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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June 3

Episode Two Patch #1 Release Notes

A new update to The Descendant Episode Two has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart the game. Here is a list of fixes and known issues:

Fixes

  • Improved quality of animations
  • Fixed an issue affecting some players where the game would not recognize that Episode 1 had already been completed when trying to start Episode 2
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur after finishing Episode 1 when trying to immediately start Episode 2
  • Fixed some sound issues

Known issues
  • Only 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio resolutions (720, 1080 and 1440) are supported at this time. Other resolutions while still playable are not optimal
  • In rare cases, players can experience a progression issue in Episode 2 playing as Donnie, looking for the schematics. We are working on a fix, if you encounter the issue, relaunch the title and resume at save point
  • As a reminder, the minimum disk space requirements is still 6 GB

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May 26

THE DESCENDANT - Episode 2: Into the Storm is Now Available on Steam!

In THE DESCENDANT - Episode 2: Into the Storm, Mia and Silas clash over the fallout of another crisis that threatens the lives of the descendants, and Donnie works with Randolph to make Ark-01 operational again, uncovering a shocking revelation about their mission.

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

FIND OUT NOW!

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About This Game

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

http://www.descendantgame.com/

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

    Minimum:
    • 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: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 500 series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Very Positive (82 reviews)
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erkjhnssn
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Played fist episode. Short and fun, kept my intrest up all the way.
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jparb02
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
short so far but good story so far
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Lestrade
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
A very interesting story that keeps you motivated enough to finish it. The transaction between the Future and the Present is very well made, and you must use logic otherwise you get lost!
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Orion
( 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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Lord Crocosquirrel
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
An interesting story told from two different viewpoints, each working in a different time-- Without wishing to give away anything, The Descendant is half a trip down memory lane, half murder mystery, and all sci-fi goodness set in a plausible, if somewhat anvil-droppy scenario. It plays like a Telltale game, was developed by someone else entirely, and has the puzzles similar to The Book of Unwritten tales.

I'm hesitant to consider the review complete, as the first episode is a bit short, but we'll see what happens after Episode 2.

Good enough to recommend, not yet enough for an actual score, assuming those mattered.
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Captain Morgan~
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is my first review so please be gentle on me :)

At first i was pretty skeptic, but just after few minutes i was hooked it sure is a pretty neat game, altough i would like too see a bit harder puzzles, they were way to easy but the story was awsome... can't wait for the next part...
How come i could bypass this for some time...

Thumbs up!
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Alex the dalmatian
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I am sad to say that when i saw this game i got very happy, finally a game for me.
But....no... if i coint the play time, it took around 30 min to get trough and ontop of it the characters had a feeling of dead zombies... and the puzzle´s was not any puzzel´s it was just a ordinary day in life of a wasteland future.
It is sure alot done to this game to make it work, it´s just feels to easy.

You get through it, wish them to stop talking and then over.
+When you reach the end you thought the whole game would start...

Sorry but i can´t say this game is worth much even if i know little. i tried to create a 3D room, it takes hours to just create a desk with some stuff on. But if the story telling won´t work good it´s sadly just a cool 3D place...

Sorry for my awful English.
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cmsemog
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Love where the story is going so far. I would like more choices though. A little faster pace as well. Very talented team.
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☀ Reippi ツ
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I got this game cause someone said "if you like TellTales games, you'll love this!"
But Honestly You Won't.
Walking Dead Season1 might be closest to this or Back to The Future from TT games.

I hoped for story based, fast moving game but it turned to 3D Point&Click. I dont like Point&Clicks so here's my 2 cents:

Pros:
+ price tag (2,5€ for EP1)
+ Scifi (Im huge sucker for any Scifi/Cyberpunk)
+ Rather nice 3D graphics

Cons:
- Characters, this game lacks of em. Intresting characters, characters with some personality, you don't find em here. I've had more fun reading the sides of milk carton than listening these characters.
- Characters only have one line for every item you click. It get's boring really fast specially when stuck in some puzzle. In DreamFall Chapers there's 3-4 lines for everything you click.
- Story seems to be dual'ish about time before and what is now. You play chatecter in past and present. I'ts really cliche. But it's just a EP1 so maybe it will go different direction. I only played less than 2hr so take this with grain and salt.

Im gonna recomend this game, it might not be exactly for me but for this price if you like scifi, story driven, point&click give it a shot!
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Helix
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This really really surpriced me in a good way!
Altho the episode was kinda short the story and the way it was told is really good.
I can't wait for episode 2.

I saw some complaining about hard to find objects you are going to interact with, and I did not have this issue. If you love The Walking Dead by telltales you will love this game too!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
An interesting story told from two different viewpoints, each working in a different time-- Without wishing to give away anything, The Descendant is half a trip down memory lane, half murder mystery, and all sci-fi goodness set in a plausible, if somewhat anvil-droppy scenario. It plays like a Telltale game, was developed by someone else entirely, and has the puzzles similar to The Book of Unwritten tales.

I'm hesitant to consider the review complete, as the first episode is a bit short, but we'll see what happens after Episode 2.

Good enough to recommend, not yet enough for an actual score, assuming those mattered.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
A very interesting story that keeps you motivated enough to finish it. The transaction between the Future and the Present is very well made, and you must use logic otherwise you get lost!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
short so far but good story so far
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Played fist episode. Short and fun, kept my intrest up all the way.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
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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56 of 64 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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50 of 62 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The Descendant (Episode 1 & 2) 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7ZlLg6apuM
UPDATED after playing episode 2

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 there was one set of actions that I did on my 3rd playthrough that resulted in a slightly different ending. It’s hard to say right now how much of an impact this will have on the later episodes, but for now, at least the game is showing potential that your decisions may have some weight to them. 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.

Pros:
  • 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
  • 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

Cons:
  • 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
  • game forces you to replay episode 1 before starting episode 2 (even though I already completed episode 1 three times)
  • STILL only 1 save slot, so it makes it a lot harder to replay to test out different choices

Both Episode 1 and Episode 2 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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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
EPISODE 1 REVIEW
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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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36 of 49 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 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.
https://youtu.be/Oj4J81dR1bc
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 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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