Darkstone is an isometric hack ‘n’ slash game that would be familiar to anyone who’s a fan of devilish dungeon crawls, but it is definitely a lot more than a simple knock off; it’s a click-hungry time killer that’s a great coffee-break game, and it’s available on GOG.com right now for $5.99.
Darkstone allows you to select a hero--or heroes, because you’re allowed to control a party of two--from well-known classes (Warrior-brute force, Monk-healing, Assassin-stealth, and Wizard-offensive spells, with female equivalents of each: Amazon, Priestess, Sorceress, and Thief) and use 32 different spells, 22 skills, 22 types of weapons, to explore 37 different levels. That is a lot of variety, but when you add that the game creates an entirely random map and adventure for each new game, complete with new missions, new items, and new dungeon placement in castles, dungeons, plague-ridden cities, and forests, you have to admit that it’s a lot of a lot of variety.
Darkstone sports a few features that makes it the most easy-to-play game released on GOG.com today: everything can be controlled thrpough a mouse-click; the game features a fully adjustable camera that's actually really easy to control (for your favorite peeking around dark dungeon corridors); all it takes to kill a monster is to click on it (and a blade and some armor and some exp, obviously). Fully-3D graphics, a well done sound track, great combat sounds and animations (that matters more than you’d think in a hack-and-slash!) only prove that Darkstone developers knew well how to make an excellent action-RPG.
Overall, Darkstone for $5.99 is a steal. Did we mention it has multiplayer? No? Darkstone features great multiplayer. And yes, you should try it with a friend in co-op!