The Dark Half is a fairly mediocre game based on the film (which itself is based on the book), so evidently the game’s going to be less detailed than a book adaptation would be. You play the role of Thad Beaumont, who’s attempting to track down a serial killer. It’s going to be tougher than you think, because a nice twist comes into play, although it is rather a clichéd one.
The interface is somewhat like the one used in old LucasArts games. It is fine and polished, but nothing special. If you’ve played a LucasArts or Sierra adventure, then you’ll know how The Dark Half functions. A third-person static view gives you a detailed look at everything around you. The gameplay is common fare, with the exception of gathering clues to lead you on as you go.
The graphics are merely passable, but they do have a nice flair, especially since this game was released in 1992, but compared with other games like Darkseed that have more stylized and beautiful graphics, The Dark Half is at best bland. Aside from that, scenes of chaos are portrayed nicely, so you’ll never be left wondering how a certain victim was killed.
The sounds could be MUCH better. The music is annoying at best, and atmospheric and ambient sounds are almost non-existent; even footsteps are absent. I had to turn off my speakers while playing this game as I actually developed an earache. The game doesn’t present much difficulty, as its puzzles are usually logical, but beware of getting stuck - if you need help it’s not going to come easy, as The Dark Half was never very popular and there are no walkthroughs readily available. At certain points you will be at a loss as to what to do. One of your major objectives is to evade the police. How to do this will be a road-block for a few seconds, so trial and error will have to be used if you want to properly escape.
Overall, The Dark Half is an average game, nothing too special will come from it, and I have to give it three out of five. But if you want a nice storyline and clean, logical puzzles that’ll provide you with satisfaction, go ahead and try it.
The Dark Half needs to be run with the batch file "DH.bat", not the batch file "Dark Half.bat", otherwise it will not work.
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