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DARQ PC

An adventure game, realized in the convention of survival horror, in which we play the role of a boy trapped in a nightmare. While playing at DARQ, we travel through a gloomy home and solve environmental riddles, avoiding direct confrontation with enemies.

Adventure | survival horror | horror | indie games | 2.5 D | side-scroll

PC / Windows
DARQ cover

developer: Unfold Games

publisher: Unfold Games

Official website

Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:

15August2019

DARQ is a survival horror adventure game developed by independent team at Unfold Games.

Story

The main character of DARQ is Lloyd, a boy who one night discovers that he has found himself in a lucid dream. Unfortunately, it quickly turns into a real nightmare for the hero; as if that wasn't enough, subsequent attempts to wake up from it fail. The protagonist must therefore learn to survive in a reality full of dangers and strange phenomena not subject to the laws governing the outside world. The story can end in several ways, and which of the finales we see depends on the choices we make during the game.

Mechanics

In DARQ we travel through an extensive house (partly procedurally generated), look for useful objects and solve environmental puzzles. Most puzzles require manipulation of the laws of physics (Lloyd can, for example, levitate) and the environment (for example, rotating whole rooms); besides, at certain moments we are forced to move in total darkness. The whole thing is governed by the so-called logic of sleep, so for example, when you enter a room we have already visited, it may turn out that its decor has completely changed.

Things are complicated by the fact that enemies wander through the locations, which the boy cannot fight face to face. In order to escape with his life, the protagonist must move carefully and sneak past them, trying at all costs to avoid direct confrontation. The game has some jump scares, however, they are rare, because the creators try to arouse fear in us mainly through the gloomy atmosphere.

Technical aspects

DARQ features monochromatic 2.5D graphics, maintained in a distinctive style reminiscent of Tim Burton's cinematic works. The action is observed from the side, but the camera following Lloyd often changes its position, showing locations from different perspectives. We are accompanied by music recorded by a symphonic orchestra from Budapest; the soundtrack was composed by Wlad Marhulets.


Game score 9.1 / 10 calculated out of 109 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 6.1 / 10 calculated out of 4 players' votes.  

Age Rating

age requirements: 16+

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7850 or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 896 MB GeForce GTX 260 / 1 GB Radeon HD 4870 or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

The Creators of DARQ are Challenging Tim Sweeney
The Creators of DARQ are Challenging Tim Sweeney

news 27 August 2019 12:54

The developers of DARQ, Unfold Games, turned on Twitter to Tim Sweeney, the head of Epic Games Store, with a problematic challenge from which he will not emerge unscathed one way or another.

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