Darkstone: Evil Reigns

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Darkstone: Evil Reigns
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Developer(s)Delphine Software International
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Paul Cuisset
Bertrand Gibert
Producer(s)Paul Cuisset
Philippe Delamarre
Designer(s)Paul Cuisset
Programmer(s)Benoist Aron
Claude Levastre
Boris Vidal-Madjar
Artist(s)Denis Mercier
Frédéric Michel
Thierry Levastre
Writer(s)Mathieu Gaborit
Jean-Luc Dumon
Composer(s)Christophe Rime
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Android
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows
  • NA: 31 July 1999
  • EU: 1999
PlayStation
  • NA: 28 January 2001
  • EU: 9 March 2001
iOS, Android
19 March 2014
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Darkstone: Evil Reigns (Darkstone in North America) is an action role-playing video game developed by Delphine Software International for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation. In 2014, the French publisher Anuman Interactive launched a remake available on iPad, iPhone and Android, with the cooperation of the original game's author Paul Cuisset.[1]

Plot[edit]

The evil Lord Draak, who has the power to transform himself into a dragon, has recovered from earlier defeat and returned with his minions to the world of Uma bringing death and mayhem. Players attempt to find their way to Draak's lair and slay him in combat. On their way they must locate the seven crystals and use them to recreate the time orb, without which Draak can not be defeated.

There are seven crystals; the purple Crystal of Wisdom, the red Crystal of Virtue, the blue Crystal of Bravery, the yellow Crystal of Nobility, the turquoise Crystal of Compassion, the green Crystal of Integrity and the grey Crystal of Strength. These are magically reassembled by the hermit Sebastian to form the crystal Time Orb.

In the PC version, the townspeople will ask the player to do optional quests in return for money. These quests are either retrieving artifacts or killing an infamous monster. The artifacts are the Holy Grail, the Royal Diadem, the Shield of Light, the Unicorn's Horn, the Dragon's Scale, the Magic Anvil, the Path Book, the Medallion of Melchior, the Sacred Scroll, the Stone of Souls, the Cursed Sword, the Storm Flower, the Claw of Sargon, the Celestial Harp, the Bard's Music Score and the Broken Vase. The monsters are the ratman Buzbal the Furious, the vampire Nosferatu and the skeletal Evil Garth.

Release[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(PC) 77.39%[2]
(PS) 65.41%[3]
Metacritic(PS) 58/100[4]

In the United States, Darkstone's computer version sold 63,553 copies during 1999,[5] and roughly 75,000 copies by March 2000. Commenting on these figures, GameSpot's writer Desslock noted that the game "sold quite poorly".[6] As of October 2001, the computer version's sales in the United States had risen to 130,000 copies.[7]

Darkstone: Evil Reigns received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PC version 77.39%[2] and the PlayStation version 65.41%, while the PlayStation version holds a 58/100 rating on Metacritic.[3][4]

Darkstone was a nominee for CNET Gamecenter's 1999 "Best Role-Playing Game" award, which went to Asheron's Call.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/07/flashback-creators-darkstone-headed-to-mobile/
  2. ^ a b "Darkstone: Evil Reigns for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Darkstone: Evil Reigns for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Darkstone: Evil Reigns for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  5. ^ Staff (April 2000). "PC Gamer Editors' Choice Winners: Does Quality Matter?". PC Gamer US. 7 (4): 33.
  6. ^ Desslock (May 11, 2000). "Desslock's Ramblings – RPG Sales Figures". GameSpot. Archived from the original on February 3, 2001.
  7. ^ Keighley, Geoff (October 2001). "READ.ME; G.O.D.'s Fall from Grace". Computer Gaming World (207): 30–32.
  8. ^ The Gamecenter Staff (January 21, 2000). "The Gamecenter Awards for 1999!". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on June 6, 2000.

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