Tehran is in the grip of fear following a series of grisly murders. Major Afshar has been tasked with finding those responsible.
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Mixed (12 reviews) - 50% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2015

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Update Notes

Update #1

Improvements and fixed problems Listed Below :

Major :

  • The safe puzzle quit system fixed ,it didn’t restart the game anymore .
  • Fixed crash problem during first level.
  • People of AI system improved for problems like running into walls
  • Face motion of Amir after talking didn’t go weird any more.
  • Car navigation system improved. No more two slow after starting the car and to fast speed after moving, just one stable speed.
  • Foot step sound synced more precisely with character movements
  • Run Animation movement of Afshar and amir begin exactly with holding the shift key (no more delay)
  • Fixing collider of afshar in some level that caused him to partially go to the walls
  • Spelling problems fixed and removed and all Persian subtitle fixed.
  • Mouse cursor locked and hided always during gameplay
  • Y Invert of mouse added
  • Stairs in two levels fixed
  • Self Defending mini games removed because of it's damaging to gamplay.

Minor :

  • green bar removed from some cutscenes
  • grafiti on the wall of first cutscene is in English now
  • motion blur removed from first level that caused problem
  • Detective clips through the couch a lot during home cutscene.fixed
  • Amir didn't spawn in the air & fall after prison level.
  • Mini map lines now are more precise with Level environments
  • The hotel attendant changed to proper model

    Many other minor fixes or polish things in sound effects , collision , etc.

About This Game

Inspired by true events, Dark Years is set in 1953 Tehran, Iran.

Tehran is in the grip of fear following a series of grisly murders. Major Afshar has been tasked with finding those responsible. Meanwhile, some 3,300 miles away in London, an Iranian journalist is handed documents that uncover a conspiracy of seismic proportions. As both the Major and the journalist delve deeper, their paths will cross, plans for a coup will be uncovered and Western government involvement will be exposed.

Dark Years is an action-adventure game based on the real events surrounding ‘Operation Ajax ‘. In an attempt to secure the rights to Iran’s oil, the British and American governments secretly backed a coup that over-threw the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh. The result was a period of great instability and violence.

Key Game Features

  • Open-world gameplay
  • shooting and driving
  • Over 25 characters with nearly 3000 lines of dialogue
  • Compelling narrative
  • Over 8 hours of gameplay

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista, 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or Core 2 duo 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GT640 or ATI 6750
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GT 760 or ATI 7770
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
I am kind of shocked that this game only has mixed reviews. Honestly this is one of the worst games I have ever played. It is amazingly bad. Nothing works right and voice acting is so bad it's almost a crime.

Really, if you can think of a problem in a game this one has it.

The controls and camera are so bad it's almost unplayable. Just getting the hero to move around the world is very hard and good luck trying to tame the camera. It just zooms around doing it's own thing (at lest when it doesn't get stuck on something). Also the game's frame rate drops into 5-10 fps for a good chunk of the game even on the lowest settings. I don't know why this happens because early on in the game it runs just fine and then towards the end it gets better.

But even if all of that wasn't an issue. The graphics are awful and the game has about every single graphical bug and glitch you can think of. Windows shake, you can see through objects the world. Invisible walls, textures pop, you clip through everything. The models all have messed up proportions. Also for some odd reason at cretin points in the game the devs use filters on the screen that make the world look like it's in an awful light show.
And on top of that the story is a poorly translated mess that honestly makes no kind of sense and features the worst voice acting in English I have ever heard. The plot is nonsensical because the letters that the game uses to tell the plot are written in really broken English. And even when you do understand what it is trying to tell you it somehow manages to mess up it's own narrative by breaking it's own continuity.

It changes the dates of key events, first it switches between making the UK and USA the villain. Hell at some points the voice actor will say 'blah the Americans are doing something' while the thing he is reading from says: 'blah the English are doing something.'
I just beat the game and I have next to no idea what happened in it. Something about Oil.

And then we get to the puzzles. Basically to rub up against everything and hope a bottom prop pops up. Because that's how you find objects in this game. The is no thinking it's just rub on everything until something happens or until you are prompted to use something. It awful puzzle design and puzzles are just full of filler. Our hero is like hmm now that have this object I should go back to here. Oh now that I am here I should go back to where I was and look some more.

So much pointless back and forth to fill out the run time. Which the dev claims is around 8 hours but I beat it in 3. And with out the of filler they maybe 30 mins of content in this game.

And if you don't believe me here are some videos:
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
It runs!
It's somewhat playable

Bad voice acting
Bad controls
Bad graphics - not the worse thing but still bad...
Crashes randomly
Bad FPS goes from 60 to 15 at times
Bad Storyline
No Interesting characters

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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Remember Guise of the Wolf? This is the 2015 equivalent.

Dark Years comes "complete" with horribly outdated textures, unrealistic character models, and some of the worst voice acting I have ever heard in a game.

The devs had to post a walkthrough (written in broken English) on the Steam forums because without it, you would never complete even the first level.

Click here to watch the first 20-ish minutes of gameplay of Dark Years.
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30 of 52 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
I liked this game for its dark and noir environment. Even graphic was not very good and the animated feature was bad but comic cut scenes and long gameplay beside historical storyline encourage me to play.It was good experience!
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73 of 134 people (54%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015

Eastern Music Is Good


I am Feeling Very Hungry

I Wen into Dark Year W/ Intention Of Joy...... But SHattered I Am. Mom Walked By In the Dead Of Dinnertime Asking Why I have Not Rested In Seven Seasons. Yet I find Myself Detached And Cold And Beccause of Dark Year I Am Not Able To Sleep!

This Game Is Haunt.

I Will Tell WHy Now.

The ♥♥♥♥ I Deal With On A Daily Basis U Would Not Believe.

In 1992 Bill Clintion Was Elected. Since Then Game Have Been Same.


I Give Game 6/10.
Because It Good But Not Good Great.

Please Answer My Email Devs???

The Stream Is No Complete.
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104 of 200 people (52%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
impossibly bad performance. avoid.
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24 of 47 people (51%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
This is an interesting game for an indie developer. The gameplay is good and sometimes it's challenging. The story is exciting. My favorite part was long and logical gameplay.If this game had a better graphic it could be a complete success for this indie team.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Not played much of this so far but wow does it look old for a game released in 2015. It looks like a Playstation 1 game running through a poorly optimised emulator. The camera is lousy as well.

The voice acting is like they got the local amateur dramatic society to do it. Possibly the worst I've ever heard. Actually made me laugh out loud several times.

That said its not the worst game ever just pretty ropey. The comic style cut scenes are good though...


If there was a thumbs in the middle or a meh button then I'd use that but it's a definite thumbs down at full price and thumbs up if you get it for pennies in a bundle like I just did.

4/10 - Maybe a 5 if the story livens up a bit (and for the so bad it's good voice acting).
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It's £10 when this game is not part of a bundle or bough on a sale?

I'm baffled by the possitive reviews. Devs should have sticked to visual novel or a different game style if they just wanted to tell a story.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I thought it would be a cool game but became too much of a chore quick. I know its a indie game probably made by only a few people so expected it to be a bit rough around the edges, but the controls and gameplay are a bit lacking. The graphics were from the mid-90's which was expected and obvious, but work well but the very specific and rigid gameplay, such as having to guess and run around like trail and error to hope to find something without very helpful hints or much logic. No saving so far, must need to finish the level too. 5/10 if priced at $5. Maybe it will improve so I still have some hope for the game.
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6.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
This game is bad, it is really bad. Even one of the worst games I've ever played. It is so laughingliy bad at some moments that is is funny again. You have to watch the youtube walkthrough of "someguy" while playing through it, it is tooo funny :P. I would not recommend this game for it's full price, only recommend getting it in a bundle veery cheap. And then only to see what bad games do exist. You shouldn't take it to seriously, you should play it while laughing over the bad game design, story telling etc. If you are searching for a game which is funny and you can laugh while playing, take it. But it is not funny because it is trying to be funny, no it wants to be serious, but you can't hold back and laugh. So if you want to have a experience with a reeeeally bad game which is again good because it is done sooo bad, take it watch the youtube video in which the game analyses the game which is veeery funny, almost like watching a comedy show ;) Hope I could help you with your decision of playing this game:D
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0.1 hrs
Posted: May 10
Played like 5 minutes, too horrible to go on. Bad movement, looks horrible not inspiring at all. Not worth $15 let alone the $2 I paid for it in a games bundle.
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!! Mmd# Just Sell GAMES
9.0 hrs
Posted: November 2, 2015
If you've played Sherlock Holmes you know what kind of game this is. It's a casual puzzle game with story enough to make you want to see what happens. This isn't a game you want if you are a die hard on graphic quality. It is fun and entertaining.If you're looking for a game to pass the time with, this is it!
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