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DARK TRAIN – steampunk 2D adventure made of paper

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Our love letter to you Adventure Gamers!


DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City.


FEATURES:

* controls - dynamic, no point-n-click
* narration - strong, non-textual, situational
* atmosphere - dark, oppressive
* exploration - non-casual
* audiovisuals - paper-made
* no hints, no help - solve it

REVIEWS:

“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

“Dark Train can be highly praised for its ingenious design that offers players a new found sense of discovery that won’t be easily forgotten anytime soon.”
80% – Brashgames

“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

PRESS:

“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


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:

Making of Video:

Gameplay Video:


MEDIA:

http://www.paperash.com
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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.

Our story follows the journey of the inventor D. W. Tagrezbung and the mysterious contract from unknown client which he received years ago. Even as a child, he created a functional model of the universe and throughout his life drew attention to himself thanks to a number of significant inventions. At an advanced age of his peaceful life he received the last big contract with a very strange assignment. The client requested the creation of a model of the human world that embraces changeable weather and civilization. What he did not want to be part of the model was the human face or even people themselves. The actual challenge was presented by creation of transportation that would be capable of delivering the order. Inhospitable territory stretching between the client and the inventor is for centuries connected only by rail. Therefore D. W. decided to create a self-sufficient train with four wagons where each wagon will contain one familiar environment from his world. These environments are: Forest, City, Graveyard and Pool. Ingenious inventor also did not forget include various combinations of environments and theirs mutual weather or architecture affects. Eventually D. W. Tagrezbung devoted the rest of his life to the client’s order. The day the train was finally ready to go, the famous inventor died.
Discover more about the story and lore of Dark Train on our blog: http://www.paperash.com/blog

 

 

     

DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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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 an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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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 an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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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 an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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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. Check it here Smile

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

Thanks!

     

DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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Dark Train OST is now available! Smile

http://www.paperash.com/store

     

DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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NOW 70% OFF IN STEAM SUMMER SALE! => 4.49 $

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

Thanks for the support!  Heart

     

DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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I feel like I juste have to congratulate you on the graphics - I’m in awe. This is truly beautiful. I like games with narratives, and this might be a tad too oppressive to my taste, but I’m thinking of getting it just because of how inspiring it looks.

     
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NickyLarson - 29 June 2017 04:44 PM

I feel like I juste have to congratulate you on the graphics - I’m in awe. This is truly beautiful. I like games with narratives, and this might be a tad too oppressive to my taste, but I’m thinking of getting it just because of how inspiring it looks.

Thanks for the support!  Heart Give us message if it was too oppressive or not Wink

     

DARK TRAIN is an oppressive sci-fi/industrial 2D adventure made of paper. Assume the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that is tied to a railroad tamagotchi and deliver the mysterious order for the deceased D. W. Tagrezbung, famous inventor from the Border City…

http://www.paperash.com 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/532290 
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dark-train 
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