Dark Castle game resurrected for cell phones

Bandai America has announced the resurrection of four classic gaming titles for mobile handsets and cell phones, including a blast from the past for Mac gamers — Dark Castle.

Originally developed for the Macintosh in 1986 by Silicon Beach Software, Dark Castle was one of the early Mac platform’s biggest gaming hits. The platform action game put you in the role of a young hero named Prince Duncan who must make his way through a haunted castle to confront the evil Black Knight. Duncan squared off against bats, birds, walking suits of armor, and monsters galore, armed with little more than a sack of rocks.

The original Mac game featured bit-mapped black and white graphics that may seem primitive by today’s standards, but at the time were very cutting-edge. Another thing that made Dark Castle stand out from the pack was its use of sampled audio files for the sound effects. Dark Castle was ultimately ported to several other platforms, and spawned sequels as well. Delta Tao claims the current incarnation as its own, although the game has been in development for years on end.

Bandai’s resurrection of Dark Castle features the original game play style, with updated features to match the newer abilities of mobile devices. Bandai Wireless has made Dark Castle available for a wide variety of phones from Verizon Wireless and Sprint — check with your carrier for details.

Other classics resurrected by Bandai Wireless include the console hit fighting game Double Dragon, the Nintendo console baseball game Bases Loaded and Moon Patrol, the side scrolling arcade game.

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