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...
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"A Metroid style game that is done really well and was worth the sale price. I did like this game and had fun playing it."

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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.

Системные требования

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
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96 из 101 пользователей (95%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
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4.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 17 ноября, 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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26 из 27 пользователей (96%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
20.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 3 октября, 2014
After purchasing this game and getting close to the end -- it came to light that the end doesn't exist -- most of the weapons you see in the game aren't accessible and after a bunch of backlash the developers admitted that they ran out of money and only finished a third of the game... So if you want to play 'episode 1' with no episode 2 or 3... buy away...
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8 из 9 пользователей (89%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
0.7 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 11 октября, 2014
This game needed more work before release.

The game's premise says you're in space, but with your character's insanely limited stamina and crazy jerky jumping mechanic, you could swear you're on Jupiter. You can only see about 5 ft in front of you so enemies will leap at you from outside your visual range, resulting in unavoidable damage. Enemies' hits will also register if you're standing a few feet away as well, and the guns are so weak you just end up kiting all your enemies which really isn't fun.

Good premise and neat graphical style, but clunky and broken gameplay elements--would not reccomend.
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9 из 11 пользователей (82%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.5 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 10 октября, 2014
This one looked promising, dispite the negative reviews.
Well, i cannot say how good or bad this would have become, because i got stuck in the first 5 minutes after the turorial.
Holy sheet. This is the releaseversion and NOONE NOTICED THAT?
I could crawl trough a CLOSED vent, but cannot crawl out again. After that point it saved.

I'm not whiney about a bug. But something THAT obvious in the first minutes...Did they even play their own game for these 5 minutes?
Tried it twice to see if i was just too dumb. Nope. Repeatable gamestopping bug shortly after starting. How cute.

How would i say if i were cool? KKTHXBYE!
Could have been good, but who knows...don't waste your time/money.
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8 из 10 пользователей (80%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
4.4 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 15 января
Dark Matter is a 2D shooter with a dark and hostile environment and nostalgic gameplay that sort of reminds me of the classic Metroid games.

First off, the story is very interesting and I immediately felt a connection with the characters. The introductory scene and narration had me aching for more right off the bat and the rest of the story does not disappoint!

As for the gameplay, it is fluid and smooth for the most part. The only exception being that sprinting and jumping seem unresponsive at times (mostly when trying to jump over enemies or around them), which honestly doesn't affect the gameplay all that much, it's just a bit disappointing when it happens.

The difficulty is perfect aside from an overabundance of resources in the beginning which allows for a ridiculous amount of health packs.. but I guess I can understand this decision because most of the damage taken and deaths occur from huge damage spikes or traps that insta-kill, so it doesn't have too big of an impact.

I also loved the music and ambient sounds. They did a terrific job of complimenting that dark and hostile environment I was talking about and helped to create an immersive experience.

All in all, Dark Matter is a pretty good game and I had fun playing through it. I would recommend it, especially to fans of Metroid and Deadspace. I felt that it had an undeniable resemblance to these titles while maintaining it's own unique style.

Thanks for reading!
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4 из 4 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
8.7 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 22 января
This little gem had a lot of potential but it's not finished.

I normally don't like side scrollers much but this one appealed to one of the niche styles of 2d scrollers I can enjoy, and when I got it, it was pitched as a full game, but it is not. It is part one of a series of games that was abandonned before this one was even sold, meaning the full game being advertised was already canned before it went on sale.

It's still an interesting play and can have a little fun playing it, but it's short, and like I keep re-iterating, it's not finished.. From the very beginning it starts foreshadowing an ending you will never reach, a move up through the ship toward the command section that never gets completely out of engineering, so it's part 1 of a 4 or 5 part story that barely gets started.

They came around, due to the outrage on the forums and eventually put in a super-brief, cinematic excuse for an ending, but it's still not what was advertised and does nothing to bring a conclusion to the story that the game starts.

I want to like it, but all I can feel about this game is ripped off.

At less than $5, I'd say go ahead and give it a try if you can like this sort of game, but more than that is horribly over priced for this short teaser of a game that never will be.
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5 из 6 пользователей (83%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
5.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 28 ноября, 2014
Nice theme and a good start to a story... but it's obvious that they didn't actually finish it. Quite buggy and a distinct lack of polish.
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3 из 3 пользователей (100%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
6.4 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 28 января
Unfinished crap, don't buy
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3.5 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 6 января
I find it slightly offensive that this is being sold as a complete game. You get the gernade launcher and your on a mission to do something to proceed the story and the game suddenly ends when you enter a door out of no where. You don't even get to use the gernade launcher except to access the magic end game door. It is very obvious that the game is not intended to end here but for some reason they just end it and released the game.
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7 из 11 пользователей (64%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
2.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 26 ноября, 2014
Dark Matter starts out promising, a 2.5D Metroid like platformer with good looking visuals and a Dead Space kind of story and athmosphere. Unfortunatly not long after you start to make your way towards freedom and escape the horrors on the space ship the cracks start to show.

Though the visuals do look good with some really nice lighting effects there are some ugly bugs that pop up here and there, and i'm not talking about the purple ones that actually look more cute that terifying , i'm talking the kind where you jump and your character suddenly glitches half way up a few stacked up crates, not to mention falling through elevator floors and down to the bottom of the shaft. Animations also seem to be missing here and there and i don't know what is wrong with my character but she seems to have been roughly cut out of a magazine with blunt scissors.

The story is alright, as far as trapped-on-a-alien-infested-spaceship stories go, but there have been numerous times where i found the ship's AI dialogue to be un-computer-like and even annoying. He quickly begins to sound whiny and needy and you just want him to shut up. Maybe i'm missing some big twist about the AI actually being human or something but i don't think so, i just think it's "méh'' writing.

But when it comes to gameplay and controls that is what finally just made me lose my will to play on and put down my controller to move on to something else. I will give credit to the idea of when to use the flashlight and when not to use it, but this feature doesn't feel as fleshed out and interesting as it could have been, and that actually goes for the whole game. The controls couldn't have saved it even if they worked properly. They feel slightly awkward and unpolished and even broken at times, to the point where i have to use my mouse to be able to click on a elevator button because my character isn't able to reach it when i use a controller for some reason. Perhaps the game plays better with mouse and keyboard, the options menu and inventory screen certainly seemed to think so, but i have lost all interest to even care by this point and i have already moved on to enjoy Deadlight, another 2.5D platformer that does most, if not all, things mentioned above right.

But if after watching Alien or playing Dead Space you still feel the need on surviving on a hostile spaceship and the new Alien: Isolation is above your budget then by all means, give Dark Matter a go, just be sure to play it with keyboard + mouse and to get it while it's on sale.



There is one other thing, that i can't really complain about for i haven't finished the game, but i've heard people complain about the game not being finished or just suddenly ending. Now i don't know what the truth about this is but the developer has said that there might be more Dark Matter to come in the future that will continue the story, in other words they are saying it's episodic. That is all fine and dandy but have failed to see that mentioned anywhere on the game's store page. Frankly i think the developer has realized that his product isn't finished and is using the episodic idea as damage control. But hey, that's just what i think, someone who sadly didn't enjoy the game as much as i wanted to and didn't even care enough anymore to finish it. I just hope that the people that did manage to enjoy it get a proper and honest end to this game's story.
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4 из 6 пользователей (67%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 11 января
I was looking for a cheap 2.5D side scroller that I could play using my gamepad just to unwind with.
Sadly I chose Dark Matter. It's gamepad controls are so clunky that I had to switch to Mouse & Keyboard.
Which defeats the purpose of why I purchased this in the first place.
Also you cannot play in windowed mode because it's a black screen. This game must be played in Fullscreen.
The resolution options are extreamly limited.
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3 из 5 пользователей (60%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
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3.7 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 5 декабря, 2014
Brown matter. It's ♥♥♥♥. ♥♥♥♥ this game
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23 из 26 пользователей (88%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
6.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 17 сентября, 2014
Не рекомаендую.

Нет, сама по себе игра неплохой платформер, но...
Играешь себе спокойно - прошел уже достаточно далеко - по сюжету еще далеко-далеко до конца... заходишь в очередную дверь и внезапно получаешь финальный ролик и титры...
У автора видите ли денег не хватило доделать игру и он ее такой недоделаной и продает, притом нигде об этом в описании не упоминая. И судя по обсуждениям доделывать игру опять же никто не собирается...
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19 из 21 пользователей (90%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
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8.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 16 августа, 2014
Dark matter - в принципе нормальная игрушка, конечно с условием, что вы до этого жили в лесу и играли только ну сами знаете с чем. Ничего особенного, обычная такая открой закрой. нажми отожми, залезь слезь игра. Незнаю почему, но я чесно, пытался ее пройти до конца, но не осилил, хотя мне осталось каких то минут 20, но в этой туевой туче коридоров я уже запарился блукать, сори. Но если вы совершите героический поступок и все таки пройдете до конца, то смею вас заверить , последним что вы скажете, будет : -и че , это все???? где боссы? где мега мульт с хепиэндом??? где, бля , я вас спрашиваю....
Увы, этого ничего тут нет. Если у ва крепкие нервы, вас не мутит, от однообразия, а играть в потемках и таращить глаза ваше хобби, тогда смело берите ее, устанавливайте и играйте!
Подытожим:
+ карточки (пока ее не накупили, стоили дороже игры, вываливаются 4 штуки)
+ плюсик за необычные находки в гемплее игры ( как то: реагирующие на свет разного вида твари, ходячие, висячие и тд.)
+ очень хорошая озвучка всяких лифтов , дверей, голос за кадром

- не руссифицированна ( руссик искать не стал)
- нудный гемплей, полутемное освещение, коридоры и коридоры, постоянно запутываешься, миникарта не понятная, не всегда видно куда надо идти, то есть цели не отображаются
-очень мало кого пострелять, ну реально мало вражин
- бабла мало, хрен на че насобираешь, как лошара с пекалем постоянно
-телку, главную героиню, не знаю как ее по матери, могли бы нарисовать посимпотнеее, а то какая то жаба в гермошлеме, тфу

Короче на любителя.
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1 из 3 пользователей (33%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 11 марта
Говорят, что игра не доделана и обрывается на середине. Может быть, но несколько часов неплохой игры я считаю стоят тех небольших денег, которые я отдал за игру, купив по хорошей скидке. Спасибо за поддержку Linux.

May be the game is incomplete. But I think game is good for that price (+discount 75%). Thanks for linux support.
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90 из 101 пользователей (89%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
7.2 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 22 января, 2014
The chilling introductory narrative was what really drew my interest in the game, but indeed like many reviews say, it's sadly not a particularly good game. Most of this has to do with it being incomplete; what you do have is a bit light, if shallow, in substance and ends rather abruptly before it gets anywhere particularly interesting and memorable.

With another year or two in development, this would have really come around to be a good, memorable title. It set the stage for an engrossing sci-fi horror story. I was most impressed with the narrative. I was drawn in. Almost enamoured. But overall I felt rather let down, even after the ending sequence was later added to the game as a free update.
Perhaps they can give it another shot in the future, or this would translate better as a book.

Alien design, sound, and visuals - was all fairly average. But I won't really get into it - upon some reflection, I don't really know if this is even worth reviewing, considering it's not clearly not a finished, or ready, product. And with that said, it's probably not worth buying or spending time on. It's a real shame I am saying this.

If you haven't already, stop and take a moment to enjoy what I consider to be the best part about this game - the opening cinematic trailer, right here on Steam. Then move on and look for something else.
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51 из 61 пользователей (84%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 19 июня, 2014
4/10
"Where is the promising atmosphere/game?"

Dark Matter could've been a great sci-fi 2.5D sidescroll shooter adventure, but it just isn't.

Pros:
+ nice graphics
+ nice lightning
+ okay sounds
+ the idea

Cons:
- the implementation
- movement & shooting is clunky
- bad alien character "look"
- missing atmosphere
- camera perspective too close
- no spoken/audio logs
- the look of the interfaces
- story absolutely didn't catch me
- have a look into the forums (before buying) ;)

I just don't want to play any longer, although I am a big sci-fi & sidescroll shooter fan!
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47 из 60 пользователей (78%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
4.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 22 декабря, 2013
v. 1.1: I'm sad that this is not the full game, slightly overpriced for a 4 hour gameplay game, I encounter some bugs during gameplay, untested game pushed for release makes me lose hope on any future sequels of current game.
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60 из 82 пользователей (73%) посчитали этот обзор полезным
1.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 27 ноября, 2013
This game is awful, I'm so glad they added a review option so I can warn others...

First off its very buggy, so that makes the awful counter intuitive puzzle elements even more annoying; then you add the frustrating uninspired combat system and you end up with one of the worst games I've played in a long time...really amateurish in the worst possible way.
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4.9 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 28 марта, 2014
The game which was pulled off the Steam store the day after I bought it because it turned out to be pretty much incomplete. Yeah, I don't recommend buying this. Even if it now has an ending, the game is still not very good. Clunky controls, poor animations and repetitive gameplay make this a VERY hard sell. If you can get it at a "throwaway money" discount then maybe give it a chance, but it's definitely not worth the full asking price. It's just not very good on top of all the clandestine nonsense which went on when it first popped up.
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