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.
User reviews: Mixed (603 reviews) - 62% of the 603 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"Great single player 2D Sandbox, visually stunning and lots of things to research and craft. If you enjoy 2D sandboxes, this is a GYAMH!"


“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

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Future development plans & DLC

Future development plans & DLC

With your support we aim to release more DLC for Darkout to expand on the universe, Biomes, Gameplay, Items, etc.

We are currently busy porting the existing game over to Unity 5 which enable us to add everything we have envisioned for Darkout.

There are 3 DLC stages planned and we will reveal all the details of these plans as we develop the game further, not unlike our predecessors in the Sandbox genre.

DLC Details

  • More Story
  • More Biomes
  • Underwater Biome, Sky Base, Feral Jungle, etc
  • An End Game
  • Fix the Ship or Illuna? Only time will tell
  • More enemies
  • The Penguin Drones
  • More bosses with each Stage
  • Survivors
  • Dead, alive, evil, good?
  • Underground Bunkers / Labs
  • Unique treasures, enemies, stories
  • Vehicles
  • Sub, Mech, and?
  • Weapons, Devices, rewards, achievements, etc!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
175 of 198 people (88%) found this review helpful
107 people found this review funny
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
97.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
So i purchased this game back in beta and played it a bit, I leave my games open on steam when I'm sleeping and such, so I've played it about 1/3 what my profile shows. That's still enough to get a good feel for the game. Back then I stopped playing because there were some pretty game breaking bugs when you got far down the tech tree and the story was almost non existent and what was there was pretty buggy. So I stopped playing to wait for the game to be finished, quite happy with my taste of the game and looking forward to the full version. I've checked on it a few times since then, but now it's been over a year and I find this... the game will never be finished. They released it without finishing all the things that I was promised and want more money for DLC that will finish the game. Considering how badly they've neutered themselves with this move, it's more likely they will never make this DLC anyway. To top it all off, they complain that the reason is people buying it on steam sale... well I'm pretty sure I bought it at full price, I remember something like $14.99, because I believe in supporting indie games and I could afford it at the time. Insulting players who couldn't afford or didn't want to pay that much is just wrong. Having said that, I paid $14.99 for a game that will never be finished and has the same features set as games you can get for 4.99-9.99... Now I don't mind that per se, but I spent that money expecting the features that were promised, I may have been able to afford the game, but I'm not rich, that 14.99 could buy me a game that I will actually enjoy, because I'll never get to play this game for 100s of hours like I wanted to when it was finally finished. That being said, below is my review on the parts of the game that exist.

*Very nice aesthetic, lighting effects and such. For a 2-D game it's quite beautiful.
*Interesting Research and fun building, you can do some cool stuff farther up the tech tree
*This game can suck up a good deal of time, it's addictive to a point, but there's a limit

*Game becomes repetitive after awhile, mostly due to lack of content, there's plenty of sandbox building, but not much else
*Game is still relatively buggy, and world files can actually become corrupted, forcing you to start on a new world
*Story may as well not exist, the story elements are boring, there are no real quests or missions, every bit of it is basically "go find these capsules that have your quest items in it and then come back and put them in your satelite dish.
*ORIGINAL PROMISES NOT MET - that's the killer for me right there.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Like Towns and Starforge before it, Darkout fell prey to a frequently used tactic known as "tragic illness drastically affects and ceases years of development". If it was true, I'll feel really bad for calling them out, but as it stands, I'm sorry, honest business does not use social media to drum up sympathy and ultimately forgiveness for failing to deliver.
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