In THE DESCENDANT, the end of the world is only the start. With what remains of humanity protected in underground Ark facilities, your mission is to keep survivors alive, while discovering a far greater conspiracy buried within Ark-01.
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Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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October 20


In THE DESCENDANT - Episode 4: Cerberus, Donnie and Randolph are forced to put their differences aside and work together to achieve their mission, while Mia awakens to find the Ark and everything within it changed forever, and faces off against the last danger she could have ever expected.

Who lives, who dies, and the fate of the new world rests solely in your hands. Will you save humanity or will you doom us all?

THE DESCENDANT - Episode 4: Cerberus. Out now on Steam for Windows PC and Mac.

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October 20

Episode 4 Release Notes

A new update to THE DESCENDANT has been released. This update brings new functionality, allowing you to restart the game from previously completed chapters to see how things can turn out differently, and delivers a new episode, progressing the story of Donnie, Randolph, Mia and Silas to just one step away from its epic conclusion.


  • Introducing - Chapters. This feature allows you to conveniently ‘rewind’ to sections of a previously completed episode to replay the game from that chapter, and see how events can turn out differently. PLEASE NOTE: this will require you to replay the rest of the episode - or episodes - in order to use this save slot to complete the story.
  • To access this, from the Main Menu go to Save Files > [Pick a save slot] > Replay > [Pick an episode], and you’ll see arrows either side of the central image. Click these arrows to select the chapter you would like to play from. It’s recommended that you only do this on a copied save slot, rather than your main save.

  • Solved an issue where for players using Mac, in some resolutions, the Main Menu’s cursor didn’t scale down correctly.
  • Solved a rare issue where, in Episode 3, some players found a scene between Randolph and Donnie (where they speak via CCTV) was not always triggered.
  • Solved an issue where in Episode 1, when Mia asks Silas questions before she goes to the Water Heating Area, the cursor could become invisible.
  • Improved overall stability of the game.

  • General, when playing with a controller we strongly recommend playing in full-screen mode as window mode can cause several issues where the input of the controller would not get recognized by the game.
  • Episode 1, Mac only: reloading the 4th chapter using the new chapter functionality will currently result in losing the save file from the selected slot. While we work on a fix, to prevent this, ensure you are not using your main save file, and/or do not quit the game until you have reached the next save point, which is approximately five minutes after the start of Chapter 4. (Mac only)
  • Episode 3, Decontamination Shower puzzle: if played using a game controller, the puzzle begins by displaying the controller’s shoulder buttons for one on-screen element. These are actually controlled using the analogue sticks; while this is explained with an in-game tool-tip, we intend to make this more clear in future.
  • Episode 1, Screenshots for Chapter 02 and 03 are inverted, this will be fixed in the next patch update.

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“Although this first episode was short, it was enjoyable. The ending of the episode definitely teases at the continuing story, and I do hope I get the chance to play The Descendant further so I can find out what happens in the next episode.”
80 – Game Refraction

“The game’s first episode is filled with tense moments and player-driven narrative that includes the expected degree of direct impact on how the story plays out. Fantastic look and presentation. Interesting, if not entirely original, concept. Great sense of choice and consequence.”
80 – Twinfinite

“An excellent foundation that future episodes can build from, the premise should entice anyone who enjoys a post-apocalyptic, science fiction tale.”
75 – ZTGD

About This Game

THE DESCENDANT is a five part episodic adventure game series where the end of the world is only the start.

After climate change wrecked the planet, a man-made extinction event wiped humankind off the face of the Earth. Only a few thousand ‘descendants of humanity’ were hand-picked to survive the apocalypse, cryogenically suspended in underground bunkers known as Arks.

Centuries passed. The world recovered from the nuclear holocaust, and all the Arks reopened, except one — Ark-01.

Taking place across two timelines, in the past you'll play as Mia, a janitor tasked with keeping the precious descendants housed within Ark-01 alive while the facility continually fails around her, and in the present, you'll play as Donnie, one of the investigators trying to rescue any surviving descendants trapped within, all while discovering a far greater conspiracy buried within the underground Ark complex.

Every action and choice you make directly impacts who lives and who dies, leaving the fate of Ark-01, and mankind itself, in your hands. Will you save mankind? Or doom us all?

Key features

  • An episodic adventure spreading across multiple story-rich timelines
  • Investigative gameplay, challenging puzzles, tense action sequences
  • Meaningful and difficult choices with branching dialogue
  • A tailored experience, full of tension and drama
  • Every player choice can influence the future of mankind

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows Vista+
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.0GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD or nVidia card with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 500 series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: Intel i5 - 2,7 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 6100 or higher
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mid-2012 and newer with at least above hardware
    • OS: OS X 10.11
    • Processor: i5-4570 - 3.20Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M 1024MB or higher
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mid-2013 and newer with at least above hardware
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
So far it is good game, played 3 episodes.
Story based casual point&click game. It is a game you want to relax while playing it.

Story is good and two time lines story telling is nice idea. Game has good atmosphere and even tho puzzles are to easy to solve you can sit, play and enjoy the good written movie (sort of). :)

  • Interesting story
  • Good voice acting
  • Really good game atmosphere
  • Graphics/art style is nice
  • Past / Present time line story telling is nice idea

  • A bit clunky interaction with active objects (sometimes I had to leave location and return to get objects active)
  • Minor graphic glitches
  • After longer play time in game fps starts dropping (guess it is problem with some optimalization with Unity)
  • Option menu in game itself is Audion only, to change grapchis and other option you must go to Main menu (so it can be a bit trouble for some people considering you cannot save progress of your playtrought yourself)

The Descendat is good game with some technical problems but still considering all pros and cons I would recommend the game.
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65 of 75 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
After the first episode I gotta say I am suprised with negative and positive thoughts in my head.

First of all..

The postitives
  • It is very smooth, the graphics look really good.
  • The storyline has been good so far, I expect more drama in the next ones.
  • Enviroment in the game looks really good. From the trailer to the next episode it looks to be more promising.

    The negatives
  • Short pilot, you didn't really get to know the characters in the first episode all too well.
  • Mediocre voice acting
  • Camera angles that will make you mad if you missclick.

    There is a tell tale feel for sure in this game, I just don't know if it lives up to the same hype. Personally I really enjoyed the first episode and I'm excited for the next one.
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59 of 77 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The Descendant (Episode 1-3) is a casual, story rich, point and click adventure game that takes place on 2 different timelines.

Check out my Quick Review for Episode 1 here:
UPDATED after playing episode 3

In The Descendant, you play as two different characters, one from the past timeline, and one from the present. So far, the game is a user-friendly point and click adventure, where you can only interact with objects in the proper sequence. The objectives are fairly straightforward. You can inspect various objects, but you can’t pick up anything that isn’t your current objective. The game has a few puzzles, but so far, nothing too complex. In between the point and click gameplay, there are choices in dialog selection, and other things that require you to react.

The story starts after a near-human extinction event, with what’s left of humanity trying to wake the survivors and rebuild. You don’t really know what exactly happened, but the mystery very intriguing. When the episode ends, you probably won’t want to stop playing.

For the most part, your decisions in episode 1 seem to have the same or very similar outcome, but decisions made in previous episodes are acknowledged in Episode 3. I still don't know why more save slots haven't been added though; I would like to play episode 2 again to try out different decisions, but I'm afraid it will make me start over.

  • nice graphics style, that is very similar to many of Telltale's games
  • really good narrative, and the sound effects and voice acting were done well UPDATED: Voice acting has been redone, and it's even better!
  • playing in the past timeline as well as the present timeline is a great way to understand the backstory (it's a nice change from just finding objects or notes for information)
  • really intriguing story, that will leave you wanting more

  • the controls cannot be changed and there is no controller support
  • a couple minor graphical issues: in some scenes the view seemed to jump/flicker to a different view, and there was also a door that after you blow it off the hinges, the door comes off as a different shape than where it came from
  • there was sometimes a delay after interacting with objects before you could click on the back button and start moving again UPDATED: Seems like this has been fixed.
  • characters sometimes walk in small circles when attempting to interact with some objects, and they also walk too slow in many areas
  • game forces you to replay episode 1 & 2 before starting episode 3 (even though I already completed those episodes multiple times)
  • STILL only 1 save slot, so it makes it a lot harder to replay to test out different choices UPDATED: Now 3 save slots!

Both Episode 1, 2 & 3 each take 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the player, and what decisions are made. You can replay the game to try making other decisions, but you can’t skip any of the cut scenes, so it is repetitive. Also, there was one part in episode 2 that I didn't agree with, and I would have liked to have had a choice to let me choose otherwise, but it doesn't change my review.

I don’t know exactly how long the next three episodes will be, but if they last about the same as the first episode, I can see waiting for a slight sale even though it’s priced similarly to some other Telltale adventure games. I am looking forward to finding out what happened, I hope the following episodes don’t take too long to release. You might want to wait for all the episodes to release because you will most likely be left wanting more story immediately.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I cannot express my love for this game enough

I love this game, it is amazing. Here's why:

I love Fallout and Telltale, and this game is basically a Telltale style Fallout game, and I love it.
Now, that is not the best comparison. But it is a decent one, that is somewhat accurate. The game has some similar aspects to Fallout and is a game almost exactly the same in style as Telltale, even down to the graphics style.

The story and the lore is amazing. My only problem with this game, and the only thing that broke my immersion was the voice acting. There were a few moments where voice acting broke my immersion, since it wasn't too great. But that is my only problem with this game.

Without giving spoilers, the story is amazing. I was hooked, and didn't want to turnthe game off (even though I had too, but I'm so excited to finish the story).

I only bought Episode 1 since I was a skeptic with this game, even though I was excited for it. But I know I'll definitly be buying the upgrade pack.

EDIT: Just saw that they put part of my review in the teaser trailer for Ep. 2. That's awesome, I love to see that some devs actually look at the reviews. So hyped for Episode 2, only 27 days to go!
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
The Descendant tries really hard. Somebody obviously put some thought into how the game would look, a style reminiscent of Telltale adventures. Decent taste in influences buoyed my hope... the vaults of Fallout decorated with the computers and cryogenic pods of the Alien franchise. Tragically, that kindred spirit wears thin within the first ten minutes. All components for a successful game are present, but they're sewn together with dental floss. The click-to-walk controls are endlessly frustrating; coupled with ♥♥♥♥-poor fixed camera angles, the clunky maneuvers make you wonder if your character has been skipping meds. Occasionally you'll get to button mash while cranking valves or opening doors or something equally boring. These trifles are trumped by poor dialogue, amateurish voice acting, and tediously linear gameplay. I'd like to believe the story of The Descendant is worth telling, but it certainly isn't worth playing.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
So far I really enjoyed the 1st episode. It might have been a bit short but thrilling nonetheless. You're left quite puzzled as to what happened at Ark 01 and right now I can't wait to play the next episode to get some of my questions answered.
If you enjoyed the story driven telltale games then this one is worth picking up.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
The Descendant is a classic, 3rd person, linear, short but very enjoyable, story/narrative driven point and click adventure, or to put it another way, a very great/nice experience! So this indie developer has invested a lot of effort in it, to provide a high quality product, instead of content quantity.

There is just a few, very easy puzzles and some quick time events, but that’s fine for this kind of game. The graphics, sound and the cut scenes are good quality.

Sure it is still a bit rough around the edges, but this has no negative impact at all.
If you do like these kind of games and the “post-apocalyptic, mystery world end topic”, it is a must have.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Story-rich point and click light-puzzle adventure game. It positions itself within a genre that takes on some of the best cinematic story based games ever created like Farenheit or more recent games like Life is Strange and Blues and Bullets. Combined with a post-apocalyptic setting, it offers a fresh new twist that seemingly complements story-plots seen in other games like Fallout or Half-Life. Looking forward to next episode!
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 24
I liked the vibe and art style. The puzzles were easy though. Hoping for more challange in next episode. The story looks promising. Especially after the ending scenes.
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37 of 57 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
[Copy of the game provided by the developer]
The Descendant is a Point and click adventure meets Telltale, you get your choices as in Telltale while still move around with mouse clicks, and solving puzzles.
Although first Episode is short, it shows great promise for the future story, its a title worth picking up if you are into a good adventure, point and click style game.
Graphics are good, voice acting is good and the story is interesting. Cant wait for more my self.
Check it out.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 18
I was looking forward to try out this game , but I can not start the game . The mouse cursor flashes and no reaction in the game. When I hit the start " key " it becomes white but nothing else happens. I wonder if there is anyone here who uses w10 64 bit and manages to play this game
Ridiculous that a game is on steam and you can not start it lol
I've tried to run it in w8 W7 mode but no difference.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
bought this on the indegala site for the monday presidental bundle for $3.49 so worth it love the game and wanted it for awhile was happy to find is so cheap and the full season too.

pro: good visuals
pro: good story
pro: good acting
Pro: good strategy quest

cons: camera is a bit buggy
con: sometimes your mouse doesn't show up (resolved with removing any extra controllers for me my xbox 360 pc one)
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9.2 hrs
Posted: October 12
I got this as part of the recent indiegale bundle and have now completed the first three episodes.

It's got a decent atmosphere
The story is good at the start and has some depth
Making progress is straightforward, the puzzles don't cause frustration

The controller implementation is poor- why use a different button for the same action. Some parts of the story cannot be completed with the controller buttons eg escaping the fan. Sometimes buttons are obscured when many are displayed eg moving the crates (This could have been much better implemented using the sticks!). If in doubt use the keyboard.
In the later episodes the story goes somewhat awry, it just isn't plausible, becomes simplistic (rushed?) and all the suspense built up is lost.
As has already been mentioned the movement is somewhat clunky.

Overall despite these niggles I did enjoy the game and would recommend it to fans of this genre. Bear in mind that the episodes are quite short. I would get it on sale.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 9
As it stands after the 1st episode I do not recommend this game. The first reason I wouldn't recommend this game is due to the clunky controls. It makes it difficult to navigate the world they set out for you and you are forced into a linear path. If you are hoping for a game about choice, the first episode offered none of that. Not only that, but the story seems to try to push on intense all the time, causing the suspense to never really build up because they try to go from 0 to 60.

The puzzles are simplistic at best and just requires for you to click to find out you can't solve it yet, and then grab the piece of item it's looking for. There are only about 5 character interactions you can make throughout the game and they all result in the same resolution. Finally, the episode was short and only took me about 30-45 minutes to finish the first episode.

The first episode is supposed to set you up for a feel of the rest of the game. It's not supposed to be the best episode, but it's at least meant to give you an idea of later episodes to come. This one... well... sells itself a little short.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 1
Good game so far - I do enjoy the storyline, the sound acting and the whole atmosphere; what I do NOT enjoy is the somewhat quirky camera and sometimes I can't seem to be able to pick the choices I am presented. So nothing game breaking, but it is an adventure game, where decisions you make matter, so that is somewhat disappointing, to say the least.

I'd give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars. Can't wait for Episode 4:).
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Graphics are really nice, story seems promising but interaction is super tedious and a I simply could not bear to get past trying to get into the second door.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 13
Eps 1 Only

The Descendant has a good setting and idea to it, one that could equal telltale for episodic choice effect story. It tries to live up to that, and fails in due some easily avoidable, yet shockingly bad choices. If you are like me the story set up is going to irk you, as is the idea that 2 people is sufficient to maintain an entire facility. That’s small and ignorable. What hamstrings this game is the mechanics. This gorgeous looking game has urgency with its time critical events, but choses a camera similar to Resident Evil 1 and 2, and Monkey Island lvl of point and click controls. That is warships moving with rowboat paddles level of gimped. This game is very close to being fantastic, but those controls alone prevent me from continuing on to Eps 2
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1.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
Very basic TTG-style adventure game; not bad! Seems to be partly the HAL-9000 parts of 2001: Space Odyssey and partly Fallout judging from just my impression of where the story might go from the first episode. Generally very decent voice acting aside from the British voice actress for one of the characters saying "haytch."
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