DescriptionAndy 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.
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|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||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|
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|Willy Beamish?||3||Zeppin (8339)
Oct 01, 2009
TriviaThe 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.
- Main Title
- Andy's Mission
- Big Mistake
- Andy's Friend
- Space Island
- Vicious Servant
- Back to the Lair
- Meteor Destroyed
- The Plot
- Andy's Victory
- End Credits
This soundtrack can be bought at http://www.synsoniq.com