsynching is broken. They fixed this in the sequel.
-The music is lacking or non-existant in many locations. They also fixed this in the sequel I believe.
-Some puzzles defy logic and may require a walkthrough for most to solve. They are not kidding when they give you ''impossible'' challenges. A hint system, such as in Machinarium, would of been appreciated.
-Animations are crude, often making the game stall for a moment, disrupting the immersion.
-Severak voice actors can be pretty annoying, especially the talking crow. Also, get used to almost every character hating your guts (its linked to the story though). The main town, Andergast, is pretty depressing (its pretty small too).
-Pretty short, especially if you use a walkthrough. It might take you a while to figure out the puzzles though. I personnaly gave up on that to breeze through and see the artwork!

Can't really give this a rating. Its a matter of taste.

Hope this review helped you out!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Beatiful amazing game. I like it a lot :-)
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Most of my "play time" with this game was spent alt-tabbed out of it, which is pretty telling in itself.

The primary problem was that the story simply didn't grab me and thus I had nothing pushing me forward other than my completionism. Nothing much actually happens aside from the events right at the start that set things in motion and a sudden "turn of events" some two thirds of the way through the game, nor do you learn much of interest about the plot after the start of the game.

The protagonist is relatively uninteresting to start with and he doesn't develop or "grow" during the course of the adventure. Same thing with the relationship between the protagonist and his protegé - it doesn't develop meaningfully and nothing really happens, with one noteworthy exception; by the end they still haven't really said anything to eachother that couldn't have been said within the first five minutes.

When it comes to the puzzles I thought they required too much lateral thinking and occasionally simply trial and error - as opposed to logic - to solve. Too often it wasn't quite clear what the purpose of doing certain allowed actions was, and I used items on other items or hotspots "because I could", and was left wondering why until a contrived reason materialized itself after having done some other things.

The voice acting was pretty good. The graphics, well you can check those in the screenshots yourself. I thought they looked good to begin with, but by the end I had kind of stopped noticing the backgrounds and just looked around for the hotspots in order to get it over with.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Decent
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
As all Daedalic adventures I liked this very much. Music, Sounds, Voices, Graphics - all fits nicely together. None of the riddles felt like "try to combine everything with everything", but were mostly logical.
I disliked that after playing it longer it started to hang, repeating part of a spoken sentence 5-6 times and then working again.
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13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
7/10

+Very nice fantasy world
+storyline
+good backgrounds
+dialogs.

-quests
-animation
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14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Good point-and-click adventure. What I love about it is that most of the puzzles make sense.
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15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Very cool. Excellent story, fun characters, very pretty graphics. I'll admit to having been truly stumped by several of the puzzles. It was usually because I had missed a clickable in another room; the handpainted graphics mean that clickables are really easy to miss against the background without using the highlight button, which of course feels like a cheat to experienced point-&-click adventurers like myself. The puzzles all had an internal logic to them. There were almost no occassions where I had to use a random thing that makes no sense like in some point-&-clicks. (Another thing that always throws me off in this type of game is when to use that one item that the character never drops (Indy's whip, Geron's knife in this case, etc.). It's a personal blind spot that I always forget I have it. Fair warning: Geron uses his knife a lot, specifically to acquire other items (pieces of rope, cloth, etc.)) Overall, very fun.

Also, I'm an old D&Der, and this kind of makes me want to drop it altogether in favor of the Dark Eye system/setting from Germany.

Probably the only complaint I have is the English voice actors. Both Geron's and Nuri's voice actors were very stilted and kind of felt like they phoned it in. Their writing was decent, but they didn't convey emotion very well.
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11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great story, puzzles are a little strange and sometimes counter-intuitive, but the story makes this one of the best P&C adventure games that I've played.

4/5
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
At first, I wasn't really convinced, but I kept playing and quickly fell in love with this incredible point and click adventure. The story is captivating, the characters are endearing and the background drawings are beautiful. This is probably one of my favourite Daedalic's game. Recommended, without hesitation.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
This is a game that I started probably a year ago, then got distracted by other games, and finally came back to a few days ago and finished. What does that say about this game? Not too much....I started this on the heels of playing a couple other point and clicks such as Primordia and realized that I wasnt ready to commit the time to it at that point. Recently, I started really craving a good point and click tough, so I came back to the game, and I am glad I did.

Set in the Dark Eye universe (which many other games such as the Drakensangs, Blackguards also hail), gives it a sort of muted, middle ages with mysticism feel to it, which held true in this game. It's a really interesting setting in my opinion. You play as Geron, a bird catchers apprentice whose master is slain for his participation in the burning of an evil prophet 13 years prior to the events of the game, and his knowledge of the presumed dead prophets plans to destroy the world as we (they) know it. This is actually not dissimilar to the Blackguards story line actually. Anyway, you end up meeting and falling in love with a beautiful faerie and embark on an adventure to save the world, even though you really dont know how. The story finishes with room for a sequel, but with enough resolution to not require it, which was a nice way to handle it.

So, this is a point and click adventure. How does it stack up? I felt it was pretty good overall. There were a couple frustratingly difficult puzzles (most notably in the faerie realm, for me at least) and a few super simple puzzles, but most were just right: they required some thought and trial and error, but not to the point of frustration or leaving you feeling bored. I thought it did what it intended overall, and was pretty well par for the Daedalic course. It didnt really stray from their adventure formula, but managed to stay interesting the whole way through.

All told, I would give it 7 out of 10. Nothing too extraordinary, but a pretty good game overall.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
After playing some of the other games available these days and seeing the prices they are charging I have to change my initial recommendation for this game. There is a lot of content hear for you to explore and the story is a little weak at times, but overall it has a solid amount of challenging puzzles and interesting environments for you to interact with.

The reason I rated it down at first and my continuing problems with it are that the puzzles often have an element to them that requires you to pixel hunt the screens for quite some time to find them or use the hint feature (essentially cheating for a player who plays these kinds of games a lot). One or two is fine, but the consistency of the issue left a bad taste in my mouth. The other issue I had was that the main characters were very unlikable to me. Especially the protagonist. While a bit of negativity and "anti-hero" character can lend some authenticity to an otherwise cardboard cutout, he was downright miserable and his choices that I could not control left me with little sympathy for him or connection to him.

The reason I have redone this review is that, fundamentally, this was a good game marred with exactly the kind of things that can ruin a game for me. However, they are MY buttons and after stepping back a bit it is clear that they were really not enough for a bad recommendation.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I finished the game in a little over 12 hours, but it was so worth it. Good job, guys. You made me cry. :) I look forward to future game releases from you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Simple loved it!
The art work is gorgeous and the puzzles are straight forward.
Engaging story and well developed characters.
The end almost brought me to tears.
If you enjoy point and click Adventure games then go for it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
This adventure game has reminded me with nice Point and Click adventure games I used to play 15 years back in time, It has beautiful art work, great voice acting and great atmosphere, however story is not that exciting (starts with a boring 1-2 hours) but it generally OK specially at the end, Puzzles are OK for me at least (ran into 2-3 puzzles which required me to look for a walkthrough and I find them non-sense in a way)

I recommend it for all adventure Point and Click gamers specially with this great price tag, it is a great value for money
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
7/10 - Plenty of good here

This point-and-click takes a reluctant and not very capable hero on an adventure through creatures, fairies, witches, and beyond. While the same "does this fit with this" business exists as does in nearly every game in this genre, Chains of Satinav manages to make them not seem as obvious. There are some puzzles that seem arbitrary in their solutions, but one puzzle (peacock, for those who have done it) was pretty magnificent. Lastly, I really liked Nuri the fairy.

The achievements are not impressive. Anything not story-related involves doing some redundant action xx redundant times. It also has two different complete playthrough achievements based on difficulty, which is something I don't understand for this type of game. Once the puzzles and mysteries are solved this makes the second playthrough purely tedious.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Very pretty art style which reminds me of games I played as a wee lad. Such as Curse of teh Enchantress and Innocent Until Caught but much more modern with a very absorbing story. Yup I very much recommend this one, however some of the puzzels can be a bit "wha?" at times and have you reaching for the solution online. Dont let it get you down if you do just enjoy the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I couldn't put this one down!! The story is fabulous, and the artwork is even better. This game is so pretty, I couldn't help but take pictures on a lot of the screens. The music and voice acting follow; they are both great. The game surprises you with some dark moments that you don't expect due to the cheeriness of some scenes in the beginning. Lately when I play point and clicks I find myself having to look up solutions to puzzles just because I can spend so long on one thing and start to think it's a bug or something. But I rarely had to look up solutions for this game - Only one or two that got me frustrated. I like to take my time so I'm sure this is excessive, but The Dark Eye kept me entertained for the whole 20 hours it took me to finish it :o Only real gripe is that I wish the ending was developed more, it felt abrupt and not as satisfying as I'd hoped.

Edit: The ending is not a problem if you go right on to Memoria, the sequel, it picks right back up where you left off :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
A charming point-and-click fantasy adventure and a wonderful reminder of the golden age of 90s adventure titles. The story is a tad confusing at first, as you are introduced to the world and its workings as if you had lived there all your life. A little discovery, exploration and acceptance are required in order to figure out your place in the tale. However, the story unfolds before your eyes in clever, amusing, and sometimes moving ways.

You play Geron, a bird-catcher and outcast in his hometown. He is shunned by pretty much all the inhabitants, as he is accused of consorting with creatures that symbolise death and doom, as well as having lucid dreams about an evil Seer who was killed many years ago. It will take a fair bit of effort and perseverance for him to prove he is not as bad as common superstitions would claim. It is only by chance, and the help of a sweet-natured fairy, that Geron becomes entangled in a plot filled with mystery, danger, magic and betrayal.

The game has a beautiful score, which sounds authentically orchestral. The main title theme on the opening menu screen is simply beautiful. The whole score has a romantic, whimsical, often melancholy feel.

The gameplay is very simple, with the primary focus being keyboard and mouse - much in the style of the old point-and-clicks we know and love.

The puzzles range from easy and/or obvious to downright bizarre. However, bizarre in this sense is not technically a bad thing (one particular area could be something straight out of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland in design). However, all puzzles have a logical connection and all it takes is a bit of observation and careful note-taking of conversations and environments in order to figure out what to do. No puzzle is outright ridiculous. You just sometimes need to think outside the box.

On average, gameplay is approximately 10-13 hours. If you get stuck, a clear, concise walkthrough can be found on GameBoomers.

It has been a long time since I have played a game that has been so compelling. Once I started Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, that is all I was playing until I had finished it. Highly recommended to all adventurers.

Game on!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Best Point and Click game I've ever played!
Would play this game over and over 10/10 (:
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