Dark Seed II (Windows 3.x)

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Category Description User Score
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Text Parser How sophisticated the text parser is, how appropriate its responses are, etc. 3.5
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.6

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PC Player (Brazil)
O necrotério local possui uma ante-sala e, na tela da TV ligada, aparece um rosto estranho. Um comerciante molha o gramado sem parar fazendo referências indiretas ao fim do mundo. Houve um assassinato sangrento; não, na verdade, foram vários assassinatos. E Mike Dawson tem tido dores de cabeça novamente.
PC Joker
Am besten wartet man daher wohl die angekündigte deutsche Version ab und hofft, daß bei der Übersetzung auch gleich alle Bugs entfernt werden. Denn eines steht fest: Das Warten lohnt sich – vorausgesetzt, man kann sich für digitale Alpträume im Stil von „Phantasmagoria“ begeistern.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Spijtig, misschien ben ik iets te gevoelig voor de slechte kantjes van Darkseed 2, maar met een betere afwerking had dit spel een absolute topper kunnen worden. Gemiste kans, volgende keer beter.
The real fun of this game isn't in the find-and-use adventure mechanics, which are still pretty standard, but in the sheer nasty-mindedness of it: some of the psychological sequences are certain to give the sensitive gamer nightmares; the music is high-quality and spooky; creepy innuendoes abound (such as the jerk-hole medical examiner who can be seen furiously making out with an assistant behind the pebbled glass in the morgue is a good example); anybody who fancied Blue Velvet a good first-date movie should have a real ball with DSII.
La Aventura es la Aventura
Con todo, esta secuela consigue elevar mínimamente el nivel que puso su antecesora: el macabro arte de Giger se ve reflejado con más fuerza y el simple planteamiento de volver a una aventura normal, sin tiempo de por medio, hace mucho, pero no lo suficiente. Recomendable para aquellos que jugaron la primera parte o amantes de lo oscuro; para el resto, poneos otras alternativas encima de la mesa: un Nightlong, Beneath a Steel Sky o la singular I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream pueden hacer vuestras delicias dentro de la temática de ciencia-ficción.
Adventure Classic Gaming
The success of Dark Seed has inspired Cyberdreams to pursuit a sequel based on the Ancients of the Dark World that appears in the first game of the series. Based on the surrealistic and macabre art of H R Giger, the Dark World is filled with a biomechanical overtone that combines the look of flesh and that of machine. Unfortunately, Dark Seed II fails to rise above the original and bring the horror of Giger’s fantasy world successfully onto the computer screen.
Power Play
Sicherlich haben Cyberdreams sich bemüht, den jüngsten Teil der Adventure-Serie, die vom Artwork des Alien-Künstlers H.R. Ginger lebt, zeitgemäßer als den verbugten Erstling wirken zu lassen. Das ist ihnen mit der stimmungsvollen SVGA-Grafik auch ganz gut gelungen, und natürlich krächzt die Sprachausgabe anno 1996 nicht mehr aus dem PC-Speaker wie im ersten Teil. Zwar zuckelt Mike immer noch ein wenig unbeholfen durch die farbenprächtigen Screens, insgesamt kann sich die Präsentation jedoch sehen lassen. Doch auch die schmucke, neue Technik kann die Mängel des Interfaces, das leider unverändert blieb, nicht übertünchen. Auch wenn diesmal der Zeitdruck wegfällt, die unlogischen Puzzles und eigenartigen Handlungsfolgen bleiben erhalten. Zwar läßt sich dieser Teil besser spielen, doch zum Achtungserfolg hat es wieder einmal nicht gereicht.
Dark Seed II is an improvement on its predecessor, but, sadly, this is largely due to the overall technological improvement in the development and look of the game rather than to an intrinsic qualitative leap in the area of gameplay. For some reason, and I haven't been able to put my finger on just what it is, the game lacks something. Some 'spark', for want of a better word. Like the original, the characters are wooden and the plot is fairly dull -- only at the beginning when investigating the murder did I really feel involved and even entertained. Perhaps it's simply that the Dark World never seemed 'real' to me; it never came to life, but remained an alien backdrop to a story that failed to hold my interest. I suspect that many adventurers may feel the same and this should be a worry for Cyberdreams who are marketing this game heavily on Giger's graphics.
PC Player (Germany)
Dark Seed 2 ist besser als der Vorgänger, doch bei weitem nicht gut genug. Das Adventure-Genre bietet momentan zahlreiche erfreulichere Alternativen.