Top positive review
Essential for fans of old school FMV adventures
on 13 May 2016
Darkstar is an incredible achievement with an ambition that exceeds most adventure games of recent times. An interactive movie that shipped on multiple DVDs and boasted over thirteen hours of footage, you would immediately assume it's a product of the 90s interactive movie trend? Darkstar was actually released for PC and Mac in 2010, the creation of US-based Parallax Studio.
Developed single handily by one man over a grueling ten year period, Darkstar is a traditional interactive movie in the vein of Gabriel Knight 2 and X-Files The Game, however it exceeds both titles in terms of ambition, content and quality. To provide some background on this unique game, Darkstar was developed by Parallax Studio in Nixa, Missouri. Jeff Williams, MD of Parallax, conceived the game in 2000 and it became a pain staking labour of love for ten years, eventually being self-published in 2010 via its official website, then later receiving a full retail release by Lace Mamba in 2011 (as seen here on Amazon). It has its flaws, but the depth and content really do make this a 5 star experience. Your character, John O'Neil, starts the game awaking from cryo sleep and you have to slowly piece together the events that led upto the present day by unlocking the mysteries of the space ship and the enigmatic Darkstar. Fans of FMV adventures will appreciate this and I strongly recommend it.