Darklands

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  • Darklands
Heroic Adventures in Medieval Germany
Deep in the twilight of the Black Forest, you and your companions crouch before the robber-knight's tower. Hans, the alchemist, places his mysterious potion by the door. Ebhard the friar implores Saint Dunstan to bless your weapons and armor. And you and Gretchen grip naked long swords, praying your plate mail won't squeak.

With a thundery crash, the door explodes into fragments! You charge inside, swords and maces swinging. One guard falls beneath the power of your blade... then two more! You storm upstairs to the second floor, but there to greet you is Erhard the Red Wolf, the infamous robber-knight, surrounded by his henchmen. Hans tosses a choking potion into their faces and you quickly charge into the fray. The room echoes with the clash of steel on steel... it's a battle to the death in the Black Forest!

Prepare yourself to enter Darklands... the first realistic fantasy role-playing adventure for computers!

Leading a band of four adventurers across the sinister landscape of 15th Century Germany, you'll face the Middle Ages as people believed it to be! A land seething with mythical beasts, religious power-mongers and blood-thirsty sinister robber-knights!

Watch savage battles unfold before your eyes! Travel hundreds of miles by land and sea... from the Frisian Coast to Bohemia... from the Alps to Prussia... visiting over ninety cities along the way!

Your quest for fame and fortune can take you through raucous city streets and dank mine shafts, or from a robber-knight's tower to the terrifying Sabbaths of witches!

So prepare yourself for the astonishing wonders of a realistic fantasy adventure... in the mysterious Darklands!

  • Improve each character's attributes and skills as the game progresses. No artificial character classes or levels!
  • Learn alchemical formulas to make your own potions!
  • Brilliant watercolor-style graphics bring to life and myths and mysteries of the Middle Ages!
  • Easy-to-use and innovative menu presents you with unprecedented role-playing options.
  • Character fight in real-time animation! Freeze the actions and give new orders to characters any time you wish!
  • Bonus content included! Soundtrack in both MP3 and original MIDI formats included! Cluebook, Map and original reference card.

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PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:
  • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:
  • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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