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:
Recent:
Very Positive (263 reviews) - 93% of the 263 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (13,568 reviews) - 95% of the 13,568 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

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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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
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Recent:
Very Positive (263 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (13,568 reviews)
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Derpina
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Pewdiepie brought me here :D
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F L 4 M e
( 140.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Want to play a good horror game? Play this game.
It's way scarier than FNAF.
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Michael20001
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
An incredible horror game, i have played it and completed it before i purchased it on steam myself. (So disregard my play time). Very atmospheric , and genuinely scary at times.
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NomadicPlague01
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
this game is well worth the buy, the atmosphere is delightfully terrifiying and the puzzles and monster placements work in sync with each other
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Desu
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
69/69 game scared me so much i have aids now.
I turned into a cat.
i lost my virginity to a mouse.
im broke.
im poor
this makes no sence.
i want attention
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Slatinator
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Amazing game, got me into the horror genre years ago. Just now writing a review today. Nothing in depth at all, it's just a great game and I love how you can only run and hide.
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Donald-Gene_Sutton
( 56.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
what custom story is this
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Izzo
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
........................................................No comment
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182_hby?
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Amazing game! Will always be a classic. Been playing the game for 4 years now, will never get tired of playing the game.
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V AIC V
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Pretty scary but I love it!
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DamarusRex
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
With friends on the couch behind you, or solo, this game is one hell of an experience. It's getting visually old, but the gameplay and levels are still working great even today after so many horrific fp. Amnesia is one true quality title. With a weird story, some brutal encounters and controller drops.

Now, for people used to this kind of game, it would be of limited interest if it wasn't for the randomized AI appearence system. The recipe is overused nowadays and if you played plenty of those, Amnesia will give you its scarejump quota, but don't expect someting revolutionary. It's classic FP horror, but it's classic efficient at least.
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Cobalt
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
It's too scary to let me quit in even the beginning when I heard a noise. -.-

10/10 IGN
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help me
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
i bought it to make myself look good
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Tariqx85
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
It's a good horror game for not too much tbh, It did have the shilling horror factor I usually look for with simple gameplay as such I give it a thumbs up
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InTheSpaghetti
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
You can throw books around and send chairs flying across the room!
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Sollision
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game is terrifying, I've owned this game for a long time, but only have about an hour in it. Too spoopy.
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Sir
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Spooky scary dead manpigting
chilling down ur spine
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Tinkertyler
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Meh. It's got some spooks and some scares, but the gameplay is just kinda "walk around a look for stuff to scare you". It was great for the time that it came out, but now there are better horror options.
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billgarlic
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Great horror experience!
10/10
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Your GPA
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Personally, I am not big into horror games, but this game did an excellent job keeping me on the threshold of Death's door. Amnesia is a game where you are a man trapped inside a mansion with little to no recollection of where he is and why he was there in the first place. As you search for clues and information regarding your identity, you encouter distrubing creatures made of flesh that will chase you until you enter the next room. The game continues this way until you finish it. Me and my friends had some pretty good scares when you would rush down a hallway only to run into one of these crazy killers. They are also very difficult to outrun, so pray to all that's holy that you don't get spotted in a less spacial location. The game does well lighting to the mood and atmosphere are you descend deeper into the chambers of this mysterious mansion. My favorite part of this whole game had to have been the sewers where falling into the water will trigger an invisible creature to attack you, and seeing it splash its way towards you is terrifying! If I had to give this game some criticism it would be its build up. In the beginning of the game I got nervous as I crept through the hallyways and corridors. By the time an hour had passed I was beginning to question how long this game was since I was experiencing a lot of nothing happening. By the time I started to take notice of the dangers lurking in the darkess that's when the game started getting interesting. There were a few points where I got a little confused on what I needed to do as they wanted me to solve some puzzles. They aren't so bad once you find all the ingrediants, but if you get killed as you make a mad dash to the safe zones, then you have the collect those ingredients again. What a nightmare! This game does its justice as a horror game, but around that there's a thick amount of exposition you have to wade to but once that has passed the game becomes a pretty haunting experience to enjoy. Not the best horror game I've played, but still far above standard.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
A true Gem of the Survival Horror Genre took me only 2-3 years of owning it to gather the courage to play through it. 10/10
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
Graphics: terrifying (good)
Performance: terrifying (no fps cap)
History: terrifying (terrifying) *didnt beat it atm
Puzzle difficulty: terrifying (im too worried about monsters to solve a puzzle)
Game Intro: terrifying (srly, its terrifying as hell)

10/10 - would sh!t my pants again
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
opened it 5 times played it once, too spooky 4 me
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
With everything you've already heard about Amnesia, know this - you can only take its hype so far. Yes, it's a delightfully scary game with a real sense of accomplishment after every puzzle you complete and monster you run from. But it's not so scary that you should immediately dismiss it if it's "not your genre" or you're "too scared".

Any adult gamer owes it to themselves to pick up this game up if only for how well it is able to create a believable atmosphere with simplistic visuals, conveying information through text (an obvious limitation), and one of the best-sounding indie games of its time. AAA titles and indie games that want to venture into horror game making can take something out of this from a sound design standpoint.


Visually, it's delicious. The textures and effects work to display an ominous ancient castle in the 1880s with a steampunk aesthetic for its puzzle elements. The use of props, mechanics, and an inventory system works. It doesn't fare against today's AAAs, but it's going to look damn good on whatever you're playing it on. If you also play it on the correct brightness level (you'd only be cheating yourself), it adds another level of immersion.

The puzzle mechanics are great, but can get needlessly redundant and complex if you don't read some of the lore. If the papers are in the Notes section, they're worth reading. Sprinting mechanics and how the controls work when you're going insane felt strangely natural. Monsters spooked. The pick up, throw, and move object controls were also relieving - sometimes you just wanted to hurl a chair, a skull, or a body of other props in the air for no good reason other than to see it fly away.

The only way you could tell this was a budgeted game was through its use of limited narration in its story texts. Most information is conveyed through what's written down on pieces of paper, and a limited voiceover from a few characters on a few documents (not all are voiced over) made me lose interest. But there were times in the journey where the your world would slow so that the protagonist could remember moments that were mostly delivered only through dialogue and sound. Those moments more than balanced out the chunks of text that were both spoken and unspoken.

With its limited scope and mechanics for it being a budgeted title, the length felt right. It has 3 types of endings, which fit within its lofty lore that surrounds it. The checkpoint system was forgiving, and I wouldn't have had that any other way. Another gripe was that once you died or initially encountered the same few monsters, it felt less spooker than I anticipated. But the scores and sound cues that accompanied their presence hooked me back into it.

TL:DR

++ P H E N O M E N A L sound design in every step in the process, whether you're using on board audio or a top-notch sound card.
+ Short, but sweet game w/ interesting puzzles
+ Fresh spin on old environments with great visuals
+ Simple mechanics in a complex world
+/- Most information delivered through text, can feel a bit like a visual novel at points
- Characters not as memorable as the setting, which I found to be a missed opportunity
- Monster interactions got tedious and boring at points

8.5/10 - A great game for anyone coming from any genre background. This game also has a semi-active modding community on modDB that can provide tens of hours of new stories and campaign that reaches from Amnesia's rich backstory. One of my best Humble Bundle fringe purchases to this date.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I probably like pain. It must be the reason. Otherwise i would never have decided to play this game again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
an epic adventure, high modding capability with various options involved in where u can see as custom story. Good riddles and legendary atmosphere, what u would wanna have comes with it..

Gameplay,story, ambience, story development, the horror, anything u may need...

definitely a must!

the only problem as you may guess is the same that u may see in horror games tho, replayability. you end the main story and its over. although u have the chance of multiple endings, it does not save the repetative feeling once u set foot in the halls of Brennenburg.

Whatsoever, actually behind the customizable stories apart from the main one should be a hand not to give limited access to the game from the gamers' side. You can easily mod the game and enjoy your time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
Too scared to play, 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
if you love horror this is a must have
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
very good gamer with amazing situations to keep the heart going
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Game so scary, my dog coulnt handle it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
One of the first if not the first great horror game to be made,with no way to defend yourself this game makes you look left and right, hide in closets and even throw boxes and chairs to escape with your life. Interesting story and many different maps to be played thanks to modders.

8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
- be like me
- boot up game
- start playing
- scared ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ for no reason
- 2scary4me.jpeg
- get to random absolutely not scary part
- not scary scene exaggerated to seem scary
- lose my cool completely
- uninstall game after about 20 minutes of confused playtime
- never installed this game ever again
10/10 would lose my cool again
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
You should read this.

who said that flying naked men couldn't be scary?
also who said that naked monsters couldn't be scary?
who said that paintings cant be creepy?
who said that there can't be any dead naked men?
who said that flying naked men couldn't jumpscare you?

well, Amnesia the dark descent includes all these things.

who said that games cant have problems that last for years?

amnesia also includes that.

who said that you should read this?

I SAID THAT YOU SHOULD READ THIS!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I'm too much of a pussie to play this. I ♥♥♥♥ my pants from just the music and the noises.
Great Game 10/10, would ♥♥♥♥ my pants again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
very scaring.though i didnt end the game but i can feel that
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Me hizo cagar ladrillos,y asi arme mi casa :P
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Pros: Free, fun, spooky.

Cons: You break your computer, your your w key, your pants and your ♥♥♥.

whales/whales- IGN Would whale again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I have spoiled so many pants during this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Cool as hell horror game. Simple, yet difficult enough to keep me thinking and excited. Not to talk about the scary part of the game, absolutely makes me ♥♥♥♥ my pants. 10/10 :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
A true classic. Fantastically atmospheric and you're as involved in the story as you want to be.
Loved it.
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