Developed and published by Cyberdreams in 1992, Dark Seed is a psychological horror point-and-click adventure game. The lead artist is H. R. Giger. It was released for DOS and Amiga. By 1995 is was available for Amiga CD32, PlayStation, Sega Genisis and Macintosh.
You play as Mike Dawson, a successful business man who just purchased a new house. The house is large and a little strange. On your first night in your new home, you have the worst nightmare of your entire life: an alien life form has implanted an embryo in your brain! What the hell? You wake up with a terrible headache. After taking some pain killers and having a shower, your adventures begins!
Each day begins with you having a nightmare and waking up with a headache, one even worse than the previous. You take painkillers and take a shower. I admire Mike's commitment to cleanliness. Each day ends by going to bed. You can go to bed whenever you feel is right, but if you stay up Mike will collapse and fall asleep. This can potentially create an unwinnable solution. Treat your Mike properly! They need sleep and painkillers.
You must find a way to get the embryo removed from your head before you die! If you don't manage to get it out by the third and final day, you will die. You must also stop the aliens!
The game isn't incredibly long if you manage to do all the things that need to be accomplished at the appropriate times. The replayability comes from seeing things happen at different times, even if they create unwinnable situations.
This game rocks! Giger's art is amazing and creepy. It's easy to get running on DOSBox and find a ROM for. If you love point-and-click adventure games or Giger/a general horror fan, get this game!
- Artistically engrossing
- Amazing story and gameplay
- Some humour and homages throughout
- Good sense of dread
- The time limit