Dark Castle

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Dark Castle
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
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Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
703401
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E177SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[1] E177SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR

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Dark Castle is an action game originally developed by Silicon Beach Software for Apple Macintosh computers in 1986. It was subsequently ported to other home computers in 1987 and eventually to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. Many of the ports, including the Mega Drive version were handled by Three-Sixty Pacific.

Gameplay

Dark Castle is a platform game, in which players traverse through a castle to defeat the "Black Knight". To achieve this, you must complete 14 platforming challenges while finding a magic shield and the power to throw fireballs along the way.

The protagonist (who is unnamed in this version, but is named "Prince Duncan" in other ports) can run, jump and duck, interact with parts of the scenery and throw a limited number of rocks. Players can also pick up elixrs to protect themselves from bat and rat bites, and can replenish their rocks by picking up bags.

The original Macintosh version of Dark Castle uses a combination of the keyboard (for movement) and mouse (for aiming projectiles). This control scheme lost in this Mega Drive port, meaning Up and Down are instead used to adjust the throwing angle.

Dark Castle is infamous for having one-hit deaths, as well as having the main character trip up on scenery, leading to a short "dizzy" period where you cannot move and are vulnerable to enemy attacks.

Gameplay

Rooms

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Great Hall
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Trouble 1
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Trouble 2
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Trouble 3
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Fireball 1
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Fireball 2
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Fireball 3
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Fireball 4
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Black Knight 1
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Black Knight 2
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Black Knight 3
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Shield 1
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Shield 2
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Shield 3
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Shield 4

History

Legacy

Most versions of Dark Castle were critically panned on release, with the Mega Drive being no exception. Having originally been designed for high resolution monochrome graphics and mouse controls, the move to the Mega Drive, as with other ports, saw the game run in a smaller screen resolution with slower d-pad controls. While most ports add colour, many choose to recycle as many of hte original Macintosh assets as possible, leading to very mixed results, where it can be difficult to see what is happening on-screen.

Dark Castle was quite popular among Macintosh fans, however, gaining sequels such as Beyond Dark Castle and remakes such as Color Dark Castle.

Production credits

  • Producer: Keith Francart
  • Product Manager: David Bamberger
  • Programming, Music, and Sounds: Artek Digital Productions
  • Documentation Layout: Jennie Maruyama
  • Quality Assurance: Jonathan Skolnick
Source: US manual


Magazine articles

Main article: Dark Castle/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Console XS (UK) PAL
52
[2]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
13
[3]
Gamers (DE)
7
[4]
Games-X (UK)
30
[5]
Joypad (FR) PAL
41
[6]
Joystick (FR)
55
[7]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
38
[8]
Mega (UK)
44
[9]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
55
[10]
Mean Machines (UK)
23
[11]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
23
[12]
Player One (FR)
19
[13]
Sega Power (UK)
69
[1]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
49
[14]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
52
[15]
Video Games (DE)
25
[16]
Sega Mega Drive
37
Based on
16 reviews
Mega Drive, US
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0464aca4
MD5 56965eb7dde9bc22d16ffa72331c0e09
SHA-1 23e1ad9822338362113e55087d60fb9a1674bf8a
512kB 1991-09 Cartridge (US/EU)

References


Dark Castle
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