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The watery world of Mer is threatened by the deadly Dark Water. Prince Ren and his companions must find the Treasures of Rule to control the Dark Water and return Mer to its former glory. Always hot on their heels is the evil pirate-lord Bloth who wants to find the treasures to rule over Mer.

Based on a cartoon series by the same name, The Pirates of Dark Water is a side scrolling fighting game similar to Final Fight or Streets of Rage.

The player chooses a character, from among Prince Ren and his two companions Tula and Ioz, who differ in strength and agility, but who use the same basic attacks. There are two attack buttons, one for fast attacks and combinations and one for a single heavy attack. Other controls include: blocking attacks, grabbing and throwing opponents, dash attacks while running, and a special attack that hits multiple enemies consuming life energy at the same time. Most levels also require you to avoid obstacles like chasms, falling rocks or spikes that shoot out of the ground.


The Pirates of Dark Water SNES The first stage
The Pirates of Dark Water SNES Intro
The Pirates of Dark Water SNES Title screen
The Pirates of Dark Water SNES World map

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The Pirates of Dark Water Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 58 (May 1994)

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Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1994 30 out of 40 75
Video Games Jul, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Play Time Jul, 1994 62 out of 100 62 Feb 19, 2010 12 out of 20 60
Game Players Apr, 1994 56 out of 100 56
Mega Fun Jul, 1994 53 out of 100 53
Total! (Germany) Jul, 1994 3.75 out of 6 45


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Mobygamesisreanimated (11177) added The Pirates of Dark Water (SNES) on Nov 28, 2006