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Dark Side

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
2.0
Amiga
80
2.0
ZX Spectrum
...
2.0
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Description

In Driller, the Ketars attempted to blow up the moon Mitral, but you stopped them. Now, they have Energy Collection Devices collectively known as EGOs, and hope to stock them up to use towards the Zephyr One device, and direct its energy at the planet Evath, resulting in a catastrophic radiation overload.

Your mission is to beam onto their base on the moon Tricuspid, and destroy the EGOs. Destroying one will buy you more of your limited time. The problem is, many are connected to at least 2 others, and those can immediately regenerate, so you must tackle them in an order in which those with only 1 connection are attacked first.

You are inside a space suit, propelled by a Jet Pack with limited fuel, and possess lasers and a shield. Shield energy is limited, but can be recharged through pentagons and rods. In a world viewed through the the Freescape 3D system, you roam the verdant planet of trees, buildings and underground tunnels.

Gameplay in Dark Side has more action than its predecessor, Driller. The Freescape world has a third dimension - due to the jetpack you can leave the ground and look down on the view. You can also rotate the angle and make quick U-turns. You must leave the ground to shoot the active part of an ECD, but the jetpack uses energy at a faster rate, so use this feature sparingly. You must avoid Plexors, which weaken your shield, and deflector devices, which can beam you into prison.

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Dark Side Commodore 64 Loading/title screen
Dark Side Atari ST Rotating
Dark Side Amstrad CPC This thing shot out my shields...
Dark Side Amstrad CPC Title screen

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Aug, 1989 940 out of 1000 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Aug, 1989 935 out of 1000 94
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jan, 1989 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Oct, 1988 923 out of 1000 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 904 out of 1000 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 904 out of 1000 90
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jun, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 82 out of 100 82
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1989 64 out of 100 64

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  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

Contributed to by Martin Smith (63134) and BdR (3631)