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 (641 reviews) - 56% of the 641 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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April 22

Steam Trading Cards are now available

Darkout now features Steam Trading Cards. The set features 7 trading cards, 9 backgrounds, and 9 emoticons. I hope you enjoy them.

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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

    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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
This game, for what it's worth, is fantastic. However, the storyline is incomplete, the developers stated (after the game released from Greenlight/Early Access) that further story would be released as paid DLC, and then support vanished after the DLC stance prompted major backlash.

If you want a complete game, avoid this game ay all costs. If you want a decent sandbox that feels different from many other sandbox games, buy this on sale.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
This game was pretty fun in beta. Then they added a half-finished storyline and some half-finished mechanics. Now it's completely brokenand they haven't bothered to update it since its release. Developersseem to have taken the money and abandoned it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
A very fun 2D sandbox game that I very much enjoyed. That said it is unfinished and seeminlgy abandoned at this point. If you want closure from a game when you finish, this game will not give you that. I don't really believe the developer was cheating us as some have suggested, rather I think that inexperiance and overzealous ambition left him in a bad position where he couldn't fulfill his promises. That said, his handling of his failures was unprofesional and I wont be trusting him so easily again.

TLDR: Abandoned and unfinished game, buy it only if it's on sale.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
this game is dead does not run at all on windows 10 x64 systems no way to contact the devs no real website or home page for this game now STAY AWAY FROM THIS GAME ITS DEAD JIM
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
281.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Nice story
Great Art

me like it
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215 of 233 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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206 of 231 people (89%) found this review helpful
121 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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138 of 163 people (85%) found this review helpful
20 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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391 of 517 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, 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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104 of 121 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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StormyMyst (^._.^)ノ
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
steam saids i have this game in my library, but when i look it not there. What going on? I paid for it. what should i do?
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SnakeEyes
54.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
I have had a lot of fun with this game, and honestly you will get out of it what you put into it. This game is a georgeous 2.5D minecraft meets metroidvania set on the planet of Pitch Black (the movie). I started playing early on before the game was finished, and I have been afraid to update because I will lose my fort and all my stuff, but this game is fun for those who like proceedural worlds and crafting, but with beautiful next gen graphics.

I did have one bug in Windows 7 if you scale your desktop using Windows, you have to set the scaling back to 100% or the game will be skewed off your screen.
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Ebi
8.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
Product received for free
I wish it had been updated to the standards that starbound is currently at, everyone would love darkout then, i mean being a floran in darkout with the 3d models would be so good, specially if you got to go into your spaceship and explore the galaxy like starbound. and the heavy rains and weathers with the physics darkout has would be amazingly laggy but still amazing.

RIP darkout, but still a good idea and effort. hopefully someone will grab it up and change the entire engine to match starbound but keep the 3d meshes and content.
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Poofie Love bird
11.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
9/10 Pretty damned good.

Forget Terraria, and Starbound. This is a game all its own. The only thing they really have in common is that they are in a 2D world, where you craft, and destroy things to tame the world.

The development team seems to be working hard to make this into a "AAA grade" title. (If you judge games like you judge eggs at the grocery store.)

The ambiance is great, the music is soothing, The planet seems alive, the wind is blowing vegitation.

Player animations are 9/10 so far. They need a little fine tuning, but that will probably come in later updates once the animator knows everything that is going to happen in the game. (Lets just hope the Developer is the animator, or they have not exhausted their animator funds yet.)

Pros:

* Nice graphics, A mix of 3D and 2.5D and 2D. Usually this is a bad mismatch, but this developer (or team) has meshed the 3 art styles together in a very stunning and nice looking way.

* Good animations, The animator has been hard at work it seems. The unarmed melee strike animations could use a little touching up, but in general the animator is doing a great job. (The animation needs to have more of a "snap" at the end of the swing, and a slight bounce if he/she hits an object.)

* Great monsters. They are well thought out, but the attack animations need a little touching up. The monsters fit the story, and the atmosphere very nicely.

* Tutorial system is fairly odd, but still good. You have the choice to click next to zoom through the tutorial. For first time players I recommend leaving the tutorial window open, and only clicking next after you have completed the desired task.

*No CRAFTING GRID!!! If you have researched the item , and you are near the right piece of crafting furniture, then you can create the item. You also can research new items, which unlock as you find things, and complete research of other things. Your little sub-quests are very aperient. It shows you exactly what you need , and gives you tool tips to help you find the components or materials needed.

Cons:

* Still in development, so sometimes odd things will happen like shadow spawning monsters spawning in your house, no matter how many torches you have lit. This only happens if you die with your enclosed structure in the screen it seems. This is early access, so you should expect some glitches and bugs, but all around it is a great game.

* No controller bindings that I see so far. Everything is mouse and keyboard only. You can make your own controller setup with Xpadder, or Pinnacle profiler. Just make sure you set the mouse controls to "mouse spring" so that the cursor stays on the player, and does not wander off when you are trying to aim at something. I just want the rumble effect when I shoot stuff, or fall, or get hit by something. Terrraria, and all of the other games of this class are really missing out on the potential of exporting the game to Xbox, or to playstation. All they are missing is control pad support, and they would definatly be marketable on console platforms.

TLDR: If you like 2D survival games, this is a must have. It is more advanced than any other early access game of this class. It is nearly a complete game now, and worth a play through.
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Overkill.
53.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Well the game good and adictive to me.
I like it and think the money worth it.
More content = more money needed but ofcouse.
you pay for the ticket everytime you go amusement park right?
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