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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 Succubus's Boudoir. Hmm... Don't fall for that, Darksheer!
Noctropolis DOS The baby or the jewel? Hmmm...
Noctropolis DOS Your inventory
Noctropolis DOS Peter Grey's bookstore is the game's starting location. Detailed graphics, and very atmospheric music... sadly, you can't capture that in a screenshot

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User Reviews

Don't worry, miss, Darksheer won't disappoint you! DOS Cor 13 (174142)
Goodbye, Darksheer. Hello, Darksheer DOS *Katakis* (38169)
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

Just Adventure DOS Aug 01, 2002 A- 91
PC Gamer DOS Feb, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks DOS Jul, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Génération 4 DOS May, 1995 73 out of 100 73
Play Time DOS Dec, 1994 69 out of 100 69
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
Abandonia Times DOS Oct, 2011 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

In addition to FMV nudity in the full game, the demo for Noctropolis concluded with a video of Succubus that contained a brief (one frame) nipple shot.

This demo was included on the August 1995 PC Gamer Magazine CD and is (to the best of my knowledge) the only "real" nudity to be found in the 10 year run of that magazine.

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.)
Contributed to by MAT (129600)