Dark Chambers.

Dark Chambers was originally designed in 1983 and called Dandy but was released on both the 2600 and 7800 with the name Dark Chambers. This game is actually a predecessor to Atari’s arcade hit Gauntlet and shares many commonalities with that game. In Dark Chambers the player plays the role of an elf (two elves in the two-player simultaneous game) who is traversing this underground world in search for treasure. A total of 26 different chambers (marked with letters A-Z) are found in this underworld. Survive them all, only to start again at a higher difficulty level. Within these chambers there are various creatures who will do all they can to stop the elf from garnering treasures: zombies, skeletons, wraiths, wizards, and grim reapers. Zombies are the weakest enemy and explode when you attack them. Grim reapers are the most powerful.

All the monsters transform into a lesser monster until they are destroyed as zombies. Spawners are spread through the chambers from which the monsters appear. Destroy these to stop the monsters from appearing. You also must avoid deadly poison that drain your energy. Not everything is bad, though. There are power ups in the form of guns, daggers, and shields to help you in your adventure. Dark Chambers boasts really nice graphics on the 7800 with plenty of enemies, nicely rendered mazes, and bright colours. Though there is a beautiful title screen with some eerie music, there is no in-game music and sounds are minimal. The one real issue with Dark Chambers is that the gameplay is slow. Things do get more crowded in the upper levels, however. Any fan of Gauntlet should enjoy this game. I know I do. Overall a good title for the system.

  • 7/10
    Gameplay - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Graphics - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10


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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