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DARCO - Reign of Elements

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As a mechanic you and your dragon explore what is left of humanity's last refuge: a fleet of huge flying ships which hover over an endless ocean. To survive in this post-apocalyptic world you have to scavenge your surroundings and defend yourself against creatures and other players. You have to build a base, improve it and learn. Equipment and tower upgrades help you to get you own food, water and electricity supply which is essential for survival in DARCO.

You encounter mechanical beasts in the world. These creatures can be converted and used to your own benefit. You also come across hostile dragons that you have to combat. The dragons, belonging to different elements, can be bred though and make it easier to explore and fight.The Story
After the greatest human invention, mankind was at the peak of its civilization, being able to create all sorts of technical wonders. Then, however, a horrible disaster struck, that flooded the earth and rendered the few remaining patches of land uninhabitable.
Foreseeing this tragic event, the greatest engineers built habitats with ecosystems to their liking in the form of huge, flying ships. This fleet, being able to escape the dangers of the flood, would become the peaceful home of mankind for centuries.

This changed when hordes of dragons began attacking the ships, and thus the Dragon War began. Through the ingenuity of humankind, mechanical beasts were created resembling animals, which were living in these habitats centuries back, to combat their new foes. This wasn't enough, though: humanity fought until no warriors were left, and the few who survived were left to one basic principle: Every man for himself.

Humanity was defeated, the fleet scattered, but the automated factories inside the ships continued producing beasts. With no continued maintenance throughout the chaos of the war, errors in production were bound to occur. The beasts malfunctioned and began attacking everything living and breathing.

You are one of the few survivors, a mechanic, of what was once a great Victorian civilization. As your day starts and you are out completing an important quest, you come across a young dragon. You pity the injured cub, so you decide to save it and from this moment on it never leaves your side, and you eventually realize: this dragon is your new companion. Take care of it, and you will grow stronger together.
Game Mechanics
When you arrive in the world of DARCO, you are given a choice of which elemental dragon you would like to start with. This starter dragon is your companion, never leaving your side throughout the game. That doesn't stop you though from creating dragons and your own small dragon army.

The mechanic beasts inhabiting the ships are a continuous danger together with other players. With your skills you are able to refactor some of them for your needs, even though only for a limited time.

You have to fight starvation and dehydration as your greatest enemy. Since you are not able to come back into the ship due to a lock down, you must learn to hunt and build yourself a home. Survival gets easier as soon as you can build your tower and with that better equipment. You can't hide in your fortress though, since you need to explore other ships to find new resources and confront the growing dangers.

Play solo or team up with a friends into alliances, to put the world at your feet!
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Age rating
17+ Mature

System requirements for PC

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 9 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD Ryzen5 1600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon R9 M390X 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 9 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer
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Early Access Review WARNING! BEFORE THE SPIEL KAUFST ... Again and again I see Misunderstandings from Users regarding Early Access Titles. So it often happens that you read strange Reviews, the Things like "Isn't optimized enough!," "There are too many Bugs in there ..." So., although it's d * ck (sorry, Steam doesn't like that word, because it has a rather questionable meaning * g *) and broadly read it is that you are currently testing an alpha version. Therefore, before you press the "Buy" button on An Early Access title, I Ask you to go within and consider: Can I go with "Tons" of bugs, unfinished features, graphic bugs, Glitches, crashes, AI dropouts, lack of content, hakely Features, lags, frame drops Living etc? Acquiring an Early Access means investing in a Game idea and getting early Access to a version under Development, but not a finished, optimized game. Therefore, buy Only Early Access if You think the Developer and his Idea are great and thus want to Support financially – also with Bugreports, suggestions for Improvement, Ideas, etc. to help the Developer complete the Game. To all others I advise YOU to do so with GRUNDSE, no matter what Game, and only buy You already finished Games! Two Things In advance: Contrary to some Reviews, there are only Nitrado servers, a Glance into the Steam's Own Tools Section was good, since you could have downloaded, configured And started the Dedicated Server within Minutes. To the Single Player: Yes, is still in Development, but should come. As mentioned above, it is an EA Title and does not include all Features. But Now to the actual Game: DARCO is a survival game in a post-apocalyptic Environment. In addition to the typical survival elements such as Hunger and Thirst, one fights against mechanical Monsters and, depending on the Server, also against other Players. The Genre-typical Crafting Elements are also included. So it is possible to craft your own Accommodations, Weapons, etc. New is the AI companion (which can also be used as a riding/flying animal later), which can also be set at an empty and Points. However, the Player here must make sure that his little Friend does not starve. So Food plays an important Role in this Case. The Graphics are of course not a 200-Man TTiple A bombast, which of course have completely different Possibilities than this small Developer studio, but the Graphics are very good and pretty to look at and fit the whole Game. Those who are into Ultra-realism should definitely look for other Games and Studios. Sound and Music are so good, although I have to say at this Point that in such an early Stages I am Really reluctant to evaluate Things like Level design, Graphics, sounds, etc., because there are still many things to change in the course of Development, but will make up for this on Occasion. Overall, DARCO is really successful in its current Form (As of 29.07.2018/Alpha) and am surprised at the quite good Alpha. This great Games (development) experience is rounded off by a truly Role model developer who is not too Bad to communicate with People in Discord and takes care of the Players ' Problems. All Of Them are super sympathetic and many a Developer likes to cut off a huge Slice of! The Community reflects an equally friendly and heartfelt image. So If you have any Questions about the Game, you should definitely look around DARCO's official Discord – you will be greeted there with the most heartfelt. And no, not only Is English written there, German is also welcome. Verdict: DARCO is a great Game with a lot of great Ideas. It is clearly at the Beginning, but is on a very good Path and I am absolutely convinced that we will get a really great Game at the End, because you can see that the Guys and girls of TP-STUDIOS have real Buck on it – and quite honestly , the Community too! Thank you TP for this great Game, the great Communication ... Keep it up!
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