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In this action platformer you play as a cat, Bast, running through a dark fantasy world. You’ll be running, jumping and sliding with smooth and precise controls designed to make you feel like a cat. But it wont be easy. In the dark you never know what lies in the shadows.
Release Date: Nov 7, 2013
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“The stark beauty of A Walk in the Dark stands out in its own right, buttressed by the outstanding work of composer Cody Cook on the haunting, majestic soundtrack. But the gameplay’s the thing, and in that regard A Walk in the Dark does not disappoint. (…) The platforming action is intense, challenging and plentiful.”
GameZebo

“With beautiful visuals, a dark and interesting world, an added level of replayability, a gripping story and a soundtrack that will send chills down your spine, I would say that Flying Turtle knocked it out of the park.”
IndieStatik

“A Walk in the Dark is a fun and addictive game, with good longevity, simple mechanics and challenging levels. One of the top 10 indie games of the year.”
GameOver PT

About the Game

In this action platformer you play as a cat, Bast, running through a dark fantasy world. You’ll be running, jumping and sliding with smooth and precise controls designed to make you feel like a cat. But it wont be easy. In the dark you never know what lies in the shadows. In this dark journey you will face strange creatures and dangerous traps.

Features:
  • A story driven platformer set in a dark fantasy world.
  • Fluid controls and animations: play as a cat, move like one.
  • Challenging levels set in a dark, strange and dangerous world.
  • Gravity inversion mechanics that will test your skills and ability to adapt to new gameplay.
  • Beautiful original soundtrack by Cody Cook

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 3)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compliant
    • Additional Notes: Integrated graphics and low budget cards may not work
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
200 products in account
64 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
I do recommend the game to some degree:

- Starts easy but becomes extremely challenging or frustrating (pick your side) later on
- Story is nearly nonexistent and only there to give you a reason to do what you do. A "damsel-in-distress" outline: Girl is kidnapped by evil thing, cat trying to rescue her. I think the introduction cinematic giving you this outline is basically identical to Super Meat Boy (and that in turn is probably imitating Super Mario Bros)
- The gameplay follows in the wake of Super Meat Boy and VVVVVV: Run through the levels as quickly as possible and evade obstacles by jumping, wallrunning and switching the direction of gravity (walk the ground and ceiling). It's mostly about having quick reactions and understanding when to jump and how far to move the cat in either direction.
- Art looked good at first, but it's becoming repetitive quickly. You see the same backgrounds over and over just with different color sets. The settings sometimes switch, but there are only like 4-5 and they switch back and forth. The music isn't too bad and may have a few recognizeable tunes, but I haven't come to notice more than 3 or 4 tracks that ripple around a bit meaningless (bad mouths may say it's dull, simply).
- Even if the story, art and music were better: You wouldn't come to appreciate it too much. The later stages in this game become so difficult your thoughts will mostly circle around coordinating your jumps and moves pixel by pixel, and hitting your keys to the nearest millisecond for there is almost no room for error later on.

If you are looking for story, art and music that keep you drawn to the end don't buy it. If you are looking for a platforming game that refuses to hold your hands and that punishes every mistake you make you'll enjoy and at times probably curse this, as seems normal with these kinds of games.
Posted: March 29
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
837 products in account
15 reviews
5.1 hrs on record
I'll recommend this because this is a game done right:

- It's fun, fast-paced and gives you a challenge.
- Not repetitive, different game modes.
- Filled with content: 100 levels and 10 bonus challenges.
- Except for finishing the level, you face 3 other challenges per level:
1) Finishing without dying
2) catching the shiny and
3) finishing under the par time.
- Good Music
- Nice Visual Style
- Responsive Controls

9.5/10
Posted: August 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
105 products in account
2 reviews
11.2 hrs on record
So if you wanna get away from your shooters and RPG's and you really need a challenge. Play this platformgame it's worth every penny. To reach all its achievements is close to impossible. It seems that the developers are pure sadists.
Posted: August 15
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
800 products in account
52 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Great idea, nice game, lot of potential, all ruined by crappy controls. This is the kind of game where you're not offered the necessary means to play normally. Characters are like floating, making any precise move impossible. Take a game like Super Meat Boy where difficulty is top notch, you still enjoy the challenge because controls are highly precise. You only die because you made a mistake, not because the game makes you move 5 feet at the slightest touch of a key. That's a shame to waste such a nice idea because of a half baked gameplay.
Posted: June 24
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
270 products in account
16 reviews
5.5 hrs on record
A Walk in the Dark is an artfully done little 2D precision platformer. It's good for a few hours of entertainment, and is recommended for its art style, including music, and enjoyable gameplay. On the downside it's too short and doesn't offer enough challenge to play for very long.

You usually control a black cat, named Bast, and less often the cat's owner, a little girl named Arielle, through 100 short but fairly tricky levels. There is no story to speak of - it appears that the cat and girl are separated and are trying to get back to each other, which is all the motive they really need. Your goals are to (1) not die as you make your way to the end of each level, (2) optionally complete the levels within a "par" time, collect a difficult-to-reach "shiney" in each level, and beat a few auto-scrolling levels without dying on your first attempt.

Without a plot, you might entertain yourself by identifying all the gaming elements that AWITD has borrowed (ahem, stolen) from other games. This is true both of its art direction and gameplay, although the game adds just enough of its own personality to make it feel like more than a knock-off.

Starting with the game art, the most obvious influence is Limbo, as the characters and landscape slide by in silhouette. But where Limbo was dark and violent, this game always stays light and fairy-taley, with your character's many deaths rendered with a rather artful puff of black smoke. The backgrounds come from any number of recent indie platformers, with bright contrasts and light blooms and generic "world" colorings. The game's music - tinkly piano - is unusually good, although after awhile the repeating themes start to wear thin.

If you've played Super Meat Boy, you'll instantly understand how most of the cat levels work: precise jumping, up to and including sticky wall sliding and avoiding spikes and spinning blades. If you've played any of the million games that incorporate an inversion mechanic, you'll recognize the girl's (only) trick, a gravity flip. If you played VVVVVV, you'll recognize similar tricky flipping challenges in later cat levels. If you played Bit.Trip Runner, you'll recognize the auto-scrolling levels. Unfortunately the game is too easy and too short to really stand up to any of these others - only the later levels were really interesting or challenging, and the game could have been more satisfying if it had more thoroughly explored its own interesting mechanics.

Overall this is an enjoyable, but light, little game.
Posted: May 3
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39 of 50 people (78%) found this review helpful
91 products in account
1 review
2.9 hrs on record
Insanely good game. It's difficult, interesting and didn't bore me one bit! The soundtracks are amazing and very well fitting. It makes you think deeply how to tackle certain situations in the fastest way. Usually while playing games I zone out and think about other things while I play it. However A Walk in the Dark had my full on attention the entire time. I am very glad I bought it.

Running around as a cat is the best. 10/10
Posted: December 13, 2013
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