Master of Darkness

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  • Master System
  • Sega Game Gear
    JP
  • Sega Game Gear
    US
  • Sega Game Gear
    EU

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Master of Darkness
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Master System
Sega (Europe)
Sega Game Gear
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Sega (US, Europe)
Sega Game Gear
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
SIMS (Japan)
Developer:
Genre: Action[2][3][4][5]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,5004,500 T-44047
Sega Game Gear
US
2437
Sega Game Gear
EU
2437
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[7] 2437
Sega Game Gear
BR
075140
Sega Master System
EU
7107
Sega Master System
EU
(Classic)
7107-50
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£44.9944.99[9] 7107
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
025110
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
JP
¥286 (300)286 (300)[10]
CERO: B
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
US
$4.994.99[11]
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
EU
€4.994.99[13]
PEGI: 12+
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
DE
€4.994.99[13]
USK: 6
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
UK
£4.494.49[13]
PEGI: 12+

Master of Darkness, known in Japan as In the Wake of Vampire (イン ザ ウエイク オブ ヴァンパイア) and in the United States as Vampire: Master of Darkness, is a Sega Game Gear action platform game developed by SIMS. Highly derivative of the 1986 Konami game Castlevania, it was first published in Japan by the developer themselves in October 1992 (a week before Halloween), and was brought to the United States, Europe, and Brazil the following year. Later in July 2012, developer M2 ported the Game Gear version to the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console service.

In 1993, the same developer ported Master of Darkness to the Sega Master System, where it retained its original name.

Story

Dr. Social must traverse a variety of notable Victorian England locations in order to locate and defeat the vampire Count Dracula, fighting various amounts of recognizable monsters along the way.

Gameplay

Master of Darkness is a clone of Konami's popular Castlevania series, borrowing much of that series' premise, gameplay, stage design, and control scheme. 2 jumps, 1 attacks with the primary weapon and Up + 1 fires the secondary weapon. Holding Up-left, Up-right, Down-right or Down-left walks Dr. Social up and down stairscases.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Master of Darkness Master of Darkness
English (US) Vampire: Master of Darkness Vampire: Master of Darkness
Japanese イン ザ ウエイク オブ ヴァンパイア In the Wake of Vampire

Production credits

  • Concept Manager: Sats King
  • Programmer: Yen
  • Main Graphic: Super Punch
  • Graphic Support: Matsutokujo, Ryuichi, Nagyawo, Mori
  • Graphic Adviser: Yama, Enjyoh, Manma
  • Sound: Fumi, Nasu Bi
  • Program Adviser: Kou, T Asano, Danna, S Kawa
  • Special Thanks to: All the People There
  • Presented by: S E G A

Magazine articles

Main article: Master of Darkness/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) PAL
74
[17]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
92
[18]
Game Mania (UK) PAL
92
[19]
HiScore (DK) PAL
41
[20]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
72
[21]
Joypad (FR)
84
[22]
Joypad (FR) PAL
82
[23]
Joystick (FR) PAL
86
[24]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
70
[25]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES) PAL
50
[26]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
92
[9]
Player One (FR) PAL
45
[27]
Sega News (CZ) PAL
51
[28]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
76
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[30]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
70
[31]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
79
[32]
Supersonic (FR)
86
[33]
Video Games (DE)
49
[34]
Sega Master System
72
Based on
19 reviews

Master of Darkness

Master System, EU
MasterofDarkness SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
MasterofDarkness SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master of Darkness SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU (Classic Master System)
MasterofDarkness SMS EU Box Classic.jpg
Cover
MasterofDarkness SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, PT
MasterofDarkness SMS PT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
Master of Darkness SMS AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Master of Darkness SMS AU Cart Top.jpg
Master of Darkness SMS AU Cart Back.jpgMaster of Darkness SMS AU Cart Front.jpg
Cart
Master of Darkness SMS AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Ozisoft Warranty Registration Card AU.pdf
Reg Card
Master System, BR
MasterofDarkness SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
MasterofDarkness SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR (Alt)
MasterofDarkness SMS BR2 Box.jpg
Cover
MasterofDarkness SMS BR2 Cart.jpg
Cart
MasterofDarkness SMS BR2 Manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
58
[35]
Consoles + (FR)
76
[36]
Game Power (IT)
90
[37]
Gamers (DE)
73
[38]
Joypad (FR)
81
[39]
Mega Force (FR)
81
[40]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
75
[41]
Player One (FR) PAL
65
[42]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
80
[43]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[44]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
55
[45]
Sega Force (SE)
83
[46]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
81
[7]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
66
[47]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
75
[48]
Sega Game Gear
75
Based on
15 reviews

Master of Darkness

Game Gear, JP
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Cover
MasterofDarkness GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, US
MasterofDarkness GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngMasterofDarkness GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Vampire GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Master of Darkness GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
MasterofDarkness GG EU Box Back.jpgMaster of Darkness GG EU Box Spine.jpgMasterofDarkness GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MasterofDarkness GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master Of Darkness GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Game Gear, BR
Vampire GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
Vampire GG BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, GR
MasterofDarkness GG GR Box.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, TR
MasterofDarkness GG TR Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 96fb4d4b
MD5 8354932a7f20e84a808471b3724a56f8
SHA-1 ed3569be5d5a49ff5a09b2b04ec0101d4edfa81e
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 07d0eb42
MD5 78655dabd43e475c3b4d849c3f0c7046
SHA-1 f9eabdb7e925360f69b41f5357abcb36f893d72e
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 dab0f265
MD5 a999c2f72c71c22be50e343e54ff4d73
SHA-1 da5116b7ed890f35506c5b33c5c9716f528169b1
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 7ec64025
MD5 1e068538747f6d4d99888221a50b7e06
SHA-1 14e6b1e886355d902b34acdf503eced8df88afe4
256kB Cartridge (US)

External links

  • Sega of Japan 3DS VC catalogue pages: Game Gear
  • Nintendo catalogue pages: JP, US, UK

References

  1. https://www.mtwo.co.jp/development/retrogame-2/#tab-4
  2. File:MasterofDarkness GG EU Box Back.jpg
  3. File:MasterofDarkness GG JP Box Front.jpg
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  5. File:MasterofDarkness SMS EU Box.jpg
  6. Sega Visions, "June/July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 97
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Force, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 96
  8. Sega Pro, "Juni 1993" (DE; 1993-05-28), page 57
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 114
  10. 10.0 10.1 http://vc.sega.jp:80/3ds/vampire/index.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-03-13 09:33)
  11. 11.0 11.1 http://www.nintendo.com:80/games/detail/f6jkUHw0HacOmfJPyAsEansDiGVt-pFB (Wayback Machine: 2013-07-07 01:03)
  12. https://www.nintendo.fr/Jeux/SEGA-Game-Gear/Vampire-Master-of-Darkness-774559.html (archive.today)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/gamegear/vampire_master_of_darkness (Wayback Machine: 2017-07-04 11:40)
  14. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/SEGA-Game-Gear/Vampire-Master-of-Darkness-774559.html (archive.today)
  15. https://www.nintendo.de/Spiele/SEGA-Game-Gear/Vampire-Master-of-Darkness-774559.html (archive.today)
  16. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  17. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 134
  18. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 144
  19. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  20. HiScore, "15 Juli - 15 September" (DK; 1993-07-15), page 18
  21. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 158
  22. Joypad, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-xx), page 80
  23. Joypad, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 159
  24. Joystick, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 149
  25. Mega Force, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 70
  26. Micromanía (segunda época), "Febrero 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 50
  27. Player One, "Janvier/Février 1993" (FR; 1993-01-10), page 130
  28. Sega News, "Prosinec 1996" (CZ; 1996-1x-xx), page 33
  29. Sega Power, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-05), page 34
  30. Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 63
  31. Sega Zone, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 64
  32. Sega Force, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-05), page 74
  33. Supersonic, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
  34. Video Games, "1/93" (DE; 1992-12-16), page 104
  35. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1992" (JP; 1992-10-08), page 29
  36. Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 141
  37. Game Power, "Maggio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 97
  38. Gamers, "Oktober/November 1993" (DE; 1993-09-24), page 54
  39. Joypad, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 153
  40. Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 106
  41. Mega Fun, "08/93" (DE; 1993-07-21), page 91
  42. Player One, "Juin/Juillet 1993" (FR; 1993-06-10), page 106
  43. Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 64
  44. Sega Pro, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-10), page 64
  45. Sega Zone, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 54
  46. Sega Force, "4/93" (SE; 1993-07-08), page 22
  47. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88
  48. Sonic the Comic, "24th July 1993" (UK; 1993-07-24), page 10


Master of Darkness

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