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.
- "黑暗之蠱" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "זרע האופל " -- Hebrew title
- "Dark Seed 1" -- Common title
- "Darkseed" -- Alternate spelling
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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.
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, 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.”
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?
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.
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.
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
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- Issue 02/1993 – Best Packaging in 1992