Darkestville Castle


Genre:    Adventure 

Developer:   Epic LLama

Publisher:    Buka Entertainment  

Released:  September 2017              

Requirements (minimum):

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz Single Core or 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1.5 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible



By flotsam


Darkestville Castle

Epic LLama

Who doesn’t like llamas? Especially epic ones??

But I digress.

Meet Cid, a demon spawn that fell to earth and now spends his nights playing “evil” (read annoying) pranks on the good citizens of Darkestville. Except tonight he can’t leave the castle, as his nemesis Dan Teacup has barricaded the door. A short prelude later, and Dan has been neutralised, but it was all but a ruse. The Romero Brothers, famed demon hunters, have been hired by Dan to rid the town of Cid. They arrive, and a case of mistaken identity involving a pet fish later, they depart, and the game proper gets going.

Three chapters and about 5 hours later, Cid isn’t perhaps as evil as he might like to think. In between, he will have done all manner of inventory things to achieve a plethora of objectives. Some are straightforward, others not so, several absurd and a few arguably obtuse. I confess to not having a clue at times, and to resorting to the tried and true just do things to see what might work. There are lots of clues though, with a bit of lateral thinking, and so it pays to talk to everyone about everything.

I reckon about half my playtime was wondering what to do next, searching and trying and clicking and head scratching. I did have to look at a walkthrough more than once, or I would likely still be wondering (and wandering). If you like inventory conundrums, and don’t mind a MacGyver moment or three, there will be plenty here for you.

Chapters 1 and 2 both take place in town, but once Cid opens the demon trunk (a la Pandora’s chest) instead of town filled with local folk, we now have a town filled with demons, enabling the questing to essentially start afresh. Chapter 3 takes place in the Underworld, once you solve one of the more complicated conversation puzzles and can access the gate, and again the conundrums “reset”. There are about half a dozen fetching and gathering “recipe” quests, finding the right items to create potions, summon ghosts, and even make coffee.

It’s a colourful 2D animated world, populated by all manner of interestingly drawn characters. Cid is tall and angular, a touch of the Jack Skellington about him, others anything but. Large and brawny or small and rather disgusting, they all suit the world in which they are drawn. Only Roxy (the female Romero Brother) left something to be desired, less bounce definitely being called for.

Many like to banter, with many an interesting yarn to spin. The unionist pig, the lycanthrope campaigning for equal rights, the vegetable demon seeking freedom from carnivores, and the entrepreneurial hotdog vender are but a few. There is a chuckle or three to be had, or even more depending upon your sense of humour. There is humour to in other things (sight gags, poking fun at the genre), and I confess to the cliff-hanger bringing more than a wry smile to my face.

The musical score suits events, the voice acting is good, and the ambient sound rounds things out.

Darkestville plays in the third person and is totally point and click. The treasure chest bottom left contains your inventory, in which you can examine items, a sometimes useful task. Click to use in the game world, right click to put away. Top right is a “!” which highlights the hotspots, top left of the menu. Click a hotspot and you have the choice to talk, look, or a variant of take. The game saves when you exit, and picks up when you restart. It’s all simple and very straightforward.

All up, while I would have preferred a little less MacGyvering and a little more direction at times, I had a pretty good time with Cid and co. If these sorts of games are your thing, I expect you will too.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-6700 4GHz


Video card: AMD Radeon RX 470 8192MB


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