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Description

According to an ancient legend of the Kingdom of Etrulia, should the people get corrupted by wickedness, demons and devils would break through the Gate of Doom, ruling the land as their own. However, by the same time four heroes with different powers would be summoned by the Force Divine to destroy the monsters of darkness and using the magic gem and magic crown they would try to lock the Gate of Doom forever.

Dark Seal was originally released in arcades in 1990. It is a beat'em-up in a fantasy set. One or two players (in co-op mode) can choose among 4 different characters: the Knight (who has a strong weapon), the Wizard (who has powerful magic), the Bard (who's immune to poison) and the Ninja (who has high-speed movement). The characters are viewed in an isometric perspective and can move and attack in all 8 directions, though they can't move while attacking.

All characters wield mid-range weapons. The Knight uses a morning star, the Wizard uses a magic flame pillar, the Bard uses an elastic spetum and the Ninja uses shurikens. They can also use magical attacks when a magic meter shown at the side of the screen is full. A book of spells keeps flipping its pages, showing a different spell in each page. Once the player hits the spell button, the spell showing in that moment in the book is activated, transforming him or her into different elemental forms (a tornado, a sparkling cloud, a bush of fire, etc.), lasting until the magic meter is depleted.

The enemies are typical fantasy ones, such as skeletons, ghouls, kobolds, etc. Some of them can poison or confuse the players. Throughout the game, chests can be found containing items can be collected to fill the characters life and magic meters, as well as items such as armor parts which can improve players stats.

Screenshots

Dark Seal Zeebo The only thing added to this version are these pop up menus. Here, for instance, you select number of players, access the options menu, the help screen or exit the game.
Dark Seal Zeebo Two players gameplay shown as demonstration. The arcade game wasn't changed so you still see the "insert coin" message flashing while the game is demonstrated.
Dark Seal Zeebo The Wizard runs from the fire of a dragon. As you can see, dragons are a recurrent theme for enemies in this game.
Dark Seal Zeebo The knight uses magic to turn into a column of water. How can that be harmful to the dragon is beyond me.

Promo Images

Dark Seal Screenshot
Dark Seal Screenshot
Dark Seal Screenshot
Dark Seal Screenshot

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Gate Of Doom" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "Gate of Doom" -- US arcade title
  • "ダークシール" -- Japanese spelling

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Your Sinclair Arcade Nov, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Video Chums Nintendo Switch May 18, 2020 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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