Dark Seed is an adventure game designed by the famous H.R.Giger. The game is based on horror and mystery issues and was developed by Cyberdreams for the Amiga (OCS), Amiga CD32, Macintosh and DOS in 1992. The game was later published by Gaga for the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn video game consoles. The Amiga OCS version comes in 7 discs and was developed by Incentive Software.
STORY / GAMEPLAY Mike Dawson is a manager in a multi-national company but his dream was always to become a famous writer. So he recently bought an old and quiet mansion somewhere in Woodland Hills. But here is where the problems begin since Mike doesn't know about the existence of a parallel universe inside the mansion's dark corners, until he accidentally finds clues about the previous owner's death! One day, after he wakes up from a terrible nightmare he discovers that someone (or something) implanted a "dark seed" (an alien embryo) inside his brain. Everything is different now and apparently his life will change forever. Mike suffers from headaches confirming that the nightmare is no longer in his sleep but in reality. His main purpose now is to find out what is going on, having only three horrifying days to do so. The gameplay takes place in different areas and not only inside the mansion. The action includes traveling to a parallel universe through his living room's mirror(!) Unlike most point-and-click adventure games that grant the player time to explore, many actions in Dark Seed must be done within precise time limits. The game has a unique scenario and great visuals and sound,!
GRAPHICS / SOUND The Amiga version features fantastic graphics with greatt background and foreground details that add a lot to its spooky atmosphere! The perspective seems as if you are watching a theatrical play (with curtains shown on the two sides of the screen) and the characters move in a pseudo-3D environment. All characters are digitized and all scenes have remarkable visuals for the time. Note that the Amiga version runs slower compared to the DOS version that run in VGA graphics mode. The sound has a variety of sampled sound effects including some creepy tunes, plus dialogues when you interact with an other person! Dark Seed's visuals and sound quality are stunning but the process in disk-swapping a 7-disks game becomes rather frustrating!
CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM. GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once). SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs