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Dark Matter

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Jul 27, 2015 | 4:19 AM EDT

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Dark Matter is a game about light. Or rather...the lack of it. Somebody turned off all the ambient light and now dark squares are floating around soaking up the rest of the light. Maybe if you fly forward for a while you can find a solution.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Played it, beat it, loved it. There are a few issues with this game of course, but I'll get to that.

Dark Matter is game with a theme, small story, and space exploration. You can read the author's comment to get a basis of the story, I'm going to talk about it's gameplay. The object is you to fly to the otther side of the map, which is located at the top of the screen. During the journey you will have to dodge and avoid obstacles that mostly hinder your progress. Now if you die in this game, which you can by touching red squares too many times, you will be sent back to the beginning of the level. Not knowing how much HP or damage you are taking keeps players on suspense, which I felt was a great edition to the game, and it helps you ignore most of the emptyness that you're travelling though because you're more worried about whether or not you'll accidentally fly into a red square. That suspense is the best part of the game!

There are items you can pick up in the game, they look like tiny grey, pink, and purple circles, but I'm not really quite sure what they're supposed to do. It said in the instructions part that purple helps with the light, but in all honesty I didn't notice the difference.

Now for the things that are not so great about Dark Matter....
- This design flaw may have been unintentional, but it doesn't tell you how many levels there are. So you start wondering if there's an end to this game, and when that happens it is not a good feeling.
- The last level is the worst of them all. Everything is near-pitched black automatically, and includes no sense of safety at all (if that makes any sense). After I discovered there were no wall boxes in the level, I just started tanking through the thing at half-way. I get the feeling that this level wasn't meant to be tanked, but that's how I beat it. Honestly, it would be more fun if we could see the full red-box level while trying to dodge the moving green ones. Out of all levels, this is the worst designed.
- The game is too short. It only takes 10 to 12 minutes to complete the entire thing.

When it comes down to it, Dark Matter possesses flaws, but positives outshine the negatives. It will be an exceptional game to the newgrounds library, and earns itself a sequel. The final verdict for Dark Matter is a 6 out of 10 - slightly above average. The NG rating however is a 3.5 stars. Now this score may be a little too high for the lack of content delivered, but it was delivered extremely well. The game didn't need to have a story, but it did anyway, and that added on to the experience. My prediction is if a second game comes, the score will be even higher.

Final Verdict: 6 out of 10
NG Rating: 3.5 Stars (rounded up)

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