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Dark Scavenger is a bizarre point-and-click RPG adventure with a focus on exploration, gaining loot, and meaningful choices. Filling the role of a powerful space traveler, you find yourself stranded on a mysterious alien planet. Will you save the world or just yourself?
Release Date: May 16, 2014
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Bug Fixes, Steam Overlay, and Future Updates

August 14th, 2014

Hey everyone,

We just pushed an update to fix a bunch of bugs reported to us since the Steam release. This includes getting the Steam overlay working so you should be able to take screenshots now.

I'm also going to take the opportunity to fill you guys in on what we are currently working on.

Demo:
The new demo will include the prologue and chapter 1. Also, save files will transfer to the full version of the game, meaning people who play the demo and buy the full version afterward will have the option to pick up where they left off.

Linux:
After the demo is finished, we will be working on getting Dark Scavenger working on Linux. This shouldn't be too difficult, because the game uses Adobe Air. For those of you who don't want to use Adobe Air, we are looking at porting the game into a different coding language. I can't say for sure when or if this will happen since we're neck deep in our next project.

That's it for now. Thanks again for the support!

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June 29th, 2014

As you've probably noticed, the community's choice games during the Summer Sale appear to have been picked using tags. It seems unlikely that this will change for future sales, so if you want to help us out, please consider applying tags to Dark Scavenger.

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Let us know if you have any tags for Dark Scavenger that don't show up in popular tags.

Thanks everyone!

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Reviews

“Dark Scavenger is one of the most genuinely funny, well-written games I’ve ever played and stands side-by-side with titles like Grim Fandango and Monkey Island. It is THAT good.”
IndieStatik

“Dark Scavenger takes an iteration of the RPG genre that is generally thought of as obsolete and breathes fresh life into it.”
8/10 – Strategy Informer

““If you’re a fan of indie games, RPGs, laughing, and making meaningful decisions, then you should definitely pick this up.””
True PC Gaming

More Reviews

“Dark Scavenger features more silliness and oddity than any other game I’ve played this year.” Rock Paper Shotgun

“If refined but old-school mechanics were all Dark Scavenger brought to the table, I would happily recommend it. Throw in some clever, knowing, and genuinely funny writing, and I’d move this game up into ‘must have’ territory.” Twinfinite

About the Game

Dark Scavenger is a bizarre point-and-click RPG adventure with a focus on exploration, gaining loot, and meaningful choices.

Filling the role of a powerful space traveler, you find yourself stranded on a mysterious planet in the company of three eccentric, yet resourceful aliens. As you desperately seek a way to repair your ship, a massive conflict unfolds around you involving warring factions and a sinister force that threatens to destroy them all.

Will you adopt the problems of this world as your own or will you just save yourself?

Key Features


  • Unique Dark Comedy Sci-Fi Narrative driven entirely by your choices. Each encounter has multiple outcomes!
  • Earn Tons of Loot and convert it into bizarre equipment!
  • Deep Turn Based Combat which utilizes equipment combinations to exploit enemy weaknesses!
  • Epic Boss Battles with multiple forms.
  • New Game Plus Mode lets you see what you missed the first time around!
  • Tons of Secrets that you will probably never find.
  • Trading Cards!

Soundtrack

Dark Scavenger OST: https://psydragames.bandcamp.com/

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PsydraGames
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PsydraGames

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Native Resolution 800x600

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Native Resolution: 800x600
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
2,526 products in account
2 reviews
11.4 hrs on record
[h] Weirdly Nostalgic, Semi-Gamebook, JRPG Elements? Great Fusion! [/h]

I bought 'Dark Scavenger', not really expecting too much. I figured it'd be a good way to waste an hour or so, in between more weighty games. However, I was hugely surprised by how good this game actually is.

If you've ever played a 'Lone Wolf' or 'Fighting Fantasy' book, you'll be very familiar with the way the game is played - each "page" (location you visit, chosen by arrows) has an encounter (sometimes multiple) for you to take part in, whether it's a conversation, a fight, or an item to gain via a little puzzle. This harkens back to the early-mid 90s attempts to capture these style of gamebooks on PCs; Dark Scavenger manages to achieve this in a way I've never experienced before.

The game's story follows you, a "Dark Scavenger", a being that can siphon the energy out of planets, and a crew of misfits who find you floating in space. The characters are a wacky bunch, but are also very interesting in spite of their "zany" initial appearances. There are a lot of excellent conversations to be had within the game, and the "dark comedy" tagline it advertises is not a misnomer at all - I've found myself laughing a lot at the various scrapes and events happening to the protagonist.

Graphically, the game is simple yet aesthetically pleasing. There's barely any animation, aside from some flashes when weapons attack and so on. However, this really isn't necessary, as the game manages to get across everything it needs to with the little animation it provides. It still manages to provide exciting combat and fleshed out environments. Likewise, the music and sound effects of the game are apt also. Abandoned areas really feel abandoned due to the subtle sounds, and I defy you to dislike the jaunty battle music!

The battle system is very similar to classic JRPGs like Dragon Warrior or Final Fantasy. You fight alone, but have three options for each attack: 'Weapon' - direct attacks with weapons, 'Item' - use a variety of items with various effects, and 'Ally' - summon one of your many allies to help you out in the combat. Combine this with a huge amount of weapons, items, and allies, each with a limited number of uses, and you have a really varied and interesting battle system, yet one that is simplistic enough to be able to dive right into. Gaining new Weapons/Items/Allies is as simple as finding loot, each piece of which can be crafted into one of the three aforementioned categories. Therefore, you sometimes have to make very crucial decisions - is that one of a kind power-belt better turned into a mega-mace for attacking, an athletics-item, or a strong ally? You only have one, so which will it be?

The bottom line is that this is a very cheap game for what it brings. If you enjoyed the classic adventure/choose-your-own-adventure games from yesteryear, especially Lone-Wolf, then this is the game for you. I planned to play it for an hour or so while I waited for a movie to begin. I never saw that movie - I didn't see why on earth I'd stop playing this game!
Posted: May 25th, 2014
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
553 products in account
4 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
To be honest when I first saw Dark Scavenger here on Steam I was mildly interested and thought this was just another RPG. However it is far diffferent than just another RPG game.

To describe Dark Scavenger then I would state it is a point n click RPG game with twists of comedy and bizareness. When encountering enemies in this game there are plenty of other means to rectify the situation.

If you love RPG games and love to laugh while also being able to make choices in this game, then stop reading and go buy it!

Posted: May 16th, 2014
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,696 products in account
37 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
I. What. Oh god. My brain. This game. Where do I. What do I. I don't even.

Okay, get a grip. You've seen crazy before. You've read crazy before in books, calm down, this is fine, everything is fine, take the pills, breathe. Relax, relax. Okay, Dark Scavenger - Roleplaying game, mostly a point and click with turn based combat, though without levelling (that's handled with the loot you gain opening up progressively more and more powerful tools as the game progresses), where you play the part of "an human" who for some reason ended up in space, alone, with naught but a spacesuit on. At least, I hope you've a space suit on. You meet a creature called "Den", a big giant spacefaring blob, who beats you up and leaves you for dead.

When you come around you find yourself on a ship home to three alien scavengery sorts, who immediately promote you, you lucky soul, to general gopher, and person who's going to get beaten senseless. In exchange, they agree to convert any loot you find into items that will surely help you to help them keep their rickety little spaceship going. Cue the game proper beginning. You are told that the ship is nearly out of fuel but thankfully the planet nearby happens to have a fuel source, unfortunately, it's in the hands of the bandits. You've been told that you're off to get the fuel, in exchange for your continued passage on the ship, and the services of your three newfound friends.

Mechanically, you move from room to room, represented by static screens with highlighted "hot spots" which bring up text style choose your own adventure style dialogs, depending on what you pick you may end up in combat situations, or you may gain items, or gain life / lose life, or even end up dead. Such is the way of the game, the events are far, far off the insane end of the spectrum, and you'll quickly find that your arsenal will consist of things that shouldn't make sense, whilst fighting things that make no sense.

There is a story in the madness somehow, in so much as your arrival may well change events which are playing out on the planet you've just landed on, but given the madness inherent in what you're playing it's a bit hard to make out all the fine details when you end up creating "your mother" as an ally (no, not a joke, you can summon your mother as an ally, and she stuns all opponents if you're at low health). The best way to enjoy this game is to take it on it's own terms, almost as a Hitchhiker's guide with fighting thrown in, for the ridiculously low price point - it's a steal, and an easy sell in my book, for any RPG fan.

Just don't play this game on any psychoactive or hallucinogenic substances.
Posted: May 18th, 2014
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
Did a short video showing off some gameplay of this title.
Overall I really dig it so far.
While I haven't gotten a chance to play a whole heck of a lot of it...what I have played is quite good.
What really shines is the writing. Every encounter is unique and interesting, which is something that can't really be said of many RPGs these days.

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Posted: May 16th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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16 reviews
6.1 hrs on record
3 minute in-depth review of Dark Scavenger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao7M_6-JIaY

Spoiler-free story impressions: Overall story arc is not very intriguing, since most of its depth and detail only becomes apparent during the end screens of the game. The motivation for progression stems from the little side stories and the overall brilliant writting of snippets. If you like bizarre writing along the lines of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or anything by Monty Python, you'll love Dark Scavenger.

Graphics: Old-school vibe highly reminiscent of fantasy novel covers of the late 80s and early 90s. It does not look great, but it surely has character.

Sound: The weakest link of the game. The effects are highly repetitive and there is a lack of variety in music. The little there is, is good however.

Gameplay: Adventure point-and-click exploration mixed with classical turn-based RPG combat. The choices you make can influence whether you'll have to fight someone or you might have him/her on your side later on. Nontheless, the combat system gets repetitive later on, since once you figured out the weaknesses of the enemies, you'll stick to specific attack patterns that are most effective.

TL;DR: Dark Scavenger is a bizarre and genuinely funny game with a playtime of roughly 5 hours. Afterwards it also features a New Game Plus mode. Worth the asking price!
Posted: May 20th, 2014
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Awards

  • Honorable mention in the 2012 Independent Propeller Awards.
  • Showcase Finalist at the Boston Festival of Indie Games.
  • Official selection for the Left Field Collection at the 2012 Rezzed PC and Indie Games Show.
  • "One of the 10 Best Indie Games at the Rezzed PC and Indie Games show." - independent.co.uk