Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,403 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

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"Rich in atmosphere and big on scares, Amnesia: The Dark Descent goes where survival-horror fears to tread."
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The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.
You stumble through the narrow corridors as the distant cry is heard.
It is getting closer.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, barely remembering anything about his past. Exploring the eerie pathways, you must also take part of Daniel's troubled memories. The horror does not only come from the outside, but from the inside as well. A disturbing odyssey into the dark corners of the human mind awaits.
A sound of dragging feet? Or is your mind playing tricks on you?
By using a fully physically simulated world, cutting edge 3D graphics and a dynamic sound system, the game pulls no punches when trying to immerse you. Once the game starts, you will be in control from the beginning to the end. There are no cut-scenes or time-jumps, whatever happens will happen to you first hand.
Something emerges out of the darkness. It's approaching. Fast.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent throws you headfirst into a dangerous world where danger can lurk behind every corner. Your only means of defense are hiding, running or using your wits.
Do you have what it takes to survive?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz - Low budget CPUs such as Celeron or Duron needs to be at about twice the CPU speed
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Drive: 3GB
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GF 6 - Integrated graphics and very low budget cards might not work.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 (Integrated Intel Graphics not supported)
    • Hard Drive: 2GB space free
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS, Fedora 16, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz - Low budget CPUs such as Celeron or Duron needs to be at about twice the CPU speed.
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 - Integrated graphics and low budget cards might not work.
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB
Helpful customer reviews
897 of 983 people (91%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Get Amnesia they said, it will be fun they said.
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644 of 727 people (89%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
I was constipated all week.
Then i played this game.
Would recommend this game to anyone with severe bowel movement disfuctions
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379 of 422 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
37.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
By far, the strongest laxative ever made.
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478 of 581 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
-Recipe for playing this game-

- 1 cozy blanket (2 is also good)
- 1 computer or laptop
- 1 installed Amnesia game
- 2 nice chairs
- 1 Dark room
- 1 willing boyfriend who has experience with the game
- 1 pillow or stuffed animal to hug (or the arm of the boyfriend, but he might disagree about that when he got puncture wounds from your nails after the first jumpscare)


1. Start up the computer, it may take a while depending on how good your system is. Use the startup time to go on a treasure hunt for the other ingredients. Also make sure that the room is dark enough.

2. Persuade your boyfriend to play Amnesia. It could be that he declines, if so, capture him with a Pokéball.

3. Wrap yourself and the boyfriend in a blanket and sit in the chairs in front of the Computer.

4. Now it's safe to start Amnesia, make sure you keep your distance.

5. Let the boyfriend play it, specially when he is experienced with the game, just sit back and ask silly questions which he probably already gave the answer to but you were too spooked to listen.

6. Enjoy!
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140 of 149 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Similar to the Penumbra games, Amnesia: TDD is all about atmosphere and storytelling. The biggest difference between the two series is that Amnesia does include more of the classic horror induced moments of being chased and hunted. Not that Penumbra didn't have a bit of that, but I'd say in Amnesia, there were specific moments designed to inject some action.

Overall however, the game is paced similarly. I could wander about, sip some coffee, read my notes and mementos and take in my surroundings.
This may sound casual but what Amnesia succeeds in doing is creating a sense of dread. Brennenburg Castle is a miserable place and rarely do you find yourself feeling too comfortable. When an enemy does discover you and then gives chase, it is probably one of the more scary moments I've experienced in a game. The music, the blurriness of your view, the sound of the monster chasing you...not to mention, when you do finally get behind a closed door and find a hiding spot, you then get to watch as the door is violently brought down into pieces. All you can do is hope you're not spotted as you stare at the wall (there is a "sanity" element if you're new to these games). IRL, I am guilty of some audible "gasping" during these moments. During one particular chase I couldn't find an adequate path to get away from my pursuer and let out a frightened yelp that I am ashamed to even admit. Though, it is important to mention that I allowed the game to get under my skin purely because it was better that way. I could have played it and completely steeled myself from letting it get to me (e.g. left the lights on, lowered the sound, casually approached the objectives), but what's fun about that? For me, nothing.

As far as the story is concerned, I felt compelled to move forward to find the next clue. I could feel a bit of excitement (or perhaps it's better described as relief) every time I saw a new note to read or completed a puzzle. Naturally I won't reveal any spoilers just in case someone does read this review.

I must emphasize that this is not a game full of jump scares and over the top gore. With that being said, there are some very disturbing scenes that you come across. I walk away from this game still thinking about some of what I experienced. Not just from the imagery but the story in general. Per the recommendation from the developers when you first start the game, play with the lights off, don't worry about saving and allow the story to drive you forward.
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267 of 320 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
68.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
All the dead people have real ding dongs, ten outa ten!
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234 of 279 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
The only person who is not naked in this game is you. 10/10 would stand on a pile of dead naked men again.
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104 of 111 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
I actually do reviews for games on Giant Bomb and PC Gamer... and one game I have trouble reviewing is Amnesia Dark Decent. It's not that I'm indecisive it's just, I can't find the proper words to ever describe this game. You couldn't possibly understand what this game means to me. You might like it and the horror genre would say it's a great game but to me it's more. This game single handedly restored my faith in horror games and got me playing them again. After Resident Evil 5/6 and after Silent Hill Homecoming and Downpour I stopped. Stopped playing, stopped reading up on, stopped caring about horror games. Resident Evil I saw coming but Silent Hill too? This mass appeal mindless action ♥♥♥♥♥♥*t needs to stop. Survival horror was the genre that got me into gaming and then I saw the genre just up and leave us fans for more sales from the Call of Duty players. Action is where it's at? As the head developer for Resi 6 said "Survival Horror games are no longer popular, we needed a new direction and new ideas" well guess what... Amnesia proved Survival Horror still has plenty of new ideas to bring to the genre and proved that the genre is not dead.

Amnesia is art.... it's artwork crafted by brilliant minds. Look past all the fun scary chases and the jumpscares, just look at the game. A first person game that doesn't have weapons? Yeah imagine that. You hide and run from monsters, much like people would do in real life. But if you break down the level design, the choice of imagery, the methodically detailed environments. You will see true beauty within. If I may quote some negative reviews here "water monster wasn't all that great of an enemy, he doesn't even have a character design. It's lazy...." yes they had limited resources however this isn't lazy design choices. The fact that you cannot see the water monster is more terrifying than any other creature in the game. It plays off your imagination, the fear of the unknown. Your mind subconsciously filled the blank with your worst fear which gave this monster so much memorability. The water monster is one of the most memorable moments, everyone talks about it and that's the reason.

After such a horrifying experience with the water monster, what happens? You walk into a well light room with a fountain that supplies the calming sound of running water, a hole in the ceiling with light seeping through (one of the first times you see the light of day in this game), beautiful music plays softly in the background and the room has a tint of blue in the air. This is no randomly designed room, no this is a reward. This is saying "Hey you made it through that horrible experience, breathe relax a bit. You deserve it" and that is something I haven't seen before. No stupid achievement unlocked, no legendary loot, no high score and no misspelled CONGRADURATIONS. In a game that plays on your fear and emotions, they reward with such. They made you crap your pants, now they're making you feel relaxed. And that means more than any achievement.

The story is rich and it plays along with the tension in the game. The enemies aren't scary on the level of a jumpscare but rather the fear of being chased. Jumpscares are cheap thrills, true fear is much harder to achieve in a gamer and much more satisfying for the gamer. They accomplish this in many ways. Never knowing what danger lurks beyond the glow of your lamp, the dark abyss continuously hunts you down, the monsters are not just some scary looking monsters for the sake of "boo look at me I'm scary" they're people you tortured and sacrificed for your own safety against the darkness, their disfigured bodies are representations of the guilt you bare in the deepest parts of your conscious despite suffering Amnesia you still feel it, led astray by someone you thought you could trust, no escape or easy way out the only path is down and it's bathed in darkness as you descend slowly into your past with each step you lost sanity, walls are shaking, the crackling sound of your own mind is louder than your beating heart as you're chased by a horrifying disfigured creature you created, the sound of screeching can be heard when they're getting closer letting you know how close you are to death.

Oh... jeez I... I can go on and on about this game. Hell I want too... but if this gets any longer it will be considered a novel. The best thing I can say about this game? Play it... please. I beg you if you're a fan of horror games, if you like being scared, if you like a good story or immersion or hell if you just want to play a damn good game; play this game!

This is without a doubt my favorite game of all time. The favorite game, not one of. That's hard to say, but it's true. I never game 10 out of 10. I always made fun of other reviewers who did, saying no game is perfect. 10 out of 10 is saying it's the masterpiece of all gaming and cannot be improved in any way, shape or form. However, I've seen my mistake. You don't give it a 10 based on some score that means nothing to anyone else other than you. You're giving it a 10 based on the experience the game gave you. And based on that, Amnesia The Dark Decent was given my very first 10 out of 10.
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115 of 145 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
You go insane after looking at bald, naked men.
What even.
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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
A true classic and the benchmark by which all other horror games are judged.

Amnesia is an old school horror experience where it is what you can't quite see that terrifies you more than what you can see. It puts you on the edge of madness and terror and keeps you there without ever pushing you to the point where it because mundane.

The story is actually very engaging, with the protagonist being an Englishman suffering amnesia, stumbling around a dark castle searching for answers. But those answer are unlikely to bring you joy. However whilst the story is horrific enough, the true brilliance of this game is the way it injects you with a feeling of utter helplessness and despair. You never feel like you have any options other than to run and hide, and even those options feel temporary, simply putting off the inevitable for a little longer. And yet run and hide you do.

And no game I have ever played has used darkness so effectively. It is both your best friend and greatest enemy at the same time. It will hide you from the terrors, but it will expose you to the insanity brewing in your own mind. So you flit from light to dark, never able to truly feel comfortable in either.

Everything about this game works well to produce a true feeling of fear. The sound and the visuals are great and the game mechanics are actually very cool. Pushing and pulling items around, moving chairs in front of doors, it all works to give that genuine horror movie experience.

If you like horror games this is a must have. And I dare you to play it at night, with the lights off and headphones one :)

I recorded my full play through and you can watch it here :

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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
1.) Bought Game
2.) Played for 2 hours
3.) ♥♥♥♥ my pants
4.) Uninstall Amnesia and Steam
5.) Throw my Computer out of window
6.) Clean my pants

3 spooky 5 me.
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Your enjoyment of Amnesia: The Dark Descent hinges almost entirely on what you expect to get out of it.

As a horror game, certainly what it’s advertised and probably considered by most to be, it shockingly comes across as rather...uninteresting. It does an amazing job setting a tense, foreboding atmosphere, layering on copious amounts of disturbing exposition and twisted imagery. And then sort of throws it away when it attempts to bring it all to boiling point and scare you out of your wits, relying on a sluggish, rather dimwitted monster which is rather less than frightening and scare tactics which all too quickly become predictable.

The sense of dread I felt when I first awoke in the mysterious castle that makes up Amnesia, was lost after just a few hours, as it became dreadfully easy to guess exactly when and how the game would attempt to scare me, no matter how much I kept hoping that it would reject my expectations. Picking up key items, opening a particularly unappealing door, or finding a note; Amnesia’s list of triggers is short and used liberally, making for an experience that quite frankly left me a bit annoyed at how little it managed to get to me. I was practically begging to be scared by the end, but aside from a few very brief standout sections Amnesia almost does more to set you at ease than it does to freak you out.

I say all this, and yet, Amnesia is still immensely compelling as something completely atypical of what I would have guessed: a traditional adventure game. Behind the gruesome imagery and very effective atmosphere, the excellent puzzle designs and exploration were what kept me intrigued and wanting to come back to the game. Though they’re often simple in design, there’s a rewarding logic to each puzzle that makes them unexpectedly enjoyable to solve. Frictional Games manages to make blind exploration and continual backtracking interesting and continually stimulating, with each area you visit being visually distinct and engaging, and often holding within contextual exposition that creates a great sense of place and causes the castle to feel far larger than just the areas you explore.

When you’re not solving puzzles, the disorganized narrative compels you forward, leaving you vague notes that give just enough information to make you want to learn more while rarely telling you the whole story until the very end. Finding the details of this plot are often disturbing and thoroughly unpleasant, leaving me feeling rather mixed about my protagonists actions but nonetheless complacent as I couldn’t leave this story unfinished. The flashbacks/hallucinations that your character often witnesses gives a look into how the castle used to operate, horribly inhumane and driven by some mysterious supernatural element, but all the same a place I wanted to learn more about if only so I could make sense of my character’s madness.

This madness is perhaps the game’s strongest achievement, distorting the world around you and causing you to see things that may very well not be there. Staying too long in the dark wears on your sanity, requiring you to ransack every room you come across so you can be sure to have enough oil for your lantern and tinderboxes to light candles and torches. I was a bit disappointed that these resources came in such large supply, as it made darkness less of a threat and more of an occasional hindrance to your view, but the mechanic was still engaging enough to cause me to pay more attention to the environment and as a result find things I may otherwise have missed.

It’s a little funny to me that despite being let down by the aspect that I expected would have prevented me from even finishing the game, what I found underneath it proved more than enough to push me through the game. If you’re hoping Amnesia will leave you terrified and sleeping with the lights on, you’ll most likely be let down by the underdeveloped, somewhat lazy frights found here. But if you can appreciate the game without those prerequisites, there’s an eerie and twisted adventure game waiting to swallow you whole into its brilliantly realized darkness.
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47 of 63 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
95.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
The best horror game ive ever played. :D
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Very atmospheric, very scary. Definitley play alone, in a dark room, with headphones on. If you're looking to be scared, you won't be disappointed.
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42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
"I make $4M a year by screaming like an idiot into a camera"

"8/10, don't make enough money."
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
one of the greatest mind messing games i've ever played, and that is while i played it during the day, and at night a total nightmare , the sounds and atmosphere created will have you quivering in your onesies
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89 of 135 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
0/10 not enough tinderboxes.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Amnesia : The Dark Descent is a blend of adventure game elements such as exploration and physic based puzzles in a horror themed environment. They complement each other well, as the places you wander through get gradually more terrifying, the fairly unconvoluted riddles help you ease the tension that can become almost unbearable at times. This is where this game shines, the pace is skillfully mastered, even if you have difficulties persisting in horror games you might very well finish this one. The design is tighly knot around exploration, lightening candles and torches to ward off the darkness, finding the scattered pieces of the story and a death mechanic inconsequential to your progress. The game manages to fill you both with a sense of curiosity as you descent further into the abyss to unravel its mysteries, and a sense of dread to what awaits you in its darkest recesses. You won't be disappointed by its climax.

Amnesia : The Dark Descent is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, yet a highly unpleasant one, reaching that difficult balance each horror game aims to find. It lasts 7 to 8 hours, and there is the possibility to play custom stories, which I might review here as I go through them.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
I enjoyed this game a lot! For the right atmosphere it is utterly important that you play it with headphones on in a totally dark room. If you don't, you are missing out. Recommended for all fans of the horror genre.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Competent, Unadulterated Survival-Horror

+ Atmosphere is palpable and relentless
+ The 'insanity' feature is well integrated into the game's environment, and the restrictive nature of needing to stay within a light-source adds a challenging mechanic to one's adventure
+ The little voice-acting present in the game is superb in quality
+ Graphics and textures, though dated, have aged well
+ Level designs are well-planned and make one feel thoroughly immersed
+ Controls are smooth, responsive, and blissfully minimalist
+ The story has multiple endings to choose from, and they differ enough as to be worth seeing
+ The plot is interesting and incredibly well-delivered
+ Pages and mementos are well-worth the effort to obtain, and do well to enrich the experience
+ Supports custom story-quests

- Save for a drive to see the other endings, there is little incentive to replay the main quest
- Plot is advanced through linear exploration and fetch-quests; this does not necessarily detract from the experience, and indeed this was the intended method of gameplay, but gamers uncomfortable with this style may find themselves turning away from the game due to an underlying tedium

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