Advertising Blurbs

Official Press Release:
    H.R. GIGER'S MACABRE ART FEATURED IN NEW SPINE TINGLING CD-ROM ADVENTURE GAME "DARK SEED II"

    LOS ANGELES -- November 13, 1995 Dark Seed II, the long-awaited sequel to Cyberdreams Inc.'s award-winning original Dark Seed CD-ROM game, will hit the shelves in late November. The game features the macabre artwork of Swiss surrealist painter and fine artist H.R. Giger, designer of the monsters in MGM Pictures' hit sci-fi film Species and Alien. MGM Interactive will market and distribute the title.

    A modern day Gothic horror story, "Dark Seed II" casts the player in the role of science-fiction writer Mike Dawson, the original game's protagonist, who embarks on a mind-bending journey from his seemingly "normal" home town, back to the hellish Dark World, home of the Ancients, evil creatures intent on conquering the earth.

    As in the original "Dark Seed," the backgrounds and creatures of the sequel's Dark World are based on the artwork of H.R. Giger, which resemble a fascinating amalgam of machinery and human anatomy. Dawson and the player traverse wild biomechanical landscapes and encounter gruesome and macabre creatures. The game's creators once again had access to Giger's library of previously published art works and have included even more images, with greater resolution, in "Dark Seed II."

    Giger's famed two-dimensional artwork was digitized to add three-dimensional depth, allowing Dawson to travel through a virtual nightmare. The design of the Giger-inspired Dark World places Dawson in constant peril. The story begins as Dawson, recuperating from a nervous breakdown, learns his high-school sweetheart was murdered and that he is the prime suspect. Dawson probes for clues in a town inhabited by quirky characters with weird secrets including a pill-popping, depressed carnival strong man, a corrupt sheriff and a mortician with a twisted fetish.

    Each of the town's characters have even stranger counterparts in the Dark World, where Mike searches for the killer. He learns that the Ancients had her murdered by a Shape Shifter, a creature that can survive in the real world for short periods of time. The Ancients plan to use the Shape Shifter to help destroy the human race.

    Mike Dawson's home town, which echoes David Lynch's "Twin Peaks," is visually stunning. An overhead perspective encompasses Dawson's entire hometown with several "exit spots" for Dawson to investigate, including the local diner and pool hall; the crime scene; the Sheriff's office and morgue; the office of Dr. Sims, Dawson's psychiatrist; and a traveling carnival.

    "The original "Dark Seed" is one of Cyberdreams' best-selling games, and we've had many requests for a sequel," said Daniel Pelli, Cyberdreams, Inc. director of business and legal affairs. "Dark Seed II will captivate game enthusiasts with its gripping storyline, intriguing characters and formidable puzzles."

    "We're excited to add to our catalogue of CD-ROM titles, a follow-up to one of Cyberdreams' most popular titles," said Ronald Frankel, executive vice president and general manager, MGM Interactive. "Dark Seed II underscores MGM Interactive's support of innovative CD-ROM games that emphasize character and story."

    While "Dark Seed II" features the same nightmarish themes that made its predecessor so popular, play capabilities have been greatly enhanced. Now, players can converse with the digitized voices of more than 30 characters, journey through more than 75 richly textured 3-D landscapes and witness horrifying, edge-of-your-seat cinematic sequences. Yet, "Dark Seed II" isn't steeped in game-play acrobatics. The user interface is simple, enabling players to become immersed in the story and even forget they are playing a game. The player becomes detective and even psychologist, as dream sequences foreshadow events in the future, and characters plunge into madness where the boundaries of reality and psychosis become blurred.

    "Dark Seed II" will be available at retail outlets nationwide for Windows; a Macintosh version will follow in February of 1996. Both versions carry a suggested retail price of $69.95. For more information, call 1-800-586-2021.

    Cyberdreams, Inc. specializes in producing action, science fiction, fantasy, role-playing and interactive entertainment games for home computers and dedicated game systems.

    MGM Interactive, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., manages creative development and production of interactive products for a variety of multimedia platforms, as well as talent and developer relationships.

    Contributed by Joseph Smith (1) on May 08, 2018.

MGM Interactive's website:
    Based upon the fantastic artwork of H.R. GIGER, Dark Seed II continues the unending nightmare of Mike Dawson, which begins with the SPA's Best Fantasy Role Playing/Adventure Program of 1993, Dark Seed. Digitized voices for more than 30 characters were produced for the new Darkseed game. 75 richly textured 3-D landscapes and edge-of-your-seat cinematic sequences.

    Source: MGM Interactive (archived October 1997)

    Contributed by jean-louis (32080) on Jul 20, 2015.

Back of Box - Win3.x (US):

    FEATURES:

    THE MACABRE ARTWORK OF ACADEMY AWARD WINNER H.R. GIGER,
    CREATOR OF THE HORRIFIC CREATURES IN "ALIEN" AND "SPECIES."

    DIGITIZED SPEECH AND CONVERSATIONS WITH OVER 40 CHARACTERS.

    MORE THAN 75 RICHLY TEXTURED 3-D LANDSCAPES IN THE "NORMAL WORLD" AND THE "DARK WORLD"

    EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT CINEMATIC SEQUENCES.

    PSYCHO-THRILLER ADVENTURE.

    A NIGHTMARISH ADVENTURE
    YOU'LL NEVER FORGET!

    DARK SEED II CONTINUES THE UNENDING NIGHTMARE OF MIKE DAVISON AS HE RECOVERS
    FROM A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN FROM HIS EARLIER ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ANCIENTS.

    BACK IN HIS HOMETOWN, MIKE'S HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART, RITA, IS FOUND MURDERED
    AFTER THE HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. UNFORTUNATELY, MIKE HAS NO RECOLLECTION OF
    THE EVENTS THAT NIGHT, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SEEN WITH RITA. MIKE BECOMES THE
    PRIME SUSPECT AND NOW MUST WORK TO CLEAR HIS NAME.

    IN DIGGING UP THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS OF HIS NEIGHBORS, MIKE UNWITTINGLY
    STUMBLES INTO THE "DARK WORLD," A PLACE HE THOUGHT HE WOULD NEVER SEE AGAIN.
    THE ANCIENTS HAVE RETURNED TO EXACT REVENGE ON MIKE AND UNLEASH AN EVIL ENTITY
    INTO THE "NORMAL WORLD" TO DESTROY MANKIND.

    AS MIKE DAVISON, YOU MUST CLEAR YOUR NAME AND STOP THE ANCIENTS FROM
    CARRYING OUT THEIR MOST INGENIOUS SCHEME YET.

    ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?


    Contributed by Jeanne (76526) on Apr 27, 2007.