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Beyond Dark Castle

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Activision
Release Date: 1989
Code: Mike Garber

GFX: Jenny Martin
Music: Unknown

ZZAP64 Game Rating: ??%
Our Game Rating: 83%
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> BEYOND DARK CASTLE by Activision


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Beyond Dark Castle Activision is the follow up to Dark Castle by Mirrorsoft. It's a vast improvement on the original in my opinion, but still as confusing. It's a game that many will have given up on and ignored, which is a shame as it's not too bad once you get into it...

The game structure is similar to the original, but there are more levels to beat. This time you can only access the Black Knight levels once you have recovered all the orbs and placed them on the plinths in the hallway. This means there is not short route to beating the game. It plays and looks very much like the original, so it takes practice to get anywhere as the control method is awkward and very fussy. Duncan still gets dazed and dies from the slightest thing which is very frustrating.

I quite enjoyed playing this as there's a lot more to it than the original. You even get to fly around in a jetpac on one of the later levels. The aim of the game is the same at the original - find and defeat the evil black knight. If you have some time on your hands, this game is worth checking out. It looks and plays badly on the surface, but there is a half decent game underneath if you can get your head around it. Feel free to get in touch if you need any info, as there's not a lot to be found on the internet about the Dark Castle games...


Time to kick some ass...


He's out for the count!


"1,2,3..."


"By the power of GREYSKULL!"


"Oooo... my head is spinning!"


"WTF - AAAAAAAARGH!"


"NINJA!"


"What's behind the door Miss Forbes?"


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played it from start to finish with no cheats on the advanced skill level. I just saved my progress as I worked my way through the levels.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The Black Knight is found at the very top of the final level sitting on his throne. He gets to his feet and throws spears at you if you get too close. He also holds a shield to protect himself from your fireballs, so you need to aim your shots at unprotected parts of his body. A dragon also appears from time to time, which you need to destroy with your fireballs. After a few well placed shots, he dies and collapses onto his throne. There is a fireplace next to the throne, which acts like a door if you pull the hidden lever, which is one of the torches on the wall. You then see Duncan spin around to the other side of the false wall through the secret fireplace passage. A blue flash appears above his head and moves down Duncan's body. Duncan is then transformed into the new black knight and can be seen wearing a full suit of armour. The game then ends and you can enter your name into the high score table.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: A decent conclusion to this misunderstood game. Duncan is the new black knight. That was quite a surprise. 5/10.
     
  • Vinny: It's not a game I've ever played and so I'll have to check it out some time.

    As for the ending... even though it's short and simple, it's pretty cool. 4/10 from me.
  • Gaz Spence: The graphics seem an upgrade on the first game even if the game play seems rather too similar. The ending is pretty cool with some nice animation going on - the revolving door is well done. Worth a 6 for me.
  • Andrew Fisher: A brief play of the original and the poor reviews it got put me off ever playing the sequel.

    But I have to say that is a fairly good ending (although there does seem to be some graphic corruption on the video, at least one frame of the sprite animation).
  • Brendan Phoenix: Hmmmm, not sure about this. Looks good to be honest, but a lack of sound fx, music or any closing epilogue or even a short message means it does come over as a bit lacklustre.

FINAL SAY: Not too bad. It's a bit better than the original.

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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