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DARQ (Logic Puzzle)

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Story:

Lloyd is trapped in the land of nightmares! Help him manipulate the fabric of his dreams to find a way to wake up... if you can survive that long.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1849058844

Gameplay:

DARQ is a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer... Or is it? The controls are simple: Walk, run, sneak, interact/use inventory, "wall walk". There is no tutorial, but for this game that is appropriate. Figuring out how to manipulate the environment is what DARQ is all about, after all. Because of this, I don't want to give too much information, so I'll try to only give you a taste of what you can do.

First of all, this is NOT a platformer. There is no jump button, no falling and failing and collecting of baubles. There *is* a collectible on each of the (currently six) levels, however. Collect them all to get 100% of the Steam achievements.

What we have here is a logic puzzler that requires you to defy physics to progress... After all, this IS the land of dreams. It doesn't take long to figure out how to move around and take control of the environment, but there are times during the game where you'll have to memorize where things are so that you can move fast enough to complete certain tasks. It is not the primary thrust of the game, but you will not be able to complete the game without some quick movement.

Running isn't always the answer, and indeed, it can spell Lloyd's demise. There is a fair amount of stealth involved, so choose your actions wisely.

In addition to figuring out how to complete each level, you'll find that there are some scattered mini-games that you'll need to complete. Nothing too mind-bending, just a nice additional layer to the puzzle-solving nature of the game.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1849064919
Sights and Sounds:

I've seen the game compared to several famous titles, including LIMBO and Little Nightmares. Having played both of these, I can safely say that yes, the environment is similar, but the overall feeling of DARQ is quite different than both, especially when you take the gameplay into account.

There is no music until the ending credits - It's just you and the environmental sfx.

Although it may not seem like it at first, the deeper you delve into the game, the creepier it becomes, and I loved that aspect of it. It's a psychological horror for sure, so if you're easily-scared, you might have trouble with this one!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1849064505
Verdict:

DARQ is a short game, but more levels are planned, and this planned DLC will be released for FREE. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and surprising puzzle-gameplay, and must say that I am very impressed with this developer's first release! Bravo, Unfold! I hope that you have a long career ahead of you!
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Malignity. Sep 15 @ 10:09pm 
Thanks for explaining it :-)
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Iron Patriot gc Sep 15 @ 1:55pm 
Great review of A Plague Tale!
Malignity. Sep 15 @ 11:43am 
Why did the can crusher quit his job?
Because it was soda pressing.
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Veksha Sep 15 @ 1:43am 
Thank you for kind words.