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In a gloomy not-so-distant future, mankind have finally made it to Mars. The colonization of the red planet is vital for humanity's survival, as the heavily polluted Earth's resources are nearly depleted. At the same time, the Taar, a mysterious alien race that lost their homeworld many centuries ago, has decided to take Mars as their new home.

As the war between the two species erupts, the player has to choose his side and lead his people to ultimate domination over the red planet. Things become even more complicated when the ruins of an extinct ancient civilization are found on Mars, revealing immensely destructive weapons that could easily turn the tide of the war in favor of the faction that manages to gain control over them first.

Dark Colony is a real-time strategy with heavy emphasis on the actual combat. Resource gathering, base construction and unit production have been made as simple and fast as possible, allowing the player to focus on decimating the enemy armies. Ancient artifacts, available in some of the missions, provide unique options for beating the odds, even when they seem to be against you (and they often will).

The game plot advances through short cutscenes, briefings and debriefings which detail the development of the war. The game also offers various promotions and decorations that you can earn for your player character, who will actually be present on the battlefield, acting as a more powerful and durable trooper with some special abilities (such as calling in reinforcements and inspiring the regular troopers).


Dark Colony Windows Mission briefing
Dark Colony Windows Harvest... err... Exploiter deployed.
Dark Colony Windows Defend the base
Dark Colony Windows Leading an alien squad into the mysterious ancient ruins of Mars.

Promo Images

Dark Colony Render
Dark Colony Render
Dark Colony Magazine Advertisement
Dark Colony Render


Alternate Titles

  • "DC" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

Aliens check in, they don't check out. Windows Gatekeeper (306)
Simple sci-fi RTS Windows Viktor Kovacs (15)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct 01, 1997 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Windows Sep, 1997 81 out of 100 81
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 70 out of 100 70
About This Particular Macintosh Macintosh Jul, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Windows Sep 19, 1997 5.3 out of 10 53
Reset Windows Oct, 1997 5 out of 10 50
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 C- 42


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Dark Colony is one of the first RTS to add day/night cycle as a tactical consideration, as the Greys see much better during night time (those big eyes, you know).

Related Web Sites

  • Polish Dark Colony Fansite (One of little remaining Dark Colony fansites. Patches, a multiplayer client and full game downloads are uploaded and tournaments are occasionally organised. The site can be read in both Polish and English.)
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