DescriptionPeter 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.
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|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)|
|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||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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TriviaIn 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.)