Behind a veil of secrecy the evil Empire is creating a doomsday army - one that, if finished, will become the final cog in the Empire's arsenal of terror and domination. Your Mission? Join the Rebel Alliance's covert operations division, infiltrate the Empire, then battle every man and machine the Imperial Forces can muster.
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Release Date: Feb 15, 1995

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About This Game

Behind a veil of secrecy the evil Empire is creating a doomsday army - one that, if finished, will become the final cog in the Empire's arsenal of terror and domination.
Your Mission? Join the Rebel Alliance's covert operations division, infiltrate the Empire, then battle every man and machine the Imperial Forces can muster. Search a vast galaxy for clues, attack enemy bases-all in a desperate attempt to stop the activation of this fearsome new weapon.
  • Fully interactive environments - morphing walls and floors, moving platforms, and conveyors, realistic lighting and atmospheric effects.
  • First-person ground combat. Call on 10 weapons to fight twenty types of enemies.
  • Explore the virtual Star Wars universe up close and personal.
  • Climb catwalks, look and shoot up and down, jump off ledges, wade through garbage.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • Processor: 486 or higher
    • Memory: 16 MB
    • Graphics: DirectX
    • DirectX®: DirectX 5.2
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB
    • Sound: 16-bit sound card

    • Note: Due to the age of the title, users may run into a few compatibility issues from use of current hardware. Please see the forums for more information.
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Gamerdude854
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
It's Duke Nukem with a Star Wars theme

I have seen it all
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lotw_1
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Game needs to be updated to support better controls. But if you like Old school Original Doom type then its ok...
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stormfirewolf
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Its a Doom style Star Wars game... Awesome!
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Bread
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Pretty fun if you like Star Wars and can handle old school Doom controls. This runs in dosbox. Type LAIMLAME while playing for invincibility if you want to cheese it.
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CT-5555
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Still a better love story than Twilight
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georgemt84
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
The mods are coming, the mods are coming! Mouse look, give me mouse look!

It's amazing how good mouse look was for gaming, kind of like the anolog stick for the play station...

That is game breaking for me.. I love this game, great story, very fun even though it's quite old and graphics are basically doom2 standard... but oh the mouse look.

A great fun adventure of the great Kyle Katarn, a good start to a great series. The only thing is that the enemy AI is very simple and it relies on mass numbers, but hey it's old school. If you've never played early 90's shooters, this will not be easy on the eyes, but running around in Vader's star destroyer destroying dark troopers is tops.

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Mohawk666ImI
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Its good, but just missing a key rebind feature, really. and when you tab out, it doesnt go back to full screen, which is lame
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HeadShot
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
I'm blown away how good this game is, suprisingly!

+ : controls, star wars, nostalgia, pew pew, new enemies, classic characters, locations, weapons, gameplay, port from dos (everything works), fun

- : some puzzles -.-, the length of levels (but that can be +), level layout sometimes

anyway 8/10 classic old schooler, would force again
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EnzoPotato
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
An old but classic game, worth the price after buying on a steam bundle sale, especially for Star Wars fans. Glad it works smoothly on my Windows 10 system, just remember to Alt-Enter to enter full screen after alt tabbing away from the game.
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The Death of Shakespeare
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
A doom clone done right, but not as invigorating or as good as its father, but a classic none the less. A hallmark for SW games to come, featuring a nice story to tie in with it, along with a well made soundtrack to boast. Although the gameplay could get tedious and annoying at certain parts (Nar Shadaa, i'm looking at you.) It can be an invigorating adventure for someone who has an appreciation for games like this.
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GET GOOD, GET BANBOX
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Dark Forces is a great oldschool FPS if you know you like those sorts of games. It's really fun pew-pewing half the stormtroopers in the Empire, at least.

Like most of its contempraries, this game was groundbreaking; in DF's case it gave people in the mid-1990s the feeling of being in a Star Wars movie (that wasn't a prequel: those would come out a couple years later). Unlike most of its contemporaries, it accomplished this partly by putting actual effort into telling a story. Nothing amazing, but it's good enough to keep you playing and find out what that rascally Darth Vader is up to next.

The DosBOX port is actually good as long as you edit the configuration file to double the allotted CPU cycles - it runs like a turtle uphill otherwise. There's a checkpoint system to make up for the lack of saving in the levels, which can get rather labyrinthine, so keep that in mind. The game still isn't quite as hard or long as the old DOOM could get, especially since Kyle Katarn punches like a literal champ.

As an aside, this was the only Dark Forces game I was interested in, due to its similarity to the old Doom formula (the engine is very similar to Duke Nukem 3D's Build) and because I'm not that interested in being a magical overpowered Jedi.
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MMG Man
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
pretty fun old FPS. runs great.
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tanglebones
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Runs fine on Win10...

So far I have had it running on an AMD64 (64b OS) and an intel atom platform (32b OS) - both Windows 10.
If you have issues with it crashing at start - make sure you have both dosbox and dark.exe (in your dark forces folder) set to compatility mode. WinXPSP3 was used for my systems.
first try to start dosbox by itself - see that it runs. You might even try to invoke dark forces by typing:
mount c ..\Game
c:
dark.exe

if the game runs then you can go from there and start editing the dosbox.conf file - first make a copy of the .conf file. Then remove cpu=xxxxxx and also remove exit (last line in the file). Additionally, change "game" to ..\Game (case sensitive just in case).

Once the game starts up - it may run exceedingly fast. That's where you can go back to the conf file and re-introduce the cpu=xxxxxxx line to its original value. If the game still runs entirely TOO fast, increase the left most digit of that number (originally 20000).

Hey - this game was released over 20 YEARS ago. I wouldn't expect it to run flawlessly on every platform or the latest OS and processors today, considering it was made for x86 DOS platforms way back when processors were 133MHz single core and a math coprocessor was a luxury!

Hopefully that helps.
...

Of all the new FPS games that were being released in the mid 90s, DARK FORCES shines as something that incorporated a good storyline with an anti-hero. Several levels required a bit of thinking, a bit of skill, and plenty of storm trooper fights. Additionally the build up of some of the big bosses were great - sometimes very tense.
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thecylongirl
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
I used to play this for the original Playstation back in the day. I enjoy it even more now, than I did back then. It's amusing trying to play it without being able to look up or down, but other than that it plays pretty decently for a game that's as old as it is. All Star Wars fans would enjoy it, I think, especially if you enjoy the EU/Legends-verse (or whatever they're calling it these days) This was the first game in a strong series, starring the (at the time) mysterious Kyle Katarn. You're sent on missions to help the Rebels, you get to shoot at Imperials, and you even get a sidekick! Though sadly, she doesn't actually accompany you on the missions. A game I've been able to play over and over again and am happy to finally own on Steam as well.
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The Potato of Death
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
10/10
Doom with Stormtroopers.
Rogue One before Rogue One.
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James
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Really nice DOOM esque Star Wars game. Imagine a lighter hearted less terrifying DOOM with 8-bit John Williams and the lovely Star Wars sound FX and bad guys. 11/15
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captcharescue
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
This is of course a very old game (1995 to be exact) however it is pretty fun. This is the first game to introduce the character Kyle Katarn, who sticks around in Star Wars games for quite some time. Just enjoy the classic gaming :)
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hamburgerofDOOM
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
I recommend this game to anyone who like classic FPS like Doom and likes StarWars
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taylortherookie
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
I kissed a Wookie and I liked it
The taste of their furry chap stick
I kissed a Wookie just to try it
I hope my Wampa don't mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don't mean I'm in love tonight
I kissed a Wookie and I liked it
I liked it
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15.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Pretty fun if you like Star Wars and can handle old school Doom controls. This runs in dosbox. Type LAIMLAME while playing for invincibility if you want to cheese it.
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13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
I have a bad feeling about this
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Dark Forces is a great oldschool FPS if you know you like those sorts of games. It's really fun pew-pewing half the stormtroopers in the Empire, at least.

Like most of its contempraries, this game was groundbreaking; in DF's case it gave people in the mid-1990s the feeling of being in a Star Wars movie (that wasn't a prequel: those would come out a couple years later). Unlike most of its contemporaries, it accomplished this partly by putting actual effort into telling a story. Nothing amazing, but it's good enough to keep you playing and find out what that rascally Darth Vader is up to next.

The DosBOX port is actually good as long as you edit the configuration file to double the allotted CPU cycles - it runs like a turtle uphill otherwise. There's a checkpoint system to make up for the lack of saving in the levels, which can get rather labyrinthine, so keep that in mind. The game still isn't quite as hard or long as the old DOOM could get, especially since Kyle Katarn punches like a literal champ.

As an aside, this was the only Dark Forces game I was interested in, due to its similarity to the old Doom formula (the engine is very similar to Duke Nukem 3D's Build) and because I'm not that interested in being a magical overpowered Jedi.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Game needs to be updated to support better controls. But if you like Old school Original Doom type then its ok...
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Devo's dropping the mike...AGAIN!

Disclaimer: I am a huge Star Wars fan, and have played this game a lot as a child/teenager, so as my foot note points out (see the bottom of my review pages), this review may be biased.

Title Information
Review Title Star Wars: Dark Forces
Review Date 13th of February 2016
PC Release Date 15th of February 1995
Developer LucasArts
Publisher LucasArts, LucasFilm, Disney Interactive
Genre 1st Person Shooter
Series Dark Forces (1st in the series)
Single Player Yes
Multiplayer No

Ratings
Category Score
Story 8/10
Single Player Gameplay 7/10
Multiplayer Gameplay NA
Graphics & Art Style 8/10
Replayability 7/10
Overal Rating
8/10
(See bottom of the page for ranking descriptions)


Devo's Seal of Approval?:
Absolutely. Fans of retro 1st person shooters shouldn't miss this nostalgic inducing, challenging, pixel art title. Considering this game was made over 20 years ago, it's held up remarkably well, and in my opinion is better than Doom.


PROS
  • Captures the essence of Star Wars in a way that even George Lucas ("The Maker") couldn't capture with the prequel trilogy,
  • Beautiful level design inspired by classic movie locales,
  • A wide range of interesting weapons,
  • Classic Star Wars characters, including a brief appearance by Boba Fett!!!
  • Lots of Stormtroopers, Imperial Officers, Mouse Droids & Gamorean Guards,
  • If you played this as a child, get ready for nostalgia overload,
  • Classic Star Wars to the core,

CONS
  • No Y-axis mouse control,
  • Becomes quite cheap towards the end of the game, particularly on the last level,
  • Some unintuitive puzzles,
  • I personally couldn't get Steam Overlay to work,
UPDATE please see @Kill-Cam Celebrity's comments dated 9th of March 2016 for a detailed workaround regarding the steam overlay issues. The review remains unchanged because this is only a work-around, and not a straight-forward one at that. Big thanks to @Kill-Cam Celebrity for providing this.

CONCLUSIONS...


"Look how old you've become". BUT WHO CARES! YOU'RE STILL AWESOME! What a great visit to my childhood. This classic Star Wars experience, heavily inspired by the original trilogy, is a morsel of gaming history. In thier glory days, LucasArts really did excel at game development, and they hit all the right beats with this title too...on so many levels.

Revisiting this game after 20 years really highlights how much of the original trilogy LucasArts packed into this experience. From the classic enemies and weapons, to the incredible level design and vistas. It was great fighting Stormtroopers on a level whose interior was inspired by the Corellian Corvette from Episode IV, and undertaking a platform puzzle while jumping between pillars which look remarkably like the Death Star tractor beam controls.

This game brought back so many memories from my early days of PC gaming, and I thuroughly loved it. I can't wait to "hook into" the rest of this series, and i'll definately be plaing Dark Forces again in the future.


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RANKING DESCRIPTIONS

Score Description
1 This pile of c%$p made me want to take a break from gaming!
2 Avoid this title like a fat man on a diet avoids cake.
3 Why did they even bother? Oh wait...they didn't, so niether should you.
4 I wouldn't play this unless I was really, really desperate, or the biggest fan alive.
5 While there are some interesting aspects of this title, there are just too many faults to recommend it to anyone.
6 An "average" title which has some redeeming qualities, however, be warned that it also has its fair share of flaws...
7 A good game and it probably shouldn't be missed by fans of the series or genre, but be warned there are better games out there which are more deserving of your time and money.
8 An excellent title which shouldn't be missed if you can help it. I found it hard to put this game down, and I hope you do too.
9 A master piece! As close to perfect as any title can get. You are truly missing out on an unbelievable gaming experience if you do not play this game.
10
PERFECT. Nothing more needs to be said

  • All ratings and opinions expressed in this review are subjective, and therefore are effected in part by my own preferences & predisposiitons.
  • I have not received any gifts or gratuities froma any party for this work.
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Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
10/10 - These Stormtroopers actually hit me
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Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
this game was the ♥♥♥♥ when I was a wee lad
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Classic 2,5D FPS set in Star Wars universe and it's as fun as you'd expect!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
NOSTALGIC AND REALLY GOOD AT TODAY STANDARTS (NOT COUNTING GRAPHICS OF COURSE WICH I LOVE ANYWAYS)
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
not bad at all! this game must have been very impressive playing it on dos back then.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
SW + DOOM = it can't be bad
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
The lives system will leave you shouting at your monitor, and the lack of mouse look will have you cursing the name of auto aim. Apart from those small niggles, Dark Forces plays just has good as it did 20 years ago, and provides a nice amount of challenge to those wanting to beat an Old School FPS

Recommended
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
A must-have game for all diehard fans of Star Wars saga, classic FPS.

The storyline in Dark Forces follows Kyle Katarn, a mercenary employed by the Rebels to recover the plans to the Death Star. The rest You have to find out by yourself playing the game.

You can also find all details at:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/3397-star-wars-dark-forces/faqs/2031
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Doom with Star Wars

In Dark Forces, you play as an ex-stormtrooper turned alliance mercenary Kyle Katarn on a quest to stop the Imperial "Dark Trooper" project, which are robotic stormtroopers built to attack rebel strongholds. This is a classic 90s shooter where there is no regenerative health, back tracking is involved, there is no reloading and instead ammo pick-ups. You can look up and down, but only using page up and page down, left and right via mouse. The port is pretty solid for the most part and runs well. I'm enjoying the hell out of it and highly reccomend you to buy it now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
Very good, but old, if you cant stand the graphics then dont buy this.
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Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Surprisingly good in 2015
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
This game is amazing. I want it to be clear: while I heard about it in elementary school [Year 3 schooling] I did not play nor see the gameplay at all. I have no nostalgia whatsoever. The closest is DOOM which I only now know is similar. I actually did not find DOOM compelling but I saw DOOM for the good game it is, that is another story.

My review therefore is absolutely uncolored by nostalgia of childhood or any other sort.

This game is an absolute amazing shooter that stands the test of time! I started it up only because it was a fast download to play while the other downloads got done.

Next thing I know I am totally and utterly entranced by the amazing enemy and weapon graphics, the levels are beautiful for the time but wall textures are slightly "meh". They are the worst part for me, which means the game is great, and the walls are still not that bad.

The sound and cutscenes are great! I thought they'd be a laugh, in fact, I didn't think the game would play let alone be so easy for me to start up and blast my way through enemies without modding or any BS. This is truly a gem, I regret not playing it sooner, but if I have I could not write such a straight and honest review without suspect nostalgia creeping in.

The story so far is unique and most characters are too. It's not out of its element either, it sticks to a "FPS therefore FPS managable story". What I mean, is while the grand story of Star Wars is definitely here, it holds its own. It does NOT RELY on the Star Wars story [Of course the lore is huge in it but on its own.]

I honestly cannot recommend this game enough. 10/10, would not regret going back in time and begging parents to buy it for me. Absolute full score here. My only worry is how it's ruining the fact that Star Wars games have now been shown to have been so compelling in the past, at least this one, and slowly broken down.

Again, 10/10. First time playing as of a little bit before writing this. Not colored by rosy nostalgia. Absolute dream in the style of DOOM, except Star Wars. Perfect.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
BEATEN - 13 hours

Game is great. Control-wise/look it is DOOM with star wars stuff in it. Although with a difference of being able to jump. Enjoyable and moddable. This is before the Jedi Knight series, so there are no force powers or light sabers. But runs just fine on Windows 10. Very fun game. Easy recommendation.

It may be important to note you have a set number of lives on each mission and cant save within the mission.

Had to beat the last mission on easy because the final part is a be-otch, but played it enough times I didnt care.
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Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
It doesn't take much play time in game for me to warn you about playing this on some modern systems and bigger screens. For one the screen is really small and that makes it difficult to see anything. I'm sure there's some sort of way to fix that but it runs on DOSbox so everything is a mystery. It's by no means a bad game but because it's just the original game running on a DOS emulator you're going to get a-lot of issues that come along with it.

Cons-

on bigger PC screens DOS Box is a nightmare and you will have issues seeing the screen properly. Good luck trying to get it to launch in full screen.

It feels sluggish even with the mouse sensitivity all the way up

when you turn the sensitivity up it makes navagating the menus a nightmare


Pros

It's a star wars game

it's a first person shooter similar to doom

tons of great weapons

good cut scenes

great action

On the whole for it's cheap price I can sort of recommend this game but it's going to take a-lot of tweeking with DOS box to get running to anyone's liking, If anything the game just needs some fans to give it some modernized love. mouse look and the ability to get rid of DOSBOX and have this run on another client. I'm unaware as of now if there is a fan project like that but if one ever crops up it'll make the game a-lot more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Old school PS1 game. Tons of hidden doors and secrets to find so sdon't rush through it!
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