DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f 💙 that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City.
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Oct 25, 2016
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June 24

DARK TRAIN 70% OFF – STEAM SUMMER SALE



Help chimney sweepers get to the Grand Cathedral! Take a control of Dark Train with our beloved Ann 2.35f 💙 Please, be kind to her she is the mechanical squid!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290/Dark_Train/
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May 16

Next game – Dark Train: Coupe – is on Greenlight!



Dear passengers,

We are thrilled to announce that our next game Dark Train: Coupe is right now “fighting” for your votes on Steam Greenlight.

You can support it by voting YES here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=917024772

Beware! Dark Train: Coupe is a standalone game that is closely related to the original Dark Train (2016) in lore but NOT in GAMEPLAY. We do love to take risks and experiment.

Therfore the Dark Train: Coupe is a text based non-linear game witch rich dialogue and mysterious (papercut) visuals that explores the stories of Ann Tagrezbung - main protagonist in Dark Train (2016). Both games are located in the same place - The Border City - but in different time.

TRAILER
https://youtu.be/adE1zhHl2lk





As the name of our second game suggest, Dark Train: Coupe (DTC) is closely related to its predecessor Dark Train (2016) - logical atmospheric adventure in which the story is conveyed without use of any words. DTC is the other extreme. Its story is narrated mainly with words and sentences. You can argue that it is more of a digital gamebook and/or sophisticated visual novel rather then skill based logical adventure as Dark Train was. And you would be right.


But both games have many things in common, especially the fictional Dark Train world itself. Main story arc is played in the passenger train on the same railroad and you will not venture forth. Both stories are therefore located in the same place - The Border City - but in different time. You will also meet main protagonist Ann Tagrezbung from the first game. We must warn you, she is quite lovely, unmechanical and still human...




We decided to tell a story of Dark Train (2016) purely without any text just with atmosphere, symbolism and non-textual narrative tools. It was a design challenge for sure, but we persisted and the game was critically acclaimed for its atmosphere, enigmatic nature and its unique visuals (DT won Czech Game Award 2016). Now, our design intention is completely different.

When you begin your journey, there is no way to turn back or stop the train. Travel through the city, learn about the Dark Train world, explore the mythology of The Border City and the ways of existence of its people.

All of that within one mysterious train coupe...

  • rich dialogues
  • decision based story progression
  • tons of text and reading
  • you will suffer by reading
  • non-reading gameplay doesn’t exist here… well maybe a little…
  • standalone game (no DLC, no datadisk)








Is Dark Train: Coupe a standalone game?
YES

Do I need to finish Dark Train (2016) first to enjoy Dark Train: Coupe?
NO

What are the key game mechanics?
Everything comes down to the dialogue. The key game mechanic is a dialogue choice. Of course by carefully choosing answers and questions you will soon discover there is a lot of hidden story arcs that can be experienced only in certain situations. Even though it is a simple game mechanic, it doesn’t constrain us in designing broader gameplay systems (collecting, exploring, replayability, achievements, easter eggs, timing, risk vs reward decisions…).

Are Dark Train (2016) and Dark Train: Coupe (Q4 2017) simmilar games?
Not in gameplay, YES in lore.


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Reviews

“If you’re a gamer who loves to explore for the sake of the journey with little concern for the destination, then you should be delighted by Dark Train.”
90% – Just Adventure

“Dark Train can be highly praised for its ingenious design that offers players a new found sense of discovery that won’t be easily forgotten anytime soon.”
80% – Brashgames

“Paperash has created one of the deepest and most interesting puzzle games on PC in a while, with a narrative that does not just rest on its laurels after players glance through a single page of lore.”
80% – ICXM

About This Game


DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f 💙that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City.


* controls - dynamic, no point-n-click
* narration - strong, non-textual, situational
* atmosphere - dark, oppressive
* exploration - non-casual
* audiovisuals - paper-made
* no hints, no help - solve it



Dark Train in its game mechanics core is an adventure without point-n-click mechanics. You take control of a mechanical squid Ann 2.35f 💙 via a controller or a mouse. By exploring the train structure, environments within wagons, train control panels and its surroundings, you are progressing further in the game and story.





Our story follows the journey of the inventor D. W. Tagrezbung and the mysterious contract from unknown client which he received years ago. Even as a child, he created a functional model of the universe and throughout his life drew attention to himself thanks to a number of significant inventions. At an advanced age of his peaceful life he received the last big contract with a very strange assignment. The client requested the creation of a model of the human world that embraces changeable weather and civilization. What he did not want to be part of the model was the human face or even people themselves. The actual challenge was presented by creation of transportation that would be capable of delivering the order. Inhospitable territory stretching between the client and the inventor is for centuries connected only by rail. Therefore D. W. decided to create a self-sufficient train with four wagons where each wagon will contain one familiar environment from his world. Eventually D. W. Tagrezbung devoted the rest of his life to the client's order. The day the train was finally ready to go, the famous inventor died.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Warrning: May not work on laptops with integrated graphic card. Please try fiddle with quality settings.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Yosemite
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris 6100
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

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