Title Dark Seed Game Type Adventure Publisher Cyberdreams Players 1 Compatibility All (May require degrader) HD Installable Yes Submission Kostas Review Dark Seed... a unique science fiction horror adventure inspired by H.R Gigger's work (www.giger.com) the man who also created the series of Alien, Poltergeist, etc. The game's amazing atmosphere set the standards for later adventure games and I believe that it's a game worth playing even in this day and age. You are Mike Dawson who has a dull job with a company, but his great hope is to become a successful science fiction author. One day he notices an advertisement in a newspaper about an old Victorian house being sold. He buys it believing that it would be the ideal place to write his stories. But while Mike is asleep some aliens that want to take over the world put a seed in Mike's head. Mike has 3 days, the length of the seed's incubation, to save his life and the whole earth from the invaders. He has to find a way to get to the aliens' world and stop their evil plans. Dark Seed is a point and click adventure. By pressing the right mouse you can cycle through your options such as examine, pick up, or use items. A vital characteristic of the game is that times passes while you walk,talk, even when you are doing nothing! So, you must hurry a bit if you want to do all the things that are to be done (you see, Mike wants to go to bed early). And also the point that makes dark seed a very difficult game is that you must be at specific places at a specific time. E.g. at some time you receive an important phone call. If you aren't at home at that time, you miss the call and you simply can't finish the game! From the technological point of view the game was a miracle for those days. Cyberdreams used a real man to perform all Mike's actions and they put his digitized silhouette in the game!The man that was Mike in game was named Mike Dawson in real life too, and was the producer of the game! The game was running in 640X400 resolution(the highest possible for A500) and for that reason it had only 16 colors. Its package contained 7 disks. Dark Seed has many locations to explore, and lots of characters to talk to. You can visit the town and go to the library or the police station, you can have a look at your new house (it has secret passages also), go to the cemetery (one of the best designed locations in my opinion and quite frightening) and also you have to visit the aliens' world. I won't reveal the plot and tell you how it is achieved but sooner or later you will enter the dark world. There you will see Giger's artwork in drawings of the aliens and their environment. As you keep exploring you'll notice that the dark world is similar to yours: For each location and room in your world there is a corresponding one in the other world. I personally found this game very enjoyable but also very difficult. And remember when the game was released there wasn't today's access to the Internet, where you can find a solution whenever you want, only if a magazine decided to print one. You had to try again and again on your own to complete it. For the last time I'll mention the game's atmosphere: Dark and gloomy and no blood and guts. Just like the novels of H. P. Lovecraft. A must game :) NOTE There is also a CD32 version of Dark Seed, but it does not use the interlace graphics of the original, nor does it work with a mouse, it's joypad only. There is 'Talkie' dailogue however.