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Dark Seed

DOS - 1992

Also available on: Amiga

Alt names 黑暗之蠱, זרע האופל , Dark Seed 1, Darkseed, ダークシード
Year 1992
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Horror
Publisher Cyberdreams, Inc.
Developer Cyberdreams, Inc.
Perspective Side view
4.29 / 5 - 48 votes

Description of Dark Seed

One of the most memorable (and few) science fiction- horror games ever released, Dark Seed is an interesting horror/scifi story based on the haunting artwork of H.R. Giger, creator of Aliens.

As writer Mike Dawson, you must travel in both the human and alien dimensions to thwart the aliens' evil plans. Interesting premise and outstanding graphics make for an interesting game that unfortunately gets bogged down with too many illogical (and timed) puzzles. A good first effort from Cyberdreams, and much better than its horrible successor Dark Seed 2.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

gigerfan 2018-11-23 1 point

to anyone not wanting to go through the history of comments here to get the game up and running - the floppy version will work without too much fuss - just keep in mind that you're supposed to run 'ds.bat' instead of 'start.exe' to avoid the game hanging up.
The cd version has different sounding music and a lot more voice cues - still you use dosbox to run it, but since it's a cue/bin you'll need to mount it in dosbox and run the installer - if you don't do that, the game will mess up after the opening cut scene.
How to mount the cd
If you want to convert the bin to iso, use this tool

RPA 2018-10-06 0 point DOS version

Glitch, When I played DS1 installed on my Win XP machine years ago, the haunting background music worked fine, but the voiced person-to-person conversations were garbled. I put it down to just my audio hardware/software limitations at the time. That being said, I do not believe Mike Dawson's thoughts are voiced in DS1.

Could you be recalling the sequel: Dark Seed II ? I can confirm that you will hear Dawson's reflective thoughts (and quite a few!) in that one. I hope this helps.

Glitch 2018-10-04 0 point DOS version

Running this from the browser, I noticed there are some missing sounds. I remember hearing him voice out what he was thinking, but now it's just text. I know it can seem quite arbitrary, but it's very immersive to me. I was wondering if anyone installing this with DosBox has this issue as well, or if the problem does not exists with installed version

agjerde 2018-07-23 3 points DOS version

To avoid avoid the crash at the alien implant scene in the intro, try mounting the disc in DosBox:
mount c c:\[your path]
imgmount d c:\[your path]\darkseed.cue -t iso
install [wait for install, then type 'ds' to run]
Next time you wanna play, do the same mount and imgmount, then:
cd darkseed

Dawson 2018-06-12 -1 point

Agree with the Stranger Things I thought the same! If they filmed a Darkseed movie would look cool with that background and ambiance.

RPA 2018-02-22 1 point

'Stranger Things' anyone? As soon as I started watching the brilliant Netflix series, I knew the Duffer brothers had to have played these Dark Seed games when they were younger. Even the menacing synth pace in the original game must be an influence on the TV show's sound during visits to the nether, 'Upside Down' world.

Thanks for offering this classic game series so we can - as adults! - again sojourn awhile among the surreal landscapes of the late Swiss master, H.R. Giger.

kyle 2017-04-25 2 points DOS version

Had trouble with this as well, Open up the game folder and navigate to the "readme" file. It details how to run It. Can't believe I never checked It until I read all these comments.

To run It don't run the "start.exe", instead run "ds.bat"
Need to re-configure your controls? type "ds /m"

There's more in the readme but that's probably your problem if your reading this.

Hope this helps.

Look She Glows 2017-04-15 1 point


mount c c:/darkseed



BoldFaceSeven 2015-01-06 1 point DOS version

IT wont start as a .bat file

F3 2015-01-05 1 point DOS version

I've tried EVERYTHING people have mentioned but I still can't get past the 'alien seed implant in the brains or whatever' cutscene... After the scene 'small rainbow dots' appear all over the screen. Any idea? Anyone?

m1keman5on 2014-11-04 1 point DOS version

when the game crashes (well in my version) hit enter, type darkseed and enter. I read in other places that you have to write "tos" instead of darkseed.
In the version that I have, there are two exe files in the game directory, start.exe and darkseed.exe

JAY DEE 2014-10-28 0 point DOS version

yep mine crashes at the same place

Dr CAtJail 2014-08-19 0 point DOS version

This game is going to Rock.

ReyalpCB4 2014-08-05 0 point DOS version

I tried changing the CDLETTER file to C but it still crashes after the alien implant scene. it just gets all scrambled and static covered and just sits there

gasher3 2014-08-01 1 point DOS version

This doesn't work for me as it is, crashed after the starting scene. The fix is to edit "CDLETTER" and change it from D to C. And also start the game using "ds.bat", not "start.exe". Everything works well so far including speech. Hope this helps if you are having problems running the game.

indstr 2014-02-11 0 point DOS version

Wow, I remember seeing this one time in Radio shack and thinking it looked incredible. I've still never really played it, but I still remember it from looking at the box. I should try it someday

UGC 2013-06-27 -1 point DOS version

Hey Guacho, try running it with the .bat file instead of just writing start.
Type: start.bat and it should'nt freeze! :D
I still have a problem, why is there no speech?

Guacho 2013-01-07 0 point DOS version

It freezes after Mike gets an alien fetus in his brain.

MENTD 2012-10-27 0 point DOS version

H.R. Giger didn't create ALIENS, he created ALIEN. James Cameron (ALIENS director) didn't involve Giger in ALIENS and the film suffered because of it. (Looked like plastic crappy sets as opposed to the awesome Giger sculpted sets and creature from the first film.)

tpgb12 2012-03-16 1 point DOS version

Crashes when tos.exe is loaded.

ScaryGamer 2011-11-01 -1 point DOS version

well no one would download this because its french please find english
so someone will download this :) updated

F0XX 2011-05-26 0 point DOS version

Not just cheap thrills

Jack Halftrack 2008-11-13 0 point DOS version

HR Giger art. Remember the movie Alien ?

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