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Dark Seed II

DOS - 1995

Also available on: Windows 3.x - Mac

Alt names
黑暗之蠱Ⅱ, ダークシードII, Darkseed II
Year
1995
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Adventure
Theme
Amusement park, Detective / Mystery, Horror
Publisher
Cyberdreams, Inc.
Developer
Cyberdreams, Inc., Destiny Software Productions, Inc.
Perspective
Side view
3.94 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of Dark Seed II

A "more of the same" sequel to Cyberdreams' atmospheric Dark Seed, Dark Seed II features better graphics and more stunning, nightmarish artwork from Alien designer H.R.

Giger, but a much less interesting plot and more banal puzzles than its predecessor. One year after events chronicled in Dark Seed, Mike Dawson is back, still suffering from headaches and nightmares. He returns to his hometown to recuperate, only to find that he's a prime suspect of murdering Rita Scanlon, his ex-girlfriend. The problem for Mike, naturally, is that he cannot remember what happened on that night.. the night that he may have been the last person to see Rita alive. Anyone who has played Dark Seed will be familiar with what happens next: you must travel once more through the portal that links your world to the nightmarish Dark World to confront your old enemies, the evil 'Ancients,' who are busy hatching the Behemoth that will soon be able to cross over to destroy Mike's world. As in Dark Seed, Giger's 'biomechanical' artwork is used to contrast the bleak, alien Dark World with the mundane realities of Mike's hometown. With SVGA palette this time around, the effect is even more striking and truly brings Giger's fantastic visions to life. Unfortunately, they are used merely as static background pictures that quickly lose the "wow" appeal after you see it several times. What makes Dark Seed II a more inferior game than its predecessor is the severely linear gameplay that makes puzzle-solving a frustrating affair. You will often not be able to pick up an item you know you need, simply because the egghead Mike Dawson hasn't talked to enough people, or done something else that would make make the item's use painfully obvious. Similarly, you cannot go to many locations until you have performed all the correct sequences-- even though the relationship between those actions and the locations is unclear. This extreme linearity is all the more frustrating because, in contrast to Dark Seed, there is no clock ticking away in the background that signal your progress. Fortunately, most puzzles are quite mundane and even boring, and simply involve a lot of travelling between the two worlds. The designers even throw in one dreadful maze, although you only need to navigate it twice in the entire game. In conclusion, I find Dark Seed II a step backward from its predecessor. The plot, which starts out promising enough, quickly degenerates into another boring save-the-world-from-alien plot, thus never achieves the same spine-tingling, look-behind-your-back effect that the first game does as a psychological thriller. Giger's artwork, while characteristically horrific and fascinating, is merely a static backdrop that never truly comes alive.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Efe 2017-03-30 -1 point

Hello! Thanks a lot for this game. Question, does anybody know how to make it work on Windows 7? Or DOSBox

Michael 2015-06-18 0 point DOS version

I wish i would have made it with that giant head

Misterschmoo 2013-05-05 0 point DOS version

I bought this game, I think it was in a bargain bin at the time, but I had to buy it as I had the same name as the main character, it is a silly game but still I enjoyed it.

ILLL 2013-01-15 0 point DOS version

is it in English??

Mike Dawson 2012-11-23 2 points DOS version

Did any of you guys kill Rita?

sic018 2012-03-25 0 point DOS version

Wow !! How Fun !!

...but why in Chinese ? or Japanese ?

JR 2012-02-26 0 point DOS version

One of best adventure horror games ever.

Triacom 2011-11-02 -1 point DOS version

HORRIBLE GAME. Bad voice acting, hidden items, nonsense puzzles, a pushover main character, instant death, a horrible ending and delayed game overs make this a title to be missed.

ffsdf 2010-12-17 -1 point DOS version

cool

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