The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape. Awake... 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 (7,276 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Buy Amnesia: The Dark Descent

AUTUMN SALE! Offer ends December 2

-75%
$19.99
$4.99

Packages that include this game

Buy Amnesia Collection

Includes 2 items: Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Amnesia: The Dark Descent

AUTUMN SALE! Offer ends December 2

 

Recommended By Curators

"Rich in atmosphere and big on scares, Amnesia: The Dark Descent goes where survival-horror fears to tread."
Read the full review here.

About This Game

The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape.
Awake...
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.
Explore...
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?
Experience...
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.
Survive...
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

Windows
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.
    Minimum:
    • 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
77 of 80 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
-
Click for Gameplay Trailer - Review
-
Graphics:
+ detailed equipped rooms
+ right light atmosphere
- simple architecture

Balance:
+ good introduction to the game with help text
+ automatic notebook
+ objects stand out
+ many automatic save points

Sound:
+ great surround effects
+ good english speaker
+ atmospheric music
- not all texts has voice output

Control:
+ clean inventar
+ interface does not disturb the atmosphere
- sometimes complicated

Atmosphere:
+ great tense situations
+ panic and helplessness
+ good switching between quiet and haunted passages

Game Size:
+ solid playtime
+ many different locations
+ 3 endings + 1 secret ending
+ nice physic puzzle
- not replayable

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is to date, the only game that has ever scared me. Not scared as in a short burst of shock, but in a heart-pounding, sweat-inducing, I need to stop playing so I can calm down kind of scared.
The player takes the role of Daniel, the main character who wakes up in a dark castle with no memory of who he is or why he's there.
That's the entire setup, and the simplicity of this concept lends itself brilliantly to the sense of isolation that Amnesia conveys so well. Completely alone in the castle, Daniel must contend with all the things going bump in the night on his own, with no map and completely unarmed save for a lantern.

It understands that the imagined far outweighs the known in its psychological punch, and it gives you enough audio and visual cues to imagine a very carnival of horrors.
This is every part the worthy successor, with considerably higher production values, bags more atmosphere, and a deeper exploration of the parallel themes of horror and insanity.
There's not a weapon in sight: it's all about the puzzles, exploiting the neat physics engine, combining items to apply to the environment, and hiding when the nasties come.
Spooky, shadowy castle rooms add to the uncanny feeling that something awful is about to happen any second. Most of the rooms provide subtle chills, through the presence of ruined walls, smashed-open ceilings letting in rain, and lone candles sputtering in the middle of lonely cellar chambers.
Going insane comes with interesting visual effects as well, including smearing colors, teetering camera angles, and bugs crawling across the screen. You never know what's really there.

Spend too long in the gloaming, and madness beckons. As Daniel's sanity starts to stutter, imagination plays merry hell. Insects skitter across your vision, the input-lag between mouse-gesture and action goes to hell, the ground lurches sickeningly, and you'll hear things – whispers, cries and horrid noises, one of which can only be described as someone pulling crabs apart.

Actually solving the puzzles shouldn't be too difficult for anyone who's played adventure games before. Despite the bizarre and often disturbing states of the sewers, morgues, and downright revolting torture chambers later on, the solutions often require you to collect a few objects and combine and apply them in simple ways. The game makes this easily manageable by confining solutions to set areas, meaning you don't need to worry about backtracking all the way to the start of the game if near the end you worry that a particular puzzle might require an overlooked item.

This is one of the scariest games in recent memory. The loading screen recommends you turn the lights off and play with headphones, something I'll strongly echo. It was without a doubt one of the most difficult, draining, and stressful gaming experiences I have ever had, but it's also an absolute masterpiece.


Sorry for my bad english. This is my review account, because the low playtime.
Thanks for reading! If you Like my Review, give me a Thumbs up in Steam.
Your help is greatly appreciated :)

My Curator Page:Sub
My Steam Group:GameTrailers and Reviews
My YouTube Channel:Steam Reviews
Was this review helpful? Yes No
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
By far, the strongest laxative ever made.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
0/10 not enough tinderboxes.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
The best horror game ive ever played. :D
Was this review helpful? Yes No
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
"I make $4M a year by screaming like an idiot into a camera"

"8/10, don't make enough money."
Was this review helpful? Yes No
18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
this game made me kill my family
Was this review helpful? Yes No
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
You go insane after looking at bald, naked men.
Ken/10.
What even.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
scary.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the greatest horror experiences a gamer can have. It is horrifying. It is unsettling. If you take the time to explore Castle Brennenburg, it has an engrossing plot. Every part of this game is crafted to give the player a sense of place, dread, and in many cases, disgust. You will be scared like you never have before. Easily stands with the greatest horror games of all time!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
One of the best games of all time! Any survival horror fan (and anyone who likes videogames in any way) must play this game! Amazing story, chilling from begining to end. BUY IT NOW!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
As one of the only people who wasn't introduced to this game via pewdiepie, I love this game like a son. The atmosphere, controls and gameplay all just fit together like a big ol' jigsaw puzzle.

10/10, make sure to have skype friends with you on your way so they can laugh at your fear.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The game that is right up there with the original Resident Evil for fundamentally altering my perception on what a scary game could be. Unending, godless nightmarish tension combined with some of the most brilliant sound design in any game create an amazing level of immersion. I think that even people who don't care for horror games should at least try it out, and it's mandatory for those that do.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Scariest game I've played in my life.

Heart was literally racing faster than 120 bpm at several points, I counted. I wish I could still be scared of horror video games, finishing this one makes all other titles seem shallow or hilariously predictable.

I'm glad this game scared me out of my mind during a time I was naive enough to be terrified.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This game... scared the crap outta me in the first... 40 minutes...FML.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Totaly spooked.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Hey, let's pick up this drill part-- bad idea, CRAPasdjkghh;ftihiohiogohbgpbuioebgwequigbwejgbwequigkehnfgdfr vnrafdtttttttttttttttttttttttwefr

*ded*
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Really awesome. Spooky experience, never forget! ^^
Was this review helpful? Yes No