More than 29700 old games to download for free!


DOS - 1992

Alt names Darklands: Heldenhafte Abenteuer im mittelalterlichen Deutschland, Darklands: Heroic Role-Playing Adventures In Medieval Germany
Year 1992
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United Kingdom, United States (1992)
United States (1995)
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Europe, Fantasy, Medieval, Real-Time
Publisher MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer MPS Labs
Perspectives Isometric, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4.53 / 5 - 108 votes

Download extras files
Cluebook available

Description of Darklands

Read Full Description

One of the very best RPGs ever produced, and definitely the BEST historical RPG ever, Darklands was unfortunately plagued with a slew of bugs when it was first released, many of which could critically damage system files. The newest version (7.0) corrects most of these bugs and makes the game what it was supposed to be, but by then a lot of people have already given up trying.... making this game the first and only RPG from Microprose.

So what makes Darklands so special? For one thing, it is arguably the most accurate historical RPG ever created - almost every facet of genuine medieval Germany is depicted in the game, from the huge map with over 90 cities, calendar system and currency... down to different weapon and armor types and their corresponding weights and effectiveness.

Mundane spellcasting in conventional RPGs is here replaced with an excellent (and, of course, authentic) alchemy interface which lets you create just about any potion you want with dozens of ingredients. Different potions require different levels of expertise - the most difficult ones may require a prayer to the applicable saint to make their manufacture feasible. You can also pray to the gods to request divine aid in sticky situations.

Darklands' character generation is one of the best I have seen in an RPG. After choosing your name and gender, you then go on to select your hereditary, which effects your stats and skills. You then pick an occupation which adds 5 years to your age and increases your skills depending on the occupation chosen. You can keep choosing more careers, but your character will start to suffer from age.

This trade-off between experience and strength strikes a great balance that requires strategic planning. The goal of your adventures is simply to become famous. The game is very non-linear: over time, different "quests" will be spawned. Different personages will ask you go to various places and perform various favors for them. The rewards for these quests are usually financial, but often serve to improve your party's fame as well.

Some of the quests that you might undertake are: kill a raubritter (German robber baron), kill a dragon, stop the problems with "knockers" in the mines, and drive out witches. You might be asked to retrieve relics, or retrieve stolen papers.

Eventually, you will probably take on the Templar knights, and their demon lord, Baphomet. Each time you complete one of these tasks, you will gain more "fame," which is quantified with a number. A very successful party could expect a fame in the high hundreds.

In a controversial move, Darklands has no "ending" per se - after you vanquish Baphomet, you will be treated to a small victory screen, and be given the option to keep on playing. Which really shouldn't bother anyone, as the game contains so many optional subquests that you are likely to miss quite a few along the way.

If I can't convince you to play this one, perhaps this will: Darklands has never left my hard drive since I first installed it in 1992. If you're looking for a great but overlooked RPG that will provide dozens, if not hundreds, hours of enjoyment and educational value besides, this is a must-have.

Review By HOTUD

External links

Comments and reviews

RT 2018-04-25 3 points

Looks like its no longer abandonware. Gotta buy it from

KC 2018-04-24 0 point

What happened? This page now says "No file available or game download disabled, sorry." Maybe all the bugs were not fixed?

Prince Vakar 2017-09-15 1 point

I think it's the best RPG I ever played, but it was plagued with bugs and I eventually had to give up, despite desperately tweaking expanded memory and everything else - nice to see it's possible to play without the bugs and crashes

JAY DEE 2015-05-03 0 point DOS version

i think this is version 4,remember to patch to version 6 or can get many old patches at "patches scrolls".this dl comes with a save file editor aswell, DLED.EXE

Eric 2015-01-04 0 point DOS version

How do you run this with D-fend?

Jake 2014-12-30 10 points DOS version

Without a doubt agree with the review of this game. Truly one of the best, if not THE best CRPGs ever made (and I've played almost all of them.) I probably spent more time on this game then SSI's 'Gold box' set combined (and I played them enough to beat them all!) Two things I'd like to add, first kind of a correction when the review says "accurate historical RPG" it means accurately follows the mythos/ beliefs of the time, dragons, demons, witches etc, but in a manner more to the beliefs of medieval Germany then what we are familiar with in modern "Fantasy." Second thing I'd like to add is the battle system was light-years ahead of it's time, RTS you could pause to issue orders, similar to Balders Gate only 5 years earlier, and your characters do have their own AI if you do not issue commands to them.

One thing though, if you can't play without eye-candy, don't waste your time, the graphics are really bad, even for 92.

OlTimer 2014-10-07 1 point DOS version

Spent months playing this game. Felt like was a part of this world. Almost forgot to go to school, eat, drink :) Never came across anything like it........ :(

Knoxfox 2014-01-08 1 point DOS version

The first time I ever stayed up all night playing a game was with this game. Maybe the only time I ever played a game 15 hours straight. Loved playing this game.

Gretel Hansdottir 2013-12-08 0 point DOS version

I LOVED this game when it came out. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! Definitely the best RPG I have played. Only Skyrim is currently coming close to the immersive feel of the game.

SXZ 2013-10-01 0 point DOS version

One of the best RPGs I've ever played. You can run Darklands on DOSBox with only minor problems. If you're having trouble skipping the opening animation, you can run the game with no animations. Just access Darklands folder on DOSBox and run the game with the following command: "darklands.exe /q".
There is also a save game editor ("dled.exe", also compatible with DOSBox), in case you find the difficulty of the game too punishing.

Vector 2013-09-19 0 point DOS version

run this game with dosbox

Vector 2013-09-18 0 point DOS version

Aesome game!

Lord Avier 2013-08-13 0 point DOS version

An excellent game.....

hayhayhay 2013-05-11 0 point DOS version

what operating prgam will run this

tuna 2013-02-09 0 point DOS version

can't get this gem to work

Licurg 2012-04-21 0 point DOS version


Shone 2012-01-17 0 point DOS version

Well, this is one grate game! :)

Write a comment

Share your gamer memories, give useful links or comment anything you'd like. This game is no longer abandonware, we won't put it back online.


Buy Darklands

Darklands is available for a small price on the following websites, and is no longer abandonware. provides the best release and does not include DRM, please buy from them! You can read our online store guide .

Game Extras and Resources

Some of these file may not be included in the game stores. For Darklands, we have the following files:

CluebookEnglish version 8 MB (DOS)

Similar games

Fellow retro gamers also downloaded these games:

Drakkhen abandonware
DrakkhenDOS, Amiga, Atari ST, FM Towns, Sharp X680001989
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick abandonware
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His LockpickDOS, Amiga, Apple IIgs1989
The Keys to Maramon abandonware
The Keys to MaramonDOS, C64, Amiga1990
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress abandonware
Ishar: Legend of the FortressDOS, Amiga, Atari ST1992
Prophecy of The Shadow abandonware
Prophecy of The ShadowDOS1992
Shadowlands abandonware
ShadowlandsDOS, Amiga, Atari ST1992

Ad Consent Terms About Contact FAQ Useful links Contribute Taking screenshots How to play

MyAbandonware utopiaweb