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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.
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on 4 September 2017
Quick shipping, great price. Excellent hybrid adventure game!
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on 30 July 2013
...but if you discount the unwanted installation (depending on whether you are Apple or Windows) and put aside the soundtrack disc for later listening you don't have a very long installation process at all. Like its stable-mate J.U.L.I.A., the premise of a solitary occupant of a spaceship trying to work out where why and how the rest of the crew vanished echoes the familiar (to avid fans) science-fiction story and film sub-genre. There's plenty of gameplay here and lots of different environments and conundrums to investigate and puzzle out. Fortunately, like its sibling, its step-by-step solutions are posted on-line for you to refer to or follow when you come across one of the less logical or more frustrating episodes - you know, the ones that appear to require you to do the same thing two or three times in order to fail you first time through for no apparent reason. This aside, its an atmospheric and involving scenario..
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on 5 January 2015
hard work
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on 10 August 2014
Good stuff!
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on 2 October 2014
could not get this to work on windows 8. did start but crashes, but did look interesting.
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