Apr 26 AT 11:04 AM Taylor Wimberly 81 Comments

Early this week I got a message from NVIDIA asking me to review their next flagship game for TegraZone. I’m a huge gaming fan, so I jumped at the opportunity to check out their latest title. To my surprise, I got an early copy of Dark Meadow: The Pact from Phosphor Game Studio. Read on for the full details and a chance to win an ASUS Transformer Prime.

The Trailer

The Download

 

Mini Preview

I was asked to do a full review of Dark Meadow, but I’ve only had the game for 24 hours so consider this more of a preview. Having said that, Dark Meadow has started off as the best Android game I have ever played.

Dark Meadow begins when you wake up in an abandoned hospital. Very little details about the story are provided at the start, and the chronicle slowly unfolds as you begin to explore and pick up clues. I don’t want to give away the adventure, but you soon realize that you are trapped in a nightmare and you must escape the hospital to wake up.

Gameplay is a mix of exploring, mystery, and combat that features swipe gestures. Players are rewarded for closely examining every detail as they collect coins to upgrade their weapons and find clues that tell the story.

When a battle occurs, players start with a cross bow for long-range combat and switch to a sword as melee attacks as the enemy draws near. If you face an enemy and lose all your life, you awaken in the maternity ward of the hospital.

Check out the video above for a more detailed walkthrough of the game. As an experiment, I recorded my preview video using the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X, which is one of the devices that can play this game. For some reason the video abruptly cuts off, but I thought it was a good cliffhanger that would lead you to wanting more.

Overall, Dark Meadow has been a joy to play and I can’t find any faults with it yet. It has the potential to score a perfect review when I’m finished playing it. I joked in the video that Dark Meadow is like a good book that you don’t want to put down, and now I’m finding myself wanting to go play more after I get this post up.

Benefits of Tegra 3

Initially, Dark Meadow: The Pact for Android is exclusive to Tegra 3 devices. The game was previously released on iOS, but Phosphor Games has made a number of improvements for the Tegra version.

Dark Meadow Tegra 3 Enhancements include:

  • Dynamic particles – All the scenes come alive, with rendering power to draw more particle systems.
  • Dynamic foliage- Scenes have foliage that moves and sways
  • Dynamic textures — Extra visual fidelity like animating environmental textures like puddles and drips.
  • More detailed world – More polygons on screen

The Contest – Win a Transformer Prime!

To celebrate the release of Dark Meadow, NVIDIA and Android and Me are giving away one ASUS Transformer Prime tablet and dock.

  • How to enter: Join Android and Me and start a discussion about any topic in our Threads. All Thread creators in the next 48 hours will be automatically entered to win. (Learn more about Threads)
  • Who is eligible: This contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada
  • Winner: Coming soon! We will announce the lucky winner this weekend.

Right now Threads can only be created by users with 100+ points, but we are working to remove that restriction soon so that more people can enter.

Update: And the winner is… Lightning7.

Via: NVIDIA Blog

Source: TegraZone

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  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    Looks like a great game, It’s nice seeing all of the good games Android has been getting lately.

  • muffnman

    oh well, guess I can’t enter the contest with 0 points. Next time!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Every comment earns you a point. Upvotes on good comments earn you even more points.

      • muffnman

        Good to know, thanks!

      • kinderdm

        So do you also lose points for being downvoted? In threads in the past I and everyone around me was downvoted to -1, probably by someone just running down the page being a jerk.

        • Angie Wimberly

          Yes, probably a jerk :)

          Luckily downvotes from logged out users don’t affect your score. If they are logged in, your score is affected more negatively by a downvote the higher their rank.

  • http://about.me/LuisOTorres taz88ny

    I don’t have enough points to enter the contest. I need to get more active on this site. :) The game looks great though.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      You got 29 points, which is enough to create a Thread. We just setup this 100 point requirement on a trial basis, but it’s coming down later for this contest.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Looks like an awesome game. Time to get threadin’ for the Transformer Prime… Good luck Androidians

  • Chris Clark

    Please tweet out when the restriction is removed. I’ve got a great topic idea, and it’s not just a spammy topic to try and win the Transformer.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Will do. I’ll Tweet it and post to our G+ and Facebook pages.

  • xray49er

    Will try it out after work today

  • SGB101

    not compatible with my device!!!

    WTF it a One X !!!!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hmmm working on my One X. Do you have the Tegra version? Or maybe the Snapdragon model?

      • SGB101

        tegra, it maybe only USA atm. im in the UK

        • SGB101

          just check back and it is now available :o)

          downloading now, seems a big file.

          • SGB101
          • SGB101

            Turned out it is 800MB plus , this would of scared my desire to death.

            game is stunning looking, and hard, I’ve given it a bit of a go, seemed repetitive, will give it a few more goes bit I don’t hold out much hope for it staying installed.

  • Bryan Stoner

    The atmospher in Dark Meadow looks so immersive @u@

  • Yonas

    gotta give your readers in Europe a chance,its been around 3 contests and we’re still not allowed to join.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      We rotate the contest around and do as many countries when we can. I’m not shipping these devices out, so that’s why they are limited for this contest.

  • sumyunguy

    So we need to start a thread, but we can’t start a thread until we have 20 points. So most newer people can’t participate. Awesome!

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks for the feedback. Earnings points is really easy, and we will be doing more giveaways REALLY SOON for newer people.

  • spazby

    looks like a great game

  • J-Man

    No love for Europe yet again. I feel so lonely on my British Isle…

    Here’s hoping more contest will be Global.

  • startedfire

    Wait, you seriously have to have 20 points to start a thread? That’s kind of a lot of hoops to jump through just to be able to enter a contest.

    • 94wolfpack

      Stifler: “I dunno, man, that sounds like a lot of work.”

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yep that’s kind of the point heh. We don’t normally do this, so it’s an experiment. Most of our comments are just leave a comment to win, but we wanted to do something that required a little effort and creativity.

      • glennw

        I get that, but kind of don’t want to start a “useless” or “pointless” thread just to enter a contest. Although that’s a moot point since I can’t start a new thread.

      • 94wolfpack

        Thanks for lifting the 100 pt minimum to enter the drawing! Now everyone go comment on my thread!! /shameless_plug

  • lou2cool88

    Can’t wait till I can start a thread. Good luck to those who can!

  • seaps

    It looks like I’ll have to start throwing my opinion around more on the site. Scoring a tablet sure would be nice.

  • dtdlurch

    OMGOMGOMG

  • honourbound68

    don’t have a tegra 3 device (yet). any word on when it’ll be released in play store?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The game is in the Play Store now, but only available for Tegra 3. It will come to more devices soon, but we don’t have an exact date.

  • BlkSquad

    This would look good on my Galaxy Note.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    It’s not hard to gain points, just be active! Well worth it, too…Androidandme is my go-to site for Android news and more!

  • glennw

    I don’t have enough points to enter this contest :(

  • aholland1

    I’d love to win one of these bab boys, still the best tablet on the market right now!

  • Noven

    :’( even Android and Me is saying I’m not very active now. Time to peruse and talk more

  • WlfHart

    Hrmmm, looks like a fun game. Don’t have a Tegra device, yet… Congrats to the winner though!

  • Chris Clark

    Oh, it seems I’m only 8 points away from 100. I guess I should do my part and comment more. :)

  • ranwanimator

    Game looks pretty awesome. Can’t wait to play it when I get home from work. Stupid need to make money to live. Sheesh. Always getting in the way of me getting my game on.

    • ranwanimator

      So I played it last night and was initially impressed but found combat to be too cumbersome on a 10″ screen. I would like it if all of the dodge and block controls could be moved to either the left or right side of the screen. This would allow blocking and dodging with one had while leaving the other hand to swipe attacks. While I won’t be playing the game due to these issues I will say that it was suitably creepy in a Pan’s Labyrinth sort of way.

  • Brad Ryan

    Looks like a great game. Won’t install on my Bionic or my Asus Transformer

  • RX-78-7

    Dark Meadow looks really nice, oh and the htc one x is gorgeous. I’m jelly. :P

  • Kaote

    Looks like a great game, unfortunately not compatible with the OG Transformer, I suppose winning a Prime would give me the chance to try it.

  • Emperact

    I can’t download it on my HOX, the quad core version, in denmark.. Says it is incompatible..

  • skugern

    This is what mobile gaming should look like – simple controls that don’t crowd the screen, delicious graphics and great storyline.

    I’m normally a penny pincher when it comes to apps, but I’d gladly pay for this.

  • RX-78-7

    Can’t create a thread… =’{

  • dan

    Soon as my tegra 3 HTC one x decides that it is compatible with my phone I’ll definitely be playing this game

  • kimminer1

    Thanks for this great giveaway…sorry I can’t enter!

  • GrendelJapan

    Great prize. Wish I had more points!

  • Ricardo Carrilo

    Looks like an intersting game

  • ManimalBlue

    Looks like a fun game. I think I’ll have to get the new prime, even if I don’t win one.

  • Mix

    That game looks pretty fun, I like all the “neature” it has in it thanks to the Tegra-3.

    Not enough points to enter contest….oh well.

  • Carlos icee0711

    Just wish I could play the game now…

  • Aaron_301

    Well I guess I’ll have to start giving my opinion on everything here to win stuff haha.

    On the topic of the game, is it just me or could this be a console/pc game? It looks amazing graphically, the game play looks good, and the story seems creepy and intriguing.

    Now I really need to get a tablet, cause I don’t think my GNex will be able to handle this game.

  • Jaredstilley

    Will it work on tf101

  • danferan

    Holy Moly this game looks good! It’d look even better on a tablet. I’m glad to see games of this calibur coming out for Android.

  • diverbelow

    I am hearing lot of great things about the Asus Transformer Prime with the Tegra 3. The Dark Meadow is a game that I might get back in to gaming with. TP and Dark Meadow can’t wait!

  • OsiMood

    interesting but i would need just than one game to take me to update my hardware

  • Anjie Cai

    goodthing i have chainfire 3d :D

  • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan Almanzar

    http://androidandme.com/thread/giving-other-operating-systems-a-fair-go-and-your-experience-with-them/

    Started this thread. Hope I win. I really want to own a good android tablet and the prime for me is as good as it gets for the time being. Sadly I can’t afford to plop down the money for it and the keyboard dock right now. If I win, you do not know how happy I would be.

    Thanks for throwing this great contest!

  • Nathan D.

    Great looking game, didn’t even know it was out, thank for the heads up.

  • inviolable

    Oh look..another new game I can’t play. Back to Battlefield.

  • bill techert

    Wow, great prizefor my wife.

  • Truckerniner

    Wow can’t wait to play that game it looks so cool and the details are nice

  • nivekkev

    Looks like I am going to be in need of a bigger screen, that is unless all the stars and planets are aligned at a right angle and I blessed with good luck and get this bad boy, bah, who am I kidding…

  • theacoustician

    I’m not sure this will ever get seen, but according the the dev’s FB page, support for Tegra2 devices is underway and a version should be released by the Summer … so this isn’t exactly exclusive to T3. I don’t think there are any plans to extend it beyond Tegra platforms though.

    • Billiam

      But the tegra 3 allows the better graphics. Still cool that people with tegra 2 will be able to play.

  • slyder0244

    Damn not enough points to enter, I was hoping to win this.

  • android.fa.life

    I would love to have one of these but idk how to get 20 points

  • Kevin

    wowowow. This game is the same unreal engine 3, on rail rpg, just like infinity blade. I remember I year back when android fans knocked on it for being a boring experimental demo like game, only available on ios. Now that a similar game is out for android (tegra3 no less) its somehow good now???

  • android.fa.life

    It was stated that you guys would removing this limitation but when? I am still waiting I do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity

  • silverdark

    look nice i would like to have one of this

  • Quit it

    Great another tegra only game, even though the s3 is faster. QUIT THE FRAGMENTATION FFS!

  1. Looks like a great game, It’s nice seeing all of the good games Android has been getting lately.

  2. oh well, guess I can’t enter the contest with 0 points. Next time!

  3. I don’t have enough points to enter the contest. I need to get more active on this site. :) The game looks great though.

  4. Looks like an awesome game. Time to get threadin’ for the Transformer Prime… Good luck Androidians

  5. Please tweet out when the restriction is removed. I’ve got a great topic idea, and it’s not just a spammy topic to try and win the Transformer.

  6. Will try it out after work today

  7. not compatible with my device!!!

    WTF it a One X !!!!

  8. The atmospher in Dark Meadow looks so immersive @u@

  9. YonasGuest 3 years ago

    gotta give your readers in Europe a chance,its been around 3 contests and we’re still not allowed to join.

  10. So we need to start a thread, but we can’t start a thread until we have 20 points. So most newer people can’t participate. Awesome!

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  11. looks like a great game

  12. No love for Europe yet again. I feel so lonely on my British Isle…

    Here’s hoping more contest will be Global.

  13. Wait, you seriously have to have 20 points to start a thread? That’s kind of a lot of hoops to jump through just to be able to enter a contest.

  14. Can’t wait till I can start a thread. Good luck to those who can!

  15. It looks like I’ll have to start throwing my opinion around more on the site. Scoring a tablet sure would be nice.

  16. don’t have a tegra 3 device (yet). any word on when it’ll be released in play store?

  17. This would look good on my Galaxy Note.

  18. It’s not hard to gain points, just be active! Well worth it, too…Androidandme is my go-to site for Android news and more!

  19. I don’t have enough points to enter this contest :(

  20. I’d love to win one of these bab boys, still the best tablet on the market right now!

  21. :’( even Android and Me is saying I’m not very active now. Time to peruse and talk more

  22. Hrmmm, looks like a fun game. Don’t have a Tegra device, yet… Congrats to the winner though!

  23. Oh, it seems I’m only 8 points away from 100. I guess I should do my part and comment more. :)

  24. Game looks pretty awesome. Can’t wait to play it when I get home from work. Stupid need to make money to live. Sheesh. Always getting in the way of me getting my game on.

    • So I played it last night and was initially impressed but found combat to be too cumbersome on a 10″ screen. I would like it if all of the dodge and block controls could be moved to either the left or right side of the screen. This would allow blocking and dodging with one had while leaving the other hand to swipe attacks. While I won’t be playing the game due to these issues I will say that it was suitably creepy in a Pan’s Labyrinth sort of way.

  25. Brad RyanGuest 3 years ago

    Looks like a great game. Won’t install on my Bionic or my Asus Transformer

  26. Dark Meadow looks really nice, oh and the htc one x is gorgeous. I’m jelly. :P

  27. Looks like a great game, unfortunately not compatible with the OG Transformer, I suppose winning a Prime would give me the chance to try it.

  28. EmperactGuest 3 years ago

    I can’t download it on my HOX, the quad core version, in denmark.. Says it is incompatible..

  29. This is what mobile gaming should look like – simple controls that don’t crowd the screen, delicious graphics and great storyline.

    I’m normally a penny pincher when it comes to apps, but I’d gladly pay for this.

  30. Can’t create a thread… =’{

  31. danGuest 3 years ago

    Soon as my tegra 3 HTC one x decides that it is compatible with my phone I’ll definitely be playing this game

  32. Thanks for this great giveaway…sorry I can’t enter!

  33. Great prize. Wish I had more points!

  34. Looks like an intersting game

  35. Looks like a fun game. I think I’ll have to get the new prime, even if I don’t win one.

  36. That game looks pretty fun, I like all the “neature” it has in it thanks to the Tegra-3.

    Not enough points to enter contest….oh well.

  37. Just wish I could play the game now…

  38. Well I guess I’ll have to start giving my opinion on everything here to win stuff haha.

    On the topic of the game, is it just me or could this be a console/pc game? It looks amazing graphically, the game play looks good, and the story seems creepy and intriguing.

    Now I really need to get a tablet, cause I don’t think my GNex will be able to handle this game.

  39. Will it work on tf101

  40. Holy Moly this game looks good! It’d look even better on a tablet. I’m glad to see games of this calibur coming out for Android.

  41. I am hearing lot of great things about the Asus Transformer Prime with the Tegra 3. The Dark Meadow is a game that I might get back in to gaming with. TP and Dark Meadow can’t wait!

  42. interesting but i would need just than one game to take me to update my hardware

  43. Anjie CaiGuest 3 years ago

    goodthing i have chainfire 3d :D

  44. http://androidandme.com/thread/giving-other-operating-systems-a-fair-go-and-your-experience-with-them/

    Started this thread. Hope I win. I really want to own a good android tablet and the prime for me is as good as it gets for the time being. Sadly I can’t afford to plop down the money for it and the keyboard dock right now. If I win, you do not know how happy I would be.

    Thanks for throwing this great contest!

  45. Great looking game, didn’t even know it was out, thank for the heads up.

  46. Oh look..another new game I can’t play. Back to Battlefield.

  47. bill techertGuest 3 years ago

    Wow, great prizefor my wife.

  48. Wow can’t wait to play that game it looks so cool and the details are nice

  49. Looks like I am going to be in need of a bigger screen, that is unless all the stars and planets are aligned at a right angle and I blessed with good luck and get this bad boy, bah, who am I kidding…

  50. I’m not sure this will ever get seen, but according the the dev’s FB page, support for Tegra2 devices is underway and a version should be released by the Summer … so this isn’t exactly exclusive to T3. I don’t think there are any plans to extend it beyond Tegra platforms though.

    • BilliamGuest 3 years ago

      But the tegra 3 allows the better graphics. Still cool that people with tegra 2 will be able to play.

  51. Damn not enough points to enter, I was hoping to win this.

  52. I would love to have one of these but idk how to get 20 points

  53. KevinGuest 3 years ago

    wowowow. This game is the same unreal engine 3, on rail rpg, just like infinity blade. I remember I year back when android fans knocked on it for being a boring experimental demo like game, only available on ios. Now that a similar game is out for android (tegra3 no less) its somehow good now???

  54. It was stated that you guys would removing this limitation but when? I am still waiting I do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity

  55. look nice i would like to have one of this

  56. Quit itGuest 3 years ago

    Great another tegra only game, even though the s3 is faster. QUIT THE FRAGMENTATION FFS!