The X-tra trashy playable B-Movie featuring the worst Austrian accent in English gaming history proudly presents the X-R-X-MAS Demo! This is a special...
Welcome to your ultimate nightmare:
"You`re Peter "Pete" O`Brannon, a Private Eye. Sounds faszinating? It isn`t, trust me - unless you find it exciting to hunt down cheating husbands and lost dogs while living of cheap Chinese food in shabby motels. THAT would be what Petes job is all about - but luckily for him, he has a good customer paying his bills. It`s GlobalSecure Inc., one of the biggest insurance companies on the East Coast. More exactely, it`s Samantha "Sam" Miller who runs their investigation departement on insurance fraud. She`s tough, she`s intelligent, she`s better than Pete. By far better. But due to the companies Code of Conduct and some very nasty ethic rules, she`s prevented from taking, erm, "semi-legal" steps to gain essential information and proofs. That`s where Pete steps in - for 500 bucks per day + expenses + a nice 20% share of the money the company saves with whatever Pete finds out.
Into the Dark is a playable B-Movie, a trash Experience composed out of 60% humour, 30% horror and 10% technical flaws. Enjoy!
This game is based upon the winning entry of the scariest game competition on TGC:
The first release on Gamersgate and as boxed retail product was 30th of October 2012, the official Desura Release in April 2013
WIP Gameplay Level 4:
First of all, a big "thank you" for all of those who have voted Into the Dark as one of the best games in 2013, bringing us to the Top 100 again. This is quite astonishing, as we had totally forgotten to make some announcements or PR articles.
Ok, back to work:
While working on "Into the Ice", we also came back to Into the Dark for some bugfixing and compatibility tests. First of all, there was a problem with the consumption of "Schnaps". There is a library of possible answers to the "what shall we do to the drunken Peter" drinking songs, triggered by a basic randomizer. And there it came sometimes to the awkward situation that the first verse was sung, while the second one never came. This has been fixed now.
We also had our first test runs with Windows 8.1 systems, and, unfortunately, the game didn´t run on 2/3 of the machines. The first round of investiagtion came to the conclusion that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 comes out of the box with MANY runtime libraries missing, some of them even not available as dependency in the Desura settings.
But there is an easy solution for that one:
It will not only help you running Into the Dark, but also many other "older" or DX9 based games!
The second catch was the even more restricted admin rights / priviliges handling that comes with Windows 8. Basically, if you have installed to the Program Files folder without having the rights to alter / write there, the game cannot be configured as the settings.ini cannot be written, and the game cannot be played properly as the savegames cannot be saved.
1. Open your Desura folder
(By default it´s in your program files, but who knows) and find the "Into the Dark" Folder (usually listed under "common" there.
2. Take a look at the exe files:
As you can see, there is the Launcher, the Game Exe of the Trash Game of the Year edition and the settings exe.
3. Right-Click them
and go to the properties window, section "compatibility". Yes, our screenshot here is in German and from WIndows 7, but basically you will see the same options on your Win 8 machine in any language:
- Check the "Run as Admin" Box
- Check the compatibility box and set it it to "Windows XP (service pack 3)"
- Apply the settings and do this for all of the three exes
4. Why Windows XP (service pack 3)?
Well, during our test runs we discovered that these settings need 20-30 % less RAM when running the game. Which means that you can safely set the texture resolution to "high" within the settings program, even if you had the memory hickups before!
5. Enjoy the game now in full beauty:
Highest Rated (15 agree) 9/10
I would have prefered giving Feedback to the developers on their page, but the games installer points to IndieDB, so it`s gonna be somehow public: Although I`m pretty proud that this one is from Austria, obviously not far from here, I`ll stick to facts and spare the patriotism influence. I bought this game because of the report on Austrian TV, so I knew what I had to expect - Trash, Zombies, B-Movie-Style. I love that, so I gave it a try. And the game delivers exactly what it promises: Trash, B-Movie…
Nov 24 2012, 8:36am by ViennaGirl
Lowest Rated (3 agree) 4/10
Abysmal game. Bad graphics, bad atmosphere just terrible.
Nov 10 2012, 2:00am by alexander86