Dark Earth

Dark Earth
Platforms: PC
Publisher: MicroProse
Developer: Kalisto Entertainment
Genres: Adventure / Action Adventure
Release Date: October 1, 1997
Game Modes: Singleplayer

9_1No use having nuclear bunkers here.

Dark Earth, developed by Kalisto, is a real-time action adventure that tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world. Its chilling introduction includes numerous nuclear bombs devastating the world’s cities in a heartbeat – an event later to be known as the Great Cataclysm. Dark clouds of dust cover the earth, choking all life. Only a few fortunate souls escape to higher ground where life can still survive. There, these lucky few erect a temple to the sun in gratitude, and develop a new civilization.

Years later, this sun-worshipping cult produces Arkhan, our sword-wielding hero. He becomes contaminated with a disease they call “the black rot.” His former friends, who are now afraid of him, shun him and his enemies try to kill him. He is forced to sneak around in the dark corners of the city to find a cure. In his search he uncovers prejudice, deceit, corruption and conspiracy.

As in most traditional adventures, Arkhan must interview all those he meets and search every room for objects to help him in his quest. There are a number of combat situations, however, which also turn Dark Earth into an action game, although the combat is fairly clunky. Thank goodness there’s an easy mode for the completely arcade impaired. What you should be worried about is the time limit of the game – screw around for too long and Arkham will eventually be overcome by his disease.

dearth_slideThe graphics are for the most part stunning. The settings are always startlingly innovative and realistic, blending together wonderfully creative backdrops with 3D characters and props. The remnants of the pre-war world have been gathered and stored in various rooms. Enterprising mechanics have even been able to get some of the old machines up and running. The point of view camera constantly changes as players take Arkhan for a stroll or whenever he’s engaged in combat. It’s very cinematic. Dark Earth is definitely an adventure you’d want to play, if anything because of its mystifying environments and characters, if not for its combat.

System Requirements: Pentium 75 MHz, 8 MB RAM, Windows 95

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  1. Bellem says:

    This game was buggy even when played on Win98. I can’t imagine trying to run it on a modern PC. You might be better off just watching this excellent LP on Youtube:


  2. NUTS OF RAMBO says:

    so. in order to get this game working in windows 10 u need to download virtual box. install windows xp. unzip the crack rar file. create an iso image of the crack files with the software imgburn. and copy paste those files into the game root directory. your wellcome. this game is worth it. thanks for the upload

  3. NUTS OF RAMBO says:

    so. in order to get this game working in windows 10 u need to
    1 download and install virtual box.
    2 install windows xp in your virtual machine
    3 install the game in your virtual machine windows xp
    4 inside windows xp copy and paste in the game root directory, all of the files located in cd 1 and cd 2. just copy and paste everything even after instalation. overrite everithing. this will avoid future crash to desktop
    5 in windows 10 unzip the rar crack file located in the downloaded file folder from this page. and create an iso image of the extracted crack files using the software imgburn.
    6 then open the crack iso image inside windows xp virtual machine so you can import the files from win 10 to xp. and copy paste those crack files into the game root directory in windows xp.

    if you still have crash to desktop, try copying the hole game content from root directly in C drive. no subfolders.

    your wellcome. this game is worth it. thanks for the upload

  4. Nessy says:

    No! You don’t need to do any of that, you simply need to use Peixoto’s patches for the game, and it runs smoothly.
    Here is the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dttMvgyn1iw
    and here’s the link to the patches: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=53121

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