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.
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Release Date: Jun 22, 2012

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Buy The Dark Eye Universe Bundle

Includes 4 items: Blackguards, Blackguards: Untold Legends, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, Memoria

Buy The Daedalic Armageddon Bundle

Includes 11 items: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, Goodbye Deponia, The Whispered World Special Edition, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, A New Beginning - Final Cut, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, 1954 Alcatraz

 

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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

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

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 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
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
First off, I want to call this game out on it's anti-corvid bias.
But wow, I started out this game thinking it was a banal medieval adventure game, but it grew into something far greater. I loved the lore, the stunning artwork, and fell in love with Geron (though he constantly berated all the decisions I made for him, his voice is like chocolate.) After playing Rufus in four consecutive Deponia games, it was nice to have a sympathic protaganist. I also really liked Nuri and her voice, even though she basically could have been swapped out with a 6 year old. I liked the choice to make her look very human, and there were times when I questioned whether she really was a fairy.

I played on hard mode and the puzzles started out deceptively easy. Then I found myself in a fantastic and terrifying realm where the rules didn't apply, and things quickly grew very difficult. The artwork in this realm was very evocative of Hieronymous Bosch, both beautiful and deeply disturbing.

Also the Fairy Scholar is basically David Bowie, so yeah, get this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
pros

- gorgeously hand-drawn artwork. cut scenes also so stylish and well made.

- immersive dark fantasy atmosphere

- likeable characters. i like to play with down to earth and humble Geron, naive and innocent Nuri

- it s an long game.

cons

- i found plot too convoluted to fully understand. i actually like dark fantasy stories. there are many fantasy elements such as fairies, magicians, a seer, dwars in game's plot and i should been fully interested and enjoyed with the plot but somewhat i couldn't get into story. i don't know anything about the lore behind the story maybe that's why i didn't understand what s going on and story didn't grab me.

- i think ending is rushed and weak.

- some puzzle solutions so obscure. i had to look a walkthrough sometimes and i don't feel bad about it.

- voiceovers are hit or miss but it didn't bother me too much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
10/10 - This is just a beautiful game.

I played Memoria first (not knowing it was Part 2 of this series) But I have to say I enjoyed this much more!

The artwork is incredible, The different places you visit along your journey are magical, they really immerse you in the game. The gameplay is smooth, story is awesome, and the puzzles were creative and challenging. .


I played it with the combo hints on and that made it more enjoyable as you can just scrollwheel through the items to see what fits when you are stuck.


A must have for any Point & Click Adventure Lover!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
basically an interactive 16th century painting
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It was a very pretty game. Well made and nice story. I thought it dragged on a bit. And as with all games of this sort, there were puzzles that seemed to farfetched to solve without a guide.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Decent enough puzzles and stunningly beautiful graphics (albeit a bit marred by the clunky animations), some good world-building (but a little disjointed from lack of attention) and two increasingly tiresome protagonists, all bound together by constant but actually irrelevant talk of fate, destiny, and time. I honestly don't know whether to recommend this game or not. Thank goodness for the small mercy of being able to click through the dialogue.

I mean, if you want a story about a magical bird girl and her reluctant sidekick-turned-boyfriend(?) fighting against crows/ravens and a dude who can control the future via stories/prophecies, all set in a vaguely mediaeval/pre-industrial Germany, just go watch Princess Tutu.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Really beautiful scenery, really... but that's about it on the +'s.

The main character is a whimp, his protoge is a complete helpless lady and there is no character development - oh, and the evil guy wants to destroy the world because he is evil. The characters really lacks imagination. The voice acting is mostly cringe-worthy lacking emotional context in the deliveries and the main character whispers every line in total nihilism, ruining all potential emotional experiences.

I still forced myself through the game. Some puzzles were interesting, but too many were artificial, illogical and boiled down to try everything on everything in every order. I generally can look past such flaws to a degree if the story intrigues me. But this is not the case here.
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63 of 70 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
As expected of Daedalic Entertainment -- another fantastic game among their legendary line of epic point and click adventure games.

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is a game I highly recommend. The art is so beautiful and vivid that it is as if I am playing a point and click game on a canvas that develops fantastically as the story progresses that it belongs in a museum.

Not only is the art which masterfully changes from cheerful to dark with impeccable precision a reason to pick up this game but also the soundtrack (violins, angelic chorus, harps, guitars and a variety of other musical instruments) and voice acting are spot on with precision accuracy only seen in the military (May only apply to one branch).
Most importantly, the puzzles (as expected of a Daedalic game) range from "just right" to "just stupid hard" with a rewarding sense of feeling unreplicable by other games (that is of course, it is a Daedalic game).

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav has some rpg elements in the form of dialogues but the consequences of your decisions are immediate and are in no way long term. But, being that it is, it definitely renders a second and even a third play through.

I would like to extend this review to several pages length but I want to get back to playing the game. :)
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76 of 94 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
So there i was, booting up The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (TDE:COS hereafter) for the the first time. The game started straight away, a blessing after experiencing major compatibility issues with Daedelic's The Whispered World, and soon I was in game, launching into a somewhat abrupt beginning. Suddenly, the game stopped, seemingly frozen, before launching into dialogue, followed by the same thing EVERY TIME I spoke to someone. Now, I don't have an amazing computer, but I can handle fully 3D games just fine, no hangs. So I went to the options menu, turned everything down to low and it WAS WORSE! After some forum hunting I finally found out that TDE:COS needs to run in native color depth. So, I went to the configuration tool, changed it to 32-bit (from the lowest option, 16-bit) and, lo and behold, a fun game began to emerge.

I will say, that this was the most frustrating experience that I had with this game. The puzzles were fairly logical throughout the first half, with only a few leaps in logic towards the end, where some of the physics are more maleable. The dialogue ranges from stilted to quite engaging. The over-arching storyline has enough going on that I was fairly invested, though it did not bring much novelty. However, shortly after I worked through the aforementioned flaws, I began to really, REALLY, enjoy myself. The visuals are very effective and there is an ambience throughout the game that plucked at my fond memories of The Longest Journey.

Yes, this game is flawed. Yes, the graphics cause delays and hangs. However, once you look past that, there is a really great game here (anyone remember the flawed, but fabulous, Soulbringer?). Well worth a budget price.

Pros: Beautiful. Enjoyable puzzles. Fairly engaging story. Some of the voice acting. Solid musical score.

Cons: Running it. Some of the voice acting. A few of the later puzzles.

3.5 out of 5 Stars/Thumbs/Turnips
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ G. K. Chesterton, quoted by Neil Gaiman, Coraline

I only knew The Dark Eye series as a classic German pen and paper RPG until this point. After some research, I discovered that the realm of Aventuria has been turned into several cool pc games including Realms of Arkania and Drakensang RPG series respectively. But I've never dared to expect an adventure game that takes place in a FRP universe! It has been a satisfying change of pace for a fantasy lover such as myself: enjoying the contents of fantasy without venturing into battle.

Our storyline takes place in humble beginnings, with Geron, the novice birdcatcher of the local ranger Gwinnling who lives in the silent medieval town of Andergast. Geron is considered to be cursed by the town populace, both disliked and feared with heavy prejudice due to an old prophet's dying words: "you will bring great disaster to Angergast!" Geron's unpleasant life takes an interesting turn though, when he is given the opportunity to get rid of the crows infesting castle's quarters. As he tries to attend this opportunity carefully, he meets Nuri, a fairy that will change his so far predictable life - and fate, forever...

I'll try and put my experience on the table shortly: I loved every single moment of this game! Characters are original, the narration is exquisite, and the story is incredibly well-weaved! On a fair notice, the art works are singularly amazing enough to buy this game! It gave me the thrill of old adventure classics like Syberia or The Longest Journey. I found myself wondering the next bold move of our heroes in every pace, so I played the game in one single night!

Puzzles vary between 'the logically expected' and 'the brink of insanity', which sets a tone for every single environment by itself. The context of the game consists of the marriage of two separate themes: the dreamlike, abstract nature of fantasy and the heavy, forlorn quest for philosophy comes together to portray the world of Aventuria, a world worthy of getting to know surely.

If you consider yourself to be an adventure game player, please take note that this game - alongside its sequel, Memoria - are modern classics to the genre. You will not be disappointed!

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Kevin
6.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
awful
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Overkill
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 22
Pretty poor effort at a pnc.
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laughing_charlotte
11.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
Well... it is hard to recommend this game but it is a pity to overlook. I played Memoria first without knowing this game beforehand. Thankfully it doesn't feel like I miss anything because those two are hardly connected. I played Memoria and Blackguard and I like them. That is why I gave this game a shot. But I try to like this and I just could not. I could not enjoy this game more than halfway of the story and I finished it just for a sake of finishing it. Let me tell you why.

THE (somewhat) GOOD
The gameplay itself is decent (can get illogical and frustrating sometimes but it is still quite enjoyable). It has a gorgeous drawing but clanky animation. The DARK EYE universe provides amazing concept and setting and interesting characters but there are hardly smooth development between them and convincing voice acting. The BGM and sound effect are amazing, no doubt.

THE BAD
The flop of this game is actually the story. It is so weak and cliche. The evil is just there because it has to be evil in the story. Many of side characters seem useless to the story (and their own problem) other than to provide you necessary items. Throughout the game I feel lost on what is what, what is going on and what to do because there isn't useful summary.

THE VERDICT
I can't really recommend this. Pick up Memoria or other puzzle game like The Longest Journey series, Agatha Christie ABC Murder, LIMBO, Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Portal series, Cradle etc. Buy this if this game on sale or you have some more money left to spare.
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Stetz
16.4 hrs
Posted: September 16
Really solid point-and-click. Worth it!
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jeslyck
10.9 hrs
Posted: September 10
A pleasant story with nice hand-painted pictures
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