Main VideoGame YMMV
A trilogy of
. The original in particular has been ported to everything from
to Cell Phones.
Dark Castle (1986) Beyond Dark Castle (1987) Return to Dark Castle (2008) These games contain examples of: Airborne Mooks - Bats, vultures, and mosquitoes, among others. Anachronism Stew - Wizards, dragons and 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? And Then John Was a Zombie - At the end of the second game, after returning to the Scores of Merit screen, Duncan is turned into the new Black Knight. Anvil On Head - One keyring will free you, the other is booby-trapped with a 16-ton weight. Black Knight - The Big Bad. Bookcase Passage - A fireplace, activated by tugging on a wall-mounted torch. Cartoon Bomb Clock Tower Computer Equals Tapedrive - The mainframe in the Computer Room... although there's a 9" Mac just a few feet away. Critical Annoyance - Your heartbeat becomes audible and accelerates as you near death. Deflector Shields - Subverted; the Shield power actually makes you briefly immaterial. Difficulty Levels Embedded Precursor - 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). Epic Flail Faceless Eye - Huge floating eyeballs that hurl fire or weep acid... Funny Background Event - "SADDAM WAS HERE" Gainax Ending - Beyond Dark Castle. Cleared up in the next sequel - which came out 19 years later. Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress - Step off a ledge, and you'll pause to look down before plummeting. Hedge Maze Holiday Mode - Stockings adorn the fireplace, and a Christmas tree supplants a decorative suit of armor. Hyperactive Metabolism Jet Pack - More like a helicopter pack. Kill It with Fire - Your only weapons are the rocks you throw, but with a powerup, they become fireballs. Life Meter - Takes the place of the level timer starting in Beyond Dark Castle. Lightning Can Do Anything - Hold the Shield up to a thundercloud to be imbued with its magic. The Maze Mouse Hole - Ubiquitous, and complete with cute little brick arches. Disgorge plague-bearing rats. Non-Lethal Bottomless Pits - Falling into one from anywhere in the castle will send you to the dungeon to fight your way out. Not the Fall That Kills You - Oh so averted. Falls in the third game are deadlier than in real life. One-Hit-Point Wonder - Duncan, but only in the first game. Orcus on His Throne: Literraly the Black Knight. Our Gargoyles Rock - And are immune to rocks. Poison Mushroom - White potions with black labels teleport you. Black potions with white labels kill you. Got that? Plot Coupon - The Orbs. Pun - Your quest is, literally, to topple the Black Knight's throne. Save Game Limits - In Beyond Dark Castle, you can only save from the Computer Room (with its five sets of matched SAVE and RESTORE levers). Scoring Points Secret Level Sequelphobic - MacUser's product index infamously dismissed the first sequel as "more of the same." Sequence Breaking - The infamous Sega Genesis 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. Shovel Strike Spikes Of Doom - Extend and retract in an automatic cycle. Super Drowning Skills - Falling into the water in the "Fireball" levels of the first game will kill you... Staircase Tumble - If you don't climb down stairs correctly, you fall. This includes a single-step staircase. Throw a Barrel at It - The Brewery Henchman. Torture Cellar - The Trouble area. Vaporware - Return to Dark Castle was released after 12 years of development. Video Game Remake - Color Dark Castle: A remake of the original with enhanced graphics made to celebrate Delta Tao's acquisition of the series. Weaksauce Weakness - Your character can die from falling down the stairs.