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Dark Orbit

Dark Orbit

Free to play browser based space combat MMORPGs have been getting some legs in recent years. With the launch of Battlestar Galactica Online in 2011, Bigpoint really showed off what could be done inside of a browser window. But long before the company was able to bring the Battlestar Galactica universe to a browser near you, they had a little space combat game called Dark Orbit. If you were to take a look at a game and compare strict player numbers and consider that as success, then Dark Orbit would be considered one of the most successful games ever. Not just browser based MMORPGs, but all MMOs. The game at any time will have in the tens of thousands of players online, and with a running tally of total registered users over 60 million.

Now of course before we start breaking out and crowns, we need to remember that the game has been around for several years, and is free to play. Still these numbers are quite impressive, and should be noted for playerbase is something we always look at when doing a review. Let’s face it, who wants to jump into a game and there are no players? So keep reading and we will go through many of the features and you can then decide for yourself if Dark Orbit is the game for you.

Getting Started

Registering an account is as simple as inputting a few things, and off you go. One thing to keep in mind though is this, the username you use is going to be your in-game character name. So make sure that when you are choosing this, you choose what you want your in-game name to be. Not my favorite way of doing things, but not a huge issue either.

Once you get past the basic registration stuff you will be faced with the choice of which faction you will choose. The faction you choose will determine who your PvP enemies are, so if your friends are playing the game and you wish to be on the same side as them then you are going to want to make sure you are choosing the same faction. The faction choices; Earth, Mars, or Venus have little other barring on the gameplay as neither provide any bonus or detriment to the player based on the decision.

Now that these decisions are out of the way, it is time to start the gameplay. When you do, you may be surprised by the pop of a second browser window. This will essentially be your main gaming window, and the previous browser screen will be what we consider your management window, where you will manage things like purchasing more ammo, new ships, picking up quests, assigning pilot points, etc. It may seem a bit odd at first, but it is pretty simple to use and get accustomed to.

As soon as you launch the gameplay window you will be dropped into a tutorial that will have you rescue a stranded friendly ship from some alien fighters. The basics of combat will be shown to you, as well as gathering of materials, and space travel. The tutorial gives a very basic understanding to the player of these game mechanics, and then moves the player to their first base to begin their journey of exploring the universe on their own.

Gathering Goodies

One of the main features of Dark Orbit will be combat and gathering ores as well as other items as your travel around the universe. Most of the quests will request that you head out to find X number of a specific ore and then you will be rewarded. The nice part about this is after you are completed you will get to keep the ore you have gathered. Of course in your travels you will gather items that are just found floating in space as well, such as credits, uridium, ammo for your lasers or rockets. All of these will be useful over time and are worth the moment it takes to pick them up.

The gathering of ores becomes especially important as you will be able to head back to your space station and convert these ores into more powerful ores that can be used to upgrade your ships cannons and rockets with bonuses to certain attributes. These ores will also be able to be sold and credits earned to buy upgraded ships, more ammo, and other items.

Ship Management

The management of your ship will be very important as you move through the game world. You will take damage from enemy fighters, so making sure to repair your ship when you can is important. Also, each ship has a limitation as to their ships cargo hold. So being wary as to how much cargo your ship is carrying can mean the difference between losing a lot and losing a little. Since ships can plunder from each other, even those within your same faction can come up and plunder those hard earned goods that you have spent time to gather. Just one more thing you will need to manage and be wary of. Of course as you upgrade your ship and get stronger, you will become less of a target and be able to also protect yourself from these types of nefarious characters.

PvP and Clans

Even though the game is essentially played is small slices of the over all large solar system. Keeping your head on a swivel once you leave your starter zone is important for many reasons. PvP is rampant in the game and everyone is fair game. So if you find yourself facing an enemy player with no help around you would easily find yourself quickly respawned back at your base. Large scale PvP is also prevalent in the later portion of the game where clans of players will gather together and roam the sectors for players of the opposite faction to destroy. The best protection for a situation like this is to create safety in numbers, so join a clan and grab some clan mates before you venture too deep into the solar system.

The Final Word

Our original take was that Dark Orbit was a simple gather and progress type game, but after playing it for a couple hours the depth and complexity began to show. With loads of ships, pets, drones, and weapons to purchase each player can be different than another. Then throw in all the potential upgrades for these individual items and it only adds to the games allure. The game is certainly no graphic marvel, but it does have several years under its belt, at the same time the game receives regular updates and a lot of love from the developer and publisher that translates into more game for the very large playerbase. The simplistic nature may turn some people off, but for others this will be an added bonus.


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  • TomTomDam
    March 22, 2012
    Reply #1

    [..YouTube..] not the best game of its genre, i tell you…

  • TomTomDam
    March 22, 2012
    Reply #2

    not the best game of its genre, i tell you…

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    March 22, 2012
    Reply #3

    [..YouTube..] 2D Eve Online

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    March 22, 2012
    Reply #4

    2D Eve Online

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  • XxXZeroChanceXxX
    March 28, 2012
    Reply #6

    [..YouTube..] Yea you gather 3500 uri but its like 80,000 for that goliath unless you win it in trade which is about 50mil credits. You need to pay to actually play.

  • XxXZeroChanceXxX
    March 28, 2012
    Reply #7

    Yea you gather 3500 uri but its like 80,000 for that goliath unless you win it in trade which is about 50mil credits. You need to pay to actually play.

  • SAF616
    April 2, 2012
    Reply #8

    [..YouTube..] free 2 play pay to not get owned if you exit x-2 map seriously even if you are with bigboy with 9 drones just like me you cant do any quests outside the safe areas x-1 and x-2 they just own you so fast you cant even escape and the game dont requirer skill at all you just press the button and thats it whoever have more stuff on his ship with his credit card wins

  • SAF616
    April 2, 2012
    Reply #9

    free 2 play pay to not get owned if you exit x-2 map seriously even if you are with bigboy with 9 drones just like me you cant do any quests outside the safe areas x-1 and x-2 they just own you so fast you cant even escape and the game dont requirer skill at all you just press the button and thats it whoever have more stuff on his ship with his credit card wins

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    April 12, 2012
    Reply #10

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    April 12, 2012
    Reply #11

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  • AlmoTrademark
    April 12, 2012
    Reply #12

    [..YouTube..] What is better which is free to play? If there’s anything better I’d like to know 🙂

  • AlmoTrademark
    April 12, 2012
    Reply #13

    What is better which is free to play? If there’s anything better I’d like to know 🙂

    • Marylouise
      July 21, 2016
      Reply #14

      Salve, sono pienamente d’accordo con quello che dite, io ho lo stesso problema, ho sviluppato un software molto utilizzato (creato inizialmente per me e poi pubblicato come free) ma è un po &#0i82;illec2to” (Trova le password di una marea di reti wireless) ed è freeware e sotto il download ho messo il pulsante delle donazioni.Purtroppo anche se in pochi giorni ha raggiunto i 1400 downloads nessuno ha mai fatto una donazione.Voi avete dei consigli da darmi?

  • AlmoTrademark
    April 12, 2012
    Reply #15

    [..YouTube..] You get pilot points by buying log files, which costs uridium.

  • AlmoTrademark
    April 12, 2012
    Reply #16

    You get pilot points by buying log files, which costs uridium.

  • Johng2476
    April 21, 2012
    Reply #17

    [..YouTube..] I really tried my best to like this game. However, after a week of playing I really can’t say I got too far. After hitting a certain point you must go out into the non safe areas and frankly if you don’t die like 5-6 times a day trying to learn the game then you either have a fat wallet or ran faster than the person running beside you to get away! I spent hours trying to accomplish the most menial of tasks without being PK’d. Seriously..Don’t play this game..save some time and money.

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      Reply #18

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  • Johng2476
    April 21, 2012
    Reply #22

    I really tried my best to like this game. However, after a week of playing I really can’t say I got too far. After hitting a certain point you must go out into the non safe areas and frankly if you don’t die like 5-6 times a day trying to learn the game then you either have a fat wallet or ran faster than the person running beside you to get away! I spent hours trying to accomplish the most menial of tasks without being PK’d. Seriously..Don’t play this game..save some time and money.

  • Diamondhgu
    July 15, 2012
    Reply #23

    [..YouTube..] so many people judge this game just on the start. the game really begins once you get some of the elite equipment. bitches

  • Diamondhgu
    July 15, 2012
    Reply #24

    so many people judge this game just on the start. the game really begins once you get some of the elite equipment. bitches

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    July 20, 2012
    Reply #31

    [..YouTube..] what camcoder is thix please tell me if yo do ill subscribe 🙂

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    July 20, 2012
    Reply #32

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    July 20, 2012
    Reply #33

    [..YouTube..] I use a program called FRAPS to record gameplay. Hope this is what you were looking for an answer to.

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    July 20, 2012
    Reply #34

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  • terrycruzer
    August 12, 2012
    Reply #35

    [..YouTube..] dude u dont have to spend 99 cents to get them ur given those for completing tasks after then u can buy another if u want for 99 cents those things n that menu u need to do b4 anything else get all that free good stuff lf2 & lf3 laser a bunch of other good stuff i been playin since 2010 its a hard long game but its also da best ive played online O the fast repair needs repair credits i belive not to sure only used it like twice. all emneies r fixed on U u can get that 10 U was frm a box.

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    August 12, 2012
    Reply #36

    dude u dont have to spend 99 cents to get them ur given those for completing tasks after then u can buy another if u want for 99 cents those things n that menu u need to do b4 anything else get all that free good stuff lf2 & lf3 laser a bunch of other good stuff i been playin since 2010 its a hard long game but its also da best ive played online O the fast repair needs repair credits i belive not to sure only used it like twice. all emneies r fixed on U u can get that 10 U was frm a box.

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      July 21, 2016
      Reply #37

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  • terrycruzer
    August 12, 2012
    Reply #38

    [..YouTube..] pilot points u get from logic disks ur 1st one is 30 logic disks i belive as u get 1 the price of logic disk go up

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    August 12, 2012
    Reply #39

    pilot points u get from logic disks ur 1st one is 30 logic disks i belive as u get 1 the price of logic disk go up

  • slayer1561
    November 21, 2012
    Reply #40

    When you get a reward its put in your inventory and then you can install it in your ship or whatever for free, it only asks you if you want to buy more of that item for 99 cents…

  • slayer1561
    November 21, 2012
    Reply #41

    You dont need a credit card, all you need is patience, I haven’t spent a dime on this game and im level 16, got a goliath, got all 8 iris’s, FE pretty much, so stop bitching about “ohh you need a credit card”, no you dont!

  • MrArty303
    December 8, 2012
    Reply #42

    true, I decided long ago not to waste money on FREE TO PLAY online games, I make 6000 uridium per hour, in one day a player can easily gather 50.000 uridium…still the difference between free players and idiots with money is still pretty big…

  • B Schroe
    December 20, 2012
    Reply #43

    Thanks! This video was really helpful!

  • TheMMODen
    December 20, 2012
    Reply #44

    Glad I could help

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    January 14, 2013
    Reply #45

    @Omeal Skibob i agree

  • demonhunter131
    January 14, 2013
    Reply #46

    im lvl 16 full havoc all lf-4s and im rocking this game point is that you can do so much more in this game from actually playing it alot rather than judging on first look reviews

  • legolin
    January 16, 2013
    Reply #47

    Still alive this awful game?
    Please check out Pirate Galaxy, 3D graphics, MMO, Free to Play, you can play from Game Client or with Web Browser, You can choose your ship paint without spending real money. Dark Orbit it’s a very expensive game if you like PvP and you want to win sometimes if you don’t spend money you have nothing to do.

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    March 17, 2013
    Reply #48

    I moved up to battlestar galactica

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