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Duskers (pc game)
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Alone in the darkness

If you can imagine a bizarre low-fi mix of System Shock, Descent, and FTL, you might have some idea of what to expect from Duskers. It's probably not a game for everyone, particularly those who value flashy graphics but if you're looking for something original and dazzling, then you're in for a treat. The game takes a classic science fiction set up and places you in the role of a lone drone pilot, trapped in an empty spaceship. Your job is pretty much just to survive and to do this, you're going to need to send out your network of drones to act as your eyes and ears and to collect all the goodies that you need. Of course, the ship is littered with traps and hazards so you can expect to lose some drones along the way but the really clever thing about Duskers is its low-fi approach. You issue commands to your drones via a command line interface while the visuals are retro to the point of the extreme. However, it's these elements which give the game its appeal as the end result is literally dripping in atmosphere so you really feel that sense of abandonment, decay, and loneliness that comes from being the last one alive. The game starts with a decent tutorial to ease you in but it quickly leaves you to your own devices. Fortunately, the interface is simple enough to manage so you won't feel lost but don't make the mistake of thinking you're in for an easy ride as it's tough to get a handle on everything you need to do. It is however immensely satisfying and enjoyable, not to mention immersive, so if you have any interest in unique experiences, you need to play Duskers.