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 (93 reviews)
Release Date: May 16, 2014

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"Intriguing Sci-Fi Adventure. Create your own story with many c&c. Creative crafting system. Turn based combat. Colorful memorable characters. Great Fun!"

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

“The writing is brilliant.”
Tech Raptor

“Dark Scavenger takes an iteration of the RPG genre that is generally thought of as obsolete and breathes fresh life into it.”
Game Watcher

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

“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

"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

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/

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + 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
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I cannot recommend this game more highly. It may not be suitable for those who like bells and whistles and constant blood. But for the discerning adventure/rpg enthusiast, Dark Scavanger offers a fresh and satirical take on the genre while casting eyes back to the days of early crpgs.

The mechanics are simple, but beneath the point and click interface interesting choices can be made. Some choices are available depending on whether you have the right weapons, equipment or allies. You acquire these items by finding artifacts as you uncover the mysteries of the planet below. One of three aliens aboard the ship you reside – Kamaho an undead weapons master, Falsen a greenish trickster, and Gazer a mute and very alien alien – will forge the artifact into something unique.

Story and writing are the main selling points of Dark Scavenger. I won’t spoil it by going into detail. Enjoy the humour, quirkiness and silliness of this inventive and imaginative journey that you won’t want to end. I wish more games were like this.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Overturned my sofa cushions, found enough money to buy Dark Scavenger. Let me tell you how it is:

Picture this if you'd be so kind: space. It's unfathomably huge and mostly empty, but you've come across a place where in the background you can see a stream of stars. Nearby is a sun pounding atoms together to make heavier and heavier elements and putting out the energy of 6 trillion nuclear bombs per second as a by-product. A few hundred million miles off are some planets; generators of storms guaranteed to instantly pressure cook anything wrought by feeble mortal hands, but only tiny marbleized orbs from your point of view. This is so real and awesome, you think to yourself. How could it possibly get any better? Well, maybe there's a barbarian with a giant axe. And if that weren't enough, the barbarian is having a no-holds-barred punch-up with a robot micro-universe, the Xenomorph from Alien, and Jesus Christ if he were an alien with a super laser gun. They are firing rays that go "pew-pew!" and there are explosions and a spaceship and a unicorn runs by! You cannot believe that this is totally real and you are seeing it! And what can you even do in the midst of such an amazing scenario? The only thing a man can do: swing his rusty sword for 5 damage.

Dark Scavenger is kind of like that, but even better! This game will take you on an amazing and hilarious adventure with an ultra-simple interface reminiscent of games like Dragon Warrior, Earthbound, and Pokemon. Of course, without the limitations of old cartridges, Dark Scavenger is free to elaborate on its story and make sure you're never bored. The graphics are static images, but look quite nice (I don't think the screenshots in Steam did them justice) and despite the simplistic nature of it all Dark Scavenger manages to create a game you'll never forget.

You remember playing those RPGs and getting a little giddy when you finally leveled up and unlocked an awesome sounding new move for your character? You didn't even care what it did or if you could only do it a couple of times; you totally used that move on the next Level 1 Fuzzy Bunny you came up against. Dark Scavenger's gameplay manages to capture that feeling in every single encounter. Rather than leveling up and gaining better hit points or attack prowess, you gain loot. But instead of simply strapping this loot on to your hurly-burly self, you give it to one of your three allies who will make you a new weapon, item, or ally to call upon. Every one of these is unique and it never manages to get samey. And as your allies tease you with what awesome choices lie before you, you'll find yourself in gleeful agony trying to pick your prize. Each thing has limited uses, but can be used in combat for obvious reasons or choose-your-own-adventure style narrative pieces where having an applicable tool will give you the best rewards or the coolest outcome to your actions. Thanks to this, nothing is ever useless and you never experience the grind of other RPGs. Encounters come and go and don't get replayed. Dark Scavenger is nothing if not perpetually fresh.

So let's say I haven't sold this game to you yet. Yeah, by passing up on Dark Scavenger, you'll save about 1/24th of what it takes to get a new release that's one of those comittee designed polygon orgies that's like a movie you press buttons to watch. Or, you could buy this game that has the heart to make you want to replay it years down the line, the balls to ask a couple bucks for a mostly text-driven sci-fi fantasy adventure, and the kind of brain that'll give you disco dancing space goblins if you give it a chance. I know where I'd rather put half of my lunch money, sir.

Or, if you take the advice of some other reviewers, you could just watch a let's play of Dark Scavenger, since it's one of those games where once you've seen the whole thing there's only minor differences to see. Fair enough. But, hey, if you do that and you actually have fun watching, why not buy the game? For how little it costs on sale, it's basically like buying the devs a beer. And then maybe they'll make more!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
You have probably had a weird dream sometimes. Like one of those exciting-but-absolutely-weird dreams, full of action, strange persons/creatures and occurrences. Well, that's precisely what this weird RPG adventure feels like. The humour is great, the story is amusing and the characters are quite vivid. For hard core fans of the genre and those expecting a traditional RPG, the game might be a bit too tongue-in-cheek to enjoy fully. Just tune your expectations accordingly and enjoy the ride.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
An absolute steal for $5.

There is definitely a nod to old school RPG games here, but completely reinvented. I have never seen an inventory system like this before, and I was very impressed. One of the driving strategic impulses of the game is the conversion of scavenged loot into more powerful weapons, supplies, and even allies. Other impressive features include unique sentient monsters, dialogue/story options with consequences, and a completely glitch free experience.

Well done!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
When I first saw a youtuber play this game one year ago, I found it to be quite intriguing and very much to my liking. More specifically, the gameplay and art direction. Unfortunately, I did not have the funds to buy the game myself and only bought it a few days ago upon discovering a location to buy steam cards.

After finishing this game, I feel tempted to write a good review for it. Here's a few reasons why:

Unique gameplay: The gameplay of this game is akin to a interactive book combined with a video game with the point and click exploration element added to the mixture. Basically, you click stuff, engage in battles and obtain loot. Loot can be used to craft special items and it also depends on the crafter you choose. Kamaho, the skeleton "warrior" will make weapons for you. Falsen, the green goblin looking guy will create wacky items for you and Gazer, the alien thing will summon or make allies for you. This adds quite a bit of replayability to the game (especially with the new game plus that allows you to keep all your items from your previous run). Choices that you make impact the game in small ways but never really diverge from the main linear plot line of the game. As such, making certain decisions may result in obtaining "extra loot" or just some extra details about the world you are exploring.

Plot: The plot is kinda that a science fiction adventure. You are stranded in space after a battle with a mysterious creature called "Den" and wake up to find yourself in a spaceship with three aliens on board. The aliens request for your help in obtaining fuel to sustain the ship and you somehow find yourself accepting the quest. The rest of the game is just exploring the world to find the mentioned fuel.

Apart from that, the storytelling sometimes takes on a dark humour like tone (with Juno (some random person you meet twice or thrice) lying dead on the floor in the next area with no prior explanation.) which could be quite entertaining to read. Overall, the storytelling is splendidly done to resemble an actual storybook and I find myself having no faults with it.

Art:
The artstyle is simply amazing. It resembles the artstyle of video games in the 1990s while also looking like a picture book. Keep in mind that my opinion about the artstyle is subjective as I really appreciate old school artystyles.

Music:
The music is quite fitting with the battle scenes and the game itself. Not much else to say about it really. (P.S. I can't really good a decent comment about music in general)

The only con I find with this game is that it is a little too short and I would had liked to explore more of this world. Nevertheless, this is still a very good game and I would recommend you to try it.

Rating:
8.5/10
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