If you’ve been a long time reader of out site, then you know how much we love indie games. As great as mainstream games are, there is a certain appeal to indie games that can’t be matched by the big budget titles. Indie games are often full of surprises and ideas that the big companies just can’t afford sometimes to try. It’s that reason why I love checking out new indie games. I find many to be much more creative and fun and it always amazes me how great these games can be with such a small team of programers and artists working on them.
Darkout is one such game that caught my eye with it’s dark and ominous settings as well as the fact that it’s being labeled as a 2d sandbox game, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term used like that before. Usually with sandboxed games, you picture big, open 3d worlds, not 2d platformers.
The game has you playing as the survivor of a crashed stasis pod. You must survive the dangers of your new surrounds and find a away to escape it. There are action elements to the game as well as RPG elements which make for a fairly deep and customizable experience. Check out the trailer below for a preview of what Darkout has to offer and then go check out the game for yourself over at www.darkoutgame.com/.
December 4th, 2013, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom – Independent micro studio Allgraf announce today that its epic sandbox PC sci-fi action game Darkout is now available for PC digital download channel Steam. Set on a remote, undiscovered planet, Darkout features a sandbox environment where players progress through randomly generated 2D levels as they research, build, and defend themselves against alien beings that roam the darkness. Darkout is now available for $14 .99, £9.99, €11.99:http://store.steampowered.com/app/257050.
“This is a red letter day for the team”, said Adrian Banninga, CEO of Allgraf, “Darkout’s launch presents the first stage of a gaming experience set on the post-apocalyptic planet Illuna. Our mix of strategy, exploration and storytelling will capture the imagination of both newcomers to the genre and veterans equally, as our passion to unveil the Darkout experience begins.”
As the survivor of a crashed stasis pod players must survive on Illuna, a world horrifically transformed since humanity tried to escape it. Darkout is a sci-fi sandbox game with RPG and survival elements seamlessly integrated into procedurally generated worlds that ensure all games will be played differently. Darkout’s unique research and crafting system encourages players to be creative and innovative with their strategies against a horde of light-sensitive creatures that become all the more abundant in darker places and when night falls. Further explore the world through Darkout’s main story and logs left behind by others that shed light on what happened in Illuna’s past and what place your character has in its future.
Finding and interacting with items, gathering resources, building shelters, crafting weapons, exploring, assimilating and activating intuitively presented stats screens must be strategically balanced for your ongoing welfare. Beware of the Boss, a fight to the death could ensue but the rewards for killing it would be substantial. With more exciting stages in development including multiplayer and expanding narrative within the Darkout universe, complete with an unfolding saga, the first stage of Darkout is an unmissable challenge but most importantly it is fun!
For information on Darkout please visit the official site:www.darkoutgame.com/
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Founded in 2005 by Adrian Banninga with the focus on graphical outsourcing, Allgraf moved into independent games development in 2011. The studio functions as a hub for an international group of individuals specializing in gaming, print media, television and film. Allgraf provides a platform for those individuals to work together on outsourcing projects, in an industry where short term and project based employment is the norm and down time between contracts provides an opportunity to work together on new and exciting projects. For additional information visit www.allgraf.com