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In Driller, the Ketars attempted to blow up the moon Mitral, but you stopped them. Now, they have Energy Collection Devices collectively known as ECDs, 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 ECDs. 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, change the length of your steps, make quick U-turns, and look up or down. The jetpack uses energy at a fast rate, so use this feature sparingly. You must avoid the security turrets called Plexors, which shoot lasers and weaken your shield, and deflector devices, which can beam you into prison.


Dark Side Atari ST One down, one can't be destroyed yet
Dark Side Commodore 64 Starting location
Dark Side Atari ST In another direction
Dark Side Commodore 64 Under attack

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Dark Side Concept Art
Dark Side Concept Art Scan of a photo of a print of the artwork.

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 95 out of 100 95
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Aug, 1989 935 out of 1000 94
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1988 915 out of 1000 92
ST Format Atari ST Sep, 1993 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1988 904 out of 1000 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Your Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 6 out of 10 60


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  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year

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