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Apr 18, 2008 | 2:38 AM EDT

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This role playing game is a stripped down version of the full thing at the website of It is absoutely free to play nevertheless, but this version here maybe lets you taste a bit of the full game.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


i like this game of rpg
i go to cementery and win
arms killing skeletons this mint
That's all bye


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

What a waste of time.

I remember when Diablo came out more than ten years ago, it was all the rage among gamers like my teenage self, and DirectX was still in version 6. Blizzard Entertainment somehow managed to come up with this interesting pseudo-3D platform with single/multi-player functionalities and hours of time-killing fun, and it was not at all demanding in term of hardware requirements even given the fact that 2D/3D graphics cards were just becoming a new trend back then and the average CPU clock speed for an average PC was still roughly around 166MHz. What disturbs me here is that now someone has somehow made a clone out of this old classic, and he/she has somehow also got the audacity to ask people to pay for the full version.

Let's face it - if I wanted to play something like that at all, I would rather go and seek for a copy of the original Diablo, and not some clunky, flaky rendition of it. The Flash rendering engine is the last thing on earth that one should use for a game like this, and, golly, my PC has a CPU running at a clock speed of 1.8GHz, and the frame rate was so low to the point I almost wanted to saw my arms off out of spite. And why did all the town residents look the same? Had they developed some kind of fantasy cloning technology, or were they just some sort of shameful results of generations of inbreeding? I felt sorry for the female character, though, as, you know, even if the bra and panties she was wearing were made out of a composite of boron carbide, titanium and Kevlar, the rest of her body was still left unprotected. What kind of deranged pervert would design a game that had a female character battling vicious dog-like creatures and skeletons that spew fireballs in an almost naked state? Go figure.

One thing I hate about the fantasy-RPG genre is that there is always someone, perhaps an idiotic, drug-fueled designer, that has somehow come to the conclusion that there is a need to give the player character a meticulous list of attributes that will in fact ruin the gameplay at the end of the day. Here in Darkness Springs, everything requires a certain level of something. If you want to carry a shield, you need a certain level of shield skill. If you want to wear an armour, you need a certain level of armour skill. If you want to have a cold one at a pub, you need a certain level of beer skill. If you want to blow your nose, you need at least some decent level of tissue skill or the game is not going to let you use that box of Kleenex. No wonder the female character is in her underwear, because obviously she does not have enough clothes skill to wear anything else. Poor thing...

Anyway, I sat through this demo and after I had finished the only few quests that I did not need to pay real money to complete, I wandered into that tomb thing in the forest and made my hapless character fight against three level 20-ish skeletons. It was the only real battle in the entire game and the character was able to defeat one skeleton before snuffing it. I looked at the lifeless body of the character and I was thinking to myself, "What a waste of time."

Conclusion: A poorly-designed Diablo clone based on a poorly-chosen rendering engine. I would have appreciated it a bit more if the designer had in fact put a bit more effort and rational thinking in the project. The reality, though, remains that the more I look at this thing, the more I miss Diablo.


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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Diablo games are hard to pull off in flash. The game wasn't that bad for what I played, but it needs to work on collision and point-click response, and a bit more explaination in the beginning.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


Reminded me of the Avernum series in terms of graphics, you should speed up movement though...


Rated 4 / 5 stars

i liked it a little bit

i gotta be honest it was way too generic for my taste i personally like the whole rpg style of gameplay and this reminded me way too much of runescape and that game is well pretty boring and so was this one im sure that the one on the website must be better hopefully but this taste was stale in my mouth and ive played a lot of these types of games

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