& Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
Dark Force by TND Games is a tribute to FTL's
shoot-em-up 'Lightforce' - can you see the
game you play the proud pilot of the Dark Force, the
fittest hunk of junk in the entire galaxy. Your mission
is to fly through 3 sectors, and destroy all 20
generators which control the power of the laser. The
Cygons and their Allies will be out to stop you no
matter how tough or weak you really are. Every 6
generators destroyed will award you an extra life.
It's a nicely constructed
progression from the original game that has some clean
and crisp graphics from Alf Yngve, and some thumping
sonix from Richard Bayliss - always a great combination.
With it's obvious SEUCK design, does this mean that the
game is going to have a simple, flat game ending...
Our ship comes to the
end of the tunnel...
...and meets up with
the final boss!
Oh shit! The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I obtained the endings two ways:
- First I played
through the game with the sprite collision off and
got to see the BAD ending; at which point I realised
that there were two endings, and so...
- I hacked the GOOD
ending by freezing the game using an Action Replay
Cart, going to MONITOR, and adding $14 to $6769, and
then G $9A00 (jumps to location $9A00, which is also
the location for the BAD ending).
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
If you get to kill the final boss, but you've missed
destroying all the generators, then you get the BAD
ending. If you've destroyed all the generators and also
the final boss, then you'll get the GOOD ending. Both
consist of a quick explosion effect, static screens with
short epilogues, and specific Bayliss ending tunes.