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Dark Seed

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
5.0
Amiga CD32
75
5.0
SEGA Saturn
...
5.0
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Description

Dark Seed is an adventure game which capitalizes on the drawings of famous horror designer H. R. Giger as a source of background artwork and inspiration.

You play Mike Dawson, an ad company manager who, in pursuit of his goal in life to become a writer, purchases a solitary mansion in a small town called Woodland Hills. Although the low cost and hush-hush transactions when purchasing the house do raise your suspicion, the solitary environment and sheer beauty of the house crush common sense and you decide to buy the house. That's when trouble begin. Upon reaching the house, you suddenly feel tired. You find a bed and fall asleep...

... and wake up from a terrible dream, only to find out that your life has just become a worse nightmare: an unknown source has implanted a seed of darkness in your mind, and you only have three days to find a way to stop it.

Screenshots

Dark Seed Amiga CD32 Nothing interesting here.
Dark Seed DOS Library entrance
Dark Seed DOS Your friend
Dark Seed DOS Alien cerber

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗之蠱" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "זרע האופל " -- Hebrew title
  • "Dark Seed 1" -- Common title
  • "Darkseed" -- Alternate spelling
  • "ダークシード" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Nice idea, horrible execution DOS hydra9 (3851)
Good concept and graphics for its time....Although there are programming glitches! DOS bill bradskey (2)
Gorgeous, but not exactly playable DOS weregamer (157)
One of greatest and memorable game in the world DOS MDawson (8)

The Press Says

Amiga Action Amiga Feb, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Génération 4 Amiga Feb, 1993 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS May, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Amiga User International Amiga CD32 Jan, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Sep, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Oct 28, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Oct 22, 2008 C- 42

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
RIP HR Giger 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (44571)
May 13, 2014

Trivia

German version

The German version of Darkseed suffered from its translation. There were lots of spelling and grammatical mistakes (the first one on the very first screen of the intro, written in big letters), the rendering from English into German was clumsy and inapt, and sometimes English idioms, which are unknown in their respective form in German, were translated literally, which made them sound unintentional ludicrous or rather stupid. And there were points in the game, when several of these things came together, where it was hard or even impossible to comprehend the meaning of some sentences at all.

Graphics

There isn't a single Giger design made especially for this game. Giger looked through all of his past work and chose those which he thought would fit better for Darkseed.

Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson, the main character of the game, is based on the game's producer and designer Mike Dawson. Acting and voice acting was also provided by him.

Rumour has it that Dawson, went mad after that game was produced. In an interview with Gamasutra, he comments this myth: “Actually, I have no idea where it came from. In fact, I’d never heard that urban legend until just now. But frankly, I like it – and so do my six other personalities.”

Manual

There was this strange advice in the manual (translated from the German version): "Think logically. We tried to give all puzzles in the game a logic meaning. Only sometimes the logic may seem hard to comprehend. If you are stuck anywhere, try to use everything that you already carry. That may be successful." That doesn't sound too confident in the own game design, doesn't it?

Packaging

The cut-out in the front of the box holds a small, removable diamond shaped box that originally contained the floppy disks. The small box shows a portrait of H. R. Giger's beloved wife Li who passed away in 1975. This painting (Li II, 1974, Work no. 251) measures 200 x 140 cm and contains a number of elements symbolizing death. The oversized head is decapitated and fed intravenously.

References: Cybersoft

Not only Mike Dawson, refers to (a member of) Cyberdreams:
  • Mike Dawson lives, according to the manual, in an old Victorian house on Ventura Drive, Woodland Hills. The first office of Cyberdreams was located at 21243 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills. Moreover, that’s the same address as printed on Delbert’s business card, Mike’s neighbor in the game.
  • The store in the game is called "Klug’s Food Market". Rolf Klug was the owner of Cyberdreams (so he provided “the food”).
  • The clue on the microfiche card that you examine in the library on day 3 is signed by Ryan Ketchum. Pat(rick) Ketchum was the President of Cyberdreams.
  • However, Pat gets his own signature. The cracked mirror note in the DOS version is signed by Timothy, but in the Amiga CD-32 version it is signed by Pat.

References

In the real side, at the graveyard, read all tombs. You will find one for G. Threepwood, the main character of The Secret of Monkey Island.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #3 Best Adventure in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Packaging in 1992
Information also contributed by Der.Archivar, game nostalgia, Itay Shahar, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker, Roger Wilco and xcom1602

Related Web Sites

  • Game Nostalgia (Provides extensive background info for Dark Seed, examples of voice-overs, credits, a demo of the game, details about the game, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review.)
  • IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
  • Playing Dark Seed in Windows XP (Inferno tells you how.)
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