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Dark Seed (DOS)

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Dark Seed

Also known as: Darkseed
Developer: Cyberdreams
Publishers: Cyberdreams (US), Dong Seo (KR)
Platform: DOS
Released in US: July 8, 1992
Released in EU: 1992
Released in KR: 1992
Released in CN: 1993


MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


This cactus is UNDER CONSTRUCTION
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
Hmmm...
To do:
Hopefully have a better recording of unused music, search TOSTEXT.BIN in a text editor like notepad++ for unused text. Also probably of interest are non-English versions with different dubs and even a Korean version with a modified title screen.

Dark Seed is a game where you play as Mike Dawson, an advertising mogul turned science fiction writer who has just moved into a new house. Too bad he had a nightmare that leaves him with a monster headache and three days to solve the mystery behind it. The game is most well known for its high res (for 1992) graphics and using art by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger, known for his work on the Alien franchise.

Unused Text

TOSTEXT.BIN

Within TOSTEXT.BIN is all the text for the game, however there remains some text left unused.

The game doesn't let you examine the staircase so the following strings are unused

A stairway to the first floor of the house.


A stairway to the second floor of the house.

There is no situation where the stairs break, so the following strings are left unused

I really should repair these stairs soon, before I break my neck on them.


I don't think I want to take any more chances on these stairs until I repair them.


You don't have enough rope to make a hanging bridge.


Prying the planks from the stairs won't make them safer.


I wish I had some nails to fix the stairs with.


Termites are not the problem.

The game usually doesn't give you any description when Fido (the Dark World dog) mauls Mike to death, so this line is left unused

Fido takes a chunk of your head.

The following line of text are used to describe Fido. However, since the game won't let you examine the dog, the following line is left unused

Compared to this creature, Delbert's dog looks tiny. Not to mention a lot more friendly.

The following lines describes the Drekketh guard (creature outside the alien archive and spelled Dreketh in floppy version of the text); the game doesn't let you examine the creature so these lines are also unused

You see a grotesque creature, which once might have passed for human, but no longer.


The Drekketh guard does not have any hands left to shake with. Nor would he want to if he did.

The following lines of text are supposed to be used with the alien in the Dark World police station lobby, but since Mike gets shot within the instant you enter when he's on screen, the lines are left unused

That would be very considerate, if the alien could read!
Floppy CD
The alien has no use for money. What use would an alien have with money?
Earth time is irrelevant to aliens.

The following lines of text refer to a turbo lift. However, there is no turbo lift within the final game.

You take the turbo lift up.


You take the turbo lift going down.

Unused Music

Within the game is an unused variant of the music used for within the Normal world house, appropriately titled HOUSE.SIT. This file contains a melody to the track which is heard in later ports of the game.

Revision Differences

Dark Seed was also released for DOS in CD format, which includes music awkwardly re-arranged into MIDI format, as well as some voice overs from the original floppy release re-recorded with different voice actors (with the occasional left over voice over from the floppy release still in place, for example, Sargo and the Keeper of the Scrolls still have their Floppy disk voice overs in the DOS CD version), and a lot of new voice overs, as well as digitized sound effects as opposed to the floppy release's FM-synthesized sounds. The voice over changes carry over to every other CD release, with the most complete re-recorded versions being the Macintosh and Sega Saturn versions.

Text

The CD version rewrites much of the narration from third person to first person. However, the way it's done is quite awkward. These text changes carry over to the CD versions on other platforms such as the Macintosh and Amiga CD32 releases.

Floppy CD
You'll short the phone with scotch. I'd better be careful or I'll short the phone with scotch.


Floppy CD
Don't leave crumbs on the carpet. I shouldn't leave crumbs on the carpet.


Floppy CD
No bugs in the carpet. Well, there are no bugs in the carpet.


Floppy CD
Drinking while showering can be dangerous. I shouldn't drink while showering. It can be dangerous.


Floppy CD
You see the old trenchcoat. Wouldn't be caught dead in that thing. Here's an old trenchcoat. I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing.


Floppy CD
The wooden planks creak under your feet. Those wooden planks creak a lot.


Floppy CD
The entrance to your house

must have seen countless guests

come and go, but it's just you now.
The entrance to this house

must have seen countless guests

come and go, but it's just me now.


Floppy CD
A chilly draft blows through this decrepit living room. That's a chilly draft blowing through this decrepit old living room.


Floppy CD
Gothic artwork. Not your style, but it came with the house. Gothic artwork. Certainly not my style, but it came with the house.


Floppy CD
You touch the artwork. Looks old and, yep, feels old too, and not even a hidden safe behind it. The artwork looks old and feels old too, and not even a hidden safe behind it.


Floppy CD
If you drop the hairpin, you'll lose it. If I drop the hairpin, I'll lose it for sure.
Floppy CD
Don't put that there. You may step on it. I better not put that there. I may step on it.


Floppy CD
You wouldn't want to eat anything coming from this kitchen until the cleaning lady has disinfected it! I better not eat anything coming from this kitchen until the cleaning lady has disinfected it!


Floppy CD
The stove hisses ever silently. The faint smell of gas tells you the pilot light is out. This stove is hissing, and there's a faint smell of gas here. I bet the pilot light is out.


Floppy CD
Solitary drops of water rhythmically tapping on the rusty sink remind you that time is quickly passing. The sound of water dripping on that rusty old sink reminds me of how fast time is passing.


Floppy CD
The leather bound books remind

you of your extensive collection still

in storage. A comforting, yet unsettling feeling.
These leather bound books remind

me of my book collection still

in storage. That's kind of unsettling.


Floppy CD
An attic full of useless items

left over from the previous owner. Some of the windows look like they need

to have the glass replaced.
This attic is full of useless items

left over from the previous owner. Some of the windows need

to have the glass replaced.
Floppy CD
A majestic view of town from

up here. But the wooden railing looks

as though it has seen better days!
What a tremendous view of

the town from up here. But the wooden railing looks as though it has seen

better days!


Floppy CD
Outside, a calm surrounds

the neighborhood. Your house seems somehow, out of time, a relic of a

dark past, or perhaps a dark future.
It's a calm neighborhood

out there. My house seems somehow out of time, a relic of a

dark past or perhaps a dark future.


Floppy CD
Still another package has arrived for you. Well, here's another package for me.


Floppy CD
You're relieved to see there are no pictures of anyone you know here. At least there aren't any pictures of anyone I know here.


Floppy CD
A quaint general store

with a little bit of everything

for day to day existence.
What a quaint general store

with a little bit of everything

for day to day existence.


Floppy CD
You look at the fountain and suddenly feel very thirsty. Looking at the fountain makes me very thirsty.


Floppy CD
That would be very impolite,

the sort of thing your former

co-worker Larry would've tried to do!
That would be very impolite,

the sort of thing my former co-worker

Larry would have tried to do!


Floppy CD
Not a good place to stash the blue prints. Probably not a good place to stash the blueprints.


Floppy CD
A very quiet part of the library. You could hear a pin drop. Sure is quiet here. You could hear a pin drop.


Floppy CD
Are you trying to "pay" your respects? What am I doing, trying to "pay" my respects?


Floppy CD
You see a ramp which leads to a raised platform. From the machinery, a low hum pulses and vibrates, setting your teeth on edge. There's a ramp that leads to a raised platform. That machinery hum sets my teeth on edge.


Floppy CD
A sharp, cold wind runs through your bones. A low hum emanates from the machinery, setting your teeth on edge. I feel like a cold wind just ran through my bones. That machinery hum sets my teeth on edge.


Floppy CD
You see the unfortunate victims of the lifeforce leech. Look at those poor, unfortunate victims of that life force leech.


Floppy CD
Don't touch them! Your lifeforce will be drained! Better not touch them! They could very well drain my life force.


Floppy CD
Every fiber of your existence tells you not to go in there. However, nothing ventured... All my gut feelings tell me not to go in there. However, nothing ventured...


Floppy CD
A smell reminiscent of a hospital waiting room permeates the air. Perhaps it would be safer to return home now. It smells like a hospital waiting room here. Perhaps it would be safer to return home now.

Text changes also go beyond just switching third person to first person narration; some third person narration was changed considerably


Floppy CD
You see the lumps close up. There's a lot of lumps when you look close up.


Floppy CD
Molly Santini, a rich spinstress who somehow managed to take it all with her. Molly Santini, a rich spinster who somehow managed to take it all with her.


Floppy CD
Strange alien smells assualt your senses, rising from the half-dead creatures encased in their glassine prisons. Strange alien smells are rising from the half-dead creatures encased in these glassine prisons.

Regional Differences

Dark Seed has been released and dubbed in other languages such as Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Korean, with graphical changes to accommodate these languages.

Opening Sequence

For... some reason, a splash screen for "Dong Seo Game Channel" shows up on game load up on the Korean version before the game itself does.

Yup. Your guess is as good as mine.

The Korean version has a rather crudely reanimated and redrawn title screen to fit the Korean characters, and the version info text shows up before the title finishes forming.

English
Darkseedenrender.gif
Korean
Darkseedkorender.gif


English Korean
Darkseed dos title.png Darkseed Korean title.png