Dark Ages

Copyright: © 1991 Apogee Software Ltd
Genre: Role playing games

Role playing games

Dark Ages
Review 1:
You play the role of a young hero who's quest is to avenge his family's
death and gets caught up in more than he ever bargained for. Greyor, a
menacing wizard who seems invincible is using his magic to slowly conquer
the continents. He must be stopped and you must use both your sword and
your wits as you gradually gather the medallion pieces that will put an
end to his tyranny. Explore a vast world and plunder deadly dungeons.
Interact with many people and gather the clues that will help you defeat
Greyor. This is a game for everyone, from the first-timer to the hearty
gamer. The experienced will find the game a refreshing return to the
classic days of dragon warrior, Zelda, and the original Final Fantasies
and Ultimas that had changed the way we viewed CRPGs for many years
thereafter. The new gamer will find an easy way to get caught up in a
wonderful genre of computer gaming. This is an amateur-made game, thus
there is no rating system. It contains some cartoon blood, not very real
looking, and very, very rare use of obscenities. It is most likely
appropriate for all ages if they are responsible enough to use a PC, but
use discretion if necessary. So if you don't mind the simple graphics
that most look like a children cartoon drawn game and the few character
feature and statistics Dark Ages can be a good choice because of the ease
of use and somewhat good but simple, and classic, story.

Review 2:

Dark Ages is one of the earliest shareware platformers published by
Apogee, and one that is among their worst. The plot: you are the prince
and heir to the land's greatest kingdom. Garth, a wizard of immense power
and greed, banished you as a child to far away while he ran the kingdom
with an iron hand. Needless to say, you have grown into a master fighter,
and has now returned to your kingdom to defeat Garth and claim your
birthright to the throne. The game, like numerous other Apogee titles, is
a side-scrolling platform action game. The difference between Dark Ages
and Apogee classics such as the Commander Keen series, however, is that
it is much more boring, easy, and very short. It will probably take an
average gamer 2-3 hours at most to beat the game; veteran gamers will
definitely be able to finish it in under an hour. Lackluster EGA graphics
and choppy animations donít make it better, either. A very disappointing
game in all aspects ... I would have given this a Real Dog tag if not for
the one redeeming fact that controls are simple and easy to pick up.
Thumbs down for this one.

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