Dark Castle

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Dark Castle
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
Original system(s): Macintosh
Developer(s) of original games: Silicon Beach Software
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 Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by Artek Digital Productions and published by Electronic Arts. A port of the classic 1986 Silicon Beach Software game Dark Castle, it was released in 1991 to overwhelmingly negative reception.

Plot

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Prince Duncan traverses a treacherous castle to defeat the dreaded Black Knight.

Gameplay

Prince Duncan can run, jump and duck, interact with parts of the scenery and throw a limited number of rocks. Elixirs can be found to protect from animal bites, and acquiring a bag of rocks with replenish his projectiles. Duncan can also equip a magic shield, and upgrade his projectiles to powerful fireballs.

The game is infamous for its weak protagonist. Prince Duncan frequently trips on the scenery, grows dizzy after short falls, and dies in a single hit. To compound things even more, while the original game was designed to aim Duncan’s arm with a computer mouse, the home versions instead rotate his arm with a button. This exhausting control scheme is the primary reason for the poor reception of the Sega Mega Drive port.

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

The original Macintosh release is considered a classic for that platform; its high-resolution graphics and realistic sound effects were considered groundbreaking, and the game was a critical and commercial success. With this success came the desire for ports to home video game systems. However, the original release was specifically designed to be played with a mouse; something few console ports would take advantage of.

Most non-computer versions of Dark Castle were critically panned on release, with the Mega Drive port being no exception. Having originally been designed for high resolution monochrome graphics and mouse controls, the game now runs with a smaller screen resolution and utilizes slower, D-pad controls.

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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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
66
[2]
Console XS (UK) PAL
52
[3]
Cool Gamer (RU)
10
[4]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
13
[5]
Gamers (DE)
7
[6]
Games-X (UK)
30
[7]
Joypad (FR) PAL
41
[8]
Joystick (FR)
55
[9]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
38
[10]
Mega (UK)
44
[11]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
55
[12]
Mean Machines (UK)
23
[13]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
23
[14]
Player One (FR)
19
[15]
Sega Power (UK)
69
[1]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
49
[16]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
52
[17]
Supergame (BR)
87
[18]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
38
[19]
Video Games (DE)
25
[20]
Sega Mega Drive
40
Based on
20 reviews

Dark Castle

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Mega Drive, AU

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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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