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DARK TRAIN – atmospheric adventure (made with paper)

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Our love letter to you Adventure Gamers!

Are you curious about what it’s like to be a disobedient squid ANN 2.35f with four tentacles controlling a whole train? Ridiculous? No!

DARK TRAIN is a 2D atmospheric hardcore adventure (no hints, no text, no help!) in an oppressive setting full of handmade papercut visuals, logical puzzles and mysteries about famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung. As a player your task is simple. Leave the gates of Border City.


FEATURES:

* story - strong narrative with direct action gameplay
* exploration - non-casual exploratory game feel
* atmosphere - dark oppressive setting
* audiovisuals - unique paper-art style and coherency
* narration - non-textual, situational
* no hints, no help - there is always a way to solve it

QUOTES:

“All Aboard! The Mysterious Dark Train… I like unfamiliar games which work in unfamiliar ways.”
Rock Paper Shotgun, Alice O’Connor

““Dark Train is a mystery made of paper worth unfolding.”
Killscreen, Christ Priestman
 
““If you’re a gamer who loves to explore for the sake of the journey with little concern for the destination, then you should be delighted by Dark Train.”
90% – Just Adventure, Cindy Kyser

“At the first glance, impenetrable, yet totally cohesive and immersive puzzle game in the inside. It impresses not only with visuals, but also with powerful scenes from the game world and its hidden secrets”
90% – Games.cz, Lukáš Grygar


AWARDS:

podzimka

Czech Game Of The Year 2016 Award (Best visuals)
Featured in official Unity GDC 2016 Game Showreel
Average review score: 81%


DEMO DOWNLOAD:

Windows: http://www.paperash.com/demo/darktrain_demo_pc.zip
Mac: http://www.paperash.com/demo/darktrain_demo_mac.zip


FULL VERSION OF DARK TRAIN:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290/


VIDEOS:

Release trailer: https://youtu.be/sPthXPdjeIY
Making of Video: https://youtu.be/YL_Y1UAymz4
Gameplay Video: https://youtu.be/y07k429IgWQ


MEDIA:

http://www.paperash.com
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / IndieDB

 

Dark Train is for those who like story-driven adventures with dark oppressive atmosphere. It combines explorable world with direct action gameplay. We like to describe it as “more than point-n-click”. Dark Train is played with a controller or mouse. Movement and spatial control is essential for game mechanics. Our design pillars are: non casual gameplay, exploratory game feel and consistency of all game layers (gameplay, visual, OST). Our background is in art production and we hold a strict design vision when creating our game.

As a player you take the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that controls the most important invention of the famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung – DARK TRAIN. However, this is no ordinary train at all. Thanks to the mysterious order from unknown client, Tagrezbung had to put into his invention a heterogeneous model of the human world. Your task is to solve secrets of the Tagrezbung’s invention and deliver DARK TRAIN successfully into the unimaginable finish. Beware of fact that journey is the destination.
Discover more about the story and lore of Dark Train on our blog: http://www.paperash.com/blog

 

 

     

DARK TRAIN is a 2D atmospheric adventure with mechanical squid ANN 2.35f tied to a railroad tamagotchi. The road is non-textual and made of paper. Together deliver the mysterious order from an unknown client who contacted the manufacture of famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung with really strange contract…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
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Have some exceptional design qualities,suprised goes unnoticed by forumites.

     

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I’m surprised at the lack of comments, but I did vote on Greenlight and I see the game is now available on Steam - and at 50% off until the end of the month!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290/

     
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goes unnoticed by forumites.

lack of comments

I don’t know about the other folks, but what put me off was this little word:

Action

I believe an average adventure game player’s reaction to this word is:

My reaction looks like this:

P.S. I appreciate the obvious effort the creators of Dark Train made to present their game to the members of this forum, though.

 

     

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There is no action. “Direct action gameplay” means that you control the character directly - no point and click. Like Grim Fandango, but this time with the mouse.

     

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Oscar - 27 February 2017 06:21 AM

There is no action.

Ok, that’s fine, but the mere word “action” in this thread’s title made me skip it.
I bet a lot of other people didn’t read it for the same reason.
Which may be a shame, of course.

     

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This one should’ve been won best graphics design TAA easily.

     

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Thanks guys for your support! Heart

Recently we released demo version of Dark Train. You can read about it here: http://www.adventuregamers.com/forums/viewthread/9211/

     

DARK TRAIN is a 2D atmospheric adventure with mechanical squid ANN 2.35f tied to a railroad tamagotchi. The road is non-textual and made of paper. Together deliver the mysterious order from an unknown client who contacted the manufacture of famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung with really strange contract…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
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zobraks - 27 February 2017 06:26 AM
Oscar - 27 February 2017 06:21 AM

There is no action.

Ok, that’s fine, but the mere word “action” in this thread’s title made me skip it.
I bet a lot of other people didn’t read it for the same reason.
Which may be a shame, of course.

Yeah, that is true and now we are aware of it. We wanted to show that Dark Train is more action in gameplay as Oscar mentioned.

It is the question: Dark Train vs. Game genres. For now, we use “atmospheric adventure”. Is it better? Or do you have any thoughts how to solve this in better way?

     

DARK TRAIN is a 2D atmospheric adventure with mechanical squid ANN 2.35f tied to a railroad tamagotchi. The road is non-textual and made of paper. Together deliver the mysterious order from an unknown client who contacted the manufacture of famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung with really strange contract…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
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NOW with 66% discount on Humble!

https://www.humblebundle.com/g/dark_train 

If you will spread the word about it we will be the most thankful! Wink

     

DARK TRAIN is a 2D atmospheric adventure with mechanical squid ANN 2.35f tied to a railroad tamagotchi. The road is non-textual and made of paper. Together deliver the mysterious order from an unknown client who contacted the manufacture of famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung with really strange contract…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
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Thanks for the tip-off - I somehow didn’t have it wishlisted, so hadn’t spotted the offer already!

     
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Cheers to all! We have a new game – DARK TRAIN: Coupe WIP. Check it here Smile

https://adventuregamers.com/forums/viewthread/9405/

Thanks!

     

DARK TRAIN is a 2D atmospheric adventure with mechanical squid ANN 2.35f tied to a railroad tamagotchi. The road is non-textual and made of paper. Together deliver the mysterious order from an unknown client who contacted the manufacture of famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung with really strange contract…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
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