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Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness is a third-person, single-player, action-adventure game featuring spell combat and exploration. Players take the role of Arran, a novice wizard whose magical power grows as he ages throughout his quest to collect spells and rid the world of eternal night.

Players can choose brute force or smart tactics. Each school of magic is effective against a different color of enemy, and different schools will have spells with different effects as they level up. The schools are made up of over 40 spells, either light, dark, fire, or water. Spells can either be summoned right in front of Arran, or, by dislodging the magic stone on his staff and guiding it around him with the right thumbstick, fired with precision in any direction. Many items can be found hidden in levels that will provide Arran with bonuses, like increased health or the ability to power up a spell, and these bonuses carry between levels.


Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox Chapter 1 Opening Movie
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox Different enemies have different resistances. The blue one on the ground was a fire creature before I cooled him off with my Glacial Might spell.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox Chatting with the local farmers.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox Those green mounds are monster generators and will continue to spit out fresh foes until they are destroyed.

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Alternate Titles

  • "NightCaster: Terrassez Les Ténèbres" -- French title

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The Age Jun 06, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming Target Mar 21, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
Armchair Empire, The Mar 21, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Dec 26, 2001 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Revolution Feb, 2002 B- 67
Jeuxvideo.com May 30, 2002 13 out of 20 65
4Players.de Aug 01, 2002 64 out of 100 64
Gamesmania.de May 31, 2002 62 out of 100 62
Gaming Age Feb 19, 2002 C 50
Game Critics Apr 23, 2003 3.5 out of 10 35


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NeoMoose (1089) added Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness (Xbox) on Jul 13, 2002