Throne of Darkness Image
Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: In the ancient land of Yamato, an aging and power-hungry warlord, in his desire to live forever, has unleashed an unspeakable horror-the demon Zanshin and his horde of monsters and undead warriors. The land is soaked in the blood of your people, and the seven samurai in your party areIn the ancient land of Yamato, an aging and power-hungry warlord, in his desire to live forever, has unleashed an unspeakable horror-the demon Zanshin and his horde of monsters and undead warriors. The land is soaked in the blood of your people, and the seven samurai in your party are Yamato's only hope. Use magic, weaponry, and wits to destroy Zanshin - before his darkness becomes complete. [Sierra Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. A terrific title; it is entertainment-rich, and one of those games that makes a mockery of time because it will fly when you play.
  2. Its innovative combat system, addictive click and kill adventuring, and solid story make it a title that keeps reviewers up late.
  3. Between the highly customizable weapons and armor, the four warrior fighting dynamic, and the general joys to be had hacking all manner of demons to ribbons, there are plenty of reasons to give this game a whirl.
  4. The element most central to the game - combat - is very flawed and completely un-strategic. As such, Throne of Darkness fails to be anything more than mediocre.
  5. Your quintessential bargain bin release. [Dec 2001, p.116]
  6. The fact remains that it has nothing new to bring, neither in gameplay nor in graphics.
  7. Imagine a murky graphics engine that blurs as it moves, is way too dark and missing a gamma setting, and gets frequently swallowed up by flashy spell effects.

See all 19 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. EdE.
    Mar 13, 2002
    8
    Intriguing spells, good concept and graphics but could use some tweaking in recovering health and Ki of characters. There is too much idle Intriguing spells, good concept and graphics but could use some tweaking in recovering health and Ki of characters. There is too much idle time waiting for them to heal. Should add some way to sell off unneeded items to help build gold reserves faster. Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2015
    8
    Very underrated at the time and stands up even today as one of the best ARPGs ever released on the PC. The setting and atmosphere is trulyVery underrated at the time and stands up even today as one of the best ARPGs ever released on the PC. The setting and atmosphere is truly unique and the game offers a tremendous challenge, and particularly the end boss who will wipe out your samurai permanently if he kills them. The design is very original too, which is both good and bad really. Some of the design decisions are somewhat weird and slow the game down a lot. Particularly this applies to the absence of a good way to replenish your chi. This leads to a lot of waiting, especially if you want your spell caster(s) to level up at the same speed as your other characters. And you really need him to if you want to use him. And you will because he becomes very powerful.
    Anyway, apart form this slightly tedious part of the game there is a novel and well implemented crafting system which never lets you have enough of anything really, except ingredients to use for it which can fill two full inventories after a while. But it means you have to make important decisions which is always good.
    If you can take the slightly dated graphics, which look pretty good still after 14 years, then Throne of Darkness is highly recommended. Make sure you can run it though. Compatibility issues abound with these old games.
    Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    8
    A fighting lion by today's standards. It's up there with Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights and Diablo 2. The loot, characters, story andA fighting lion by today's standards. It's up there with Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights and Diablo 2. The loot, characters, story and atmosphere were put together really well. Also, near the end you get to fight a boss that will PERMANENTLY delete your characters if they die against him in combat (what an insane idea by the devs). THAT blew me away! I cursed and I screamed! I repeated the game and I was FREAKIN MAD. Oh how I miss those days! We need more 'real-man' games like this! Kickstarter anybody? Expand