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When one gives up living and using his soul, he can’t only lose the soul but can also devote it to death… Before souls completely die they stick in The Void – an odd space between life and death. There is an outside chance to survive in The Void and even to come back from it.
Release Date: Dec 15, 2009
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About the Game

When one gives up living and using his soul, he can’t only lose
the soul but can also devote it to death…
Before souls completely die they stick in The Void – an odd space
between life and death. There is an outside chance to survive
in The Void and even to come back from it. This chance is
The Color – the only food of a dying soul wandering through
the mournful realms of The Void, governed by monstrous Brothers
and malicious Sisters, who are desperately struggling for the
last drops of it. The Color is not only the sense of life of these
mysterious creatures but also gives power and vital force to the
whole Void. The Color gives you power to do almost everything
even to get out of death clutches if you gain enough Color, but
there is a great lack of it in the arid deserts of The Void. There is
Color only for one.
Be the one, get your lost soul back!
  • The Color is the only resource in the game: it acts as the health,
    inventory, skills and perks system, armory.
  • All in-game actions are realized through drawing. You literally
    need to draw your way with your own blood.
  • Each Color can cause both harm and good. A player gets various
    advantages from getting any of The Colors, but when he draws
    with it he feeds the enemy forces of the world.
  • Fight with golems, bloodthirsty predators and other spawns
    of The Void.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card (e.g. NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5600 or ATi® Radeon™ 9600)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 6GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible audio card
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
329 products in account
15 reviews
3.8 hrs on record
Pros:

1. Great graphics (at least for its time of release but also my personal opinion)
2. Good plot / story
3. Disturbingly disturbing atmosphere and sounds
4. The "brothers" (I believe that's what they are called?) walk in an incredibly creepy way and you will probably get a shock when you first see one / them
5. It's cool to draw your "spells"
6. The game shows you how to draw your spells should you forget them
7. Kind of a creepy horror game for most people (myself included) if you like those sorts of games, you should buy this one.

Cons:

1. Might lag on old and not fully up-to-date pc's (even mine lags a little every now and then but it's not all that bad)
2. It can feel slightly repetitive (not Spore spice repetitive) to gather colour from the places you have placed "farms" on
3. You will probably learn to remember them, but some of the spells can be easy to forget for some people, but like I said above under pros, the game can tell you how to draw them again
4. The game can become slightly stressful for some people (you can kind of say you have a limited time if you don't want to make the game harder for yourself. Much harder.)
5. A creepy horror game that not everyone might enjoy. Especially kids.

Conclusion and personal rating:

I personally think it's one of those incredibly good, but underrated games. It's truly a beautiful game and I give it 9/10. It couldn't be much better than it is, but I still somehow feel that something could be added to improve it. Maybe more monsters? I'm not wholly sure.

In short if you like and appreciate abstract art: BUY THIS ♥♥♥♥.
Posted: March 19th, 2014
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
206 products in account
17 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
Rapeavore.

Is that a word? If not, this game just invented it.

I try not to read misogynistic undertones into video games. Really, I do. The Void, though, proudly and repeatedly insists on presenting itself as such, however, so there's no easy out on this one.

The Void revolves around traveling about various realms, growing and collecting colors, and forcing them down the throats of naked women. They are starving, you see, as their world dies, and are completely helpless to feed themselves without a Brother to take care of them. This is not me putting words in the game's mouth; one of the first Sisters you meet actually laments that when she was born, no Brother arrived to care for her.

The Sisters all espouse some wisdom about how to survive in the realm, and claim to know the realm's secrets, yet can't even feed themselves. You have to do this, the naked male hero of this story. Many of them will even curse you as you 'feed' them, and make a big deal about how they cannot refuse a feeding. But man, do they ever squirm in ecstasy after your force yourself on them.

I'm sure there's other parts to the plot, but after two hours of gameplay, little had changed, and the sheer nastiness of the game had worn out its welcome. I gave it its chance. If the game later turns into an empowering message of true love, well, it's too little too late.

Graphically, it's fine, well done, even. A lot of care is taken to make the Sisters look good and the Brothers look hideous.

The actual gameplay is frustrating and imprecise. The game gleefully takes away player agency at the drop of a hat, and drawing runes is fiddly. The map is an utter mess, and nearly unusable.

The main gameplay involves seeding colors across the world and collecting them afterwards, so it's mainly just resource management. Everything about this game is laboriously slow and unforgiving, from the resource gathering to the plodding movement of the main character. The game feels like a chore.

There are some interesting ideas in this game. The Void itself, the idea of ascending into another realm or descending into Oblivion. But any sparks of interest are quickly smothered in breasts, and not in a fun way, either.
Posted: August 24th, 2014
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
131 products in account
3 reviews
23.2 hrs on record
This game was amazing to say the least. The concept, the art, and the over all experiance of playing this game felt very good. The game is harsh though and does not forgive if you screw up, making you restart from a previous save or start over entirely. The game has so many endings, it is very poetic. If you like puzzles and mind blowing experiances I would buy this game.
Posted: March 16th, 2014
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
346 products in account
12 reviews
4.7 hrs on record
Although i personally love this game, i know most people won't. Why? Basically this game is the closest thing as an "abstract art game". Story is interesting and suspicious. Levels are creepy and interesting, even being small ones. Gameplay mechanic is unique, you have to use different colors to use attacks. You have to harvest this colors from the gardens so you can keep them in your body, they are also your "HP" as well as your attacks, so you have to manage both. You also can give the colors to other npcs so they can live again. This game is hard, i tell you that, it does not tell you what's your objective (not directly, so you will be confused if what you are doing is correct or not) and the game does not hold your hand. Boss fights are tough as hell if you don't have loads of colors with you. Also you have a big feeling of loneliness and tension while playing, even tho this is not a horror game. Some characters looks like monsters coming out of Hellraiser.

Also be aware that you walk around a lot, and combat is not real time. When choosing a color the game enters in slow motion and you can choose how much color to use to attack someone or give someone. To make some actions and magics you have to draw different shapes (they show you the shape so you can copy in the bottom of the screen), which i found really interesting. Again, this game is really hard, so it won't be a walk in the park and you might get bored of going around, coming back to get color, etc. Another tip is to save whenever you can, because if you run out of color (meaning you will have 0 color with you) you die and can only go back using a save file.

Conclusion is: I won't recommend this game because it is a bad game, it's not, but i am sure most people will hate it, so it's best to save your money. If you are interested in a surreal game, with crazy worlds, crazy npcs and crazy mechanics, you might love this as i did.
Posted: April 3rd, 2014
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
738 products in account
14 reviews
48.2 hrs on record
gray is intermediary. white being all and black being none. both are extremes. passion emboldened and embodied, symbols of the absolute. seep one into the other and somehow neither dominates: becoming a state without, opposite of opposites that have all. a state coloring an emotional death; sleeping without want of waking; dreams anchored and abandoned; nightmares made flesh and disregarded. if anything belies sadness without sadness, it is a hidden strength. the strength to live an absolute death. we for whom no color grows, was it our will that sent color away? or were we ravaged internally, until there was none left? as color leaves, so does the beauty in life. not just on the surface; everything is sucked dry. the sleeper lies still. roused for what, pray tell low soul. guest, tell me, is gray a symptom or a result? if your fate is to rise and ascend, why do you only destroy? greyness permeates, undeniable indelible, shrouded misery over sumptuous deceit. the sleeper no longer sleeps. what we call sleep, if a state of unwaking, the sleeper is a name only. death to the sleeper? he sleeps no more; his color is gray; he is dead to the world.

life is a collection of voids. their limit can be reached, provided man has the strength to breakthrough. the sleeper who is not sleeping is neither awakened. his void decays of inaction. what is happening? surely, nobody knows. nobody cares. nobody cares that nobody cares. yet; whispered, some shouting, within missing time, we come to agreement: apathy. the void dies, the sleeper wakes, he does not care. gray is a lack - grey the color of uncaring. look for the signs, the colorless wake, the living of death ushers in a final age. still, nothing is happening, and nothing will happen. there is no lost purpose in void even if we find purposelessness. a stalemate caused by none. dear guest, will it be broken? is fate coincidental or planned to start? apathy’s curse is absolute, unbreakable even with fortitude in desire. casting off bonds so carelessly will destroy everything. yet the bonds must be cast. contradictions sustain order, regality, the semblance of life and the mockery of it. this order, like all, is doomed.

color has returned to the void. death beckons, she beckons to you, lost soul. pick up her heart; do not fear the end. who is death but the progenitor? the new age is here, the old age is always, our time has whence and past. we will teach you discipline. the sisters shall bow before you. stay straight, my faithful warrior messenger. forget about taboos; give, you fool, or it will all be lost. it is your fate to create. such a right will be questioned, shrieking and vehemently. compromise and perish. one who stifles is no greater than the amateur who gropes. none may be given on merits of right. guest, you are a wanderer. can you feed with your blood? can you handle turgor, the state of absolute tension, which turns a man into a drawn and tightended bow? my supposition is your weakness. it’s not so much lighting tension when you must endure it. there’s no way to prepare you, guest. you will die for this.

that’s the fate of creation. what world will you make? not everything is open, stilted, fronted for graces. as we vye and compete, you are a benefactor. it is by chance that you exist here, guest. the void is as beautiful as it is cruel, yet its thorns are in you. marvel at sights as they last in shroud. we welcome and revile, these chambers are free to be acted upon, much to a current distaste. how wonderful it could be to remain still forever! destroy these bonds, that is your role. to deny it is to embrace false righteousness. those posing as protectors do the most damage. it will be difficult, even an impossibility for the warm hearted. betrayal is by fact a right; those who betray beget pureness of state. hypocrites have no fate without betrayal. do not be intimidated by their seeped doctrine, the wholeness alludes even the most devout. fated for dueling, between massive powers, at once battling a hideous, wicked, unfamiliar foe, by lies and deceit. go forth and challenge their righteousness.

obfuscation lasts long in darkness. while lit revealing should be deliverance. fragments cannot eschew perfection, while gripped infernally, such pieces left only for interpretation. eventuality takes importance as survival. survival is purpose when even left without directive. ascend, rise, higher and higher! go forth, farther and farther! such fate is fit for a wanderer. guest, it is all up to you. do not feel slighted. we are all faultless. wouldn’t you pity yourself? can’t you return what was lost? the sleeper is not dead. if amicable living can produce a forever, grasp it, hold tightly, do not relent. the one who waits, he waits for you. quell not into temptation. ultimately togetherness is feigned and watching is fruitless. which one is really yours? who really has lost you? guest, are you a wanderer, or are you sleeping? the one who listens to thee, searches for thee, and is blindly obedient, shall be answered. obvious is mistrust. the easy paths only lead down. rise! higher and higher! there’s nothing else for me here now.

ice-pick lodge followed up their masterpiece, pathologic, with another masterpiece. gaming has yet to catch up with their visions, as anapestic as they are raw and visceral. the void is about creation. it is about the pure creation, about painting and giving life. it is about the creation of new worlds and the relationship of dreams. its structure is tonal, pieceable, but brilliant. the void is the most poetic game I’ve played, concerned about interpretations and not meanings, attempting to ask huge questions, and letting the player answer them on their own. it accomplishes this without relying too much on dialogue. sentences are carefully constructed instead of colored with enough meaning to make sure even a child could understand. timeless, so in a sense, ahead of its time. the absolute pinnacle of storytelling.

it loses its brilliant layered human element pathologic balanced, instead being incredibly vague. it’s not quite as good as pathologic and that’s a real minor thing, because nothing really is. the void, however, takes the resource survival gameplay of pathologic and pushes it to absolute extremes. the depth and breadth of the gameplay in something that’s not repeated in its genre or others and its absolutely sophisticated difficulty is as astounding as the meaning of the game. top that off with the greatest dark fantasy art directive in videogames to date and a subtle, brooding, menacing, and brilliant soundtrack, the void’s quality is insufferable. if not for the really dumb glyph drawing it would be undeniably perfect. they do feel awesome during fights with brothers, but cause more frustration than anything in a game that allows for no mistakes. when I don’t make the mistakes though, it’s absolutely amazing. anyone who beats their chest about the validation and advancement of videogames and has not played either pathologic or the void should be denounced. doing so makes you simply a neophyte. videogames have long validated themselves and, doubly so, ice-pick has now created games that stand shoulders with literary giants.
Posted: April 1st, 2014
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133 of 145 people (92%) found this review helpful
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18 reviews
32.5 hrs on record
It's easy to call a game beautiful, but when I say that about The Void I really, really mean it.

The Void is striking in its visuals--featuring stark and dreary landscapes contrasted with splashes of vibrant color and otherworldly architecture and characters--but it's more than just visually beautiful.

The Void is a game about death, and never before have I played a game where everything--and I mean EVERYTHING is so effectively tied together to serve the purpose of its themes. An oppressive, haunting atmosphere combined with a grim narrative and brutal mechanics that slowly drain you of all your resources combine together to create an equal parts harrowing and euphoric journey that wil dig its claws into you and not let go if you let it do so.

That being said, it's not exactly fun and it's incredibly difficult, but I highly recommend it if you're looking for something different.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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