Lord Draak's henchmen are spreading chaos in Uma. Are you going to let them get away with it?
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Mixed (94 reviews) - 65% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 1999

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The Evil Draak has joined forces with Death and is destroying everything in his path! Explore huge keeps to find the 7 Legendary Crystals to put an end to his vile acts. It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to survive in the hostile regions of this desolate land. Be warned, the fighting will be fierce, but the adventure will be epic!
Join the best warriors now and pool your skills to ensure that Good triumphs over Evil!

Key Features:


  • Replay as much as you like thanks to the 4 difficulty levels and the randomly generated dungeons, quests and items.
  • Play in cooperative mode with up to three of your friends for highly intense fights.
  • Choose from 8 characters from 4 different classes (warrior, wizard, thief and monk) with their own unique features, combat styles and defeat your fire breathing nemesis.
  • Upgrade your skills, choose among more than 30 sorts of weapons, 32 magic spells and progress through an epic adventure in 32 different environments.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7 /8
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
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Mixed (94 reviews)
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Noley
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 11
This game is amazing you should really try this.
The gameplay is amazing and the item collection
and rpg feel is definetly there.
BTW this game is really old so dont judge by graphics.
Also the screenshots actually look better than the actual game but
anyhow this game is a recommended classic.
Go get it!
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Zemeras11
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 22
I have played this game since I was little on the origonal playstation, and I have to say don't buy the PC version of this game! If you want to experience this game in its full glory then I highly recommened you play the PS1 version. The textures in this game look worse than they do on the origonal version and most of the shadows apear as pitch black spots on your screen, it also doesnt help that when you walk into them you literally go under the "shadow" and disapear. I had really high hopes for he PC port but in all reality it sucks. Another thing that lead me to disaprove of the game is that the enemy hit boxes are extremely small so you'll spend most of your time running around the enemy than you will actually hitting them.
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johnhaynesjr
26.6 hrs
Posted: July 9
an amazing game with amazing graphics for its time also the first game i ever played
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Angry little bird
0.9 hrs
Posted: July 5
Best game EVER!!
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A.D.Mynx
2.3 hrs
Posted: June 25
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37.5 hrs
Posted: June 20
Great when i was a kid, still great now.
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Maniakdude
10.5 hrs
Posted: June 12
I have spent more time on this game as a kid than I care to tell. Before I get into what the game offers, do keep in mind that it came out in 1999 (Windows), so the graphics and capabilities aren't going to have all the bells and whistles of modern games. If you are into games in the same genre as Diablo, this will be right up your alley. I will update this as I get further into the game.

Want to play a caster who can become a werewolf? Want to play a thief, identify items yourself, and make bank? This game has a bunch of neat ideas that may interest you. While not exactly new, these ideas work rather well. It works relatively well on Win10, but the game shows its age. The lack of a clear story besides "Kill main bad guy" may be a dealbreaker for some, but it can give some fairly decent creative license.

The dungeons and side quests aren't 100% the same for each playthrough. There are multiple dungeons and sidequests that are possible, with the game selecting from the quest pool at random from the start of a new adventure/playthrough. Without spoiling much, the playable character ages as time passes, discouraging dawdling, but an item to shave off a few "years" can be obtained later on in the game. Instead of having one dungeon per area like in the Playstation port, each area has 2. The game allows some class customization in the builds, like a battle mage, but each class has a specific strength and weakness. Of the four classes (warrior, mage, thief, and monk), I recommend going with either the mage or thief class, since both start with some form of ranged combat.

Townsfolk will randomly give you sidequests if you talk with them. The quests/dungeons are pretty interesting with minor puzzlesolving, a fair bit of hack n' slashing, and periodically grabbing some treasure for a monetary reward from some sidequest. The town has what you will need, being the smith, inn/food shop, magical item vendor, somebody to identify items/remove curses, a tradeskill teacher/vendor, a bank, and a skippable "tutorial" area. The skills can immediately benefit you, with skills like repairing armor, identifying items, or getting better deals at vendors. I highly recommend getting skills when you can, with higher tiers of the skill(s) being unlocked as you level your character.

In short: pretty good game, all things considered. While not aging like fine wine, it still has its merits. Pick it up when it is on sale, and give it a try.
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Crash And Burn
0.9 hrs
Posted: May 14
I could forgive the horrible blocky graphics and UI if there wasn't so much clipping and getting trapped in non-existant polygons.
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1337 Lennart ftw
35.0 hrs
Posted: May 13
It actually works on win 8.1, for 2€ it was worth buying. For those who are having trouble, these instructions are extremely simple, follow, hopefully it will work.

1. Go into library in steam
2. Right click on darkstone
3. Select properties
4. Select set launch options
5 Copy -sortbyz -32bit
6. Paste it in the box and click ok.
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prue.l.lawrence
14.1 hrs
Posted: April 26
I don't really consider myself a game critic or anything like that, but I have to say that I love this game. I used to play it a lot when I was a kid. It's still really cool to me now. I'm so glad that this game was put onto Steam. This game is old, but I love it to pieces.
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339 of 355 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Before you buy Darkstone, be aware that this game is over decade old. The graphics, is, well, not pretty. The gameplay is pretty fun, though, and if you are into Diablo-esque RPGs you may want to give it a try.

To those who are worried if Darkstone will run on their modern systems, it works perfectly on my Windows 7 without any readily apparent bugs or visual glitches. Though naturally, I can’t vouch it will work for everyone, but steps to make this game work on modern systems were obviously taken (my old CD version stopped working ages ago).
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98 of 106 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Game Currently does not work with AMD Drivers 13.1+

Ways Around this Graphical Errors:

Putting " - sortbyz " in the steam launch options fixes most of the errors. Clipping still exsists, but is minimal and still playable.

Things to be aware of:

- Games does not support large resolutions. looks like 600x800 max.
- There IS MULTIPLAYER. its local Co-op.
- No controller support.
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85 of 91 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
I used to play this game all the time when I was younger. Seeing it here on steam actually made me excited since I hadn't played in FOREVER. Today is my second day with it and I'm already feeling the nostalgia, heh.
Anyway, you play as 1 or 2 of 8 possible characters from 4 basic classes off to fight a necromancer (supposedly) who can change into a dragon, but you must acquire 7 crystals in order to make a powerful orb to help stop him first. This is where I find I love the game the most. Each crystal has around 3 or 4 possible quests randomly picked for it, so that's between 20-30 different combinations of quests you could have. Dungeons are randomly generated, so are monsters, loot, yadda yadda yadda, been there before. Yes, graphics are seriously outdated, but graphics don't make a game bad or good necessarily unless they're so abysmal you can't tell what you're looking at. The only problem I notice so far is that occasionally during dialogue, it tends to skip a little, but you can always check the "Previous Dialogue" tab to see what someone had said if you're playing without the subtitles.
All in all, this is a favorite of mine from childhood, one I recommend to people who like simpler RPGs that simply puts you as a hero out to fight an evil dragon/wizard/thing :P Doesn't need to be any more complex than THAT!
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51 of 57 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
I played the hell out of this game growing up when I wasn't playing Diablo or Diablo II. It was one of the few games me and my friends would play together and I loved it. Once I saw it on steam (and it was so cheap) I had to take a trip on the nostalgia train and play it again. Only problem is, my graphics card and the game do not mesh well together...missing textures abound. The trees that act as a border around the maps are just black shadow squares, my character's face is missing and NPCs are invisible unless they are in town (sometimes) I went down to the first level of the dungeon and discovered my character as well as all the enemies and doors and items that dropped were invisible save for their shadows.

I still recommend this game if you like dungeon crawlers, I loved it back then and I still do now...I just have to fix this graphical issue so I can enjoy the game to the fullest.

Edit: When I wrote the review I hadn't googled the -sortbyz fix (and wasn't aware of where to put it) but after google and Norpal commenting on it, the game runs much much better. Now I can enjoy the game again.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Darkstone is possibly the first Diablo-clone in the world, and boy howdy did it do a good job at it.
While the core idea and features like Town Por.... sorry, Magic Door are shamelessly mooched from Diablo, Darkstone also added a great deal of its own innovations in the mix.

The UI is snappy and functional (once you work out the few little obscurities) and character control is quite responsive, not floaty or laggy. The graphics are dated, but in a sort of endearing way, and have aged rather gracefully thanks to the cartoony style. In contrast to Diablo's grimdark oppressiveness the overall atmosphere in Darkstone is much more light-hearted and carefree, incredibly campy storyline (which the game never forces down your throat) and all.

In summary, Darkstone is an old hidden gem of a game that's still fun and fluently playable to this day, 15 years later. A great little ARPG for when you just want to bash some goblins and take their shiny things without having to worry about... well, much of anything, really.

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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
this is one old school diablo clone that has aged so good it's hundred times more fun than most the modern diablo clones. (like torchlight or van boring helsing)

the gameplay is entertaining, with a huge emphasis on micro, character progress rewarding, and the dark forests of Uma have such a character with an awesome atmosphere; it's just addicting.

the style of diablo clone can be compared to modern torchlight, but honestly, with torchlight i just got bored after 5 hours of uninteresting dungeon crawling; while with darkstone i had serious problems turning the game off. each of the quests are interestingly unique and the automatic level generation not too exaggerated to be impersonal. the game can be also replayed multiple times, as the main quests get randomly selected from a bigger set of all possible quests with different puzzles and areas that the game has to offer (yes, main quests, not just the side quests). also there are a couple of classes to play with


skimming through the existing negative reviews i see a lot of people complain that the game is old, graphics ugly and they are unable to rebind keys or set advanced options. yes, it's an old game, i thought people could tell from the screenshots. this was made in 1999, what do you expect? mass effect 3 graphics? xbox controller support? jesus christ, these newf'ags

of course, if you're a generic shallow call of duty fan this is definitely not for you. this is for people who are looking for actual gameplay in the games. and those who enjoy action rpgs, obviously.

the only negative point for me is that i've wasted half of my winter holidays with it.
definitely buy this game
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Remember this game from when I was extremely young and so many quotes from it cause I played it like 100 times back then and it's still the exact same game, finished it in about 6 hours on multiplayer with my brother ( got it to work over hamachi really easily ), and gonna play it on hard mode again later since the story changes every time you play, think there was like 5 alternate stories - can't remember since it's been ages.

A few audio glitches I think cause it wasn't meant to run on anything other than Windows 98 or Steam somehow messed it up idk, but the only noticeable ones were from when you pay gold to hear the song in Town, it sort of glitched abit.. but if you really wanna hear that song just youtube it, everything else worked fine and multiplayer was really smooth.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Darkstone the Game that Set in action RPG's for Console and PC Gaming

Opinion: 9.5 out of 10
.5 off for a few bugs but considering that this game was made for PS and Windows 98 thats saying alot
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Had this game on PS1, glorious. Now on PC, glorious. Graphics don't matter. U didn't Grow up with Halo: Reach graphics. U grew up with triangular attempts and circular patterns.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
WOOOOHOOO!!!!! I love old school RPG. Great fun and the price was pretty sweet. I will be wasting a weekend on this one.
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