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?
User reviews: Very Positive (55 reviews)
Release Date: May 16, 2014

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"Dark Scavenger is a very unique game that is much easier then normal point-and-click adventure games and more forgiving than normal turn-based strategy"
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September 19

Dark Scavenger is now available on Linux!

We are pleased to announce that Dark Scavenger now supports Linux!

If you have trouble with the game check out our Linux help page here:
http://darkscavenger.psydragames.com/linux/

As always, thanks for the support!

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August 14

Bug Fixes, Steam Overlay, and Future Updates

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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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 Critic Quotes

“...I’m convinced that it deserves cult classic status...” Adam Smith, 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 This 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

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System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    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
    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
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires Adobe AIR 2.6 to be installed (installer scripts included)
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
A unique and fantastic game; a well-written story with tonnes of character plus an ingenius crafting system that really makes your playthrough feel like your own.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
This game looks like it could have been made in the 90's, and that is in no way a bad thing. All the artwork in the game looks like it was hand drawn and the developers use the minimalist static character design in a great and often fantastically funny way. The gaming world seems so focused on graphics nowadays they forget that graphics simply accentuate a game design, they do not make a game great. A great game touches a gamer's emotions and draws them into the world the designer has created. This game will absolutely suck you in and make you chuckle, chortle, guffaw, cackle, snicker, and maybe even regret (there can be some surprisingly dark consequences to your actions in such a light-hearted game.)

So how to describe the game.. I'll start off by saying you will spend most of your time in this game reading. If you don't enjoy reading in your games then I suggest you move on right now. If you do enjoy reading then I highly suggest this zany space opera-esque adventure in which you are a Dark Scavenger! Your spaceship is out of fuel and it is up to you, the courageous Dark Scavenger who will use Your Mother as a meatbag to absorb about a million archer arrows meant for you, in order to save the day! This game plays like an epic game of MadLibs, but instead of just picking random adverbs and adjectives to make a story you will pick from your selection of Weapons, Tools, and Allies to deal with events that pop up, often resulting in laugh out loud situations. How do you get those weapons, tools, and allies you may ask? Well the game is broken into chapters. At the beginning of each chapter you will start with some sort of event in which you choose from a few dialogue choices. After an event ends there is a strong chance you will get some sort of weird object generously called "loot". After the event ends you'll be looking at a map of scenery in which you can point and click on various objects on the map. Clicking on those objects can often trigger events and lead to more loot, so scan that map closely! After you have found everything on that map there will be arrows you click on to lead you along to the next part of the map. After you click the arrow, if you found any loot, you will briefly be whisked away back to your three space alien buddies who happen to be excellent crafters. Lucky you. You will then turn your "loot" over to one of the three crafters and they will offer some sort of funny explanation to what weapon, tool, or ally they will create for you. Now that you have your real loot, what do you do with it? Well when you happen upon an event you are usually given several options of how you wish to deal with it, and are almost always given an option to use a weapon, tool, or ally to help you out. In each chapter of the game you only have X amount of uses of any given weapon, tool, or ally, so choose wisely (I found myself choosing by how funny I thought the result would read!) You do regain the uses in the next chapter though, so don't be afraid of using what you need to use. You'll work your way around the map from room to room in such a manner, gaining loot and power until you reach the end of the chapter where you'll face a boss.

I've had such a blast playing through this game, and there is a New Game + mode so you can go back through the game and hand the loot over to different crafters than you did the first time so there is good replayability. Highly suggested for anyone who would enjoy reading about a wacky sci-fi adventure in which you create funny situations based on your actions in your epic quest for fuel and salvation from an ominous universal being. Worth every penny and I wish there were more adventures like this.
Posted: October 11
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
10 out of 10.
Posted: October 16
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Game requires Adobe AIR. Adobe no longer supports Linux and the installer requires root access. Unfortunately, the Adobe Air install program doesn't seem to know how to construct paths in Linux and it fails-out. I'm using Ubuntu so it's possible it might work under other distros but I do not recommend it for Ubuntu. I want my money back.
Posted: October 11
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
good
Posted: October 6
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Pathetic!
Posted: October 16
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3.1 hrs on record
What a gem. It's the perfect marriage of RPG "dungeon" crawlers and choose-your-own-adventure books. Don't be fooled by the UI – it's better to think of the game as a descendant of text-based adventure games. And the great writing does glue everything together. It will have you giggling, or, in those moments that the game has sufficiently worn down your defenses, laughing uproariously. Definitely a cult classic – I would have loved to have played this game when I was still a kid!
Posted: October 20
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4.5 hrs on record
Dark Scavenger is a real fun point and click rpg/adventure. It's funny and most of the times lighthearted. It's short (took me about 4 hours to beat) but has enough replay value for you to want to play it atleast 3 times over.

It's very reminiscient of an old flash game in terms of layout but is longer, has much more content, and is obviously proffesional grade. That being said I think for it's 4.99 price tag this it's a great buy, but it wont be your cup of tea if you're looking for a blockbuster.
Posted: October 12
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57 of 61 people (93%) found this review helpful
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 25
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
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 16
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
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 18
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
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.

Link to Video
Posted: May 16
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
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 20
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Don't let this game's modest price tag fool you, what's offered here for $5 most games don't deliver at double that price. Dark Scavenger is a choose-your-own-adventure JRPG in which the choices you make will directly impact your experience, often making the game either easier or harder and sometimes downright impossible.

Items you find while scavenging can be crafted into 1 of 3 types of gadgets (weapons, items, allies) which usually provide something of value although rarely you'll end up with a bricked gadget which is by all accounts useless. Much of the game's humor is achieved by offering the absurd or unexpected along with the occasional one liner which is tailored to the scene as are most of the dialogs in the game, you won't find any copy pasta here.

Dark Scavenger is all about the choices you make; every battle, every room, and every dialog has the potential to alter your journey forever.
Posted: August 24
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Okay. Okay. Just finished the game not too long ago, but holy s***t! Dark Scavenger is one of those games that can make you laugh during the whole experience - whether it be the dialogue choices, your trio of constant compainons , enteractions with enemies and (potential) allies are what gamers will remember most. The gameplay is point and click with rpg elements; meaning you can choose navigation, finding clues to defeat enemies/bosses and whatever loot you find can be shaped into a weapon, item or ally (each with its own quirky title and definition). Towards the ending the plot does escalate but leaves on a promising yet somber note. All in all good game. 8.5/10
Posted: May 21
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
This game mixes the dialogue choices of Star Control 2 with pen and paper D&D style gameplay. This game is a true love letter to old school point and click games, and if you "think" this game is something you mght be interested in trust your instincts. I'm glad I did!
Posted: May 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Very basic rpg/adventure gameplay, offset by a marvellously bizarre sense of humour which pervades the game. Reminiscent of the classic 'Superhero League of Hoboken'. As far as I'm concerned, good value for money.
Posted: May 30
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
For the first five minutes, you'll be like "what did I just spend money on?"

After that, you will know nothing but childish glee.

This game grows on you like a tumor.
Posted: August 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
The utter definition of the word: Anomic.
One of the best point-and-click games I have ever played as well.

It's funny, dark, addicting, and it's scavenge-mechanic (which consists of you finding junk and handing it over to one of three team-mates that turn it into something quest-worthy) gives it plenty of replayability. There is also a "New Game +" option that allows you to keep all your zanny items in a new game. (Although, I can imagine it becoming stale around the third play-through.)

No matter how silly it gets, the plot is always thick and riveting, boarder-lining on corny without over-doing it and making you lose interest. There's a few ways the game can go plot-wise, and there are a multitude of endings to stumble upon. Yet, saying more then; "You are stranded on a foreign planet with a quirky crew of aliens, and your main mission is finding a fuel-source for your star-cruise in order to get back home" would spoil the game, so I'll stop while I'm ahead.

Its art is amazing in my opinion (reminds me of a more comical Alex Pardee), and the writing is top-notch (90's si-fy with post-modern humor). The overall tone of the game is very gothic/dark, so if you don't like that style, this may not be for you. Which reminds me, quick warning, there are some jokes/dialogue in this title that can offend younger gamers, or the squeemish XD.

The game can be ridiculous at times, but it mearly does so to poke fun at itself.

If you can catch this gem on sale, trust me, you won't regret it!

When it comes to point and click games,
I hereby rate you: -8.5/10

If you're asking how does it stack up against to rest of my game library....
Then I would say: -6.5/10

But I ain't THAT picky.
So, a solid passing grade of: -7.5/10 it is :D
Posted: August 9
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Sold my mother into sex slavery to a group of savages (the teddy bear wasn't good enough) to make my way into their camp.

Would pimp my mother again. 9/10
Posted: July 24
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