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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 Genesis Move past the creatures towards the ropes on the right.
Dark Castle Commodore 64 Running through the door - the animation of this is strangely camp
Dark Castle Apple IIgs Scoring
Dark Castle Apple IIgs Fireball 1

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User Reviews

Feeble attempt to recreate the original Amiga Frecklefoot (203)
Infuriating! And yet I keep coming back for more. DOS Trixter (9122)
Great innovative platformer Macintosh Frecklefoot (203)
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 (20926)

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited CD-i Sep, 1993 7.2 out of 10 72
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 71 out of 100 71
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1988 693 out of 1000 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1988 7.4 out of 12 62
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 580 out of 1000 58
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Feb, 1988 53 out of 100 53
The CD-i Collective CD-i 2004 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Dec, 1991 3 out of 12 25
HonestGamers Genesis 1998 1 out of 10 10
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Dec 31, 2010 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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