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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Mostly Negative (15 reviews) - 20% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (660 reviews) - 56% of the 660 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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Mostly Negative (15 reviews)
Mixed (660 reviews)
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( 35.6 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 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 is not like they are selling for big title prices ($60) and have huge teams with much resources at their 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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( 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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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Piece of garbage
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( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I don't even have the effort to talk about how bad this game is.
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( 79.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I Loved This Game when it first came out, So it is very saddening that i have to recommend NOT getting it. :(

The game has a deep and rich story, but it never got completed and won't be.
The game has an eviroment that really pulls you into your character, but it never got completed and it won't be.

The game as it stands has many performance issues and bugs, the Developer was going to change to a new engine but due to a financial crisis, brought about by Steam/HumbleBundle selling it for cheap or so the Dev claims.

There has not been a legitimate update to this game for a Year now, and the Dev deciedes to release a bunch of steam cards, perhaps just to keep it on steam?
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( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game had TONS of potential, and as someone else (top positive post) says, you can play this for a few dozen hours. So if it's on sale, that would be worth purchasing for say, a couple of dollars.

But it is unfinished and doesn't look like will ever get finished.
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( 40.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
I really enjoyed Terraria, Starbound, Windforge and similar games and initially thought Darkout would bring similar satisfaction. Sadly it didn't. Apart from it's unifinishedness and abandonment, the mid and late game are terribly unrewarding.
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( 48.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Well, i played a terraria, starbound and some other scrolling survival games, and I must say that this game had the best athmosphere out there.

In not any of the other games did I felt like I really needed to do something to survive, but was more felt like hunting for treasure and discovering. Here I really felt like everything there is out to kill me, and I need to build shelter, and to actually protect myself to survive.

Another bonus is that it is most beautifull of all the survival 2d games I have played, and music is satisfiying for me.

I feel game is worth the price.
Or if you unsure, get it on some sale. U can for sure enjoy few hours for the price of beer.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
I've played many Indie survival games, and Darkout has to be one of the worst ones. The controls are extremely unclear, as well as how to obtain any items, or even defend yourself. Either it's unfinished or indefinetly needs an update. The graphics are good on some of the mobs and backgounds, others look like they where designed last minute. Overall, I would give this game a 2/10
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I am now going to go against the general opinion of the choir claiming this game is terrible so let the down votes rain! I don't care.

So why the positive opinion, surely i can see the game is a broken heap of promises? literally Hitler etc?

Well no. When it comes to failed Early Access games it really is so that failed EA games on steam can be roughly grouped so that some are big scams made by a egotistical dev that bans everything that moves, Others become leftovers from too ambitious plans. Darkout is big on the too ambitious plans department. It has lots of potential that partly shows - but will never be fully unlocked.

It is true that this game is 'just another broken down Early Access story' as i can only assume development is stopped and no patches are coming. even for the basic bugs such as elevators. Surely this state is so bad that this game is now worth zero ...right? Again no. I wasn't there when the promises were made and instead i got this game very cheaply so i can honestly say 'anything goes' as long as it's at least semi entertaining.

So i boldly installed the game and set my aim trying to get atleast some 2-10 hours of gameplay. Since i only paid some euros surely i will get something for that?

Turns out i will get a lot more than that. This game is no Terraria substitute when it comes to gameplay hours so nothing like in the hundreds of hours but tens of hours are pretty much guaranteed and more if you use achievements as a motivator. This game can hold out against Starbound on it's own - at least for awhile before the lack of diversity in biomes and mechanics start to weight in on it (Starbound itself is not a very 'happy camper' either - could be in better shape as it's been in Early Access for a very long time). Ok so how about Edge of Space? no.that one is a EA chapter on it's own. And then...well there are not that many sidescrolling open world sandbox scifi-survival games that rely on darkness as a element. I am all ears if someone has something like this that blows the competition out of the water and isn't a metroidvania lite-sandbox like Asteria.

So unless you get hit by game not working on Windows10, story data modules not appearing or something else that prevents the game from running properly then you are in for a pretty decent and scary survival treat in the darkness.

Early to mid game is the best this game has to offer. Remember that feeling in Terraria when you went undreground in low wood/copper tier garbage equipment? fearing heights? That feeling lasted for a very short time. In this game it is constant companion for hours to come and only later will you be able to tackle it partially. Heights just for once is a big problem you will have to deal with and finding the blueprints and ores you need is no small thing. Exploring the colorful but dark caves is hard and dangerous work in this game but down to the mines you must go.

I definitely recommend getting this game on a sale. After installing it leave the prejudices out and also dont look at the (outdated) wikis unless you are completely stuck. Learn the UI and off you go. The best part is the early game: The road from sticks and stones to iron and beyond is a long one and full of peril and i have enjoyed myself so far more than what i expected.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
79.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I Loved This Game when it first came out, So it is very saddening that i have to recommend NOT getting it. :(

The game has a deep and rich story, but it never got completed and won't be.
The game has an eviroment that really pulls you into your character, but it never got completed and it won't be.

The game as it stands has many performance issues and bugs, the Developer was going to change to a new engine but due to a financial crisis, brought about by Steam/HumbleBundle selling it for cheap or so the Dev claims.

There has not been a legitimate update to this game for a Year now, and the Dev deciedes to release a bunch of steam cards, perhaps just to keep it on steam?
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Don't know what happened with the developer, but in its current state, it's unfinished and will probably never be finished. DO NOT BUY!
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194 of 211 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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188 of 211 people (89%) found this review helpful
113 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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383 of 508 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, - 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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129 of 153 people (84%) found this review helpful
18 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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97 of 113 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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81 of 91 people (89%) 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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189 of 249 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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