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Dark System

A topic by DarkstoneStudios created 98 days ago Views: 355 Replies: 16
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Hey everyone! Dark System recently entered open alpha and the feedback has been really great so far.

Dark System is a physics-based top down space shooter in an open galaxy. It has really fun combat, and meaningful progression and customization. Check out the game page for more info!

If you like games like Space Pirates and Zombies, Xenoraptor, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages, or Endless Sky, I think you will really like Dark System. It is still very early in development so there are still a lot more features to come!

If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them.

We are looking for as much feedback as we can get, so please check out the game and let us know what you think! Thanks!



what game engine?



Just added Repulsor Beam weapons! You can use them to push enemy ships into stars, planets, asteroids, or other ships.

Update 5 is now live

  • Star Map added! This should make it much easier to find where your missions are. It still needs a bit of work and a tutorial.

  • Changed enemy AI targeting to be less ridiculously accurate (mostly with beam weapons). Still have some work to do in this area.

  • Fixed bug with automatic edge scrolling when you are alt-tabbed

  • Fixed bug with not being able to attack star systems after returning to galaxy during tutorial

  • Many small tweaks

Update 6:

  • New Plasma Thrower weapons! Basically a really sweet flamethrower that deals tons of damage at short range.

  • Issue with ships firing at you when you aren’t firing at them should be much more rare

  • Complete equipment rebalancing

  • Reduced stat increases between tiers for all equipment except engines.

  • Beam weapons now use more energy and cost a bit more

  • Plasma weapons now deal more damage

For you Linux users out there, Dark System now has a Linux build

Update 7

  • Increased size of stars, planets, and asteroids.

  • 5 new ships! The rare Interon ships are powerful fighters with multiple weapon mounts.

  • Ships rebalanced. Number of weapon mounts more important when calculating PL/price.

  • Ship AI now has a reaction time, making it have more realistic accuracy. Should make enemy ships less OP when using beam weapons, and reduce the overall difficulty of the game.

  • New weapon - Vulcan: Heavy rapid fire machine gun with explosive bullets. Deals extra damage against ship hulls.

  • Made Plasma projectiles larger.

  • Reduced damage for Plasma Throwers

  • Progression rate decreased a bit - income changed to once every 10 seconds

Update 8

Windows, Mac, and Linux updated.

Note: Saves from older versions are incompatible with this version.

  • New Feature: Trading System! It is just a prototype at this point and still needs a lot of work.

  • Equipment in shops is now persistent. The equipment they have for sale will no longer change whenever the galaxy screen is loaded. Will add a way for shops to acquire new inventory in the future.

  • New Positron Core: Has very high capacity, power, and stability, but reduces your ship’s move speed and thrust. Unique to the Omegais faction.

  • Fixed issue with Close buttons and some equipment buttons in the Hangar not responding.

  • Beginning of game now much easier. First enemy ships you encounter have much slower reaction time, and reduced accuracy.

Update 9

  • Trading system greatly improved. Buy and sell prices are now different for trading goods. Difference between them is dependent on your relationship with the faction or star system you are trading with. You will typically get much better prices at star systems you own.

  • Ability to color star map based on price of different resources.

  • Rebalanced how weapon modifiers (like Spray, Oct, Sniper, Overcharged) affect power level and price. Tri, Pent, and Oct weapons should now be priced accurately (cheaper than before).

  • Waves should no longer spawn very close to the player, or on top of a planet.

  • Button in Star Map to automatically travel to selected star system.

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I love the plasma thrower, and how you can push enemys into stars. :]

I need to try this out, and give some feedback.

Thanks melerski! I'd love to hear what you think :)


Gameplay was good, not all too special though. The menus were a bit "dry" maybe add pictures of the spaceships/engines/weapons. The weapon name "Yellow Blaster" is easy to understand, but could be pepped up a bit with a cooler name. I like the menu music, but I find the in-game rock music unfitting. Hope this helps!

Maybe if you have the time you could critique my project "Catacomb Chess".

Thanks for the feedback! I'll give it a try later


Just finished trying it out.  I really like the concept! I did find it a bit weird that the enemies don't seem to move exactly on the tiles like the player does though. Sometimes it wasn't clear whether or not moving to a tile was actually going to kill an enemy that was partially on the tile. I also feel like being able to move all of your pieces in 1 turn, and the fact that the enemy can move in any direction, takes away some of the strategy. Chess is a great game, and I think making some smaller variations of it could be really interesting. Chess with some new pieces, and some boards that are smaller, larger, or a different shape, set in a fantasy setting would be a ton of fun!

Update 10

  • More story missions added.

  • Mission details and button to abandon mission added to Star Map.

  • Feedback Shield: High capacity shield that returns 20% of the damage taken back to the attacker.

  • Hardened Shield: High regeneration shield that reduces all incoming damage by a set amount.

  • Matrix Shield: Balanced shield that slows down nearby projectiles by 40% per second.

  • Engines rebalanced. Fast engines are now cheaper.

  • Temporal Engine: Powerful engine that has the ability to slow time by 50%, as well as increase the ship's speed and thrust.

  • Dash Engine: Extremely fast engine with very little thrust that has the ability to instantly accelerate your ship greatly.

  • SFX Changes. New explosions for Plasma weapons. Tweaked lighting for blaster and plasma projectiles.

  • Power level of independent systems is now dependent on the power level of nearby factions, instead of distance from starting area.

  • Star system defense missions now increase the income of the system you defend.

  • Declining a mission from a star system will now give the star system a new mission.

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Slowing time with the new Temporal Engine