Dark Caves

• Publisher: CP Verlag
• Developer:
Jan Zimmermann
Release Date: 1993
Jan Zimmermann
GFX: Arthquake
Music: Jan Zimmermann

Our Game Rating: 84%


FILE: darkcavesernd.zip


> DARK CAVES by CP Verlag

• Completed by Gaz Spence
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

To be honest, I'd never played this game before, and it was only because Gaz sent in the ending that I thought I had better check out the game. Now the ending is in the style of Tetris, and so I was expecting a puzzle game; but to my total astonishment, it isn't; it's actually a H.E.R.O. (Activision) rip-off, and a good one at that. With some nice colourful graphics, great sonix and game play to boot, this is a cracking game. Looks like I'm sorted for the next few days :)


Oooo... the smaller blocks have just merged into a LARGE block.

Hmmm... what's going on here then?

AH! I think I see...

...the fuse has been extinguished! Brilliant!

YAY! Money :-)

Lots of money!


Look at my wad!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I think that Gaz used a trained version and cheat his way to the end :)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have created the correct shape of block - I think you just need to get Tetris - the game ending takes over... All the smaller blocks merge into one big block, the gate opens, and then the block gets pushed into the fuse and extinguishes it - thus stopping the TNT from exploding.

The ending message then kicks in and reads: "Congratulation[s]... you succeeded in deactivating the destruction machine. The treasury[!] is yours. Game over!" This is accompanied by an ending ditty.


  • Vinny: It's actually a very satisfying ending; maybe too short, but still very satisfying. I can't help but think that I have heard the ending music somewhere else! I bet Frank knows :) 6/10.

  • Frank Gasking: Ah, the tune in Dark Caves is a cover of Thanatos by Rob Hubbard. Pretty neat one too. I brought Dark Caves from EBES back in the day, great little HERO rip off :-)

  • Gaz Spence: It's good that you've dusted this ending down Vinny - one of the more satisfying that I've unearthed. I was surprised to find the Tetris-inspired final level, after having skipped through the HEROesque levels. A good CP Verlag game and a very respectable ending sequence.

  • Brendan Phoenix: Above average ending, I like it - bit of an original ending here, which is getting more unusual with the endings we are seeing on here.

FINAL SAY: It's a good enough ending to see...

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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