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The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (Windows)

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Set in a fantasy role-playing The Dark Eye universe, Chains of Satinav is a pure point-and-click adventure. The events start in Andergast, where King Efferdan is awaiting the visit of Nostria's Queen to undertake first steps toward a lasting peace. The young Andergastians have been called to the Oak Leaf Challenge to celebrate the occasion and to be honored by the King himself. Geron, the protagonist of the game, is a bird-catcher with ill luck and one of the challenge participants. Meanwhile, a plague of crows appears in town. Some of the birds are attacking humans or bring them dark nightmares. Gwinnling, Geron's mentor, finds out that it is connected to evil Seer, who was burned at the stake when Geron was a child. He also finds out that Seer's goal is to take over Andergast and the world for a god he worships, the mysterious Satinav. But to do this Seer should find a fairy and force her to play a sacred harp. Geron's main goal is to find the fairy first, protect her, and save the world.

Most of the game Geron travels through the fantastic world of Aventuria accompanied by a fairy named Nuri, trying to get away from the Seer and his minions. This is mainly done by interacting with other objects in the environment. The type of interaction is chosen automatically and it varies based on the object. While talking to other characters, dialogue options are divided into circle sectors. It is also possible for Geron to use two spells. One of them is 'break' ability available from the game's beginning and is applicable to objects made of thin glass or clay. The other one is 'repair', which is actually Nuri's magical ability. In the first part of the game it can be used to objects if Nuri is on the same screen with Geron, and in the second part Geron can use it on himself after Nuri shares this ability with him.

There is a regular game mode and a simplified one with tips. There are unlockables such as artwork, videos and achievements. Certain achievements are based on multiple paths to solve different side quests.


The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav Windows Distracting the eye that can petrify the beings.
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav Windows The imp on the tree knows about the secret entrance. But he does not want to tell.
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav Windows On the border
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav Windows Geron starts the game with his face in the mud

Alternate Titles

  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Satinavs Ketten" -- German title

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The Press Says

Adventure Corner Jun 20, 2012 87 out of 100 87
GamingXP Jun 18, 2012 85 out of 100 85
Adventure-Treff Jun 26, 2012 85 out of 100 85
Game industry News (GiN) Jul 04, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameOver (Greece) Aug 30, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Jul 18, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Gamers Jun 27, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Destructoid Jul 23, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65 Aug 02, 2012 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy Jul 09, 2012 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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POMAH (31330) added The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (Windows) on Aug 08, 2012
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