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|Darkstone: Evil Reigns|
|Developer(s)||Delphine Software International|
|Director(s)||Paul Cuisset |
|Producer(s)||Paul Cuisset |
|Programmer(s)||Benoist Aron |
|Artist(s)||Denis Mercier |
|Writer(s)||Mathieu Gaborit |
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Android, iOS|
19 March 2014
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.
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.
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In the United States, Darkstone's computer version debuted at #13 on PC Data's computer game sales rankings for August 1999. The firm tracked 63,553 domestic sales of the game through the end of 1999. This number rose to roughly 75,000 copies by March 2000, which led GameSpot's writer Desslock to remark that the game "sold quite poorly". As of October 2001, the computer version of Darkstone had sold around 130,000 units in the United States.
Reviews and awards
Darkstone: Evil Reigns received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PC version 77.39% and the PlayStation version 65.41%, while the PlayStation version holds a 58/100 rating on Metacritic.
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