"The gameplay is simply fantastic, offering up fast-paced shooting action that is exciting, rewarding and relentless. The graphics are amazingly good, belying the games 15mb size. The range of enemies and weapons complete the game as a tour de force that was an easy pick as our 2007 Action Game of the Year!"
"Imagine Asteroids with a far more nimble ship that can strafe around using lateral thrusters, and you're in the world of Darkside. The game's also played in 3D, although via a top-down view, overlooking a giant asteroid around which you orbit alongside plenty of chunks of space rock and enemy ships that need a good blasting!"
"This year's Big Chip Game of the North award is the first Big Chip awards to be open to entries from outside the North West region. The winner here (Darkside) was chosen for its playability, slick build and good use of graphics. As a web-based game it loaded quickly, the user interface was intuitive and the game play obvious. Within just a few levels it's easy to see the game's addictiveness, and the simplicity and style with which is has been built. An all-round great game showing you don't need huge teams and budgets to create something stylish and playable."
"Flying around spherical planets seems to be in style this year. From Mario Galaxy to Super Stardust HD, we've been offered some great planetary romps. Darkside, while a bit different in its approach, is no different in its quality. It's a spectacular game full of those qualities that make gaming great."
"There are three play modes: missions mode, where you battle through 100 levels with varying objectives; arcade mode, where you use your twitch skills to get as far as you can with just three lives; and survival mode, where you get to see how long you can last with just one life against an endless stream of enemies ... It's really fun having to avoid being demolished by both space rocks and aliens."
"Like any good shooter there are a few boss enemies to deal with. Some take the form of giant spiders crawling over the surface of the asteroid. One particularly impressive level had an unusually small asteroid with not one, but two massive spider bosses crawling over it!"
"Darkside is an absolute must-play. The weapons are spectacular, featuring some of the most enjoyable bomb explosions I've launched in a game. The terrain, which spins under your ship as the planet rotates to your every move, provides a perfect location for blasting baddies that gives the game a very fresh feel."
"Darkside uses the basic gameplay of Asteroids, but gives it a new spin by presenting it in a 3D environment with a space ship orbiting different small planets and a modern graphical style. The game is entirely mouse-controlled. Left is for shooting, right is thrust and the middle mouse button unleashes a smart bomb that affects a wide radius with a large blast!"
"In the two years I have been reviewing indie games I've reviewed my share of games, but few, if any, could I see myself purchasing. This staunch sim & strategy-game player rarely left his favorites. Then Darkside came along! Darkside is the first arcade-like game I've purchased in over three years due to your fantastic spin on an old classic. You have designed a rare treat in the top-down shooter world ... or is it a top-down wrap-around shooter?"