Dark Castle.

Dark Castle started its life as an Apple Macintosh game that saw several ports to other computers and to the Genesis/MegaDrive. The game is a platformer where the player controls the character of Duncan as he travels within the titular dark castle avoiding enemies and solving puzzles before reaching the main enemy of the game. The story goes that the evil Black Knight has been terrorizing the people of the kingdom and it is up to Prince Duncan to topple the knight from the throne. To do so, Duncan must travel through 16 levels in the four different sections of the castle (Fireball, Shield, Trouble, and Black Knight).

Only after the Prince has been able to collect the magical shield and the power to throw fireballs (instead of stones), may he face the Black Knight. When the game starts, the player must select from one of the four castle sections (by choosing a door) at a main hall within the castle. Once selected, the character moves into the castle section where mice, bats, and other enemies await. Does this all sound like elements for an interesting game? Yep, it sure does but don’t be fooled for one second! Dark Castle has fame for being one of the worst (if not, the worst) games for the Genesis/MegaDrive and I have to say that it is a well deserved honour. This game is horrible to play because of lousy controls, unforgiving mechanics (you can die from a simple misstep on a staircase), and terrible animation. The graphics can only be described as drab, though sound is surprisingly good since you are listening to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. My advise to you, avoid at all costs!

  • 1/10
    Gameplay - 1/10
  • 1/10
    Graphics - 1/10
  • 1/10
    Sound - 1/10




TrekMD is an MD by day and a writer by night, a lover of all things Atari. You can visit his ramblings  on Twitter at: twitter.com/TrekMD

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