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This sequel to Dark Castle has our formerly nameless hero now known as Prince Duncan continuing his adventures after he toppled the Black Knight's throne and was dropped by a gargoyle in Trouble 3. With Merlin's help, Prince Duncan finds his way behind the Black Knight's throne where there is a fireplace and mantle. At the start of each new game, Duncan tries to take a torch on the wall beside the fireplace, and the entire wall spins around to reveal a large Ante Room containing 5 pedestals for holding orbs. Your mission is to collect all 5 orbs to open a gate to lead you to a final duel with The Black Knight.

This game has similar gameplay and 15 new levels - five of which scroll as opposed to the static screens of the past. These 5 are: Swamp, Black Forest, East Labyrinth, West Labyrinth, and Black Knight's Showdown & The Final Battle. There are different enemies and items such as multiple keys and a helicopter pack which lets you fly in the Swamp and Black Forest levels. You must pick up Gas to use it also. The game map is larger with longer levels. Different elements present include weapons-based fighting, mazes, bombs which are used to destroy enemies or walls, and a health system.

Some enemies will decrease your health when hitting you instead of killing you outright. Elixirs will protect your health but it will also deplete slowly over time and can be restored by picking up food or leaving the level. There is now the option to save your game but it must be done from one of the computers in the castle's Computer Room. There's also a new practice mode to try out levels. When playing in Advanced mode, there's a different ending to the game than normal.


Beyond Dark Castle Macintosh Game map that allows for practice
Beyond Dark Castle Macintosh Swamp (side scrolling level)
Beyond Dark Castle Commodore 64 The game map
Beyond Dark Castle Amiga High scores and game select screen

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Enchanted Realms Amiga Sep, 1990 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 6 out of 12 50
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 48 out of 100 48
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1989 5.4 out of 12 45
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Jul, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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