Dark Castle

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
CD-i
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3.0
Macintosh
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...
Commodore 64
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4.5
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Description

The Black Knight has brought misery to the land, and the end way to end this is to enter his haunted house to slay him. You are the brave adventurer taking on this quest through 14 increasingly-tough zones.

The bulk of the game is side-viewed, involving single screens to pass through, which incorporate ropes, cages and trapdoor. There are enemies walking, flying and hovering through this, and many of them respawn. Unusually your weapon to take them on (rocks) can be thrown through 360 degrees, which aims to make the gameplay more realistic and methodical. The screens were linked by hub screens, which the player passes through simply by clicking on a door.

Screenshots

Dark Castle DOS Hey, check who's on the high score...
Dark Castle Commodore 64 Main menu, with high scores
Dark Castle CD-i Title screen
Dark Castle Macintosh Galaxian-esque bats

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User Reviews

Feeble attempt to recreate the original Amiga Frecklefoot (191)
Infuriating! And yet I keep coming back for more. DOS Trixter (8712)
Great innovative platformer Macintosh Frecklefoot (191)
Not scary, but not cute either. Just horrible. Genesis Mango Man (5)
A classic medieval 3rd person action game, equally addictive and as well as irritating DOS Indra is stressed (20015)

Critic Reviews

Techtite Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Power Unlimited CD-i Sep, 1993 7.2 out of 10 72
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 60 out of 100 60
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1988 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST May, 1988 47 out of 100 47
The CD-i Collective CD-i 2004 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1991 23 out of 100 23
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Dec 31, 2010 1 out of 10 10
Sega-16.com Genesis Jun 27, 2005 1 out of 10 10
The Video Game Critic CD-i Nov 14, 2010 F 0

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Trivia

Christmas

When the PC clock/calendar reads 25 Dec, a Christmas tree appears in the great hall of the castle.

Sound

The game featured digital sounds with the PC Speaker. However, the PC version sounded way inferior to the Mac version.

T-shirts

There was a Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle t-shirt and sweatshirt offer that came with the game.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #136 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by Chris Mikesell
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