Crashed and alone on a world mankind tried to leave behind, Darkout challenges players to survive on Illuna, in harsh, procedurally generated biomes, utilizing the game’s sandbox features to build shelters, craft weapons, and research new technologies. You are not alone.
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Mixed (643 reviews) - 56% of the 643 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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“Darkout is an enjoyable experience that is truly immersive as it is beautiful”
8/10 – GamingBolt

“To those people who enjoy to build and survive, this game will not be one that disappoints.”
4/5 – OnRPG

“This is one of the latest iterations in sandbox gaming with several mechanics that improve the genre. It’s not a clone of a preexisting game and it presents some unique features that gamers will come to love”
B – Gamefob

About This Game

Crashed and alone on a world mankind tried to leave behind, Darkout challenges players to survive on Illuna, in harsh, procedurally generated biomes, utilizing the game’s sandbox features to build shelters, craft weapons, and research new technologies.

You are not alone. Light-sensitive creatures prowling the landscapes become most active at night and in a world shrouded by clouds the security of day will never come, instead, twilight periods allow players minor security to explore, rebuild, and gather resources.

Darkout’s deep history manifests itself through logs left behind by others, some recent, while others hearken back to long-extinct natives of Illuna, offering glimpses into what events led up to the pandemonium that now persists.

How will you survive?

Current Features

  • Explore expansive randomly generated worlds
  • Sandbox Play
  • Fight Shadow enemies sensitive to Light.
  • Strategic Research & Crafting System
  • Mining, gathering & looting.
  • Tons of resources, materials and devices you can use to...
  • Create various kinds of weapons, armor, tech, furniture, etc.
  • A story for those who like to do more than just explore, craft and build.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 1.3 Ghz or Better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL Graphics card that can display at least 1024x768 res (Nvidia 8000 series or better)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Latest OpenGL Drivers
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
162.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I nominate this for the “Best Of Unfinished Game” award :-P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Another great game that could have been... I just nominated this for the "Drats I wish they would finish this game" award.
Many hours of enjoyment out of this game, so I believe I got my moneys worth - I just wish it could be completed or worked on more.
Recommended due to the hours I did get out of it, great if you grab it on special and get a some enjoyment from it.
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225 of 245 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
Generally I don’t write reviews, but this game has become a special kind of irritating.

On the positive side, the game is indeed very pretty and the soundtrack sets the mood well. The general sandbox activities of building and resource gathering are interesting, particularly wiring your base with power and lights.

Sadly that is where the upside stops. When I originally purchased this game in beta most all of the things you can now find in the “Future development plan & DLC” were to be included in the game by the time it was released. Especially the story and an ending for the game. An immersive story for a 2D sandbox was one of their main features at that time. However, now the designers have fallen on hard times and have decided to break those promises due to their need for funding. Additionally, work has effectively stopped on this game while they attempt to make a similar companion game to get more funding to finish this one. This information, along with a much longer explanation, can be found on a recent post of theirs on the official forums along with a passive suggestion that it is the purchasers fault for buying it on sale.

I realize beta is a fickle thing and you might not always get exactly what you expected. This goes well beyond that however in my opinion. To be realistic, this game by the standards of their original plan is still in beta and was simply rushed to release in an attempt to gain further funding. I whole heartedly recommend against this purchase. The DLC may never arrive at this rate and most of it was originally supposed to be in the actual release. It strikes of an unethical approach to development even if they had the best intentions to start with which is suspect at this point.

*UPDATE* It's been several months now since this change in the games direction with no recent news or updates from their main site. Given this was back on April 30th, it's probably fairly safe to assume the game is dead at this point with it being over 6 months.
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392 of 519 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
- UPDATED! I no longer recommend this game, don't waste your money on it's current state!
Updated Introduction and Summary sections! -

[ Introduction ]
My opinion about this game WAS very ambiguous: I couldn't say if it was worth buying or not. Now that I sinked in more hours to discover what the game's about, I must label it as DO NOT BUY.
The current major version of the game is 1.2 and there's too many bugs (including game breaking bugs), story progression is broken, and there are many unfinished features.

Hopefully the review below will shed light on people that haven't bought yet and are looking for an unbiased review (I'm not an early supporter nor an early hater).

[ Overview ] :
This game is a cross of Under the Ocean and Terraria.
It's graphical style is very cool, with nice looking objects, equipment, armor, bases and world.
Also, a non-blocky-pixel-sandbox is a great change.
You're dropped in a planet that is very dark and the days are very short. The darker it is, the more frequent are monster spawns and some can even get tougher if you fight them in the dark (no worries on that, though, since your armors have lights - once you get some energy storage equipment).
Note: I have no idea why a human ship is orbiting such planet and no idea why you crash land in a pod there.
You discover the backstory through datalogs you find during exploration.

[ Positive Points ] :
- Tutorial gets you through the basics, enough to move ahead.
- Non-blocky-sandbox.
- 3D characters on nice 2D environments.
- Tech-tree and rich crafting system comprised of resources and components. Your tools, equipment and armors aren't made only of metal ingots - sometimes you need to make secondary components like rubber and silicon, or more complex ones like a dynamo or motor. It is a fresh and interesting crafting and discovery scheme with great potential.
- Diverse lamps, technology, power and wiring makes base building look cool and planning ahead is necessary.
- Digging/mining spread of 3 blocks or 1 block, toggleable.
- When crafting or researching, the craft/research system takes resources from inside storage containers, like barrels and closets, so you don't have an inventory full of resources everytime you want to do something - you just have to be near your storage.
- Some itens takes time to crafting or research, which feels better than "instant crafting" in this case.
- Elevators, hover-platforms, switches, - nice features.

[ Negative points ] :
- ANOTHER game that puts "Survival" in it's description and features no survival at all. If "surviving" aggressive mobs is "survival", so all the games that feature aggresive AI is a survival game? There's no need for food, water or sleep, which made me wonder what's the fun in "surviving" an alien planet in this situation.
- Technical-wise, the game feels like a beta. It seems that every technical detail was made to annoy the player. If you keep autosave on, it will interrupt your game abruptly and prints a big "SAVING YOUR GAME" title every time it autosaves, it's terrible. Graphics can't be tuned at all (except toggling 5 or 6 options). This makes playing on older machines really hard or even impossible. Also, turning off dynamic shadows breaks the (bad) lighting system. Last but not least, the game can crash everytime you try to exit it - in my case, forcing me to CTRL-ALT-DEL my way out.
- Lighting system is weird (radius/spread/emanation) and annoying for a game that tries to be beautiful. It also doesn't look realistic - underground, you have to put way too many torches because of it.
- Performance can be bad for no reason in many situations, leaving me to believe the game isn't optimized at all.
- Movement system is annoying. Even if you tap a button, your character starts running, which looks bad and can give you many fall deaths (combine this with poor performance and autosave, guaranteed deaths).
- The music, initially "Okay", gets repetitive and annoying really quick, and the sound-effects sometimes are awkward or way too loud compared to other effects.
- Backgrounds look very ugly and out of place. Also, you can break very deep cave walls, and the background is usually a plain blue color that may or may not emanate light.
- Resource gathering and base-building takes a long time compared to other games.
- Research system feels weird: you waste the same resources to research a new item that you would use to craft it (also investing research points). It feels like a relabeled leveling system for crafting.

[ Summary ]:
Based on the points above, the game feels unfinished and lacking heart, which makes it, currently, a DO NOT BUY title. Plus, the devs had the boldness to launch it with no "Early Access" label.
It would show potential if it was a beta, but it seems the developers think it's safe to say it's an 1.0 (1.2 actually).
Even for 10$, it's not worth getting in this: no one should launch an unfinished, buggy and broken game with no warning about it.
If the devs leave it in it's current state, this will just be forgotten.
For your current sandbox needs, go for Starbound instead - even in BETA it's more finished, polished and stable.

I've ditched many hours and still haven't found what the game is about.
Don't waste your time.
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139 of 166 people (84%) found this review helpful
128 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
I Do not recommend this game any longer based on fact they want to resell me a product I already payed for. My example is below.
Step 1) Stages 2-4 will be paid DLC.

Devs: I want to sell you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Zomzabib: Okay
Zomzabib buys sandwich
Team Darkout hands Zomzabib two pieces of bread.
Zomzabib: Where is the PBJ?!?
Devs: Do not worry It is coming in stages.
Zomzabib: Okay thanks.
Many moons later..
Devs: We are sorry Zomzabib, because we underestimated our sales of sandwiches we now have to charge you again for the Peanut butter and jelly we already sold you.
Zomzabib: Okay Team Darkout, let me take out my wall......WHAT!! Charge me for the same thing twice...
Zomzabib throws his two pieces of bread on the floor and walks away.
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130 of 155 people (84%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
"Sorry guys, we had a bad life and made some bad design choices and now we need you to pay for the game again that you've been waiting for all this time."

Uhhh, no?
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107 of 125 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
I looked at updates, wondering "how many new exciting stuff they added since I last time checked half a year ago?", and oh boy, what did I saw? First there is a silence from the devs, no updates, then devs shows up and say "next developement updates will be released as paid DLCs", and then they disappear for another 4 months.

Clearly, developement of this game is dead, one way or another.
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90 of 102 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
Dev post: Hey sorry we never made multiplayer or even finished the story but we're going to finish the game as paid DLC now...after we finish the next game we make while this one's still unfinished which we hope will make us enough money to pour it back into this game even though now nobody trusts us.

(Not even joking)

The shame of it all, the most infuriating thing, is that it's a great survival 1/2 game, like Terraria but so much better looking and exciting. Absolute shame to see this much potential squandered.
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192 of 253 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Review updated: Thumbs down.

Reason: dev does not intend to finish the game properly. Sadly that's a greenlight/early access speciality of devs. While the game is fun with the content so far see review below I don't intend to reward bad habits (like selling unfinished games) by recommending the game to anyone.

Dev goes on about act 2 etc. but updates indicate he's given up on this product or working on DLC
or episode 2.
If you don't wanna support this behaviour, don't buy this game.
Old review:
Had a fun time exploring the content of the game just after release. (31 hrs on record) Felt unpolished but the devs still add to the game and also Terraria wasn't quite finished after release. I'll be returning to the game once there's more content and the plot completed.

As you see on the pictures you explore a dark planet (as a stranded astronaut). Creatures spawn aggressively in the dark so you put up lights and build a shelter. You dig down to get rarer metals, craft better armors and weapons. You know the formula.

Looks and atmosphere are the selling point as the game is prettier than some of its competitors and feels claustrophobic in the dark depths filled with horrors. Despite being a Terraria-like the game has its own feel to it unlike say "Edge of Space" which I still find slow-going with a cumbersome control.

Concepts like electric wiring or rails aren't properly explained ingame but are fun once you figured out/read how they work.

Can recommend for a fun experience and will only become better over time.
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70 of 80 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Instead of completing their EARLY ACCESS game they are going to try and sell us the last 75% of the game as 3 seprate DLCs.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: December 2
Product received for free
A truly beautiful game that I tried my damnedest to enjoy, but just couldn't bring myself to do so.
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32.1 hrs
Posted: November 26
Dont fear the darkness.....stay in the light....
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chaos serpant
0.1 hrs
Posted: November 16
the game wont even start says unsupported mode.
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33.4 hrs
Posted: October 29
I liked this game at first, and like others foolishly supported it years ago. That was a mistake. I enjoyed building a base and gathering resources for a while, until I realized that the story was effectively nonexistence, and that enemies would never seriously threaten said base. So you go out and kill some stuff, craft stuff to lvl up your crafting tree, then what? Nothing. That is the entire game. A pointless buildup to a great big nothing. It doesn't even give to the common courtesy of an ending, your just left holding yourself waiting for something to happen, and it doesn't. Eventually you clean yourself up and leave, but you always feel dirty inside, that feeling, that is this game.

In short, do not buy this game, as it is not completed and likely will never be completed.
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43.1 hrs
Posted: October 28
Had promise but unfortunately seems destined to remain unfinished. The game has not been patched since 2014, and after that the developer announced that all future content was to be paid DLCs. Understand, this was for content initally promised to be part of the base game. Even this DLC has failed to materialize in any form. Despite occasional comments or vague promises in the steam forums, there has been absolutely no progress of any sort during the past 2 years. All the developer's websites seem to be permanently offline and I feel that the game, as it is now, is the last version we will ever get. I cannot recommend a game that is missing half of its content when there is no hope it will ever be finished.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: October 18
Used to like this game based on gameplay and expected improvements - now... No more improvements for me means no more playing - not wasting my time with a game that didn't come close to the initial vision and is essentially unfinished.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 13
This will forever be $15 that I will never get any enjoyment out of due to it never working for me. Plus adding that the dev team has essentially fallen off the face of the planet does not bode well for the fate of this game.
Do not make the same mistake I did, do not buy this.
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77.3 hrs
Posted: October 6
This game would be awesome, if the other half of the game was actually here.

It's got a good concept, some interesting ideas, and about 1/2 of the game done for story line. might be worth buying if you can get it for 90% off and don't mind that it doesn't have an ending, and don't mind having to research the game outside the game.
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