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DARQ: Complete Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

62%

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General Information

Available on:Xbox Series X/SDec 4, 2020
PlayStation 5Dec 4, 2020
PCDec 4, 2020
Xbox OneDec 4, 2020
PlayStation 4Dec 4, 2020

Developer: Unfold Games

Publishers: Bloober Team, Unfold Games

Genres: Action, Puzzle

HELP LLOYD WAKE UP! DARQ tells the story of Lloyd, a boy who becomes aware of the fact that he is dreaming. To Lloyd's misfortune, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare and all attempts to wake up end in failure. While exploring the darkest corners of his subconscious, Lloyd learns how to survive the nightmare by bending the laws of physics and manipulating the fluid fabric of the dream world. WALL WALK, STEALTH, PUZZLES Apart from gravity-defying puzzles, Lloyd will have to use stealth when nearby enemies. He has no chance of winning in an open confrontation, since the creatures he will encounter are much more powerful and faster than him. Instead, he has to rely on careful planning to avoid getting detected. FEATURES Psychological horror set in a lucid dream, relying on slow build and creepy atmosphere rather than gore and violence. Unique artstyle and detailed environment to explore Sound design by Bjørn Jacobsen, known for his work on such games as Cyberpunk 2077 and Hitman. Puzzles that involve bending the laws of physics (walking on walls and ceilings) , manipulating the dream world (moving things, rotating rooms), collecting and using found objects, and avoiding enemies. Hidden secrets to find (optional, for hardcore players only)

DARQ: Complete Edition Critic Reviews

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Darq initially intrigued me with its Tim Burton inspired dream world and brain bending puzzles. Sadly, things moved sharply in decline after those positive first impressions. Tedious stealth sections often killed the pace, as did all the trudging back and forth to collect items, and the dizzying nausea-inducing puzzle section? That's just mean. Darq is less the compelling brilliance of Nightmare Before Christmas and more the baffling misfire that was Alice in Wonderland.

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GameMAG

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7 / 10
GameMAG

Deep atmosphere, rare setting and cool puzzles are tied up with lackluster music, boring monster encounters, and a plot, that's a little way too obscure. There is a lot to like about DARQ, but be ready for many shortcomings.

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Because I'm much more inclined to play these sorts of puzzle platformers on a console over computer, DARQ has been in various wishlists of mine for some time. I'm honestly glad that I waited for the chance to play this on my PS5, not only because my old laptop couldn't have handled it, but I feel that this complete edition is a polished final version and everything the developers wanted it to be. It runs smooth as silk, autosaves frequently, those scary moments have more impact when I witness them on a TV over a computer screen. DARQ Complete Edition has been such a positive experience for me that I'm excited to see what Unfold Games does next.

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Darq isn't the most difficult puzzle game out there, but it does excel in all uniqueness categories. Its greyscale art style adds to its overwhelmingly gothic vibe while providing puzzles that are difficult enough to force you to pause yet easy enough to solve. It's definitely something to check out, even if you won't be challenged to the fullest extent.

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