On a distant edge of an unknown planet, an abandoned structure sits in silence. Constructed by an unmanned research vessel sent from Earth, the Lun Infinus station was designed to run simulations for a five year period, exploring possibilities of human colonization in the case that Earth became uninhabitable.
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Release Date: May 5, 2014

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“This game has multiple genres, an '80s sci-fi flick art style, and a coffee pot”
Gamespot

“The Desolate Hope, isn't great just because of its stunning artwork, its gripping sci-fi story, and its coffee pot protagonist. It also packs a triple punch with three distinct gameplay types, each skillfully woven together.”
Indiegames.com

“From a gameplay point of view The Desolate Hope mixes platforming with overhead adventure segments and semi turn-based battles. This is already intriguing, but I'm more impressed by its stunning visual style.”
mtv.com

About This Game

On a distant edge of an unknown planet, an abandoned structure sits in silence. Constructed by an unmanned research vessel sent from Earth, the Lun Infinus station was designed to run simulations for a five year period, exploring possibilities of human colonization in the case that Earth became uninhabitable. Developed during an age of ambition and wealth, the project was quickly abandoned when interest faded in the following years.

The last transmission from Earth occurred more than thirty years ago. The Lun Infinus station contained five sentient computers, Derelicts, built with certain levels of mobility in the case of emergency or need for relocation. Each of these Derelicts was to formulate their own plan for colonization based on thousands of hours of simulations. Given the amount of time that has passed however, the simulations have become very elaborate and bizarre. Meanwhile however, a mysterious computer virus has emerged. The virus of unknown origins has been slowly ravaging the Derelicts. Because of this, more and more CPU processing power has been needed for anti-virus measures, leaving less power for the simulations. Coffee is the last mobile resident of the station, a small service robot who spends his days keeping the station and the Derelicts operational as they perform their daily tasks. Since CPU power is slim, Coffee has been cutting corners to find ways around the virus. By using small subsystems and less vital CPU's scattered through the station in lesser devices, Coffee has designed a line of digital helpers, each simply called a D-Co, or "Digital Counterpart", to assist him in fighting the virus and keeping the station operational. Eventually the virus gets the best of each D-Co, and Coffee tries to create an improved D-Co using a different CPU. The latest is D-Co 9, built using the code of a simple computer game. Coffee dedicates his own CPU to be used for the main simulations, putting D-Co in charge of moving his body throughout the station, taking care of the needs of the Derelicts, and fighting off virus attacks when they occur.

GAMEPLAY:
The Desolate Hope mixes several gameplay styles. On the station and in the simulations, the game is a platformer. You will shoot enemies, collect powerups and bits (money) and upgrade yourself and your virtual battlers. When you enter a mini-simulation (the old arcade style screens) then the game becomes an 8-bit overhead dungeon crawler. There you can farm money and gain options to customize your battle experiences. When you encounter a virus boss, the game shifts to a JRPG style battle where you must use the mouse to select from your various options to defeat your opponent. Almost everything outside of these battles is aimed at upgrading your abilities and increasing your stats for these fights, they are the real challenge of the game.

"The Desolate Hope, isn't great just because of its stunning artwork, its gripping sci-fi story, and its coffee pot protagonist. It also packs a triple punch with three distinct gameplay types, each skillfully woven together. The side scrolling action has different platforming elements for each section, the overhead adventure distills fun elements of a classic Zelda (including walls you can walk through or destroy) and the turn-based, RPG-style boss battles are visually mesmerizing and tough." -IndieGames.com

"From a gameplay point of view The Desolate Hope mixes platforming with overhead adventure segments and semi turn-based battles. This is already intriguing, but I'm more impressed by its stunning visual style." -mtv.com

"The Desolate Hope is developed by Scott Games and upon booting it up, you will notice the great artwork the game uses. It combines three gameplay genres, side scrolling, overhead adventure and a turn-based RPG styled battles. It might sound like a messy mash up but the game is able to pull it off without a hitch and gamers are in for a unique experience. Offering hours of gameplay, a unique leveling system and a day-and-night cycle." -TheBitBag.com

"The Desolate Hope constantly plays with the very idea of playing a video game. Unlike many modern games, it is hyper-aware of its gameness. There are games inside of games, simulations inside of simulations, mini-games inside of boss fights. And the fact that you’re playing as an AI that developed from a computer game is a very hard wink at the exhaustive level of metagaming that’s going on." -GamesThatExist.com

"There are plenty of hours of gameplay, a nonlinear path allowing for exploration, and detailed art design. Now you can't beat that..."
-GameSpot.com

"I very much enjoy a lot about this game; it’s takes on platforming, dungeon-crawling, and RPGs is unique and well mixed together so that one type of play benefits the other. It also has some incredible visuals, with very detailed character designs and a classic cyberpunk attitude, but not also without a bit of whimsy as well (one derelict has given up on his mission, becoming a toymaker and has begun recreating his simulation with child-like automatons)." -GamingSymmetry.com

"So after encountering this on Rock Paper Shotgun, I was ready to declare my indie game of the year. Because any game made rock solid out of derelict, insane robots just makes my not-so-inner geek squeal. How insane are the robots? Each is actively running a matrix like test bed, and.... Well, one was building a mining simulator, decided that was too depressing, and started making toys. Another is trying to capture the artistic essence of the soul, but cant seem to make anything run for more than five seconds. The next is attempting to rebuild humanity out of two tissue samples. Then there's the one still running straight, he seems curiously nice... And the last one's dead and frozen. But still drawing power...Then there's the coffee pot. Which is you. Sort of. And hey, bonus! You've got fifteen days to live, and you're the ninth attempt at straightening things out. Good luck!" -an enthusiastic fan

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Rubio
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
WTF am I playing?
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Alphus the derelict
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Too bad i ran out of power,now i have to start all over again :c
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crys82876
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game is like FNAF world but way better.Also how he takes diffrent geners and puts them together is amazing!
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r.ford
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This is one of the best games I ever played! The art is amazing, the gameplay is nice, and the story is so gripping. I recommend you to play it. 8/10
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iEnderX
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
this game deserve 4 stars out of 5 , the designs are so well made :) , but the fighting mechanism is what really need improvement
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Purple Tophat Studios
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Starting off, no i'm not judging the game cause it's Scott Cawthon. That's awflully childish.

Pros:

Art style is amazing.

Ehhh.. i have mixed feelings on the controls. They're tedious at times.

The models... dear god are they good.

Cons:
The ending is very depressing (don't take this seriously by the way)

The controls, dammit.

Really, that's all i got for now
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Cobblegames360
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I. LOVE. This game. I discovered it through fnaf, and when I started playing I was hooked. It has what ii feel are some of the greatest RPG battles I have ever encountered. I love the gameplay and the plot. I also love the characters.

Thank oyou Scott, for making such a great game!!!
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MarioSumD
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
WTF Scott Cawthon.
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The Fool
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
The Desolate Hope at first glance will seem like a very strange game, but after playing through it for a bit the game really shows how much of a gem it really is. You play as a coffee pot tasked with removing a virus from 4 robot's internal systems in order to keep the station running. While inside the robot's programming/system the gameplay functions as a platformer while you look for the virus to fight. The platforming is pretty fun giving you plenty of mobility allowing you to explore the numerous environments. When you encounter the virus the game changes to a rpg style real time turn based fighting system. The boss fights are super fun and very fast paced which can be great and enjoyable, or very deadly if you are not paying attention. There is a time limit represented by a day/night cycle which does add some tension, but more time can be added on during the night cycle if you find battery packs. The night cylce is when you can leave the hub world and search for items to level up the robots which are the memebers of your party during boss fights. One of my favorite aspects of this game are the graphics, the robots look great and really look intimidating while also looking somewhat cartooney. The Desolate hope is a great game that you can enjoy even if you dont like the five nights at freddys games, and the best part? Its FREE.
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B1ZZLE#TeamHeavy
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
W0W! What an awesome game!!! Scott Cawthon has outdone himself this time!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game is FREE. It's also an important game to see the kind of work Scott Cawthon is capable of. Don't skip past the dialogue too quickly, and DO take a moment to talk to those minor background NPC's at least once as you move through levels. Find a useful guide, particularly the one by Viddaric which I will link below, to help you figure certain things out. A big tip involves: go out at night, pick up and turn in your six total rewards for the night as quickly as you can, then walk left as far as you can to get the wrench! I think this game is useful for people who are interested in the medium of video games so that they know a little more about the background and capabilities of Scott, whose FNAF games can be a common topic in video game discussions.

Link to Viddaric's helpful guide.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=379492748
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
First I was thinking that it's another production so weak to give it for free. But not this one.
Game with RPG and little metroidvania elements.
Story takes place on cosmic station in middle of nowhere (kind of asteroid). Coffee robot writes a program and gives it his own body (walking coffee machine ;p) to deal with strange virus which is attacking station and its residents (other robots). And here story begins. Why station was built? What are its residents and what are they doing there? What is the virus and how it got to the station system? Why it continues to steal certain data? And what is real purpose of your existance? This is a mystery you're gonna solve during gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Starting off, no i'm not judging the game cause it's Scott Cawthon. That's awflully childish.

Pros:

Art style is amazing.

Ehhh.. i have mixed feelings on the controls. They're tedious at times.

The models... dear god are they good.

Cons:
The ending is very depressing (don't take this seriously by the way)

The controls, dammit.

Really, that's all i got for now
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This is one of the best games I ever played! The art is amazing, the gameplay is nice, and the story is so gripping. I recommend you to play it. 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
The Desolate Hope at first glance will seem like a very strange game, but after playing through it for a bit the game really shows how much of a gem it really is. You play as a coffee pot tasked with removing a virus from 4 robot's internal systems in order to keep the station running. While inside the robot's programming/system the gameplay functions as a platformer while you look for the virus to fight. The platforming is pretty fun giving you plenty of mobility allowing you to explore the numerous environments. When you encounter the virus the game changes to a rpg style real time turn based fighting system. The boss fights are super fun and very fast paced which can be great and enjoyable, or very deadly if you are not paying attention. There is a time limit represented by a day/night cycle which does add some tension, but more time can be added on during the night cycle if you find battery packs. The night cylce is when you can leave the hub world and search for items to level up the robots which are the memebers of your party during boss fights. One of my favorite aspects of this game are the graphics, the robots look great and really look intimidating while also looking somewhat cartooney. The Desolate hope is a great game that you can enjoy even if you dont like the five nights at freddys games, and the best part? Its FREE.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
282 of 303 people (93%) found this review helpful
186 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
Paid for this game a week before it became free... no regrets...
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100 of 109 people (92%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
This has easily become one of my favorite games. A good story told over the course of Metroid/Megaman-esque overworld gameplay, zelda-esque mini dungeons & seizure inducing RPG boss battles. This has been one of the few games I've purchased and did not feel disappointment with in years.

Update: This game is free now. PLAY IT.
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197 of 247 people (80%) found this review helpful
137 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
You get to play as an antrhomorphized coffee pot, and that really speaks to me
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71 of 75 people (95%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
Yes, Freddy. You're good at what you do and you have an enormous fan-following. But I think I'm gonna step aside for a sec and admire Scott's lesser appreciated work, and a game which has quickly become one of my favourite games of all time.

Sadly, I cannot remember if I came across this game by browsing "Games under £4" or if I only heard about it through Five Nights at Freddy's. But I'm so glad I found this game either way.

So what's the thingy happening, then? Well, you play as the re-programmed CPU of a video game controlling the body of a feisty coffee-pot with legs. You're stranded in a space station an unknown distance from Earth with 4 (once 5) super-computer robots who are trying to find a way to perfectly colonize distant planets for humans. Viruses are starting to take their toll on the simulations and the space station is on it's last shred of power, so it's up to you (and the AI of the coffee-pot) to gather as much resources as you can to take out the viruses before they ruin the mission.
Just like FNaF, this is a really original concept.

The gameplay is broken up into several segments, all being from different genres of games, and you're constantly under a time limit; something you don't see in a lot of games. It's very reminiscent of Majora's Mask, in a way. This kind of gameplay mechanic would work in so many games which ignore it, like all the games where a big event is about to happen, but you could do a lap of the world before it even begins.

Some may argue that the gameplay gets very repetitive after a short while, and I'll admit there are a few places that get rather tedious, but fortunately it's much more engaging than FNaF. Also, just like FNaF, it's feels amazing to beat the game because of how much work goes into it.

And as for Scott's signature art-style, this game is gorgeous! Scott captures the creativity, the vision and the desires of the Derelicts perfectly in their simulations. And as for the space station and surrounding area, it's awe-inspiring how lonely it feels. Don't even get me started on how good the soundtrack is.

You get all this, and a ton of depth and story, for just £3.99. It's a longer game than the Freddy Trilogy as a whole, and it's perfect for what it's trying to acomplish. I just finished this game clocking in 7 hours of gameplay and I can't wait to play it again. Tenaouttaten
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
For such an addictive and unique game, I fail to see the reason why I should not recommend this to other people, especially for those RPG gamers that would like to taste a new "flare" from the RPG genre.

Pros:
-The combat system is unique.
-Memorable characters along with a compelling story.
-An atmosphere that you just gotta take a moment to admire.

Cons:
-Gameplay may get repetitive collecting chips and the like.
-Outside of the simulation, walking is slow.
-Lack of tutorials and intros for the mechanics which will leave you wondering for quite a while.
(I know I did the first time I fought a virus.)

The Desolate Hope isn't perfect, the game may "lag" and/or freeze in a millisecond (I don't know if it's my PC, but i've tried it on another laptop and it still has that issue). Other than the lag, the game is basically a work of art.
Scott's art direction is really immersing me to play this game; maybe because it's the nostalgia that makes me want to play the game further until I finish it. Furthermore, it's a hybrid mix of mainly two genres: RPG and Platformer.
The game as a hybrid genre is a good thing, it doesn't just tire you with countless battles, but you also get to explore the world in a 2D way.

Score: 4.5/5
I could've given it a perfect 5, but I just have a feeling that it could be better than what it is.
The game gets repetitive, but at the same time addictive.
Overall, the game is good and it's on my list of "favorite unappreciated games."

P.S.: Even though it's free now, it's still the best $5 I've ever spent.
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