Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Sega8bit & SMS Power! 2013 Event - 10th August 11 weeks and 1 day from now
Review of Master of Darkness by Sega Force magazine
Overall rating 79%
The legend of the vampire stretches back centuries. There are tales of the terrifying creatures across Europe and beyond. But the ultimate of these creatures is the infamous Dracula!
The Prince Of Darkness has always been a symbol of evil and a few heroic champions have tried to kill him. None have succeeded so now it’s up to you!
The game takes place in the foggy streets of 19th century London. The Lord Of The Vampires (how many pseudonyms has Drac got?! —Prod Ed) has travelled to England in search of new blood!
You take the role of Dr Social, a renowned paranormal investigator. One night, a message from your ouija board tells you evil’s near and you’re to travel to the river Thames immediately.
Setting off, you’re shocked to hear a murder’s taken place near your destination. Could this be the work of the fanged fiend himself?
On your way, you encounter hypnotised minions of Dracula – vampire bats, rabid dogs and zombies. Dotted around the streets are floating ghost heads that contain useful items. Collect guns, bombs, swords and axes to help you defeat evil!
So battle through five levels of chilling action as you race to find the Black Prince (argh! — Prod Ed) before he strikes again!
The lights are getting dimmer in Game Freak Alley. There are rumours of strange beings lurking in the shadows. With a cloak wrapped tightly round me, garlic cloves round my neck and stake in hand, I ventured into the world of vampires!
Yes folks, this is your chance to do an excellent Hammer horror impersonation! Lots of scary moments, thrills, spills and buckets of blood are on offer in this MS game.
And quite a good little game it is, too! Not bad but not brilliant. There are five levels of platform action to tackle and loads of bad guys to kill.
Each level has three sections and a guardian to defeat at the end. Work your way through each section, destroying vampires, collecting useful items and finding your way out alive!
Bats swoop from the ceilings every so often so stay on your toes! Most of the enemies are easily defeated but some, like the dogs, are downright annoying!
The graphics are pretty good for the MS, except for a few sprite flickers. Each level has a spooky Gothic feel to it, as you wander through dark and damp London streets. A scary tune bounces along merrily in the background and creepy sound FX add to the appeal.
Get ready to sink your teeth into this one real soon!
Vampires loose in London! And the only person who can save us is Doctor Social! Well I’m sure he’s very flippin friendly but that ain’t gonna stop the Drac Pack!
At first glance, Master Of Darkness looks good. The intro’s well nice, overall presentation’s good, the sound’s atmospheric and the controls are fairly easy to use. Problem is, it’s a tad repetitive .The first level’s great, a good old platform romp with an end-of-level baddy and the usual ability to change your weapon.
But the next level’s virtually the same — and it gets blinkin’ hard as well, flying chairs and knives coming from nowhere (it’s like a row with my girlfriend!). I got really annoyed as I kept getting splatted by a dining table!
Master Of Darkness isn’t bad, though. If you want a half-decent platform game it’s definitely worth a peek. But like me, you might reach for the power switch and go and do something less boring instead.
Right, I’m going out for a quick bite! (Ha ha!)
A challenging platform game with some scary thrills!