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.
User reviews: Very Positive (335 reviews)
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
A great old school shooter. Just wish it had free mouse look on the vertical axis.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Definitely a blast from *my* past; when I was a kid I played the first level over and over again. Never got past it until now, when I can proudly say I've beaten the game (on Easy, but nonetheless the game has been beaten). It was pretty fun, too.
The music's been well remixed in bleeps and bloops, and reacts dynamically to the situation. I played with the game in a window, which I think works better than full-screen - the assets are pretty pixelly, especially for objects far in the distance. Apparently I fought Boba Fett at one point, but I didn't know - he was flying around and I was just trying not to get shot too many times, so I couldn't tell it was him.
I like how there's no objective marker (though a mini-map would come in handy, and a nicer one than the one that appears if you hit tab or F1) and the levels are kind of maze-like, and yet no matter how lost I am, I always blunder to the objective somehow. One thing that is slightly awkward for targeting is that the X-axis is controlled by the mouse, while the Y-axis is controlled by PgUp and PgDn, making me feel sort of like a mobile turret. Fortunately, auto-aim is a thing and it is a helpful thing.
Probably not a game that you need with all the modern variety to choose from, but if you like FPS's with Star Wars and a vague sense of plot involved, and you like old-school stuff, check it out. Also if you like Kyle Katarn before he became a weird Jedi, and Jan was super cute. ;)
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Still the best star wars retro
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I like this game, this is a nice game :)
Posted: September 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I love this game, it's a perfect, classic, fps Star Wars experience.

DOS/10, would blast off again.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
The greatest FPS.
Posted: October 17
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
One of the best Star Wars games ever made. Run it with DarkXL though, don't waste your time with Dosbox.

Full video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu1cO2B76UE
Posted: May 4
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Many call this game just a Doom clone, but of course it's not as simple as that. Like most games from the early days of the (partial) 3D first-person shooter genre, Dark Forces builds on what was established by its predecessors. It takes Doom's formula, uses it as the foundations and creates something new and improved (just like Doom did with Wolfenstein 3D). From a gameplay perspective it is quite similar, but a number of key features have been added which were quite new in 1995.

In addition to all the typical stuff you'd expect from a mid-1990s shooter, Dark Forces also allows the player to aim vertically (this can however only be done using the numpad; the mouse is used for horizontal aiming instead). Other features added by the Jedi engine are the ability to jump and crouch and a number of atmospheric effects. Some missions require the use of a headlamp, night vision, gas mask, special boots and other tools. The player can also throw thermal detonators (explosives).

Dark Forces is set in the Star Wars universe. Since it is a licensed production, everything from the visuals and sound effects have a distinct feel. If you enjoyed the original trilogy of Star Wars (episodes IV, V and VI), this game will certainly make feel you nostalgic. The levels are slightly less abstract than Doom, but they are still very well designed and quite complicated, also forcing the player to think by adding various puzzles throughout. Dark Forces has a total of 14 missions and during the course of the game you will see aesthetically different environments.

Besides differences in gameplay and visuals, Dark Forces is also more story-focused than the Doom games. You play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary recruited by the Rebel Alliance, one that used to work for the Galactic Empire. The plot begins shortly before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, but gradually takes you past the ending of the film and takes place between A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. It's not masterful storytelling, but the simple plot and visually pleasant cutscenes make the game more engaging.

Overall, the game's numerous mechanical improvements and technological advancements make it a natural successor to Doom 2, adding variety to the Doom gameplay formula. Star Wars: Dark Forces was a brilliant game for its time; since then it has influenced other amazing titles (such as Duke Nukem 3D) and remains a classic.

NOTE: The Steam re-release of this game isn't entirely up to scratch. Upon launching the game, you will experience terrible performance issues (especially when there are multiple enemies on screen). It's nothing that a quick Google search can't fix, but it should be in-game from the get-go.
Posted: June 6
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Star Wars: Dark Forces is one of my favourite games, despite its bad graphics (it was the best graphics you could find when it released). I really don't care about graphics. I just care about gameplay. I'll just remind you that Star Wars: Dark Forces is the first game to include the ability to look up and down, crouching and jumping. It is a major FPS game that most of the people forget. You HAVE to try this game if you like DOOM or Star Wars.

10/10
Posted: May 7
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
It's Star Wars Doom. WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?!
Posted: May 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Perfect example of a FPS shooter where the trigger finger and reflexes are not the only thing, you really have to use your mind in some levels.

Verdict: Awesome level design with many secrets to discover, missions are not the same all the time, simple but good story in my opinion.

4.5/5 just because of some texture bugs what caused to exit the game and start again, not really big problems.
If you are big Star wars fan or just enjoys playing old FPS shooters, buy it.
Posted: May 10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
I understand this game is just based off of Doom engine, but they couldn't of done it any better.

5 stars.
Posted: May 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
DOOM + STAR WARS = PERFECTION
Posted: June 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
For those that love the Star Wars saga, this has to be one of my ALL-TIME favorites!
It has the gameplay feel of the classic ID Software feel of "Wolfenstein 3D" and "Doom" crossed with Star-Wars overlay of weaponry, opponent skins, and environment textures!
I HIGHLY recommend this game for anyone that loves those classic 3D shooters, with a Star-Wars storyline to match!
A purchase you will NOT regret, and definitely enjoy!
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Classic Star Wars game. Runs well on Windows 7 x64.
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Probably the best Doom clone ever created. The game has a great soundtrack made of synthesized versions of the film scores, impressive cutscenes for the time and has a plot full of lore from the Expanded Universe. It seems primitive now because it's essentially a re-skinned Doom, but nobody ever said that was a bad thing. This is pure old-school run-and-gun action with a Star Wars skin, and the beginning of the legendary Jedi Knight series. If you are a fan of the Expanded Universe, or a Star Wars fan in general, do not miss it.
Posted: May 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
This game lets you to taste the result of long lost art of true game creation. The story, MIDI music, animated cutscenes, voice acting, immersive gameplay, mission map layout. Every part of this game is amazing.

With technologies and resources available today we can not create anything so great that it will stay in our memories through many years.

If you want to play with improved graphics and visuals then download and install XL-Engine. http://xlengine.com/downloads/
It is in playable alpha state and has a few bugs(missing some music in cutscenes, crashing on mission change and exit to "dos", and some others).

If you prefer classic graphics(like I do) but want to improve visuals a little, make it less pixelated on large screens, get a chance to customize controls, then replace lines in "\SteamApps\common\Dark Forces\Dosbox.conf" with ones below:
;
[sdl]
fullscreen=true
fulldouble=true
windowresolution=1280x960
output=opengl
sensitivity=255

[render]
aspect=false
scaler=hq3x

[cpu]
cycles=30000

[autoexec]
mount c "game"
c:\
install.exe
dark.exe
exit
;
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
You must destoy a Kell dragon with your bare hands 10/10
Posted: May 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
This Star Wars game is a little dated, But it was fun running around, killing Stormtrooper's and Officer's. Now down to business Star Wars: Dark Forces is a 7 out of 10.
Posted: July 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
A classic FPS and one of my all time favorites. I used to play this game for hours at a time and, years later, it is still just as fun. A must for any classic FPS fans.
Posted: June 21
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