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Veil of Darkness (DOS)

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Description

The vampire lord Kairn has murdered his father and brothers so he could inherit control of the valley. Ever since he's used his powers to cut off contact with the outside world, Kairn has been living it up, torturing the villagers with madness and death, feeding off of them like livestock and turning the village women into his personal vampiress servants. Meanwhile, the villagers are miserable, as every day they face the possibility of either being devoured by werewolves, gnawed on by zombies, driven into stark raving lunatics, or turned into vampires by Kairn and his posse.

A cargo pilot's plane is shot down by a mysterious force while flying over a remote valley in Romania. A helpful village girl named Deirdre rescues him from the crash and takes him to her father Kiril, who informs the pilot that his arrival via plane crash marks him as the chosen one who is prophesied to destroy Kairn. Since Kairn has cut off all ways out of the valley, the only way he is going to leave is, as the old saying goes, over his dead body. That's not going to be very easy, however. Wild animals and unnatural creatures roam the countryside. While some villagers will help the hero to rid them of Kairn, others have been driven mad with despair and by the valley's oppressive aura, causing them to commit unspeakable acts or otherwise act in an unhelpful manner. Even the most trusted allies may turn out to have a few skeletons in the closet...

Veil of Darkness is an isometric adventure game with action-based combat and light role-playing elements. Most of the game is dedicated to exploring the game world in a fairly open-ended fashion, gathering information and items. Puzzle-solving is conversation- and inventory-based; many battles are also designed in a puzzle-like manner, with the hero being able to defeat certain enemies only with specific weapons. Heavy inventory management and status ailments to take care of contribute to the game's RPG angle.

Screenshots

Veil of Darkness DOS The village
Veil of Darkness DOS Title screen
Veil of Darkness DOS A zombi helping to cross the river
Veil of Darkness DOS The soul of grandfather's witch

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User Reviews

Very interesting.. and scary Afex Tween (164) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Solid Dracula Adventure game that is mislabeled as an RPG Kevin Garzo (4) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
A rare and original Horror RPG from SSI... Indra is here (19673) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Disappointing. Tiamat (18) unrated
Boring and lacking in imagination and excitement. Zovni (9367) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars
this is as close to a vampire movie as possible n-n (52) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Just Adventure 2000 A- 91
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Apr, 1993 61 out of 100 61
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1993 45 out of 100 45

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Trivia

One of the key moments in the plot of "Veil of Darkness" is discovering the real name of Kairn. The name - contained in the pages of Agrippa the cursed book - is supposed to be chosen randomly from a long list. However, it seems that in some versions (perhaps those cracked) or on some systems the same name is "chosen" every time. For those curious, here is a list of the real names of the grim vampire: Beaulu, Bhenblod, Brcko, Dauthr, Drak, Feodor, Malachi, Seth, T'san, Yfelan.
Alan Chan (3645) added Veil of Darkness (DOS) on Apr 03, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (18306)