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.
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Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

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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
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 31
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a survival horror video game by Frictional Games, released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. The game features a protagonist named Daniel exploring a dark and foreboding castle, while avoiding monsters and other obstructions as well as solving puzzles. The game was critically well received, earning two awards from the Independent Games Festival and numerous positive reviews.
Originally released independently via online distribution, the game has since been published in retail by 1C Company in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as THQ in North America. A collection of five short stories set in the world of Amnesia, written by Mikael Hedberg and illustrated by the game's concept artists, was also made available. In addition, the game's soundtrack is available for purchase and a free content expansion Justine has been released as well as many fan-made expansions and stories for its unique "Custom Story" gamemode.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 31
This game is about making people understand how to quickly build a brick house. Thanks, I built it.
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Chris P. Fry
15.7 hrs
Posted: August 31
A great game for some horror experiences, fear, and jump scares.
Approved by PewDiePie.
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18.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
Cool game. Love it. Creepy AF
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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
nooooOOoOoOoOOooooooooooope o_0 it tho
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9.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
The game for all the people really wanting to be the next pewdiepie or markiplier.
Really tho, it's alright, not as great as people like to say it is. Modding makes it better though.
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11.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
Shadow that is haunting you during the game, is the most positive thing in this game.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
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7.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
A truly horrifying game.

When I started this game I had no idea what I was in for. I knew, from simply browsing youtube gaming channels, that this was a popular game, but I had no idea as to why. I watch clips of videos where people would scream while playing the game, so I simply assumed it was a jump scare game that sought to exploit the trend that was going on during the time, similar to Slenderman and so on.

I can tell you though, after completing the game, that this is not the case. Does this game scare the crap out of you and make you whimper like a cancer ridden puppy?

Yeah, it does that.

But it does so much more. The story is amazing and enticing. Few games are able to get me to read all of the back story that they have laying around. Bioshock is another example of this, I spent considerable time to seek out the recordings in that game to get the entire story, that s how much I loved it. I experienced that same feeling in this game.

This game also presents many puzzles, an element I did not know was part of this game. The puzzles, though mostly simple, are fun and rewarding.

The game's level and sound design are also marvelous I should mention. The terror of the beast lurking around the corner would be nothing if the beast had the sound of a rubber duck, and the corner had the appearance of a bus stop. No, this game seeks to draw out every sense of fear in you. The only moments of relief you get are in those brief moments of narration, savour those I tell you. (A very similar feeling to F.E.A.R.)

I won't drag on here. It's a terrifically terrifying game.

Though if you're a homosexual and open about it, I don't recommend buying this game, it'll put you right back in the closet.
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14.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
I don't really get the hype of this game, for me it was average. SOmething to do when you are bored.
I did not find it scary - I mean, come on, if I play it in the dead of night, all alone, it should at least make me afraid of going to the bathroom or something :-) Although the story itself is really sick and made me hate myself - aka Daniel quite a bit.
I would recommend buying it only on sale - the playthrough takes only about 10 hours, so imo it is not worth the full prize.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
At first, my old computer couldn't run this game and I was sorely dissapointed. I've always wanted to play this game and experience the horror for myself. But now, three years later with a new laptop I'm finally able to play and I must confess.

It was worth the wait.

My first playthrough is still ongoing, but I would reccomend it to anyone and everyone!

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I actually completed this game tonight. I have owned it for 5 years, and started it now and again, but got only so far and then thought "well, thats enough for me".

Well, I braved it. I said nope, I'm doing it this time. And I am bloody glad I did.

Despite being 6 years old now, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is still a solid, good looking, great sounding, first person horror game. You wake up in castle with no recollection of where you are and why you are here, but you soon learn more as you descent further into the deep bowels of this forbidden place. Along the way, you have some relatively simple puzzles to overcome, while the odd puzzle or two present more of a challenge.

And it is true what they say, this game is just plain scary. I truly felt fear in this game like no other game has accomplished, and this is achieved by a combination of jumps, creepiness, fear of the unknown, fear of being chased, panic, a gloomy atmosphere and some utterly brilliant audio work.

I can't describe the gameplay and the mechanics without underselling the game at the same time. The only way to know what it is like is to just play it, and trust me on this - it really is one of the scariest things you'll play.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
It was definately not
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Yeah im terrible at horror games, you see those 9 hours I have played of this, they are me at the beginning of the game, the furthest I have gotten is when the elevator breaks and your stuck in an area of pitch blackness, really when I say I am bad I mean it, I will complete it eventually and probably record it I might regret saying that, but from what I have played its a great game, so get it if you enjoy horror.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I always thought this game was overhyped and well, dumb. Man was I wrong (and stupid). While I have not finished the game, the short amount of time I have played, has been good. Real good. The game is pretty scary with a great atmosphere and I feel like most of the terror and tension comes from the superb sound design. I have been frightened multiple times, just from gusts of wind or creaking doors/floors. I keep meaning to play more of it, but I think (subconsciously) I'm too scared. So in the likely case I never finish the game, from what I have seen...a solid 9.5/10

OH plus there are a ton of custom stories you can download and play. "A Cowards Debt" is great.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
That aint even a survival horror game!
A puzzle game with an amazing story and terrifying stuff.

This "puzzle game" was one of the games i wanted to play before i bought a new PC, because my old PC was crap. I bought this game in 2014 to play it when i get my new PC. I got my new PC in 2015, though...


Best game ever, 10/10 would fap tears
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
A sweet, super short and absolutely spoiler-free review and opinion on the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent by Frictional Games.

Close your door, shut down the lights and let the darkness sink in... The only visible light source being the computer monitor. The most rewarding experience will only be achievable in total darkness. Amnesia: The Dark Descent will take care of the rest.

As a horror game this gets a lot of things right with just only a handful of annoyances mixed in. The game is definitely recommendable to anyone who is able to handle a lot of spooks and many more jump scares.

The game goes even as far as planting some philosophical and truly thought provoking concepts in players head. So after one has beaten the game the memories about the “descending” aren’t necessarily the scary bits and pieces but the moments when the thoughts about “right” and “wrong” start to have debates in players mind. That’s perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the whole packet.

My IGN-score: 8.5 / 10


SPOILERS (for those who really want to have a ‘clean’ experience)



- enjoyable surroundings
- atmosphere
- the dance of light and darkness (to put it nicely ^_^)


- low resolution textures (the game is nearly seven years old so hardly surprising)
- not enough notes, diaries etc to read (completely subjective viewpoint)
- less appealing in the end (ok, this one is kinda a stretch {as I said there isn't much to criticise})
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person exploration/puzzle game with heavy emphasis on atmosphere. If you're looking for an unsettling 7-8 hour horror experience that doesn't rely on jump scares, this game should be an obvious choice.

In detail

Without giving anything away, the game is about exploring a dark castle and the story is delivered in flashbacks and in random notes and diary entries you find scattered around. Apart from one particular puzzle towards the end, majority of them didn't take me too much time to figure out. The character makes helpful notes when you explore places and you always have either a new area to explore or a note/memento/diary entry that guides you what is needed to achieve next.

There are enemies, environmental hazards and fall damage that tick away your health, but it can be restored by using potions. However, the more interesting game mechanic is the sanity meter; Losing sanity is tied to various things like looking at creepy things, staying too long in the dark etc. and solving puzzles restores it. Going insane affects on how the character controls and causes all kinds of creepy visual effects.

Most of the tension and horror comes from the sound design, being in the dark unable to defend yourself and losing your sanity. There are a lot of optional light sources, but you need to manage a resource to decide which of them you actually want to ignite. Rest of the time you're relying on a lantern with a limited oil supply and it forces you to move at a quicker pace than you might be comfortable with.

I almost gave up playing this 2-3 hours in, after a couple of the first major sections, thinking I had seen all it had to offer. I started writing this review at that point basing it around the start of the game and what I had seen so far. Thankfully I didn't quit as the scariest stuff was right around the corner.


I think the game should've maybe been an hour or two shorter as I found it losing me a bit towards the very end. Still, I can appreciate the things it does get right and give it a solid recommendation. There aren't too many games around that manage to get under your skin like Amnesia: TDD does. For a better experience, make sure to at least use a proper gamma setting. I also recommend playing in the dark and possibly during night time, without distractions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
This game gave birth to many YouTuber's channels, this game is very unique changing horror games the day it came out with it's thrilling jumpscares and the custom story mode making the game playable beyond the story mode.
I recommend this game for those who love horror games and enjoy the thrilling jumpscares it holds
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