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A trilogy of {{Platform Game}}s for the AppleMacintosh. The original in particular has been ported to everything from [[{{Commodore64}} Commodores]] to Cell Phones.

* ''Dark Castle'' (1986)
* ''Beyond Dark Castle'' (1987)
* ''Return to Dark Castle'' (2008)

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!!These games contain examples of:

* AirborneMooks - Bats, vultures, and mosquitoes, among others.
* AnachronismStew - Wizards, dragons and [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} self-pushing brooms]] share the castle with lasers, conveyor belts, and iMacs.
** In the original version, there's graffiti in one of the rooms that say "Alaric was Here" and "Huns Rule". In the Genesis version, it's "''Saddam'' was Here" and "''Gamers'' Rule". Huh?
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie - [[spoiler:At the end of the second game, after returning to the Scores of Merit screen, Duncan is turned into the new BlackKnight.]]
* AnvilOnHead - [[spoiler:One keyring will free you, the other is booby-trapped with a 16-ton weight.]]
* BlackKnight - The BigBad.
* BookcasePassage - A fireplace, activated by tugging on a wall-mounted torch.
* CartoonBomb
* ClockTower
* ComputerEqualsTapedrive - The mainframe in the Computer Room... although there's a 9" Mac just a few feet away.
* CriticalAnnoyance - Your heartbeat becomes audible and accelerates as you near death.
* DeflectorShields - Subverted; [[spoiler:the Shield power actually makes you briefly immaterial.]]
* DifficultyLevels
* EmbeddedPrecursor - ''Return to Dark Castle'' consists of three areas which you can visit in any order; two are remastered versions of the original games (and the third is larger than both put together).
* EpicFlail
* FacelessEye - [[NightmareFuel Huge floating eyeballs that hurl fire or weep acid...]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent - "SADDAM WAS HERE"
* GainaxEnding - ''Beyond Dark Castle.'' Cleared up in the next sequel - which came out 19 years later.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress - Step off a ledge, and you'll pause to look down before plummeting.
* HedgeMaze
* HolidayMode - Stockings adorn the fireplace, and a Christmas tree supplants a decorative suit of armor.
* HyperactiveMetabolism
* JetPack - More like a ''helicopter'' pack.
* KillItWithFire - Your only weapons are the rocks you throw, but with a powerup, they become fireballs.
* LifeMeter - Takes the place of the level timer starting in ''Beyond Dark Castle''.
* LightningCanDoAnything - [[spoiler:Hold the Shield up to a thundercloud to be imbued with its magic.]]
* TheMaze
* MouseHole - Ubiquitous, and complete with cute little brick arches. Disgorge plague-bearing rats.
* NonLethalBottomlessPits - Falling into one from anywhere in the castle will send you to the dungeon to fight your way out.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou - Oh so averted. Falls in the third game are deadlier than in real life.
* OneHitPointWonder - Duncan, but only in the first game.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Literraly the Black Knight.
* OurGargoylesRock - And are immune to rocks.
* PoisonMushroom - White potions with black labels teleport you. Black potions with white labels kill you. Got that?
* PlotCoupon - The Orbs.
* {{Pun}} - Your quest is, literally, to topple the Black Knight's throne.
* SaveGameLimits - In ''Beyond Dark Castle,'' you can only save from the Computer Room (with its five sets of matched SAVE and RESTORE levers).
* ScoringPoints
* SecretLevel
* {{Sequelphobic}} - [=MacUser's=] product index infamously dismissed the first sequel as "more of the same."
* SequenceBreaking - The infamous SegaGenesis port can be won in less than a minute by heading directly towards the Black Knight. While helpful, the Shield and Fireball aren't required to complete the game.
* ShovelStrike
* SpikesOfDoom - Extend and retract in an automatic cycle.
** TemporaryPlatform - Ditto.
* SuperDrowningSkills - Falling into the water in the "Fireball" levels of the first game will kill you...
** ConvectionSchmonvection - ...but in ''Color Dark Castle'', the water was replaced with ''lava''.
* StaircaseTumble - If you don't climb down stairs correctly, you fall. This includes a single-step staircase.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt - The Brewery Henchman.
* TortureCellar - The Trouble area.
* {{Vaporware}} - ''Return to Dark Castle'' was released after ''12 years'' of development.
* VideoGameRemake - ''Color Dark Castle'': A remake of the original with enhanced graphics made to celebrate Delta Tao's acquisition of the series.
* WeaksauceWeakness - Your character can die from ''falling down the stairs''.

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