Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should've been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew.
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Very Positive (207 reviews) - 94% of the 207 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 17, 2015

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Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should've been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they've landed on.

And if the situation weren't dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What--or who--brought down these ships and is killing their crews? For what reason? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he shares the same fate?

Features
  • Experience an immersive sci-fi adventure, packed with gorgeous HD graphics, brand-new puzzles and scenes, and an all-new, streamlined interface
  • Newly remastered cinematics display the haunting landscapes in beautiful high definition
  • Uncover the mystery of Deadrock through new and optimized puzzles and an extended storyline
  • The alien planet of Deadrock comes alive with full voice acting and engrossing sound effects
  • Includes an atmospheric remastered soundtrack with over 30 minutes of original music

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Celeron 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 556 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    • Storage: 556 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
    • Storage: 568 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 256 MB
    • Storage: 568 MB available space
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Very Positive (207 reviews)
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Saznetro
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I highly recommend it.
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LOLZ
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I still remember when this game was on Newgrounds and Bubblegames.com (if I remember correctly). The first one didn´t have sound, and the second one had, but it didn´t last for long.
For the most part, the game is the same as I remember it to be, but the newer parts surprised me, because I had the impression it was going to be the same 30 minute game I remembered (which wasn´t worth the current price tag).

There was one thing that annoyed me, and it was a small bug with the energy cell. It happened on the gorge are. I wasn´t able to click on it, the icon didn´t show up. I managed to fix it by closing and continuing the game.

The intro and outro theme were very different, I still prefer the older one.
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IceHippo
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Short (3-4hrs) Sci-Fi point and click. Graphics and music were good, voice acting was fair, and the puzzles and plot were not exceptional. If you want a brief point and click game, get it on clearance.
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Julian
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
barable voice acting (can be turned off)
Good puzzles, graphics are quiet nice, classic plot
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riri09195
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Loved this game. Good plot and well execution. Should make a sequel.
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Agent 13
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Good clicking. Good story. Good cut-scenes. Good game.
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Crystal
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
This is a nice and short (around 3 hours) sci-fi point & click game. Very well done, very logical and natural puzzles, interesting plot which though leaves some aspects unexplained in the end (not sure if it’s good or bad, personally I would like to get some things covered better). The only thing I didn’t like enough is voice acting. It didn’t seem appropriate for me at some moments, especially in the beginning of the game. Other than that - great point & click!
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RuySan
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
This was a very short and sweet adventure game. Yes, the story is kind of cliché, but i love the charming 90's pre-rendered graphics. The puzzles are mostly simple and logic and it's very unprobable to get stuck.

Only drawback is how short it is, so it's probably best to buy while on sale.
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ShattrAngle
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Nice point-and-click sci-fi adventure with some ok animations. Relatively smooth gameplay, minus the clunky main menu. Finished in under 2 hrs, so I would not say it is worth the 10$ CAD, but get it on sale. Enjoyable and a solid game.

Wish they made a sequel. Also wish that I could see what the dead alien looks like.
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Dickbutt
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Very good point and click game, but also short. Would like if there were more story and gamrplay. But overall good
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
68 of 82 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2015
A classic point-n-click, reminding me on the good times when this genre was much more appreciated.
Nice story, cool intro and outro movies, well balanced puzzles: not too hard and not too lame, you can solve everything by using your brain, but you won't need to go into annoying pixel-hunting.
A really great work from such a small group of game makers. Keep on bringing more titles like this!
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
Ever thought of having a ship crash on a random isolated planet and then find a way to get out of it, preferably safe and sound? Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock (M:DtD) is your dream come true. Not only does it have some nice small puzzles, but it also offers the player an entertaining experience.

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

Confucius


Without any further delay, I present to you my review of Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock.

Gameplay
M:DtD is a story driven point&click game, starting from the moment the ship crash lands, and it's up to the player to fix it and get the hell out of that evil ridden planet.
The story is interesting, and the environment around the whole scenario is somewhat creepy, especially taking into consideration all the dead bodies. Fear not, it's possible to escape! From fixing hull breaches, to visiting places to find pieces, the player will soon discover there's more to the planet than expected.
Every step taken towards the end ends up being a new step on the creepiness scale, which goes well with the shadowy sci-fi setting. Just take a look at the screenshots available on the store page, and you'll instantly understand.
There's an incredible feeling of accomplishment when completing the game. I only wish the game was longer!

Pros
  • Neat graphics;
  • Interesting story with some alluring puzzles;
  • Some enjoyable cutscenes;
  • The riddles are pretty straightforward, and the clues are a nice guide, too;
  • There's a walkthrough available if you ever get stuck;
  • Well designed environment;
  • Engaging piece assembly system.

Cons
  • The main character's voice acting is terrible, except during cutscenes;
  • Not much replay value, as it's a pretty straightforward story;
  • I'd cut down the price a tiny bit.

Verdict
I'd give it a 7/10, considering it gives the player a nice overall experience, with a nice story and a creepy environment. I'd certainly consider a higher score if the main character's voice acting wasn't as bad.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
So I played this waaaaay back as a free flash game and it was amazing when it first came out. Really big game for the time and fabulous graphics with actually interesting cinematics.

If you try and find it online today, it's sad that the voice work has been removed. When I saw it on here, I kinda rejoiced. It's not terribly long, or complicated, but somehow everything just fits right. It's a nice, honest, and surprisingly solid little adventure game. Thankfully, the game's been remastered a bit. The graphics aren't much better, but they are slightly improved. Some new voice work. It's about as quality as its previous iteration but I actually like it a lot. It somehow strikes me as fitting in spite of it being rather deadpan. I miss the character portraits though.

Anyhoo, the game doesn;t have too much additional content compared to its free counterpart, so it's up to you whether you want this experience, or the slightly less in-depth one. The differences aren't worth the price tag, but if you've got the cash, I'd recommend the buy. The game's solid and I'd love to see the developers get some support and make a new game. They definitely got some talent for it.

All in all, I'm quite happy with my purchase and would suggest it, though for obvious reasons it's not for everbody.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2015
Short but very enjoyable. It is pretty good at $10 would be a must have if ever on sale. The characters are remarkable reserved for their plight and have a dark humour. I found no bugs during my gameplay and the puzzles are inuitive and follow common sense. It hint at a bigger stoyline and would definitely deserve a sequal, if not episodic, release.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock is a short compelling little point-and-click adventure from space following in the big steps of games aka The Dig.
Gameplay wise it's a solid piece of work. You combine various objects which each other and find new and unconventional solutions to otherwise unsolvable problems
Musically it's nice outerspace ambient sound..kinda. Very relaxed and subtle 7.5 of 10 because the could have dared more with the sounds and music.
I don't want to spoil to much, but seasoned adventure gamers won't be surprised by the story. But the first-person view adds some new element and the solutions are sometimes quite unexpected.
Overall I would recommend it to all of you adventure gamers looking for something new for a decent price.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
I liked this one. This game reminds me of a common HOG game without mini-games.

It's a casual point & click adventure game which can be finished in 2 hours. Story is OK and the graphics as well. There's a built-in hint system (radio) which holds your hand throughout the game.

100% achievements can be obtained easily, there's no need to play the game again, 99% of them are triggered by the story.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Solid point and click adventure game for what it is, but it's very short and only tells what seems to be the introduction of a story, leaving all major question unanswered. I got it in a bundle and was satisifed on that basis. It's definitely not worth the full price being asked.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
Rose Tinted

I've always had a soft spot for Point and Click adventure games, they take me back to an earlier time in my gaming career when I could sit down in front of the latest Lucasarts game and lose myself with Loom, Full Throttle or Monkey Island.

My rose tinted view of these old classics tends to forget the ridiculously convoluted inventory puzzles that made up a large part of the problem solving mechanic in these games.


Random Combinations

You remember those frustrating puzzles where you'd find yourself spending hours combining items in your inventory at random to try and figure out what on earth you're supposed to do next.

This isn't a problem you're likely to encounter in Morningstar, A point and click sci-fi adventure developed by Red Herring Labs.


It's Logical Captain

The puzzles here are entertaining and logical, if you put a little thought into each problem you encounter here (which are mostly about finding parts and fixing machinery) then you're unlikely to find yourself stuck for too long without having to resort to the "I don't know why I'm trying to combine these items" tactic that was required in the old school titles.


Scanning for Pixels

There aren't really any hidden object puzzles to worry about either, everything item you'll need should be fairly apparent to you as you move your mouse around the screen. There are no frustrating pixel hunts to stress you out.

This simplistic approach is quite refreshing and allows you to focus on the titles main selling point, the story.


A Tale With Impact

Descent to Deadrock tells a compelling and mysterious tale.

The game opens with your ship crashing onto a seemingly barren desert planet. There are only two survivors, the ships captain "Novak" and You!
Novak, like the ship itself, is in a bad way following the crash, so it's going to be down to you to find the items you'll need to try and repair the ship and hopefully escape the planet.

Along the way you'll scratch the surface of some of the mysteries Deadrock keeps.
Don't expect full disclosure though, Deadrock holds its secrets tightly and your main goal here is to escape the planet, there will be unanswered questions after you complete this game.


Finish Him

And complete it you will...
It's the strong intriguing story that'll keep you playing though the couple of hours required to complete Morning Star.
You'll probably finish it in one sitting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
There's a lot to be said for a bite sized, focused tale that completes its story arc in two hours.
A movie gives us a couple of hours entertainment and that is exactly what you'll get here, two hours of sci-fi mystery interspersed with some exploration and problem solving.


Static Atmosphere

Based on an old flash game, this outing of Morningstar presents itself mostly as static screens where you'll be searching for and using items to either fix machinery or get past obstacles.
These static visuals are nothing if not atmospheric, the stillness in each location creates a sense of tension and isolation as you explore your crashed ship and later the surrounding area of Deadrock.
Due to all this stillness, when animation is used, it has a much greater impact than you'd imagine.

There are also some cut scenes, not many, but they are very effective in pulling you into the moment, I just wish there were more of them.


Did you hear that...

The game is fully voiced, and whilst the voice acting isn't going to win any awards, it is competent enough to keep the story moving forward without breaking the immersion.


Going Down?

Should you get Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock?

That depends on what you're looking for in a point and click adventure game.

If you're looking for an epic, sweeping tale to lose yourself in for weeks, challenging puzzles and state of the art cut scenes, then no, Morningstar isn't that game.

However, if you're looking to invest a couple of hours in an enigmatic sci-fi setting, enjoy some thoughtful but not too challenging puzzles and be entertained in an encapsulated narrative experience, then you could do a lot worse than spend an evening with Morningstar.

( To view the full review (and others) please take the time to visit http://www.review-well.com/ )
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WrsDVbXfJM

Morningstar; Descent to Dearock is a sci-fi point and click adventure where you play as the survivor of a ship that has crashed onto a planet. While there is no time limit to the game, the atmosphere conveys a need to progress through in order to escape as soon as possible. The voice acting is pretty bad, making it hard to push through, but as you play through the game, there is less dialogue making it easier to stomach the farther you get in the game.

The story is decent, and does a good job of connecting you to the character that you pay as, but it is the gameplay that makes this game worth playing. You need to find items as you progress through the world and combine these items in different ways in order to progress forward. It doesn't feel like a scavenger hunt, as so many adventure games do. The game didn't hold my hand as I went through, but it did use puzzles and items in such a way that I had to use my brain, and work to solve the problems (even through the hint system is tied well into the story and doesn't make you feel like a cheater). This made me feel more like the character that was portrayed rather than some 3rd party player, thus why it may of added to the difficulty at times, but this also help set a stronger atmosphere.

The game was solid and sensible, and I enjoyed playing this game despite its few flaws.

This is a summary of my review video, which I encourage you to watch
if you are looking for a more in-depth review.

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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 18, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4j-aCRtXOY

A man named Powell awakens from the hibernation chamber and learns that one of his crew mates didn't survive. He heads to the cockpit to find the Captain of the ship impaled through the stomach by a random piece of debris. He takes a seat and reins in the damaged vehicle as it cascades to the planet below. Powell must now explore the planet and find a way to repair his broken ship.

High Points

Engineering puzzles – The puzzles are sound from an engineering perspective. You’ll find materials and parts to fix broken equipment and structures around the planet. Powell and the Captain will give us hints on how to use the parts, and from those hints we will craft makeshift sensors and explosives.

Creepy Atmosphere – Descent to Deadrock has a truly creepy feel to it. Stone statues of unknown origin watch over a sandy wasteland. Wrecked ships and dead bodies are strewn about the desolate planet leaving only the mystery of how they died. It creates a tense sensation while you search for a means to escape.

Average Points

Dem Graphics – The visuals are very 1998, and that would be acceptable if not for the stillness of the game play. It reminds me of older games like Shadowgate or Déjà Vu. You are mostly watching a still image that only reacts when you interact with a puzzle piece. I wouldn't say it’s bad, but it could use a touch of life to the environments. Wind blowing the sand, the Captain struggling to breathe in his suit, anything that makes the world feel alive.

Low Points

Voice Acting – The voice acting for the main character isn't awful, but it’s not very effectual or interesting. It’s clear that this person is just reading his lines off a sheet of paper, and not trying to inject emotion to the situation at hand. The Captain of the ship provides hints and information and he’s actually worse than the main character. I found it difficult to care about the situation when the characters themselves don’t seem to give a damn.

Clickity Click – Morningstar is an adventure game that’s a bit too far in the past. You will swirl around the cursor on the screen looking for places to interact with. The game gives you some reasonable tells to solve most puzzles and even a nice hint system. However, there are still places where you’ll have to just randomly click on items to solve a puzzle.

Short game – You can beat this game in 3 to 4 hours even after all the random clicking. You can just plow right on through to the ending sequence without much of a problem. The ending is anti-climactic as well, and it never really solves a few of the mysteries on the planet.

Conclusion

Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock hearkens back to the olden days of adventure gaming. It is light on animation and the voice acting is only tolerable. I recommend that only fans of the adventure genre invest in the short but eventful game play. If you’re not a fan of the adventure genre it isn't going to convince you to join the genre, and the bad voice work and older design might just scare you off.
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