Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely...
User reviews: Mixed (144 reviews) - 43% of the 144 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely customize each to fit your combat style against intelligent, reactive enemies. Dark Matter delivers a hard-hitting take on the survival horror genre in deep space, with a heavy emphasis on tactical combat and exploration.

Story


Out of breath, you run into the door, slamming against its cold metal surface. The clicking of scuttling claws recedes into the distance, swallowed by the pitch black oblivion behind you. You know better than to feel safe. There are too many infested at your back, and another blank metal door ahead. With a quick reflex you check your ammo supplies, and slot a fresh magazine into your shotgun. With a quicker prayer, you flick the switch and open the door. The metal jaws open on endless night you don’t dare pierce with your flashlight, not to disturb those things that live in shadow. By the pale bioluminescence that washes up from the floor grates, you piece together the picture of a corridor, and what could be a stretch of exploding pods. Just beyond, the silhouette of a fully grown crawler stirs.

Grinning in the dark, you turn on the weapon’s flashlight, and point it straight down the corridor. Predictably, the blisters swell up to full irritation, ready to explode at the slightest touch. The crawler turns to hiss at you, instantly aroused by the light, and your presence. In your mind’s eye, it dumbly rushes forward into the blister pods to kill itself, saving you precious ammo.

It takes a precious moment to adjust to reality when the sleek shape crouches and jumps towards you instead. There is time for just one panicked shot before the inevitable flight, as you run for your life, barely keeping ahead of the claws slashing for you. In a moment of adrenaline-fuelled inspiration, you slam the wall panel as you retreat past the chamber’s door. The heavy, powerful mechanism smoothly slices the crawler in half just before the critter can reach and disembowel you. There is no time to congratulate yourself, as you hear a familiar hissing from above...

Key features:

  • 14 levels in a gritty tale of deep space survival
  • 4 weapons, and 4 ammo types. Elemental ammo effects that allow you to freeze, dissolve or set fire to your enemies.
  • Three craftable upgrades to customize your weapons.
  • Collect scrap and alien resources to craft your own tools and health packs.
  • Invest in the weapons and upgrades you prefer, develop your own combat techniques.
  • Non-linear exploration and storytelling with complex enemy AI that reacts to the player’s actions and tactics.
  • Light and darkness are integral parts of gameplay, not just visual touches.
  • Uncompromisingly real-time lights and shadow casting for spine-tingling moments of pure, darkness-fuelled terror.
  • Clean, hand-painted textures and custom shading techniques are combined in a unique visual style.
  • Dynamic soundtrack that adapts to gameplay circumstances.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2.4 GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible videocard, 256 MB nVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 series or better, Radeon HD5450 or better; 512 MB or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2.4 GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible videocard, 256 MB nVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 series or better, Radeon HD5450 or better; 512 MB or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2.4 GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible videocard, 256 MB nVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 series or better, Radeon HD5450 or better; 512 MB or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
**Disclaimer: I played the original release of this game, before it was pulled from the Steam store.**

Do not buy this game. It's an incomplete version that was tossed out the door when the Kickstarter failed in order to salavage a little cash. Whilst there is promise in what little there is, it's very short and ends abruptly (The ending has since been patched, but I gether there's little improvement.

The version I played had a tutorial level which instructed you on features that never actually appeared in the game. Obviously these were intended to be included but when the money ran out they were omitted, but the tutorial wasn't updated to refect that.

If you drop by the discussion area you can see the many complaints from those that paid for what they thought was a full game met with evasion, protests and (to be blunt) outright fibs from the publisher and developer that this was intended to be an episodic franchise, despite the fact it was not labelled as such in any description, and, more damningly, the 'final product' was identical to the demo given out when the kickstarter launched.

It's also worth noting that the publisher blamed the QA department for the complete lack of a proper ending (The original release of the game just ended when you enter a room and you were met with a couple of paragraphs of text saying you died), not, say, the developers for not actually doing things properly. It's the kind of desperate buck-passing that I might have found funny had I not paid to play it.

I have to say I'm disappointed that Steam brough it back after it was pulled. Even though the price has been slashed to refect the content, Steam really shouldn't be letting the publishers or developers get away with such shoddy practices.

TL;DR - Don't give these shysters your money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
To any of my friends that I encouraged to purchase this title,

Hopefully none of you wasted your money on this. The storyline is great as well as the concept of the game and the artwork is good. The ships computer voice which narrates the game is awesome. now here comes the negativity.

-horrible feel to the controls
-clunky and sloppy aiming controls
-crafting system is very bland as there are only 3 types of upgrade which are global to a very small array of weapons and items to chose from
-interface with crafting system is clunky at best
- BUGS BUGS BUGS as PC model is prones to getting hung up or just plain stuck in certain points in the terrain, "in world controls'' such as elevator swithches sometimes just flat out do not work where the did previously

If the developers went back through and fixed this stuff up it would be an excellent title.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
Avoid this.
Complete waste of time, dull mostly, repetitive and of course unfinished but I knew that, that is not reason for negative review.
But buggy as hell is The Reason!
Damn, I even cannot finish game because of one sealed door and yes they should be open-I checked on Youtube walkthrough.
So, last 10 minutes of game stays behind my reach...and last few achievements too.

Damn devs, you screwed this one baddly!
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Developing and abrupt ending aside this game was a blast to play. Finished it in 8 hours (100 %) in one day, once i started it i couldnt let it go. For 1 E it was more than i could have asked for. Too bad that its not longer cause this game could have been something special. I recommend it at a discount.
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203 of 210 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
I want to recommend this game. I really do. It pains me not to. This game was fun to play, and had a very interesting story to tell. But ultimately, the game is just... incomplete.

I'd find locked doors with enemies on the other side that I thought would have to be backtracked later. I had mission objectives that I couldn't complete yet, and thought I'd loop around to it. I'd see undiscovered areas on the minimap that I thought would reopen later. But ultimately, none of it amounted to anything. It was just incomplete.

As a game, it was fun. I'm sure the developer is just as miserable about this as we are. Dark Matter could have been amazing, but he just didn't manage to get enough kickstarter funds to make it happen. I feel for him, and I do actually hope you readers buy this game, if only to support a potential sequel. But at face value, upon completing this game, can I recommend it? With a heavy heart... no.
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