ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 2.5 stars
Everyone is afraid of the dark as a child, but not everyone outgrows it. This fear of the unknown is why the developers of "Darkout" constantly surround the player in darkness. It's just too bad that they didn't provide better instructions for the complex building and upgrade system.
Players take on the role of a space explorer stranded on a mysterious planet where nighttime lasts much longer than daytime. To make matters worse, numerous nasty creatures lurk in the dark waiting to pounce on unsuspecting explorers. Similar to the plot of the movie "Pitch Black," players must find a way to survive using the resources found on the planet.
Building a home base requires many, many resources that must be painstakingly gathered. With the right materials, players can craft a complex bunker that emits light and has power generators. After performing research, it's also possible to construct powerful weapons and even a jet pack.
On one hand, I appreciate the in-depth building options, but on the other hand, I wish that the tutorial for using these were more than a brief text pop-up. Players who get distracted and miss the instructions will end up wasting both their time and patience simply constructing a basic building. In addition, the menus are needlessly convoluted and the sliders for choosing the amount of resources to craft are overly sensitive.
However, anyone who's able to last through the first few hours will find a beautiful world to explore that's full of cool lighting effects and unusual creatures. It's also fun to transform my basic wooden hut into a high-tech metal base complete with elevators and intricate wiring.
"Darkout" is very frustrating at first, but it rewards patient players with a vast amount of options in a cool Sci-Fi setting.