Rise On! After 20 years, the legendary lost project "Dark Void" is back! To commemorate the game's humble origins, Capcom has commissioned the recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled "Dark Void Zero".
User reviews: Mixed (113 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 12, 2010
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"Dark Void Zero would have been considered a "classic" had it been made 25 years ago, and today, it's a retro-style blast." – IGN
"It doesn't matter whether your first gaming system had knobs, a directional pad, or dual analog thumbsticks: Dark Void Zero's tight action and delightful presentation are sure to entertain." – GameSpot

About This Game

Rise On! After 20 years, the legendary lost project "Dark Void" is back! To commemorate the game's humble origins, Capcom has commissioned the recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled "Dark Void Zero". In this critically acclaimed 8-bit de-make, you play as Rusty, warrior test-pilot and Nikola Tesla's trusted friend. With the help of your state-of-the-art rocket pack, blast through three deliciously retro levels of baddies in your quest to close Portal X and save the human race!
Dark Void Zero on PC is packed with all new online features! Get rewarded for your skills with Achievements via Steam. Connect with Friends. Compete to be the best on the block or the best in the world in the Score and Speed Runs in the all-new Online Leaderboards!
Experience two all-new alternate endings! Only the best of the best will survive to see them!
And don't forget! Like its parent game, Dark Void Zero features an award-worthy soundtrack created and performed by famed Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.
Dark Void Zero on PC: The fate of the human race rests in your hands! Rise On!
  • Strap on Tesla's first prototype ROCKET PACK and take control of 5 experimental weapons!
  • Three levels of intense sci-fi, sidescrolling action!
  • ONLINE LEADERBOARDS: Top scores! Speed runs! Can you be the best?
  • ACHIEVEMENTS: Hone your skills and score bragging rights with Steam achievements! 30 achievements will rate your skill, speed, and stamina.
  • FRIENDS: Add your Steam friends and compete for top honors!
  • PC ALTERNATE ENDINGS: What's this? Two brand-new never-before-seen endings? Only the best of the best will survive to see them!
  • RETRO: 8-bit graphics and "De-Mastered" Dark Void Zero score by Bear McCreary!
  • GAMEPAD Support: Xbox 360 Controller for Windows supported. (Generic gamepads with analog sticks may also work, though are not officially supported.)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP (SP2 or higher) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Pentium 4, 1.6ghz Core2Duo or higher
    • Memory: XP: 512 MB minimum, 1 GB recommended; Windows Vista / Windows 7: 1 GB minimum, 2 GB recommended
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 256 MB
    • Display: 800x600 minimum resolution, 1280x720 or higher recommended
    • DirectX®: Direct X 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available disk space required
    • Sound: DirectX®9.0c compatible
    • Input: Windows-compliant keyboard. Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® recommended. Generic gamepads with analog sticks may also work, though are not officially supported.
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I'm usually ok with DRM, but in this case it's pretty much uneccessary considering how small this game really is, and it's made worse by the fact that the CD Key you're given doesn't even seem to work.
Don't buy
Good job Capcom
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
DRM Prevents activation. Don't buy.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
its okay i ges
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
DO NOT BUY THIS.

SecuROM will not accept the cd-key steam provides.
Yet another example of DRM screwing over paying customers.
I consider this theft.
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61 of 85 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
The DRM in this game is both intrusive, and draining on PC resources, and has limited activations to boot. My CPU usage went from 7% to 100%, which should not happen in an imitation 8-bit game, and prevented me from starting it up a second time after the initial install. What I did get to play suffered from controls that felt stiff and uncomfortable to use. Even at 80% off, this is not worth the money.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I've played many 8 bit games in my day and I'm surprised on how well this one plays and handles with my controller. The music has that 8 bit Capcom feel to it when they designed their games. The objectives in the game are fairly simple to accomplish but there are portions of the game that may frustrate you. Kind of cool at the beginning too that you have to press on a button to blow on the cartridge to make it work, and also the reference to TV star Jimmy Fallon in the game.

Graphically , yes it's retro but it's easily worth the X amount of dollars paid for , and even more so when its on sale. I just wish the activation mechanism was taken away as it's not easy to deauthorize a game without customer support these days :(
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
CAN'T PLAY THIS GAME BECAUSE THE SECUROM SERIAL WON'T ACTIVATE. EMAILED SECUROM AND HAVEN'T GOTTEN A RESPONSE. MY PLAYTIME IS BASICALLY JUST THE MINUTES THAT I TRIED TO ACTIVATE SECUROM SERIAL.

♥♥♥♥ SECUROM.

♥♥♥♥ CAPCOM.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Naw, game is pretty booty.
DRM is invasive.
Hilarious load times for a game such small resources.
No video options beyond window and full, awful scaling leaves everything blurry as all hell and not in a good way.
Capcom has mistaken 'Nintendo Hard' for bad design.

Not actually worth even the five dollars. Picked it up on sale, I could live without ever having played it.
It should be interesting to note that the game is literally an april fools joke, but don't spend the 5 dollars it costs to have the joke on you.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Even a dark void has a beginning and this one is distinctly 8-bit in flavour.

If your palete is man enough to take it, ingest freely my friends.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Awesome game, Simple and very funny!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Apparently Capcom had plans for Dark Void while the NES was still the dominant platform for home video game entertainment. This is a DE-make of what eventually became Dark Void.
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1 of 12 people (8%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Rusty here: "this game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome" buy me and play me
- Rusty over and out

*flys away*
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9 of 31 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
best game i have ever played, better graphics than skyrim
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2 of 16 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Didn't like it.
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6 of 26 people (23%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Good
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18 of 64 people (28%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Absolute garbage. Even though it's in my favorite genre, this game has so many flaws its impossible for me to like it. For one thing, yes, it's an NES Homage, but the game design seems to be from the same era - dying just to restart the whole damn game isn't fun at all, especially in a genre about EXPLORATION you are PUNISHED for exploring. Don't let me get started about the atrocious platforming mechanics either.

Do not make the mistake I made and do NOT buy this game.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Very hard, often punishingly so. A perfect recreation of an 8-bit side-scroller, complete with the ♥♥♥♥ling issues that made those games so frustrating. 3 lives, no continues. So you die 3 times, you start again. Janky controls that end up getting you stuck on walls, shooting into mid air and trapped in corners. The enemies can take much less damage than you but that's about their only weakness. Constantly and almost immediately respawning, it's clear the developers had little imagination as to where the game would go and instead made one intensely hard level that with enough practise you could likely complete in around 30 minutes. Problem is, I don't have the will to memorize enemy locations and wrestle with outdated controls to actually get that far.
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I've played it on easy and man....is this game still tough. It really has the retro NES look, feel, and play. If that's what you're into, then buy it.

I would highly recommend catching it on sale. I don't think it's with the full $4.99.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
heck yean
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1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's alright. Somewhat difficult, not a lot too it. Does a pretty decent job at imitating better games. Bought it for 2 bucks, wouldn't pay any more than that
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