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Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness is a third-person, single-player, action-adventure game featuring spell combat and exploration. Players take the role of Arran, a novice wizard whose magical power grows as he ages throughout his quest to collect spells and rid the world of eternal night.

Players can choose brute force or smart tactics. Each school of magic is effective against a different color of enemy, and different schools will have spells with different effects as they level up. The schools are made up of over 40 spells, either light, dark, fire, or water. Spells can either be summoned right in front of Arran, or, by dislodging the magic stone on his staff and guiding it around him with the right thumbstick, fired with precision in any direction. Many items can be found hidden in levels that will provide Arran with bonuses, like increased health or the ability to power up a spell, and these bonuses carry between levels.


Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox In your journey you will acquire runes to focus your powers.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox The orb you found accompanies you and gives you guidance.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox These four colored circles change your elemental class and your attributes alter accordingly. Arran is now a Fire Wizard. Note the change in appearance.
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness Xbox This is the Fire page of your spell book.  As you progress you will gain additional spells and attacks.

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Alternate Titles

  • "NightCaster: Terrassez Les Ténèbres" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

The Age Jun 06, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming Target Mar 21, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
Armchair Empire, The Mar 21, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Feb 18, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Feb 06, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
Game Revolution Feb, 2002 B- 67 Aug 01, 2002 64 out of 100 64 May 31, 2002 62 out of 100 62
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2002 5.5 out of 10 55
Game Critics Apr 23, 2003 3.5 out of 10 35


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NeoMoose (1262) added Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness (Xbox) on Jul 13, 2002