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Based on Stephen King's popular horror novel, The Dark Half attempts to retell the story of Thad Beaumont's mysterious world of crime via an adventure system reminiscent of Lucasarts' SCUMM interface.

In-game, you play Thad Beaumont, a successful horror-novelist whose evil twin besets the world with horrific crimes. The game offers a multitude of clues, quests and puzzles. The overall objective seems to be to prove Thad's innocence to the police, however Thad soon learns that his twin has other ideas, and has to run for his life.


The Dark Half DOS George is the type of guy who tends to make a mess...
The Dark Half DOS ...he leaves a lot of problems. And you had better prove your innocence...
The Dark Half DOS The game screen. Top: Pop-up inventory. Bottom: Icon interface in typewriter design. Middle: Hero Thad Beaumont, horror novelist...
The Dark Half DOS Poor Thad won't even find comfort in sleep: nightmares.

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Alternate Titles

  • "La Mitad Oscura" -- Spanish title

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Critic Reviews

Play Time Oct, 1992 59 out of 100 59
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1992 58 out of 100 58
Adventurearchiv Jun 06, 2009 40 out of 100 40
PC Joker Nov, 1992 29 out of 100 29
Datormagazin Nov, 1992 1 out of 5 20
Power Play Dec, 1992 14 out of 100 14
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1992 Unscored Unscored
Alle PC Spiele 1993 Unscored Unscored


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Sep 16, 2007


Cancelled Amiga version

An Amiga version was in development but never completed.


Some editions of the game came with a paperback copy of the novel The Dark Half.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith

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vga256 (54) added The Dark Half (DOS) on Mar 27, 2002
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