The Pirates of Dark Water (Genesis)

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Dark Water is slowly taking over the world of Mer. With his last words, King Primus tells his son, Prince Ren, that he has to find the lost Treasures of Rule to stop the Dark Water. Ren travels to the town of Janda where he meets the monkeybird Niddler, the female warrior Tula and the ex-pirate Ioz, who help him on his quest.

Based on the cartoon by the same name, The Pirates of Dark Water is a side scrolling hack'n slash platformer with a few adventure elements.

You take control of either Ren, Ioz or Tula who can jump, climb, attack and throw enemies. In most levels you are required to find keys to unlock doors and talk to NPCs who will give you hints. You will also find numerous useful items including throwing weapons, food to replenish your health, potions that have different effects such as temporary invincibility, money that is needed to pay certain NPCs and melons that can be fed to Niddler who will take you back to the map screen in turn.


The Pirates of Dark Water Genesis Intro
The Pirates of Dark Water Genesis Dodging an attack
The Pirates of Dark Water Genesis You can choose a character before startign level
The Pirates of Dark Water Genesis A secret passage

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GamePro (US) May, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
FLUX Apr, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1994 7.4 out of 10 74
Mega Play Magazine Jul, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Sega Force Sep 14, 1994 68 out of 100 68 May 25, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Game Players May, 1994 55 out of 100 55
The Video Game Critic Dec 10, 2006 C 50


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Mobygamesisreanimated (10764) added The Pirates of Dark Water (Genesis) on Dec 01, 2006