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Return to Dark Castle is a sequel to the popular Dark Castle side scrolling adventure game. It has all new levels, new enemies, new potions/weapons, and more.

Over 50 brand-new levels, including:

  • All 30 classic, re-mastered levels from Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle integrated into a new, extensive quest!
New Secret Rooms and Mini-games.
  • 25 orbs to collect (5 times that of BDC).
  • All of the classic foes plus new monsters and bosses.
  • New weapons, power ups, and secret items.
  • Random labyrinths and mazes provide unique puzzles every time.
  • Game recording and more...

What's New

Version 1.4:
  • Now available via Mac App Store at reduced price.


Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Lee123 Member IconComment+211

Wow, yet again another app that goes from $30 bucks to $5. What is the deal developers? Why was the price $30 years ago? I am really starting to feel foolish for buying all that software in the past.

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Version 1.4

... and for having to re-buy it to get current versions. I hear ya!

Anonymous Member IconReview

doesn't work on my 2.4 GHz MBP... just get a black screen and must Force Quit.

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Version 1.3.1

This is also my experience on the same system. Apparently you need to open the Preferences dialog and activate "compatible graphics" to get a display.

Feh-App-Store Member IconComment+58

I've played DC and BDC since 1984. It's probably been about 18 years since I've last played it. Was really looking forward to this and $30 is totally reasonable for an electronic download/license.

BUT $30 is NOT reasonable for a one-time install (unless I pay $5 more for the chance to reinstall as long as it's been less than a year). I just recently upgraded my hard drive in my laptop, reinstalled and relicensed everything, but I wouldn't be able to do that with this game?

Give me a real purchasing option and stop treating paying, hardworking (like yourself), software developer supporters like criminals.

$30 for a one-time install is insane.

In the meantime, I guess I could dust off the Fat Mac, install DC on it and play it for a while. Because I can.

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Version 1.1
Gordon142 Member IconReview+210

The full release is out. Check out the developer's website. This game was delayed to a ridiculous degree, but I must say, the end result is fantastic. All the levels from the original two Dark Castles are perfectly reproduced with tasteful upgrades to the graphics that in no way detract from the gameplay. The control system and responses are identical to those of the original games. The game seems to be thoroughly debugged, and I have yet to encounter any glitches whatsoever (rare in the first release of a platform game). I would have appreciated a little more variety in the music (the same few tracks are repeated for most levels), but hey, the originals didn't even have background music, so this is a small complaint.

Basically, if you were a fan of the original dark castle games, you won't be disappointed by this. If you've never played dark castle, get this anyway, as it is one of the best platform games available for any system.

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Version 1.1
artwilson22 Member IconComment+15

Enough with the demos already! This game has been in beta for 6 years. A monkey could write the Bible in that amount of time. What possible good is releasing another demo going to do? The Mac community knows this game already and is eagerly awaiting its full release.

These "Super Happy Fun Fun" clowns in charge of this release should be a little more "super" and make us a little more "happy" by releasing the full version.

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Version 1.1
simX Member IconReview-1

Compared to the latest beta that was released 2.5 years ago on the Z Sculpt website, this release is *excellent*.

I experienced no crashes, no glitches, no bugs, and everything that's playable in the demo is feature-complete, including the training and the various new Return to Dark Castle rooms. It's a complete turnaround from beta 13; I thought RoTC was dead, but apparently not!

I noticed one small control scheme difference from the original Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle (if you are pushing up + one direction, Duncan^WBryant will continue up stairs in the other direction as well), which is admittedly minor and easy to adjust to.

What may be really hard to get used to, though, is that all the rooms from the original Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle are colorized, and the sounds have also been updated (when Duncan^WBryant runs across different kinds of ground, the sound his steps make are different), and the three episodes in the Dark Castle series are somewhat integrated via the various ante rooms, which is interesting but well-done.

If you're just looking for nostalgia, you can easily run the original versions of Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle (in their pristine black and white glory) using Mini vMac. But if you want a modern version, Return to Dark Castle (surprisingly) delivers in spades!

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Version 1.1
tbone922 Member IconComment+0

As of March 19, Joe Williams from Delta Tao has announced that "RTDC will, with luck, ship this summer, probably under Super Happy Fun Fun's label." Great news, looks like we'll be seeing the game soon!

For anyone interested in discussing this game, feel free to visit the Dark Castle Forum:



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Version 0.9b13
tbone922 Member IconComment+0

Hey, just letting you know that, as of 2/22/07, RTDC has been finished, but we're waiting for Delta Tao to release it. The decision is up to the following people:

Joe Williams: joe@deltatao.com
Mark Pierce: mpierce@shff.com (owns the rights to DC)

Send email to them if you want to see the final version released! (You can email Z Sculpt, and they will tell you the same thing.)

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Version 0.9b13
tbone922 Member IconComment+0

To all those who have left comments about RTDC, there is a forum thread at the following addresses:



Return to Dark Castle WILL be released, provided the publisher and the owner to the rights of Dark Castle know that there is enough interest to release the game. So, contact the following people:

Delta Tao Software: Joe Williams (joedelta@yahoo.com)
Mark Stephen Pierce: mpierce@shff.com (creator of the original Dark Castle and owner of the rights)

If you want to see this game released, you MUST take action! Thanks!

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Version 0.9b13
Duane Boda Member IconComment+0
Duane Boda

This game will play excellent ONCE it gets out. Thats the primary trouble with this game - the game most likely will have to be retooled since they been working on it for like...at least 4 years?
Lets all be honest..will this game ever come out? I wrote to the developer earlier
this year and did receive a reply. They told me that it was being abandoned for use on Cell phones....
That doesn't make sense as because as far as I know - no cell phone has enough software needed to operate this game.
Any ideas on this..thats what they told me

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Version 0.9b13

I recently heard from the developers. Apparently, the game is pretty much level and feature complete at this point, and they're claiming a summer release date. Of course, after 5 years, I'm a bit skeptical, but it's still nice to hear work is being done on the project.

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Type Games / Adventure
License Demo
Date 04 Mar 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99
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