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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 Posing with the interaction verbs displayed. It's a bit weird, but you can get used to it
Noctropolis DOS You can talk to some characters about any other character, or discuss items
Noctropolis DOS The game is wonderfully interactive. You get this slick, elaborate response here on the Main Street if you try talking to the buildings...
Noctropolis DOS Master Macabre's Surgery Area

Promo Images

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User Reviews

Goodbye, Darksheer. Hello, Darksheer DOS *Katakis* (38222)
An underrated comic book fantasy. DOS Afterburner (477)
Two words: Cool Game! DOS n-n (52)
Lost in The City Of Night DOS Emepol (1558)

Critic Reviews

Score DOS Jan, 1995 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Power Unlimited DOS Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
High Score DOS Apr, 1995 3 out of 5 60
Power Play DOS Dec, 1994 59 out of 100 59
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 58 out of 100 58
Quandary DOS Feb 28, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Abandonia Times DOS Oct, 2011 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers DOS Jan 14, 2004 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

When released this game caused some measure of controversy because of its violence (which isn't that much really) and sexual situations. Also this game is the only "mainstream" game (at least to my knowledge) to include a live-action video sequence with a topless actress (your admitedly very hot partner, Stilleto) in addition to other suggestive/erotic sequences.

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.)
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