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"This is the story of a survivor." is what Dark Orbit tells the player when starting the game before throwing him into the role of a young mining pilot, serving his duties at Nibiru, the tenth planet of the solar system.

In the year 2150, this planet is the home of an ore called Mallidium, a resource that can be formed into almost any molecular structure and, thus, is in high demand. The miners on the planet, however, drilled too deep for the valuable rocks and awoke an unknown, aggressive alien force that is currently swarming the planet and killing everything in sight. While researching an abandoned mineral processing plant in his basic little mine skimmer, the young pilot is faced with the alien invasion and has only one goal from this point forward: survive and escape.

Dark Orbit is a simple 3rd-person science fiction shooter. The player navigates his space ship through map after map, shooting every alien in sight with lasers and rockets, and advancing the story. Furthermore, collecting enough Mallidium is a necessity, as these ore can be used to feed resource recyclers. These devices can produce enhancements for the ship that are vital for surviving the enemy masses.


Dark Orbit Windows Getting electrocuted
Dark Orbit Windows The repair bay - here you unload your collected ore and produce new equipment from it.
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Dark Orbit Windows End of trial mode. Nooo! Damn, I need a crack.

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GameSpy Oct 15, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Discontinued support

The game is not supported anymore by WildTangent. The trial version is hard to find but at least one freeware site is still offering it in 2015. In trial mode the game doesn't advance to level 2.

Later game versions could be unlocked with a key only via online activation, so this as other WildTangent Web Driver games cannot be unlocked legally anymore after a new installation, even if bought once.
MZ per X (3018) added Dark Orbit (Windows) on Oct 23, 2009