The world is living under the dark shadow of a nefarious dragon. Villagers are turning into stone. Armies of skeletons, swarms of wasps, and lumbering ogres lurk everywhere. Evil is spreading like wildfire. And you're the only one who can put an end to it.
Scattered across the kingdom are seven ancient major crystals which together invoke the power of the Orb. Without it, you have no hope of defeating your fire-breathing nemesis. You will creep through dungeons and castles, explore the wilderness, encounter traps, curses, and puzzles on your quest to unearth the crystals. It may take months. It may take years. It may take away any hope you ever had of living a normal, productive, twentieth-century life.
Darkstone is a classic hack'n'slash game with everything a good game of its kind should have: randomly generated loot, four character classes, a well-implemented cooperative mode, and four difficulty levels that use the well-known Diablo-style formula of each level being the possibility of further progression for you character. In addition, the game mechanics are extremely smooth and fluent. Bottom line, if you feel like killing some evil monsters and saving the world in the process you can’t possibly go wrong with Darkstone.
NVIDIA compatibility notice: Under Windows XP (32-bit), Darkstone requires graphic card drivers version 285.58 or older.
ATI/AMD compatibility notice: Under Windows, Darkstone requires graphic card drivers version 13.1 or older.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood and Gore, Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-04-10 07:28:32 byamirfoox:
A nifty little gem, I remember how much I liked delving into the game's completely randomized dungeons again and again back in the day. When it was first released, it could give Diablo 2 a run for its money if it would be more famous, it was that innovative. The soundtrack is beautiful and the game itself was addictive and fun, just like any good hack and slash.
The only problemread more with fully recommending this game these days is because now we have Torchlight, which costs roughly the same as Darkstone (via a discount here and there), and has almost all of Darkstone's features, but it's done in in a better, more modernized, way.
That being said, if you feel nostalgic, are biding your time until Diablo 3 and/or Torchlight 2 and already played the first Torchlight to death, you can safely give this game a whirl, you won't be disappointed.
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Posted on 2012-04-10 07:25:34 byrmadzharov:
I remember when I first saw Darkstone! It was in a PC club near my school. At that time I instantly fell in love with the AWESOME graphics... Only later I was able to get a PC of my own and embark on the epic adventure offered by this game.
The thing I like the most about Darkstone is that, although everyone thought it was another Diablo clone, it was much more. Deep story and questsread more which really make you think and explore everything! Dungeon randomization and many difficulty levels. Many spells offered different approach to any situation.
This game is truly a gem in the crown of hack and slash RPGs!
Oh, and it has DRAGONS!
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Posted on 2012-04-10 08:04:58 byvanknight:
One of the best co-op romps ever... really loved playing this and I still have it installed on my netbook, works a treat and runs very smooth. I'm downloaded GOG's version right now so I don't have to dig around for discs and patches...
Thank you GOG for setting Darkstone free!!
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