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".
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Mixed (253 reviews) - 46% of the 253 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
would become rusty again.

✮✮✮✮½
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243 of 262 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
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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155 of 169 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I honestly wouldn't know what this game is like because the DRM is preventing the game from launching. Checking the support forums this seems to be a far too common problem, roughly 90% of topics are people begging for help with the DRM.

AVOID! DO NOT BUY!


Two years later:

Game finally works!
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150 of 172 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
it's been 5 years, can you remove the drm already?
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114 of 129 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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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105 of 123 people (85%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
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You may receive this review in four to sixteen business weeks, depending on website traffic. We have to process many requests for this review.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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79 of 86 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Purchasing this game was a mistake. SecuRom activation failed, and from what I can tell this is not uncommon. Not worth your time.
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71 of 81 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Don't buy this game, it does not work.
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88 of 115 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
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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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The DRM on this game renders it unplayable.

**** DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!! *****


EVEN $0.99 USD IS TOO MUCH, IT DOESN'T WORK DOESN'T RUN, DOESN'T DO ANYTHING.

Steam gives you a SN that precious snow flake securom of course has no record of. Good grief, I have better things to do with my time than to hunt down idiots who insist on DRM'ing their crap to only render it unusable to the end user.

Thank goodness I didn't buy copies for all my friends as $0.99 seemed like such a bargain, instead it is a lesson in punishing the end users.

Way to go guys!

Maybe in another 20 years they will release a version of this game that actually works.

But the world will be too busy playing Call of Duty 37.
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bloodyspace_13
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
very good
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ScrewdriverOo
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 18
The DRM with the 5 machine lifetime activation limit is just unacceptable. The limit was raised to 20 but it really shouldn't have any activation limits that doesn't replenish. The game is alright but the hassle to actually play the thing isn't worth it. Replenishing activations would have been the best move but they likely figured that nobody would ever want to play this game anyway. Low activation limits says to me that even Capcom didn't think it was a very good game.

I burned 3 activations just to play it the first time. This was back when it still only had 5 lifetime activations.
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twin0mega
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 1
I did not enjoy this game at all. As a lover of all retro Capcom games I felt that this would be really great. Instead it turned into enemies respawning immediately after killing them and only a few lives to beat the game. You rely heavily on your jetpack, which is hard to control when hovering above lava (1-hit kills). Overall I feel very disappointed
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Coooooooorrrrdd
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 27
Don't get. No product key given.
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Military junta
4.3 hrs
Posted: March 16
I'd precaution that I don't think this game is a bad game, I just can't recommend this version.

I bought this game in a sale a while ago and am just playing it seriously now. If you have any interest in this game, and if you own any Nintendo handheld from the DSi onward, buy that version instead. I haven't played the DSiware version, mind you, but from videos of gameplay I figured the PC version would be somehow better in it least resolution, but a better look at the graphics here only serve to the games' detriment; the native resolution on the DS makes it look as if it were a unique step beyond 8-bit, the 2 options (windowed and fullscreen) on PC make it look like poor mockery of a NES game. One problem I have which I presume is present in both versions is that the sound design (other than the music) is inconsistent with the "retro" theme, with some sounds being appropriate and some just being poorly masked modern sound effects, which is jarring when noticed. I had to drag the windowed screen to a much smaller size to make the graphics decent looking, and also put the sound effects down to minimum and the music 3 notches above it - there was some definite oversight with whoever made the default options so bad. If you've made the same mistake of already buying this version of the game, this is at least the most optimal way to play it.

Now, my biggest gripe with this port is the blatant removal of an integral feature: the map. The DSiware version gives it to you on the bigger top screen the entire time, like the DS Castlevania games. Here, Mr. Tesla is constantly referring to having updated your map, and THERE IS NO MAP. There isn't even a button to bring it up. You could argue that the map is unnecessary given how simple the map is, and maybe this is a direct throwback to Metroid I & II, but again, it is CONSTANTLY referred to in game, and those are the only games in the series that are too obtuse to play now without the use of a guide. I could have overlooked it here if they only removed that from the dialogue. That Capcom hasn't is obscenely lazy, and as a result, there is no justification for having released this game in the state it is in.

I had no issues with the CD-Key, but it was still an unnecessary and inconvenient step in the process further defining this version as the inferior port.

Edit: Nevermind, the M key brings up the map, which is explained nowhere and I had to find out online! Still can't recommend this version.
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Defendor
0.5 hrs
Posted: February 24
Sucks
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VoltKaizer
0.2 hrs
Posted: February 10
Looks like the DRM problem is solved.

I have played the game a couple of times (literally). It activated without problems. The game is like a NES game, graphics, sound effects and music. For the 80's gamers it will be a blast from the past. It's not an "unforgiven" game it has difficulty levels so you can probably avoid fustration (unlike with the real hard NES games). So far so great.
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{Grimmrobe}
1.3 hrs
Posted: January 11
DISCLAIMER: THE SECUROM PROBLEM HAS BEEN FIXED BY CAPCOM. THE GAME WORKS NOW.

Anyway, It's like if Mega Man had played Contra and had a jetpack sometimes. And like Mega Man, DVZ is hard. Really hard. No save functionality either. If you want a challenge, DVZ has one for you.

If any of this ticks your boxes, this is easily worth $5.
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Nano [400LBS] Shinonome
0.5 hrs
Posted: November 29, 2015
yes
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