Dark Castle (Mac OS Classic, 1994)
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CSTR resource 609 speaks for itself:
This software is the property of Delta Tao Software, Inc. If you distribute this software or any derivative of it in any fashion we may and will come after your ass and take everything you have and everything you will every get anywhere in the universe for all of time. **Warning** the code contained in this product is god-like and perfect. When we work on it choirs of angels gather around and sing. Mortals must keep out. This code is so blindingly beautiful that your eyes will melt if you look at it. Copyright (C) 1994 Delta Tao Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Use by license only. 408-730-9336.
The DC Data file contains a curious CSTR (128). Is this the Black Knight's real name?
Liar! There is only one Hurm. And it is me. Not you. You shall be punished.
Black & White Support
This remake will only run in 256 colors, but it seems like there were plans at some point to include the original game's monochrome graphics too. PICT 32101 ("B&W Splash") is a dithered monochrome version of the about box header, and DLOG 32100 is an alternative about box that uses it.
You can trick this image into showing itself by switching the screen to "Black & White" after launching the game, and then selecting "About Dark Castle". (Trying to do anything else in this state is likely to provoke an empty black window and/or total crash.)
There are a few unused sound effects in the data files.
Prince Duncan saying "Whoa!" (likely the same sound used in Beyond Dark Castle).
A short whistling sound.
A less ominous, more breathy take of the sound that plays when you start a new game.
The demo version of Dark Castle only allows the player to play Trouble 3, Shield 1, and Fireball 1, and most of the content not used in those rooms was removed. However, some specific content was not removed:
- Animations for the Wizard, Burning Eye, Magic Broom, Dragon, and Gargoyle (these only appear non-animated in the instructions in the demo).
- The fireball and shield sounds (Prince Duncan cannot get either of these powers in the demo).
- The unused "Whoa!" and whistling sound from the full version.
The Dark Castle series
|Mac OS Classic||Dark Castle (1986) • Beyond Dark Castle • Dark Castle (1994)|