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Heart of Darkness

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
88
3.7
Windows
74
4.0
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Description

Andy is a child who likes playing with his dog Whiskey, doesn't particularly enjoy going to school, and has a knack for inventing complicated gadgets. One day Andy and Whiskey are strolling through the park, when suddenly a solar eclipse darkens the sky, and after a moment Andy realizes that his dog has been taken away. But science can solve everything, and Andy heads to his treehouse, which is home to his outstanding inventions, including a spaceship! If you thought it was just a toy, you thought wrong, because Andy boards the ship and pilots it into the heart of the Darklands, a world controlled by the evil Master of Darkness. Andy takes out his gun (another splendid invention of his) and prepares to fight the evil sorcerer's minions. Nothing will stop the boy from rescuing his beloved dog!

Heart of Darkness is a cinematic 2D platformer designed by Eric Chahi, the creator of one of the genre's progenitors, Another World. Though the game has many fast and furious action sequences, including shooting hordes of dark creatures, it is built like a series of tasks, each requiring different approaches, from arcade-style shooting or jumping to interacting with the environment and solving puzzles. Like its spiritual predecessor, the game is linear; completing a section usually takes Andy to a different location, where another task awaits him.

Andy has several guns at his disposal, though in certain locations he will lose his weapons and will rely on the player's wit or quick reaction to survive. Andy will also gain magical energy, which can be used to grow or destroy trees. Similarly to Another World, many hazards are placed on the hero's path; despite the child-oriented premise, the game contains graphically explicit death scenes, which occur if the player is not careful or quick enough to save Andy from a gruesome demise.

Heart of Darkness features orchestral music and pre-rendered animated cutscenes. It comes with a pair of 3D glasses, which allow the player to view certain scenes in the game in 3D.

Screenshots

Heart of Darkness Windows Escaping the explosion of your ship in the nick of time.
Heart of Darkness Windows Shooting can be done in total of 8 directions, depending on the weapon and your position.
Heart of Darkness PlayStation Breaking the hanging bones with the weapon.
Heart of Darkness Windows After-ending animation which is made specifically for the glasses you get with the game. You can put them on and check this picture, and you'll also be able to see it has a 'special' depth.

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User Reviews

A modern-age reminiscence of ancient platform glory Windows Oleg Roschin (164803)
Watch it for the moon in the time of noon! Windows MAT (66253)
If at first you don't succeed: try, try again Windows *Katakis* (37493)
A great game cast from a mold long long lost. Windows Brian Hirt (10020)
Grade-A platformer. Windows Zovni (9384)
One of the most underrated, best Adventure/Side Scrolling games of all time. Period. Windows Dragoon (91)
Out of This World at the Heart of Darkness... Windows Accatone (5186)
Is one of the best games we ever played! PlayStation Dani Mittler-Coe (3)

The Press Says

Game Chronicles PlayStation Jun 29, 1999 9.7 out of 10 97
Power Unlimited PlayStation Sep, 1998 9.6 out of 10 96
neXGam PlayStation 2002 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Sep, 1998 89 out of 100 89
PC Action Windows Jun 17, 1998 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1998 8 out of 10 80
CyberJoy Windows Oct 17, 1998 4 out of 5 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jun 24, 1998 75 out of 100 75
IGN Windows Sep 29, 1998 5.8 out of 10 58

Forums

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Willy Beamish? 3 Zeppin (8339)
Oct 01, 2009

Trivia

The soundtrack for this game is performed by The London Symphony, and composed by Bruce Broughton. Release date is 1999. The CD also contains a Demo of the game.

Tracklist:
  1. Main Title
  2. Andy's Mission
  3. Big Mistake
  4. Andy's Friend
  5. Space Island
  6. Vicious Servant
  7. Back to the Lair
  8. Meteor Destroyed
  9. The Plot
  10. Andy's Victory
  11. End Credits


This soundtrack can be bought at http://www.synsoniq.com

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Contributed to by Brian Hirt (10020) and Grant McLellan (545)