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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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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MetalGearSalad
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Wow. This is like DOOM with laser blasters. Spectacular game, but I can't play it much. The old graphics... They make me... nauseous... My Rating: 8/10
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thimetySW
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Amazing old-school Star Wars game from 1995 that brings back a lot of nostalgia.
The game combines the amazing Star Wars soundtrack with action packed combat and tricky puzzles.
The PC controls do take some getting used to but once you are accustomed, they feel right.
The game also runs fairly decent for an old DOS-game with short loading times and very few issues.
I highly recommend any Star Wars fan to pick this game up and play it, all be it for the sake of nostalgia.
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Suicidal Minnie Mouse!
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Took 24 hours to beat for me. It was a bit hard at first as i didn't know how to look up or down (page up and page down.) but got the hang of it after awhile. I had to watch a couple walkthough because sometimes the maps are a maze and its easy to pass up a key. But as a major star war fan, i had to play though this game and i'm glad i did. Storyline was decent.
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Ankh
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
A great old school shooter. If you played FPS games like Doom 95/2 or Duke Nukem 3D you'll immidiatelly feel at home, otherwise it would take a couple of minutes to get used to.
The first few maps are going to feel slightly linear but as you progress they become more complex to navigate.

Check out this guide for controls:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=256062464

And this one for graphical tweaks and solutions:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=143572828
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BunkinStan
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
its doom but a star wars take on it
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Totally Trip
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Pretty much Star Wars: DOOM but its pretty awesome
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Mountaineer
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
scary but fun
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In hoc signo vinces
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
A venerable entry in the Star Wars saga, Dark Forces set up the characters of Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, while also introducing the Imperial Dark Troopers into the lore. Dark Forces went on to spawn a successful sequel, Jedi Knight, which then was followed by two more games featuring Katarn. Although the canon has been overwritten by the Disney acquisition, Katarn's daring capture of the Death Star plans and sabotage of the Dark Trooper program are still among fans' most beloved extended universe story arcs.

Released in the wake of the early/mid 90's DOOM craze, Dark Forces presents gameplay very similar to other shooters of that era: blast through waves of enemies, solve the puzzles, get the keys, open the doors, etc. In truth, there are very few discerning features, those being the familiar universe and music, voice acting, cut scenes, the ability to look up and down (albeit awkwardly), items and inventory management, and some other minor details.

What sets Dark Forces apart is really the sum of these unique features. It's a solid, old-school shooter in the Star Wars universe - that alone will draw fans. There is much greater variety than DOOM and it's many clones when it comes to missions and environments. One mission sees you skidding over ice, helpless until you slide your way into a pair of ice cleats. Another sees you captured by Jabba the Hutt, with your weapons taken away, trapped between a wall and huge monster that you will need to punch to death.

For Star Wars fans: Highly recommended. This is an important original story from the extended universe, and an enjoyable shooter.

For everyone else: Recommended, but far from essential. If you don't know much about Star Wars, it'll feel like a very well-polished DOOM clone.
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Mr. White
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Empire killed my parents so I stole the Death Star plans, kicked Boba Fett's ♥♥♥, and blew up a Super Star Destroyer. Also murdered a Kryatt Dragon with my bare hands.

And Jan Ors is a total hottie.


Seriously this is a great game, one of my favorites of all time and probably the first shooter I ever played in my life.

"STOP REBEL SCUM"
"THERE HE IS STOP HIM"
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Preston Garvey
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
cant beat the second level but am fisting stormtroopers. 10/10 would struggle to find my way again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Pretty much Star Wars: DOOM but its pretty awesome
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Amazing old-school Star Wars game from 1995 that brings back a lot of nostalgia.
The game combines the amazing Star Wars soundtrack with action packed combat and tricky puzzles.
The PC controls do take some getting used to but once you are accustomed, they feel right.
The game also runs fairly decent for an old DOS-game with short loading times and very few issues.
I highly recommend any Star Wars fan to pick this game up and play it, all be it for the sake of nostalgia.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This was way harder than I remembered, maybe games have gone too easy as years go by. Last level was a nightmare. So yeah, totally recommended, old school FPS, like Doom meets Star Wars.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
The start of the Kyle Katarn series. A great raycasting game.

First and formost, if you cannot code or configure your dosbox controls, you're gonna have a bade time. If you do not know what dos box is, you're going to be unhappy with this game.

That said, this is a very old game with very old design choices. You are going to have to put yourself in the mindset of the mid 90's gamer and computer user to enjoy this game.

That said, its a blast to play. There is a quality aesthetic to this game that was quite consistent in the rest of the Katarn games that made me enjoy it very much. The Lucas-verse felt like a place, somewhere you were in, rather than just another level. Sewer monsters, Gamorran guards, thermal detonators, blaster rifles, everything felt on point.'

That said, the only issues I have with it from a gaming perspective is that there is no save system, so you're going to wind up memorizing much of the levels to get through them healthy and in one piece. The back half missions have boss battles that ....aren't bad, but aren't great as well. The Corescant mission felt like I was fighting the AI more than anything. The fuel depot mission was similarly confusing in that exactly how you were to accomplish the objectives was a pain that look my lateral thinking ability to solve.

But all in all, this was a fun game, I enjoyed blasting imperials.

If Disney were to put a new FPS out, I'd only ask for something between this and Dark Forces 2, but minus a certain type of weapon near the end.

But seriously, learn to configure your dosbox setting so you can have a proper resolution and control setup.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I know it's not really fair to criticize a game so many years later, and you have to appreciate the major leaps forward that Dark Forces made. But when every mission inevitably gets bogged down in a long and boring hunt for key X or door Y that you somehow missed along the way, even the nostalgia wears thin. The solution is rarely a rewarding find, rather its just a well hidden door that is an awkward U-turn from another door.
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211 of 221 people (95%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

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.
+ SECRETS.
+ 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?

Cons
- 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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Recommended
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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90 of 100 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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 86 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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78 of 88 people (89%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
First historical record of stormtroppers actually hitting something.
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