Apr 21, 2013As always, I begin my reviews by explaining that I only provide a user review if I feel the critic reviews are not justified. I am in no way a professional, but the fact that I am here conveys my utter disappointment with some of these individuals who call themselves "professional critics", and have failed to provide a solid review to answer what is most important to gaming consumers: if this game worth your money.
Dark Stone is by far worth the $10 price tag it originally retailed for. Years past, the game has either increased or decreased in value, but not by much. The gameplay is similar to that of Diablo 1 & 2. If you enjoyed either of these games, you will appreciate Dark Stone.
The graphics are blocky and uninspired, but gets the job done. Either playing on a PS1, PS2, or even PS3 (with smoothing on), the graphics never distract from gameplay. The sounds are "B movie" quality, as in, you either laugh at, or take it as it is. The music is simplistic and fits the atmosphere well. The "village theme" is a full track with vocals and is quite nice.
The main draw is the gameplay. You are never lost and know exactly what you have to do. As you move around the multi-area overworld, you will find caves and dungeons that lead into mazes of multiple floors. Each floor is considered a "level", and you will soon learn the pacing of the game as you discover the next stage. As you explore, your map will be filled with areas you have visited, so for those of you who love dungeon crawling (aka, Diablo, Champions of Norrath, etc), you'll love searching every room of every floor of every dungeon of every overworld area. As your inventory begins to fill up, you can use scrolls/magic to open a portal which brings you back to the village, enabling you to trade/buy/sell/identify/upgrade equipment.
The most enjoyable aspect of the game are the rewards, like any Zelda game when you find a new item or heart piece. Dark Stone is filled with items, magical spells and skills hidden in every corner, and you never feel that going out of your way was a waste of time. Again, this game feels rewarding. As you complete your first multi-floored dungeon, you collect a crystal. You require 7 crystals in all. Go back to the overworld and visit the next area to help more NPCs. Sound familiar? This is a textbook RPG, and if that's what you're looking for, $10 is a great price for hours of enjoyment.… Expand