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Dark Earth (Windows)

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Description

Arkhan was born in a post-apocalyptic world and raised in a Stallite (Citadel of Light), one of the few places in the world with natural sunlight. Outside of this sanctuary, the world is not a safe place. The darkness creates a sickness that ravages the land. Given such an environment, the sun is worshipped as a god. A sun priestess Arkhan is defending, is attacked by an assassin. In defending her, he gets a vial of darkness thrown at him. Affected with the disease, Arkhan begins to wander the land in an effort to cure his illness and bring order back to the world.

Dark Earth is a third-person action game with light puzzle-solving elements. It has pre-rendered backgrounds with fixed camera angles, similarly to Resident Evil games. There are few firearms in the game, and ammunition for them is limited. Weapons break down after a while and must be repaired. Arkhan can grab and use improvised weapons such as kitchen utensils. He must also search for food to replenish his health when wounded. During the course of the game, Arkhan gradually succumbs to the dark side in him. On several occasions the player is able to make dialogue choices that will influence this transformation.

Screenshots

Dark Earth Windows You and your girlfriend
Dark Earth Windows The first menu
Dark Earth Windows You control your character with the keyboard. There's no mouse support.
Dark Earth Windows Some people dwell in luxury...

User Reviews

A blend of medieval gothic, with a little steampunk, and some post-apocalypse blefuscu (424) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 90 out of 100 90
OK PC Gamer Dec, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
GameSpot Nov 06, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Edge Sep, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Jun, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Sep 20, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 25, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Cancelled PlayStation 2 port

Despite publishing interest by both Sony and Konami, the PS2 version of Dark Earth was ultimately cancelled early in its development cycle.

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Adam Baratz (1351) added Dark Earth (Windows) on Dec 30, 2000