The Dark Eye - Demonicon is a thrilling action-RPG set in the extraordinarily popular universe of “The Dark Eye”, a richly crafted fantasy world beloved by fantasy gamers across the globe. The Dark Eye - Demonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity.
User reviews: Mixed (382 reviews) - 69% of the 382 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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"Recommended for people who enjoy games with choice and consequence."


“… shaping up to be a fantastic game”
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“Demonicon may well be the RPG that both gamers and Dark Eye fans have been waiting for”

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About This Game

The Dark Eye - Demonicon is a thrilling action-RPG set in the extraordinarily popular universe of “The Dark Eye”, a richly crafted fantasy world beloved by fantasy gamers across the globe.

The Dark Eye - Demonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity. In this bleak yet magical world, their affection is both a blessing and a curse. Both are constantly threatened by mortal danger and demonic temptation, and must find a way through their tortured lives by facing serious moral decisions. Their common destiny will determine that of the entire continent, and will be decided by the choices they make. Hordes of fiends block their way to freedom and peace, and only through battle and magic they will truly become free of the darkness.

  • A third-person action-RPG featuring brutal melee attack combos and dazzling magic spells
  • Powerful storytelling with an elaborate narrative rich with twists, as well as believable conflicts and ethical decision-making opportunities
  • Action-packed battles, where pin-point timing and clever tactics play important roles
  • Unique magic system: a dark talent grants the player devastating mystical powers and changes his physical appearance
  • Comprehensive crafting system allows for creation of potions, poisoned blades and enchanted armor
  • State-of-the-art 3D visuals using the powerful Havok Vision engine
  • A richly detailed game world embedded in the extensive fantasy world of The Dark Eye

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 (32bit), Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 512MB VRAM and Shader Model 4.0 support. ATI/AMD Radeon 3800 series and higher, NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT and higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64bit)
    • Processor: 3 GHz Quad-core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 1GB VRAM and Shader Model 5.0 support
    • Additional Notes: Best played with Xbox 360® controller for Windows
Helpful customer reviews
62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Is the game worth $40? Hell no? Is the game worth around $10? Well that depends. Many gamers today aren't willing to invest into games that provide a mediocre experience. They only want to play games that are highly recieved. Gone are the days of going to the store and just picking out a game because the cover art looked cool. With reviews everywhere, gamers are more wary of their purchases. So I will say this, the game will not woo you. It will most likely be a forgettable experience. The controls are somewhat clunky and the animations are subpar. But is it worth your time? I say yes. Games like this reach towards the stars and fail poetically due to a lack of budget. IF you are looking for a decent Action RPG with an OK story to pass time, then I reccommend this game. If you only concern yourself with the highest quality of game out there, then I suggest you move along.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I`m and RPG fan, even though this one lacks manual saving, there is no open world, side quests are very limited and there arent many items or reasons to buy wares this is a quite good game. Every other aspect is rock solid, the plot, character upgrades, skills, etc. I got it in a bundle and paid a small amount for it. This one of the best $ per gameplay value I`ve ever had.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I had totally forgotten I owned this game, but being a huge fan of the "The Dark Eye" universe, I finally had to try it. So please keep in mind during the review that I'm not a genre veteran, but rather a casual player who hoped to find a consistent implementation of one of his favourite universes...

((TL;DR at the end))

This game doesn't start out as a heroic adventure, but instead shows the harsh and gritty reality of refugees in the demon-cursed Shadowlands. You play as Cairon, a young man with a mysterious gift, who finds himself in the middle of mysteries and intrigues in the recently freed city of Warunk.

It's definitely one of those games which need some "warm-up time". The graphics aren't up to date, and combat doesn't feel very smooth, especially in the beginning before you get your first maneuvers. Cairon starts out as a slightly annoying loudmouth (at least that's how it felt to me), but gradually turns into a more layered character. The more you learn about his past, the better you understand his opinion of the world around him.

There haven't been many huge decisions yet, but the ones so far always made me stop and ponder to find the lesser of two evils. You really have to choose between a rock and a hard place here! The fact that there's hardly a choice without a downside fits the general atmosphere well.

Demonicon uses a watered-down version of the TDA skill system, which allows a rather detailed customisation. You can invest in basic attributes (which influence a few other things), skills and combat maneuvers, while your "gift" powers are levelled separately. Depending on which skills you favour, you might gain access to additional items within the game world, helpful information, or different dialogue options. While you might have expected Persuasion to help with the latter (as usual ;)), you might be surprised to find out that Legend Lore can be just as helpful.

The story itself starts out slow, but gains momentum after a while. The more you find out, the more new questions are raised. It's not the most epic example of storytelling, but it's enough to keep you entertained. As a seasoned roleplayer, it had a very "pen & paper campaign-y" feel to me, actually. I'm not yet sure whether that's a good or bad thing - or maybe it's both.

Speaking of pen & paper, I would like to finish this review by adding the perspective of a seasoned "The Dark Eye" player. Those who don't know the universe might have a totally different view on the game, so if that applies to you, take the following with a grain of salt (or skip it altogether). As a warning, it also contains spoilers - but it would be hard to discuss the relevant topics otherwise, sorry!

So, does this game really feel like TDA? The answer is "kind of". Of course, the atmosphere in the Shadowlands hugely differs from the setting a pen & paper TDA player will be used to. People feel forsaken by the Twelvegods and first and foremost care about their survival (and the next meal). The background is in keeping with the p&p setting (a definite plus for me), and one might recognize a lot of "historical" events and big players. This, of course, makes some ingame informations redundant or "old news" to seasoned TDA players, but as the game tries to appeal to a broader market, one should accept it as a "refresher course" in Aventurian lore ;)

There's a downside to knowing those things already, though. I could easily foresee a lot of plot twists by applying my TDA background knowledge ("oh, it must be a case of X because only Y would be able to...", "the mysterious NPC is probably [official NPC] because...", and so on). Said knowledge also made me VERY reluctant to accept certain quests, use some items, and (perhaps most importantly) make full use of Cairon's "gift", as I knew that in Aventuria, all those things are VERY VERY BAD STUFF(tm). Players not well-versed in TDA lore might enjoy those apects of the game, but I just sat here and thought "no, I don't WANT this, but game mechanics make me do it... this sucks!" I should probably mention that I usually play the "good guys" in the p&p, and the furthest I go is dark grey with a tendency to turn lighter... even my demonologist hates demons and just wants to exorcise them ;)


TL;DR: Do I recommend this game? Yes, tentatively. If it happens to be on sale, fans of the genre or setting should definitely take a look at it. Demonicon is a flawed, but still entertaining game. Experienced TDA players might enjoy the grittier take on Aventuria, but will also be able to foresee some plot twists.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game is pretty average....I am a big fan of rpg's and I really dont think it is worth the 40.00 price. I got this rather cheap however but was surprised to see how much it actually costs. The story is pretty interesting. I have been playing other Dark Eye related games and enjoy the lore quite a bit. The combat in this game takes forever though....ugh!!!!...I don't understand!!! I just want the guy to move faster and he doesnt so what would usually take ten mins in typical rpg combat is doubled in this game. I still would recommend this to anyone that enjoys rpgs or is just starting out. Great for a beginner. Helps pass the time. I enjoy the choice and consequence related aspect of this game similar to fallout 3 or dragon age series. It is probably the only reason why I am still playing to see where the story goes in all of this. I just feel like there was a lot more the game devs could've done to polish this because it has real potential and falls short in a lot of areas.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I play RPGs for the story. As long as the controls work and the premise isn't half-♥♥♥♥♥, I'm happy. This is very much one of those. If you're looking for a game to blow you away with graphics, or let you roam the world endlessly, this is not the game for you. However, if you enjoy good story-telling and some fun gameplay to go with it, this is a good pit stop. The biggest claim to fame for this game is the DnD type feel. You're never much stronger than your enemies. You have ongoing side plots and decisions you make matter for the future. If you like DnD and RPGs, take this one for a spin. You won't regret it.

Only 1 complaint: no fast travel and your movement speed is kinda slow out of combat. Near the end of the game there's a section where you'll ravel over the same area like, 7 times. Put on an audio book.... you'll be briskly jogging a lot.
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