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 (652 reviews) - 88% of the 652 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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"Cute characters, an inviting story, and sensible puzzles make the dozen or so hours you spend with it time well spent. The puzzles are challenging!"
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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

Mac OS X
    • 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
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
I have alot of experience with point and click games, but I always end up searching for help in a walkthrough whenever I get stuck. This time I wanted to do it all alone and with no help at all. I did also remove any options for hints/highlighter, and played it in hard mode. Very wise choice!

The game got an interesting, good history and the way I played it, it got even more interesting, but also more frustrating too. As I went through the game, trying to play it as logical as possible, I often ended up in dead ends. I decided to quit the game and think about it a while and continue later. To not spoil anyone, I can tell you that being accurate and using your eys and head helps alot.

When I played it like I did I was often really close to wanting to search help to get further in the game, even when I knew what to do, but not how to do it. It made me be on the brink of giving up, but not quite. When getting past those "harder" parts it felt good. I think this is how game should be played!

I am not quite done with the game yet. It has some achievements, I have been thinking about while I was playing the game. For my own good, I saved every time I got to a new place with no option to return to it, and hopefully that will make the achievements taking less time than necessary to do, but still have fun with.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This game is well above average for the point-and-click genre of games. It, like the sequel, weaves a beautiful story with beautiful artwork and music, and is well worth picking up ("Memoria" is the sequel and is also available on Steam). Like all of this genre, there are some things to figure out which aren't necessarily intuitive, which can be frustrating. This is no worse than any similar game, however, and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the game.

The interface and inventory are very easy to use, which is much appreciated in a land of complicated inventory management and skill systems and perplexing (at best) UIs. For this genre, less is more in terms of making a player jump through hoops to work the interface. This game does just fine at that.

I've heard others say that the story isn't anything unique, but as I've never run into a story quite like this before, I'll politely disagree. There are some of the usual fantasy game tropes, but the overall story felt brand new to me. At least personally, I felt it was a beautiful story with some parts that were heartbreaking (caveat: I am a softie, so I might be more emotionally invested in the story than some are!).

The characters were all nicely handled; I especially loved Nuri's simple naivete, which the writers made work nicely by not confusing simplicity with stupidity. She is not stupid, even when her innocence about the "human" world gets her into trouble, and even when her inclination towards trusting everyone works against her. "Your humans are angry with me, Geron!" she says after opening the cages of a town's entire animal population. Her bafflement is endearing.

The artistry of the scenery and backgrounds is what really impressed me through both of my plays through. The attention to detail and sheer beauty of some of the backdrop scenes really showed hard work on the part of the illustrators, and I respect that. I have some screenshots uploaded from this game just because there were parts I went full-on tourist with the camera.

TL;DR: one of my very favorite games of the genre, beautifully done in terms of character, art, and music, and well worth picking up, along with the sequel, Memoria.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~ 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.

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 in 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 tale of Geron, the novice bird-catcher of the local ranger who lives in a small medieval town. His life, and fate are to change forever...

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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
The Good:

+ Beautiful backgrounds that bring the world to life

+ Variety of unique locations set in a fantasy world

+ The story starts off a bit fast and confusing, but begins to make more sense the further along you go.

+ The puzzles make sense and find the right mix between fair and challenging. Although like every adventure game there are some that will test your patience. The puzzles are integrated well with the story.

+ Option to toggle hotspots on/off to help you. EVERY point and click adventure game should have this feature.

+ Lengthy adventure

+ Great voice acting

+ Good Soundtrack

+ Easy achievements

The Bad

- ending is very anticlimactic
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is one great point-and-click adventure.

Gamplay 8 of 10
You collect and combine various items, solve some tough and some not so tough riddles. Sometimes the game makes you backtrack because you forgot some small detail and sometimes the solution of the riddle is just a little way off, so be aware that you can't really fast play the game without reading a walkthrough.

Music 8 of 10
Really fitting fantasy, sometimes ethereal soundtrack. Solid work. The voice acting is really top notch and sometimes the dialogues will make you laugh out loud. Starting with the hard haggling dwarf to the knight in shining armor. Big comedy.

Graphics 7.5 of 10
Very detailed background graphics, you can tell it was done with a lot of love for the game. Still they could have pushed it some.

Story 8.5 of 10
The story is engaging and makes you want to play through fast because you really care about the characters and want to know what's about to happen next to them. You play Gereon the bird catcher and all of a sudden you find yourself confronted with bad omens, mysterious deaths and strange dreams. But Gereon with his wit will find a way to save the day, even if it means stealing someone’s golden oak leaf...

Final verdict
A very engaging little tale with some really challenging puzzles. Maybe a little too tough for beginners of the genre.
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