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Heart of Darkness (Windows)

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Description

Andy is a child who likes playing with his dog Whiskey, doesn't particularly enjoy going to school, and has a knack for inventing complicated gadgets. One day Andy and Whiskey are strolling through the park, when suddenly a solar eclipse darkens the sky, and after a moment Andy realizes that his dog has been taken away. But science can solve everything, and Andy heads to his treehouse, which is home to his outstanding inventions, including a spaceship! If you thought it was just a toy, you thought wrong, because Andy boards the ship and pilots it into the heart of the Darklands, a world controlled by the evil Master of Darkness. Andy takes out his gun (another splendid invention of his) and prepares to fight the evil sorcerer's minions. Nothing will stop the boy from rescuing his beloved dog!

Heart of Darkness is a cinematic 2D platformer designed by Eric Chahi, the creator of one of the genre's progenitors, Another World. Though the game has many fast and furious action sequences, including shooting hordes of dark creatures, it is built like a series of tasks, each requiring different approaches, from arcade-style shooting or jumping to interacting with the environment and solving puzzles. Like its spiritual predecessor, the game is linear; completing a section usually takes Andy to a different location, where another task awaits him.

Andy has several guns at his disposal, though in certain locations he will lose his weapons and will rely on the player's wit or quick reaction to survive. Andy will also gain magical energy, which can be used to grow or destroy trees. Similarly to Another World, many hazards are placed on the hero's path; despite the child-oriented premise, the game contains graphically explicit death scenes, which occur if the player is not careful or quick enough to save Andy from a gruesome demise.

Heart of Darkness features orchestral music and pre-rendered animated cutscenes. It comes with a pair of 3D glasses, which allow the player to view certain scenes in the game in 3D.

Screenshots

Heart of Darkness Windows Escaping the explosion of your ship in the nick of time.
Heart of Darkness Windows Andy, our hero, went to surpas all his fears in order to save his dog, Whiskey.
Heart of Darkness Windows Volcanic lands.
Heart of Darkness Windows Main Menu

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User Reviews

A modern-age reminiscence of ancient platform glory Oleg Roschin (164804) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Watch it for the moon in the time of noon! MAT (66286) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
If at first you don't succeed: try, try again *Katakis* (37493) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A great game cast from a mold long long lost. Brian Hirt (10020) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Grade-A platformer. Zovni (9384) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
One of the most underrated, best Adventure/Side Scrolling games of all time. Period. Dragoon (91) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Out of This World at the Heart of Darkness... Accatone (5186) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Power Unlimited Jun, 1998 9.7 out of 10 97
JeuxVideoPC.com May 09, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Gamezilla Oct 07, 1998 82 out of 100 82
CyberJoy Oct 17, 1998 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Jul, 1998 78 out of 100 78
Attack Games Nov, 1998 7 out of 10 70
Svenska PC Gamer Sep, 1998 69 out of 100 69
GameGenie 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Just Adventure Mar 28, 2003 C 50

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Trivia

Some releases of this game on CD-ROM contained a "Making of Heart of Darkness" video documentary, which had interviews with the development team.

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Brian Hirt (10020) added Heart of Darkness (Windows) on Sep 05, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Grant McLellan (545)