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Darklands

Specifications

Title: Darklands Type: Linux Game
Genre: Adventure & Action Status:
Category: Adventure & Action ➤ Classical ➤ Misc. Commercial: ✓
Tags: Adventure; RPG; Fantasy; Crafting; Open World; Oldie Demo:
Released: Not Tracking Package Name:
Date: Extern Repo:
License: Commercial Deb Repo:
View: Third person Package:
Graphic: 2D Binary:
Mechanics: Real Time Source:
Played: Single PDA:
Quality (record): 5 stars Quality (game):
Contrib.: Goupil & Louis ID: 14692
Created: 2015-04-06 Updated: 2016-06-02

Summary

[fr]: Un RPG (sorti en 1992) dans lequel le joueur contrôle un groupe de 4 aventuriers parcourant l'Allemagne médiévale du XVe siècle ("le Saint-Empire romain germanique") en quête de missions à accomplir / de réputation. À la différence des RPG classiques, il met en scène une forme de surnaturel basée sur des références historiques réelles tel que l'alchimie (préparation des potions) ou la religion (chaque saint peut fournir une forme d'aide particulière). [en]: Heroic Adventures in Medieval Germany Deep in the twilight of the Black Forest, you and your companions crouch before the robber-knight’s tower. Prepare yourself to enter Darklands… the first realistic fantasy role-playing adventure for computers! Leading a band of four adventurers across the sinister landscape of 15th Century Germany, you’ll face the Middle Ages as people believed it to be! A land seething with mythical beasts, religious power-mongers and blood-thirsty sinister robber-knights!

Videos

Trailer / Gameplay [en] / [en] / [fr] :

Links

Website & videos
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Commercial : [Steam] [GOG] [Gamersgate]

Resources
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Technical informations
[Open Hub] [Abandonia] [Utopia [fr]]

Social
Devs (MicroProse [fr] [en]) : [Site 1 2] [twitter] [Facebook] [YouTube] [Interview 1 2]
Published by (Retroism [fr] [en]) : [Site 1 2] [twitter] [Facebook] [YouTube] [Interview 1 2]
Game : [Blog] [Forums] [twitter] [YouTube]

On other sites
[Wikipedia (Darklands) [fr] [en]]
[Mobygames]

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Description [fr]

Un RPG dans lequel le joueur contrôle un groupe de 4 aventuriers parcourant l'Allemagne médiévale du XVe siècle, par le studio MicroProse (fermé), publié par le studio Retroism (partenariat entre les studios Night Dive Studios et Tommo).

Darklands est un RPG (sorti en 1992) dans lequel le joueur contrôle un groupe de 4 aventuriers parcourant l'Allemagne médiévale du XVe siècle ("le Saint-Empire romain germanique") en quête de missions à accomplir / de réputation. À la différence des RPG classiques, il met en scène une forme de surnaturel basée sur des références historiques réelles tel que l'alchimie (préparation des potions) ou la religion (chaque saint peut fournir une forme d'aide particulière).


Wikipedia :

Darklands est un jeu de rôle pour DOS se déroulant dans l'Allemagne médiévale du XVe siècle (on parlait alors du Saint-Empire romain germanique).

Le joueur contrôle un groupe de quatre aventuriers qui parcourent l'Empire en quête de missions à accomplir : lutter contre les chevaliers brigands, délivrer une demoiselle offerte en sacrifice à un dragon... Il n'y a pas de but à ce jeu si ce n'est pour les aventuriers d'acquérir la plus grande réputation auprès des différentes cités du Saint Empire germanique.

Univers

À la différence des jeux de rôle fantastiques classiques (Donjons et Dragons par exemple), Darklands met en scène une forme de surnaturel basé sur des références historiques réelles comme l'alchimie (qui intervient dans le jeu pour la préparation de potions) ou la religion (chaque saint peut fournir une forme d'aide particulière).

Un certain nombre de mythes et légendes en cours à l'époque médiévale sont également exploités dans le jeu :

• La sorcellerie,
• Les loups-garous,
• Baphomet, une idole dont l'histoire est liée à celle des Templiers.

Bien que se voulant plus réaliste, l'univers de Darklands fait fortement penser à celui de Warhammer lequel s'inspire entre autres de l'histoire du Saint-Empire romain germanique.

Description [en]

Heroic Adventures in Medieval Germany
Deep in the twilight of the Black Forest, you and your companions crouch before the robber-knight’s tower. Hans, the alchemist, places his mysterious potion by the door. Ebhard the friar implores Saint Dunstan to bless your weapons and armor. And you and Gretchen grip naked long swords, praying your plate mail won’t squeak.

With a thundery crash, the door explodes into fragments! You charge inside, swords and maces swinging. One guard falls beneath the power of your blade… then two more! You storm upstairs to the second floor, but there to greet you is Erhard the Red Wolf, the infamous robber-knight, surrounded by his henchmen. Hans tosses a choking potion into their faces and you quickly charge into the fray. The room echoes with the clash of steel on steel… it’s a battle to the death in the Black Forest!

Prepare yourself to enter Darklands… the first realistic fantasy role-playing adventure for computers!

Leading a band of four adventurers across the sinister landscape of 15th Century Germany, you’ll face the Middle Ages as people believed it to be! A land seething with mythical beasts, religious power-mongers and blood-thirsty sinister robber-knights!

Watch savage battles unfold before your eyes! Travel hundreds of miles by land and sea… from the Frisian Coast to Bohemia… from the Alps to Prussia… visiting over ninety cities along the way!

Your quest for fame and fortune can take you through raucous city streets and dank mine shafts, or from a robber-knight’s tower to the terrifying Sabbaths of witches!

So prepare yourself for the astonishing wonders of a realistic fantasy adventure… in the mysterious Darklands!


Wikipedia:

Darklands is a role-playing video game developed and published by MicroProse in 1992 for the PC DOS platform. Darklands is set in the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century. While the geographic setting of the game is historically accurate, the game features many supernatural elements.

Gameplay

This type of gameplay is an early example of open world in role-playing video games. The player is free to complete quests that will give them a positive reputation, or to pursue a negative reputation by performing evil deeds. In Darklands the player's reputation is limited geographically, allowing the player to be simultaneously hated in one region and exalted in another. There are a limited number of quest types available, causing the game to become repetitive after extensive play.

The setting for Darklands is medieval Europe as the inhabitants thought the world was at the time. All the cities that one's party may visit in the game are real places that existed in the Holy Roman Empire of the 15th century. Most are in modern-day Germany, but some are in other countries including Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. The city names given in the game are old German names of the cities, some of which are now exonyms; the new local names are given in parentheses.

There are no other species available in character creation — all players are human and are differentiated by occupation. Any party member is capable of performing what are known as class-based feats in many other role-playing games, but skillful players usually improve the party member's skills only in the appropriate area. Thus, the equivalent of a cleric in this game would be someone who specializes in religious studies as well as healing skills. Because the character specializes in the above, however, does not preclude him or her from learning artifice skills, such as lock picking. Age is a factor, as characters will begin to lose physical prowess as they age. However, the older the player is when the character is generated, the more skills and better equipment he or she starts with.

While the majority of the game uses text-based menus—enhanced with hand-painted illustrations describing the player party's available actions, the party's movement between cities and during battle uses a graphical user interface. The real-time combat is dependent not only on the characters' skills, but also the type and quality of weapons used against the enemy and its armor. For example, using swords against plate armored foes would be less effective than using flails or maces.

Plot

The game is set in a historical fantasy version of medieval Europe, where monsters and magic actually exist. The plot is not linear and there is no set path for a player to follow.

However, there is a main quest to follow in order to finish the game, which involves hunting witches and heretics. Darklands ends once the final battle is completed against the demon lord Baphomet, preventing the apocalypse. Baphomet can be found in a castle in an obscure part of the game map which can only be found after finding and defeating the evil occupants of various other fortresses around the game, in which the party can find information which will point it to the final location. According to the official clue book for the game, the final battle location, as well as the location of some other quests in the game, is randomized at the start of each new game.

Features

☑ Improve each character’s attributes and skills as the game progresses. No artificial character classes or levels!
☑ Learn alchemical formulas to make your own potions!
☑ Brilliant watercolor-style graphics bring to life and myths and mysteries of the Middle Ages!
☑ Easy-to-use and innovative menu presents you with unprecedented role-playing options.
☑ Character fight in real-time animation! Freeze the actions and give new orders to characters any time you wish!
☑ Bonus content included! Soundtrack in both MP3 and original MIDI formats included! Cluebook, Map and original reference card.