Noctropolis (DOS)

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Critic Score
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3.8
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Description

Peter Grey is a lonely bookstore owner who also happens to be a huge fan of the "Darksheer" comic book series. Darksheer is a Batman-esque superhero: one who doesn't have any actual superpowers, triumphing over evil thanks to his inventiveness and courage. Together with his partner Stiletto, a former supervillain converted to the side of the good guys, he is the sworn protector of Noctropolis, a city where it's always night time because of a permanent ash cloud that hangs over it, the result of a volcanic environmental catastrophe which occurred decades before.

One night, as Peter is leafing through the newest issue of "Darksheer" to hit the stands, a courier brings him a package which eventually transports him into the city of Noctropolis, where he has to take the role of Darksheer himself. Coincidentally enough, his arrival as Darksheer occurs at the same time as five of the superhero's deadliest arch-villains decide to gang up on him after they are mysteriously released from incarceration. It turns out that the real Darksheer had disappeared several weeks prior to Peter's arrival. It's up to the unlikely hero to find out who released the criminals, while simultaneously trying to keep them from wreaking havoc across the city of Noctropolis - and maybe, in the process, find a way back to the real world.

Noctropolis is a puzzle-solving adventure game, with game mechanics similar to Sierra and LucasArts titles belonging to the same genre. Controlling Peter, the player has to interact with characters and objects, manipulate inventory items, solve puzzles and overcome the obstacles the main character will have to face to advance the story. The game has a verb-based menu interface that appears if the player right-clicks on the screen. It features live actors filmed over digitized graphics; many conversations and cutscenes are displayed as short movies shown inside a smaller screen.

Screenshots

Noctropolis DOS Another example of text detail: this stylish description follows my attempt to look at the protagonist - and it's unique to this area
Noctropolis DOS Butcher Shop
Noctropolis DOS Posing with the interaction verbs displayed. It's a bit weird, but you can get used to it
Noctropolis DOS Introduction. Something ominous is going on here...

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User Reviews

Don't worry, miss, Darksheer won't disappoint you! Cor 13 (173654) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Goodbye, Darksheer. Hello, Darksheer *Katakis* (37875) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
An underrated comic book fantasy. Afterburner (477) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Two words: Cool Game! n-n (52) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Lost in The City Of Night Emepol (1546) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Génération 4 May, 1995 73 out of 100 73
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
High Score Apr, 1995 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1994 58 out of 100 58
Quandary Feb 28, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Abandonia Times Oct, 2011 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers Jan 14, 2004 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

The Game-CD also contains the soundtrack as redbook audio! It's a very good, atmospheric one - try it!!!

Related Web Sites

  • Crapshoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
  • Noctropolis Fansite (One of the few (if not only) fan sites dedicated to the game. Contains bios of the main characters, a walkthrough, an interview with designer and writer Shaun Mitchell and some game media.)
MAT (96477) added Noctropolis (DOS) on May 27, 2000