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.
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Release Date: Feb 15, 1995

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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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Dinosaur Sensei
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Best star wars game ever made. I played this when MS DOS was still a thing.
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Big Dumb Object
( 3.7 hrs on record )
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Posted: July 26
One of the classic 2.5 shooters. Notable for being one of the first FPS games to feature mission objectives beyond "press the button at the end". Many of the scripted story sequences wouldn't be topped until Half Life years later.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Product received for free
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Luther A.
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
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( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Solid classic FPS game in Star Wars Expanded Universe (rip). Can be challenging, sometimes frustrating but it's a really good game that any SW and FPS fan should complete. Plus it works flawlessly on modern hardware.

  • Complex and well designed levels with challenging puzzles
  • Lots of weapons to shoot stormies with
  • Star Wars music
  • It's a beginning of Jedi Knight series

  • No saves during missions - especially frustrating in vertical levels where you can easilly fall to your death
  • No lightsaber
  • Scary Terminator wannabes
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Ash Ketchum
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! ...PEW....PEW....PEW...PEW (insert wilhelm scream)

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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Maybe this game used to be great in the hey days of 2.5D FPSs, but to me it feels more dated than Doom or Duke Nuke'Em 3D. While those other titles seemed to have pixel-perfect, artist made sprites; the sprites Dark Forces appear to get their basis from scanned photos and retain that muddled, pixelated look.

Another fault is there are so many grey walls with low resolution textures that it is easy to get lost in the levels due to the lack of recognizable landmarks.

I am sure that die-hard fans of old-school FPSs or Star Wars will find a lot to like, but for me I'd rather skip this and move on to Jedi Knight 2, which has both the better visual representation of SW and better gameplay.
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( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Good game.
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( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
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da annhilator
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Star Wars: Dark Forces

I have heard much about this game for years but never got around to playing it. Thankfully, the May 4th sale gave me that opportunity. Eleven hours later into the game, it is very doom-esque (it uses the same or similar engine as doom) and has very good (90's) shooter mechanics with a Star Wars twist to it.

In this game you play as Kyle Katarn, the smuggler turned jedi, turned back into smuggler, turned back into jedi. Kyle along with his partner Jan are out to save the day. That's as far as I'm going to go with the story since it's too good for spoilers.

For a game that was released back in the 90's, the gameplay mechanics are tight, fun and precise. There are a good variety of weapons which is surprising for a FPS Star Wars game in today's market. I think the most important part of the weaponry option is that every weapon has a purpose. You have your traditional blaster pistol & blaster rifle, along with rockets, grenades, and other unique tools used for slaughtering stormies.

The level design for the most part is good, unique and tricky. There are puzzles implemented into most levels that require some sort of brain function for you to complete them. Sorry CoD players, there are no hands being held in this game. There are around 16 missions in this game which have enough content to keep you playing them for a while. The missions take you to different locations which is cool because who really wants to spend most of their game time trying to pull down a star destroyer in a frustrating QTE scenario? Now back to the game that is Dark Forces, the pacing of this game is very fast so if you are really up for it, speed runs are available.

Just to conclude on the missions in Dark Forces; THE SEWER LEVEL.

Overall, Dark Forces is a game that I thoroughly enjoyed and it was really surpring how well this game plays for it's age. I can guarantee that if you are a gamer who does not mind playing a 90's pixelated shooter, then you will most definitely have a lot of fun with this.

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211 of 222 people (95%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
DISCLAMER: At the time of writing this review, I have 2 hours on the game. In reality I have much more, but I played it in offline mode because of traveling.

At first, I was gonna make this a stupid "Hurrr durrr this Star Wars and Doom 420/69" type of review. However, I really do believe a great game like this deserves an actual Pro/Con review. That being said, be prepared for lots of Pros.

+ The environments of this game are some of the best I've ever seen in an FPS. They are all unique and encourage exploration, which makes every level memorable.
+ Lots of different enemies, all faithful to the Star Wars lore. You've got your Stormtroopers, Commanders, Probe Droids, Dark Troopers and many more.
+ Lots of memorable characters from the Star Wars universe. Mon Mothma, Boba Fett, and even Jabba the Hutt are all there.
+ The guns are also all faithful to the Star Wars lore (You might even find a few in other SW games), and are really fun to use as well. Thermal Detonators, Repeaters, Fusion Cutters, and even the Imperial blaster rifle are all super cool and fun.
+ Puzzles are thought out well, and are at that just right difficulty that you wont find too hard or easy.
+ Every mission has its own briefing, which tells you exactly what you need to know, no bullcrap.
+ Story takes place just before and after the Episode IV, so a big plus for me and many others. And its also super cool because YOU ARE THE ONE WHO GETS THE DEATH STAR PLANS.
+ This is an FPS done well. Its so fun to blast the hell out of everyone. The gunplay is VERY fun.
+ Creative obstacles. No, really. There was one room that was pitch black, with 4 Stormtroopers. The only thing that created light were all the lasers flying around, sorta like flying flashlights.
+ You can use you fists to kill everyone. HOW BADASS IS THAT?

- The story. I mean there has to be a story, right? Except it feels so rushed and there's no point to it, because you only objective (except the level with the death star plans) is to stop the creation of Dark Troopers. Boring.
- The game is super short with less than a dozen missions, and lack of replayability makes it all the shorter.
- The ground feels like its ice, you keep slipping and sliding everywhere which makes it kinda hard to focus on a shot and do a bit of platforming.
- Lack of a manual. Thank Lord Vader for Steam guides, because it doesn't, ever, tell you the controls in the game.
- Obviously, everyone's con, the graphics. The game came out in 1995, and it has not aged well at all. If a younger gamer, or really any graphics fan picked this up, they might get turned off by the graphics. BUT THATS WHY I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST. There is a mod for this game called DarkXL. It introduces lots of things like 1920x1080 resolution, rebindable controls, more options, being able to look up and down, a reticle, and it makes the game look fantastic.
If you're picking this game up, download this mod, its worth it.

This game gets a 9/10. If it had just been a bit longer, and if the story had been A BIT better, this would've been a solid 10/10.
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344 of 393 people (88%) found this review helpful
317 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
Runs like an absolute dog.
Can't look up and down.
Barely any options.
Resolution so low it's hard to tell what's what.

Genuinely still a better game than Call of Duty.
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91 of 102 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
Timeless and nostalgic // Recommended for those who grew up in the nineties, who 'remember the days'

+ Auto-aim works consistently (though it has some issues with enemies at higher/lower elevations that must be compensated for)
+ Level design is mostly excellent; encourages exploration and isn't needlessly restrictive
+ Voiceovers are excellent for the year of release, particularly that of Darth Vader (I'm fairly certain it's the original voice actor from the films)
+ Story is nothing spectacular, but it works well as a Star Wars game and stays fiercely loyal to the spirit of the franchise
+ Great variety of weapons, some of them refreshingly original
+ Audio design (weapon & enemy, etc.) is taken directly from the films
+ In stark contrast to the expectedly lackluster detail in the walls and floor, the character and enemy sprites are as detailed as can be possible given the limitations of the day
+ Switch and level puzzles are a great throwback to simpler mechanics from a simpler age; they are (mostly) not particularly frustrating, and most levels flow competently as a result

- Uses DOS Box; cannot use Steam overlay, and minimization of the client tends to alter the Windows color scheme
- Controller support is virtually nonexistant
- The antagonist has no character depth or development
- Despite generally excellent level design, there are exceptions that stand out as being quite frustrating to navigate and proceed through (eg. Sewers)

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78 of 87 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Exceptionally well made for its time. I'd take this game over DOOM any day. Obviously, though, its age makes it good for nostalgia and not much else.

The main premise is a bit off beat for Star Wars, but the universe is generally represented in a wonderfully dark, gritty and accurate perspective of a rebel-aligned bounty hunter.

As an extra note, I'd like to say there is nothing cheap or fake about this game, other than the limitations that were common for its time. From start to finish, each mission feels like a well-organized challenge situated in a real, factual location of the Star Wars universe - without feeling like a repeat of any of the three original movies.
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82 of 93 people (88%) found this review helpful
121 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
First historical record of stormtroppers actually hitting something.
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88 of 104 people (85%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Just think of it this way,

Doom + Star Wars = Dark Forces

Nuff said.
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66 of 73 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2013
The year is 1995. You're an eleven year old Star Wars nerd and your dad just bought a sweet new DOS' with, like, a whole MEGABYTE of RAM! What do you do? You get Dark Forces.

In retrospect, you may think its just a DOOM-clone. But it isn't. And when it was first released, the Jedi engine was hardly thought of as anything but a massive leap gaming. With Dark Forces, you can look up and down, crouch, and even swim! There's multiple floor levels - and many of those levels feature atmospheric effects and all of them have animated textures!

We're spoiled in this day and age. I recommend Dark Forces because not only is it actually fun to play, and the storyline is pretty engrossing, but its a blast from the past from when games were actually more than layers upon layers of quicktime events.
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62 of 69 people (90%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Star Wars: Dark Forces was one of the first video game entries to incorporate elements of the expanded universe. Built on an enhanced version of the DOOM engine, Dark Forces reset the bar for first person shooters. It introduces the lasting character of Kyle Katarn into the universe and proved that you don't have to be a Jedi or a starfighter pilot to make a successful Star Wars game. An epic storyline, combined with memorable characters and impressive level design makes this game a must have for any Star Wars fan, or those looking for a sense of nostalga about how far gaming has come.

The graphics were top notch at the time of release (1995) with smooth animation and distinct sprites and textures. Digital voice work is crisp and helps to give the characters a sense of personality. From the filtered 'halt!' of stormtroopers to the anamalistic groan of the Diagnosa as you wade through raw sewage, you will always know exactly what is hunting you.

Gameplay is standard fare for shooters of the time. you have a wide variety of weapons - pistols, blaster rifles, thermal detonators, along with more exotic weapons such as the fusion cutter or the assault plasma cannon. Health is non-regenerating and must be restored from medkits, along with shields.

Sound direction is excellent. The music features remixes of well known Star Wars tunes along with new music. Each tune fits the level it is attached to. Weapon sounds are unique, giving every gun its own feel.

Overall, this is a geat game for retro lovers. Solid gameplay, a memorable story that has influenced many other games in the franchise, and characters with actual personality makes this a good choice.

On the technical side, this game comes bundled with its own auto-loading version of DOSBox, meaning that it will work on modern systems. Confirmed functional on all systems up to Windows 7 64-bit, with reports of it working properly on Windows 8 systems.

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53 of 57 people (93%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
It's like Star Wars and DOOM had a baby, and the results were glorious.

Great graphics for the time with art direction and sound design that still hold up today. Challenging gameplay with lengthy levels. The only real downside is that said levels can become confusing quite easily if you've never completed them.
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51 of 57 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
STORY: 10/10
The story is very well written for its time and draws you into the game unlike a lot of its contemporary games. It offers for a ton of memorable moments from the game.

The lack of a quicksave function really is the main downgrade for me in this game. Otherwise the game is pretty solid.

No support for high res modes means you are pretty much forced to play in a low-res 320x240 mode. Otherwise the atmosphere is spot on and the levels are very well designed.
The spritework feels very authentic and detailed.

SOUND: 10/10
Excellent music and authentic sound design. No real complaints here.


All in all, Star Wars: Dark Forces is a true classic FPS that you should definitely play if you're a fan of Star Wars or just oldschool shooters in general. Some of its features are well ahead of its time, while in some other ways it does feel a bit obsolete. But as a whole I had a blast playing this game. The force is strong with this one...
Now... on to tackle the sequel, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II!
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