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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Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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Reviews

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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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Xyzzy Frobozz
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Abandonware.

That's all you need to know.
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jholl9
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I'd like to recommend this game. I really would. I'm not honestly a fan of these kinds of games, but this one is nice in a few ways, and honestly REALLY drew me into the world that had been set up. It creeped me the hell out, true, but it drew me in. The story is rich and really interesting, and truthfully can last you hours because it's all scattered and goes in no particular order; you're trying to work out a puzzle, not go on linear quests.

So you can imagine my dismay when I realized just how unfinished the game is. The crafting system is clunky and difficult to use, placing objects is often tedious/impossible, enemies scale in difficulty from a 2 to a 7 to a 10 in the span of about half a zone (Which can be very quickly crossed) which you really do need to eventually go to because a lot of ruins and crash sites are located there.

Then there are the falls.

The falls.

Sweet mother of Jesus the saviour, the falls.

Every ten feet or so is a dip, then another dip, then you see a cave and go explore and oop you just fell a thousand feet to your death. Or you're running down a cliffside when suddenly it drops out from under you and oop, half your life is gome and you landed on a wolf or a parasite.

I can understand some falling for a challenge while exploring, making it so you have to be careful - but this is ridiculous. I pretty much have to dig underneath caves in order to not die every couple seconds - which really gets tedious when you can only respawn at your home.

...That got a bit rambly. But that's my biggest complaint. Anyhoo, I can't, in good faith, recommend this game, even though I could honestly spend all day playing it and yelling at it. It's just got too many problems to really enjoy. If it's on sale for cheap (2-5 bucks) I'd say go for it - but otherwise, no. It isn't complete and likely never will be, despite its potential.
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pr0t0
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
What a shame, this game has the potential to be a real gem ... It would be amazing if the dev just understood that sometimes, its not the money that makes these good games so much fun to play and so memorable ..I think the dev'[s going on about not making enough money is just an act to cover up that fact that hes lost the drive to continue making his art.. Games are a labor of love to those that put in the many hours and sleepless nights of coding and debugging and make these games bring art to life and those that just make games just to make a quick buck are two deffinitly different types.. Like the diffference between a casual chess player and a chess master... If this dev actually put some heart and soul into this game instead of just doing a half arsed slap togther for a quick buck garbage job. the game would have probably attracted a following and then from others enjoying the game many more would have taken notice and probably purchased a copy. I remember downloading the Quake alpha that was being pirated on the IRC when i was a kid.. it was so awesome and I could tell that every byte of that game was made by pople who actually loved making games along with the process of bringing it to the public... I went out that day and bought it. I could have just played the pirated copy and been like whatever, its just a game ...but instead I went and bought it because it was not only an awesome game for its time but the art...style..music (nine inch nails i think i remember) made my computer come alive and when my friends saw me playing that game, they had to have it and so on.... well... I just think the guy obviously fell out of love with being a game maker and if he actually put some heart into this damn game i would reinstall it and play it for hours on end. in other words, like the austin powers guy says.... Youve lost your MoJo!
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RoflusPrime
( 40.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Okay, I'm going to do something crazy and still recommend this game (when on sale!) despite everything. Despite the game being unfinished, despite the odds of any further progress on the game being extremely unlikely.

Why, you ask? Because there is still a lot of fun to be had here. If you take a close look at the negative reviews they are (understandably) because game development has ceased, not because they hated the core gameplay aspects.

I really enjoy the atmosphere in this game. It feels a lot like a single player Terraria with a focus on a dark atmosphere and an interesting story (such as it is). Carving out a small place of safety in a harsh and outright malicious world is very satisfying, along with slowly but surely improving one's tech tree and equipment in order to be able to explore harsher areas and recover tiny tidybits about those who came before you and what happened to them.

It really is a shame this game was never completed, but there is still a lot of gameplay available to those willing to give it a try. I wouldn't ask people to pay $15 for this unless they REALLY like these kinds of games, but if you see this on sale I would give it some real consideration.
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Bhael
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Unintuitive and borring. Play Terraria instead.
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HappyClown
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
I should have made a review before this, sorry fellow steam users.

This game has been abandoned.

The developer shows up after almost a year of silence to announce a patch that was promised over 2 years ago.

Well, this happened the day of the Steam Summer sale....

The sale is over tomarrow, and there have been no replies, or patches.

The Update post in the forum is a SCAM. There was NO update, and there will probably be no update judging from this developers track record.
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jakanddaxter1996
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I dont know why but I hate it
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JokersWild
( 38.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I see all the negivities on this, so I figured I would throw in my 2 cents worth.

For starters, let me point out that I do not tend to go on the forums unless I have a problem and such, so not big on following things usually. I will also point out that I have almost all survival games, both full release and early access (aside from those that are in a style I have no interest at all in). I mostly play single player as well.

That being said, as far as early access games and other games of the like, I really do not see what people are really complaining about. I have never had any crashes or like problems of the like with this title. While not cutting edge graphics, is certainly a step above the regular pixel graphics. The concept is pretty neat and unique for the most part. Has elements shared with other like titles, but still shines through in ways.

I'd say in games to compare it to would be Terreria, Starbound, Crea and Signs of Life (from my collection)..maybe a few others. Much better graphics than most, about equal or a little ahead of Signs of Life and passing the others.

Sound..I turn music off..so no input there.

Ease of creation...I found Terreria to be a pain..this has a pretty decent system of sorts. Making sure you have the power I think is biggest thing.

Much digging for most things, enemies can get a little rough.

I'd say complaint wise:

ust isn't real "Big". Starbound is HUGE with several planets, but most of these titles (aside from that one) just don't really have that, so can not complain too much. More along the lines of a wish list sort of thing.

How much can you really ask for at the price though...it is not like they are selling for big title prices ($60) and have huge teams with much resources at their disposal...so price is on par.

After a while just is no real point. You build yourself and base up and that is it...just some grinding and are golden. Would have liked to have a bit more there.

I guess that is all I can say about that offhand. I like it. Is on sale now and bought a copy for my son to putz around with.
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Praetorian
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Well, another wasted purchase. Steam should seriously refund us if they're going to allow for half-finished alpha releases to be sold on their platform! I think refunds should be based on the original percentage of promised features that are uncompleted. In this case only 1/3rd is finished. I want 66% of my money back!
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Juanzu123
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Piece of garbage
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I should have made a review before this, sorry fellow steam users.

This game has been abandoned.

The developer shows up after almost a year of silence to announce a patch that was promised over 2 years ago.

Well, this happened the day of the Steam Summer sale....

The sale is over tomarrow, and there have been no replies, or patches.

The Update post in the forum is a SCAM. There was NO update, and there will probably be no update judging from this developers track record.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Okay, I'm going to do something crazy and still recommend this game (when on sale!) despite everything. Despite the game being unfinished, despite the odds of any further progress on the game being extremely unlikely.

Why, you ask? Because there is still a lot of fun to be had here. If you take a close look at the negative reviews they are (understandably) because game development has ceased, not because they hated the core gameplay aspects.

I really enjoy the atmosphere in this game. It feels a lot like a single player Terraria with a focus on a dark atmosphere and an interesting story (such as it is). Carving out a small place of safety in a harsh and outright malicious world is very satisfying, along with slowly but surely improving one's tech tree and equipment in order to be able to explore harsher areas and recover tiny tidybits about those who came before you and what happened to them.

It really is a shame this game was never completed, but there is still a lot of gameplay available to those willing to give it a try. I wouldn't ask people to pay $15 for this unless they REALLY like these kinds of games, but if you see this on sale I would give it some real consideration.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Well, another wasted purchase. Steam should seriously refund us if they're going to allow for half-finished alpha releases to be sold on their platform! I think refunds should be based on the original percentage of promised features that are uncompleted. In this case only 1/3rd is finished. I want 66% of my money back!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I'd like to recommend this game. I really would. I'm not honestly a fan of these kinds of games, but this one is nice in a few ways, and honestly REALLY drew me into the world that had been set up. It creeped me the hell out, true, but it drew me in. The story is rich and really interesting, and truthfully can last you hours because it's all scattered and goes in no particular order; you're trying to work out a puzzle, not go on linear quests.

So you can imagine my dismay when I realized just how unfinished the game is. The crafting system is clunky and difficult to use, placing objects is often tedious/impossible, enemies scale in difficulty from a 2 to a 7 to a 10 in the span of about half a zone (Which can be very quickly crossed) which you really do need to eventually go to because a lot of ruins and crash sites are located there.

Then there are the falls.

The falls.

Sweet mother of Jesus the saviour, the falls.

Every ten feet or so is a dip, then another dip, then you see a cave and go explore and oop you just fell a thousand feet to your death. Or you're running down a cliffside when suddenly it drops out from under you and oop, half your life is gome and you landed on a wolf or a parasite.

I can understand some falling for a challenge while exploring, making it so you have to be careful - but this is ridiculous. I pretty much have to dig underneath caves in order to not die every couple seconds - which really gets tedious when you can only respawn at your home.

...That got a bit rambly. But that's my biggest complaint. Anyhoo, I can't, in good faith, recommend this game, even though I could honestly spend all day playing it and yelling at it. It's just got too many problems to really enjoy. If it's on sale for cheap (2-5 bucks) I'd say go for it - but otherwise, no. It isn't complete and likely never will be, despite its potential.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
What a shame, this game has the potential to be a real gem ... It would be amazing if the dev just understood that sometimes, its not the money that makes these good games so much fun to play and so memorable ..I think the dev'[s going on about not making enough money is just an act to cover up that fact that hes lost the drive to continue making his art.. Games are a labor of love to those that put in the many hours and sleepless nights of coding and debugging and make these games bring art to life and those that just make games just to make a quick buck are two deffinitly different types.. Like the diffference between a casual chess player and a chess master... If this dev actually put some heart and soul into this game instead of just doing a half arsed slap togther for a quick buck garbage job. the game would have probably attracted a following and then from others enjoying the game many more would have taken notice and probably purchased a copy. I remember downloading the Quake alpha that was being pirated on the IRC when i was a kid.. it was so awesome and I could tell that every byte of that game was made by pople who actually loved making games along with the process of bringing it to the public... I went out that day and bought it. I could have just played the pirated copy and been like whatever, its just a game ...but instead I went and bought it because it was not only an awesome game for its time but the art...style..music (nine inch nails i think i remember) made my computer come alive and when my friends saw me playing that game, they had to have it and so on.... well... I just think the guy obviously fell out of love with being a game maker and if he actually put some heart into this damn game i would reinstall it and play it for hours on end. in other words, like the austin powers guy says.... Youve lost your MoJo!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Unintuitive and borring. Play Terraria instead.
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198 of 215 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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193 of 216 people (89%) found this review helpful
114 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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385 of 510 people (75%) 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, rifles..technology - 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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132 of 156 people (85%) found this review helpful
19 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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