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Beyond Dark Castle

Your rating: None Average: 5 (21 votes)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This game works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

The sequel to Silicon Beach's legendary Dark Castle. Released shortly after the original, it turned out to be more of the same, but that's no criticism.

Fans of the series would have to wait another 20 years for a third installment, Return to Dark Castle. Available on the Apple App Store for $8.99 (as of 8/21/2013).

Architecture: 68k

Black and white only. Not compatible with Mac OS 7.


by CalTheOnly - 2014, August 16 - 10:32pm

One of my all time favorites. I bought Return to Dark Castle. Even after all these years, the rhythm of the classic levels came right back.

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by MCP - 2012, October 2 - 3:14am

The page is getting a little overloaded with downloads, but I've added my archive of version 1.1 that I've just found. It's got a compatibility chart included with its docs, detailing which system versions and which models the game works with.

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by Arthegall - 2012, March 20 - 11:59am

I just added an interview with the programmer, Jonathan Gay. It's the 55k download. Posting as .pdf to docs didn't show up.

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by Arthegall - 2012, February 11 - 3:44pm

Just wanted to plug the updated version of this game, Return to Dark Castle, that is currently available on Apple's app store for $5. I've been playing at it little by little for the last month, and it took me a while to get started, but it was worth it.

It's a nice update on Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle but remains completely faithful in very many ways. I support copying and distributing abandonware (obviously), but when an app like this hasn't been completely abandoned, I say we owe it to the rights holders to reward them for their work. Five dollars well spent. If nothing else, maybe they'll notice a little referral traffic from this site and think kindly of our efforts.

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by MCP - 2012, January 8 - 7:05am

Well done Arthegall; if only everyone would take such care with their old software!

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by Arthegall - 2012, January 7 - 9:09pm

I've added a new archive that I just made from a NIB copy that I got on eBay. The software is packaged in several versions, scans of the box, disks, and documentation are included, and the whole thing is zipped. DC 4.2 and 6.3.3 .img files are included.

by Knight_Ken - 2010, March 15 - 11:52am


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by Attila - 2010, March 2 - 2:26pm

I've just noticed this archive is infected with a virus. I have an archive of my own that I grabbed before it was infected, and includes some extras. Will try to upload it later in place of the infected one.

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by MacWise - 2009, September 15 - 5:09am

After fixing the problem reported here, I have re-uploaded the file to avoid more issues. It's now a DiskDup+ file, which is not harmed by the zipping process.

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by bertyboy - 2009, September 12 - 8:48pm

Does anyone want / need "Behind Dark Castle" ? It's a sage game editor for Beyond Dark Castle.

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by Euryale - 2009, September 12 - 8:05pm

Actually Karateka and Aztec were the very first games I ever played on a Computer,
I still have my Apple //c
(nonetheless I was born way after that era) but made quite an impression on me, for its simplicity, and how well made they were.
that's why I like this type of games (Flashback, out of this world, Prince of Persia)
and this one (Dark castle)...Nice memories

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by IIGS_User - 2009, September 12 - 2:34pm

This game reminds me a bit of the AZTEC game for the Apple ][

I remember this one, too.

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by Euryale - 2009, September 12 - 12:00am

This game reminds me a bit of the AZTEC game for the Apple ][
(which is one of my all-time Favorites)
I like this one, and is amazingly well done for a B/W machine, very detailed,
though a bit hard sometimes,
so I'll give it a 5 stars

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by jack cambrian - 2009, September 11 - 11:46pm

A really amazing sequel to a really amazing game. BDC builds on the gameplay established in Dark Castle and just adds more awesome elements. I mean... flying around with a helicopter back-pack while hurling fireballs at giant birds?! And yet, this somehow makes sense in what is supposedly some sort of medieval parallel universe. In this one you kneed to collect a number of magical orbs to open the magic door (which all castles seem to be equipped with in these games) but in contrast to the first installment, in BDC you can move outside of the castle and go and explore a number of excellently rendered outdoor landscapes. And, of course, there are more dungeons and more enemies to confound you and use up your precious elixir. There is slightly more depth and detail to this game than it's precursor and it stands as a classic in it's own right.