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The Black Knight has brought misery to the land, and the end way to end this is to enter his haunted house to slay him. You are the brave adventurer taking on this quest through 14 increasingly-tough zones.

The bulk of the game is side-viewed, involving single screens to pass through, which incorporate ropes, cages and trapdoor. There are enemies walking, flying and hovering through this, and many of them respawn. Unusually your weapon to take them on (rocks) can be thrown through 360 degrees, which aims to make the gameplay more realistic and methodical. The screens were linked by hub screens, which the player passes through simply by clicking on a door.


Dark Castle Atari ST Title screen
Dark Castle Macintosh Main menu
Dark Castle Macintosh Title screen
Dark Castle Genesis Move past the creatures towards the ropes on the right.

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User Reviews

Feeble attempt to recreate the original Amiga Frecklefoot (201)
Infuriating! And yet I keep coming back for more. DOS Trixter (9110)
Great innovative platformer Macintosh Frecklefoot (201)
Not scary, but not cute either. Just horrible. Genesis Mango Man (5)
A classic medieval 3rd person action game, equally addictive and as well as irritating DOS Indra was here (20887)

Critic Reviews

SuperGame Genesis Nov, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1988 7.4 out of 12 62
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1988 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Feb, 1988 53 out of 100 53
Play Time Genesis Dec, 1991 37 out of 100 37
The CD-i Collective CD-i 2004 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1991 25 out of 100 25
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1991 23 out of 100 23 Genesis Jun 27, 2005 1 out of 10 10


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When the PC clock/calendar reads 25 Dec, a Christmas tree appears in the great hall of the castle.


The game featured digital sounds with the PC Speaker. However, the PC version sounded way inferior to the Mac version.


There was a Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle t-shirt and sweatshirt offer that came with the game.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #136 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
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