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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.


Heart of Darkness PlayStation Game configuration
Heart of Darkness PlayStation Introduction
Heart of Darkness PlayStation Loading screen
Heart of Darkness PlayStation Breaking the hanging bones with the weapon.

Promo Images

Heart of Darkness Concept Art
Heart of Darkness Screenshot
Heart of Darkness Screenshot
Heart of Darkness Concept Art


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User Reviews

A challenging, atmospheric platformer that's not as well-known as it should be. krisko6 (824) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Is one of the best games we ever played! Dani Mittler-Coe (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Jun 29, 1999 9.7 out of 10 97
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 9.6 out of 10 96
Super Play (Sweden) Jul, 1998 91 out of 100 91
neXGam 2002 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Playstation Sep, 1998 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Jul, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Bravo Screenfun Apr, 1999 2 out of 6 80
PlanetStation Feb, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Aug 28, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
Edge Aug, 1998 4 out of 10 40


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The friendly aliens Andy runs into in his adventure are called "Amigos", this is Spanish for "friends". In fact they all speak in Spanish in the English version, although they do so in loose, unconnected words.

Copy protection

This game is one of the early users of CD-based copy protection.


Eric Chahi (main creator of Heart of Darkness) worked on the game from September 1992 to June 1998 (5 and 3/4 years). The game is based very loosely on the Joseph Conrad novel of the same name.


Although the installation program insists that you need DirectX 6.0, the manual says HOD will run on NT 4.0 with SP3.


  • The game comes with a small pair of 3D-glasses with which you can check the after-final animation which is black and white until you put those glasses and see the depth and get a feeling of what you see as real 3D picture.
  • Some releases of this game on CD-ROM contained a Making of Heart of Darkness video documentary, which had interviews with the development team.


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.

  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 was available on the Intrada label (


Though the game is not a sequel, add-on pack, nor spin-off, the game has a striking similarity of story to 1990-1992's Commander Keen series.

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Grant McLellan (622) added Heart of Darkness (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Brian Hirt (10021)