Beyond Dark Castle

| "Princely | Beyond Dark Castle was originally designed and
| kind of guy."| programmed by Mark Stephen Pierce and Jonathan Gay.
| |
| Picture of | Commodore 64 and Amiga version by Midnight Oil.
| normal man | Produced by Kelly Zmak.
|--------------| Product testing by Tom Bellamy.

Player's Guide by Hunter Cone.

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Beyond Dark Castle 1987 Silicon Beach |------------------------|
Software, Inc. All rights reserved. | Picture of Monkey |
| With Wings & Tail |
Commodore 64 and Amiga versions 1989 | |
Activision. All rights reserved. | 150 points |
| |
Commodore and Amiga are registered | "Not just another |
trademarks of Commodore Electronics, | face." |
Inc. |------------------------|


|---------------------| The Threat Beyond Dark Castle
| Picture of a multi- |
| pointed star | Prince Duncan is on his own in the Dark
| | Castle. Somewhere within its gloomy and
| 1,000 points | treacherous walls, his sworn enemy - the
| "Only one at a | Black Knight - awaits him. If Prince
| time!" | Duncan can find the five powerful Magic
|---------------------| Orbs and return them to their rightful
place, he earns the right to challenge the Black Knight.

Before they meet, however, Prince Duncan has to prove his courage, his
daring, and his cunning against a host of nasty vermin, merciless henchmen,
and carefully laid traps. He does get some assistance from
health-restoring food, and weapons he stumbles upon along the way. And
Prince Duncan needs all the strength he can muster for the threat Beyond
Dark Castle.


Commodore 64 system

1. Plug your joystick into port 2.

2. With the computer and disk drive turned off, put the Beyond Dark
Castle disk in the disk drive, label side up.

3. Turn on the disk drive, then turn on the computer and monitor.

4. Type LOAD"*",8,1 and press the Return key.

Amiga System

1. Plug your monitor into the computer.

2. Turn on the computer.

3. If you have an Amiga 1000, load Kickstart (version 1.2 or a
later version).

4. When your computer prompts you for |----------------------|
Workbench, insert the Beyond Dark | 50 points |
Castle disk in the internal drive | "Double trouble." |
(df0:) to load the program. If you | |
have more than one dive you may | Picture of knight in |
insert disk B to eliminate disk | armor. |
swaps. |----------------------|


|---------------------| Prince Duncan on the Move
| Picture of man |
| wearing chopper-pack| Use the joystick or mouse and keyboard combina-
| flying. | tions to control Prince Duncan.
| |
| "Bird's eye view." | Joystick only (Commodore system only).
To make Prince Duncan move up and down, left or
right, push the joystick to the left or right, or up or down. He'll move
in the corresponding direction.

To jump, push or pull the joystick in the direction you want him to jump,
and press the joystick button. To jump down, pull the joystick down and
press the button. To jump higher, push the joystick up and press the

To duck, pull the joystick down (don't do this near a ladder; Prince Duncan
will go down it).

To aim and throw, hold down the joystick button, and move the joystick up
or down to aim (you'll see his arm move in the corresponding direction).
To throw, continue to hold down the joystick button, and tap the joystick
to the right or left.

To fight, hold down the joystick button. To block a blow, press the action

Keyboard/mouse combinations (Commodore and Amiga systems)

The keyboard controls his jumping, running, climbing, reaching and flying
the chopper-pack:

A - moves him to the left.

D - moves him to the right.

W - moves him up. If he has the chopper-pack on, he becomes

S - moves him down.

E - makes him duck. He'll continue to duck for as long as you hold
down the key.
Q - is the "Action" key. (If you're | 40 points |
playing with the Commodore system, | "Ankle Bracelet." |
F7 also works as the "action" key.) | |
When you press Q, Prince Duncan | Picture of snake. |


|---------------------| pulls chains, unlocks doors, straps on the
| Picture of a column | chopper-pack, picks up objects, etc. that he's
| with a shield on | standing next to or in front of.
| the front. |
| | Space bar makes him jump.
| 500 points |
| "A real lifesaver." | Tab pauses the game for the Amiga system; Run/
|---------------------| Stop pauses the game for the Commodore system.
To continue, press any key on the Amiga and the Run/Stop key on the

ESC on Amiga and the <-- key on Commodore quits the game in progress and
takes you back to the Scores of Merit screen.

These keys can be used in combinations so that Prince Duncan can move
faster and more effectively:

Running and Climbing: Use the A or D keys with the W or S keys so
Prince Duncan can run to a ladder and climb up or down it without

Jumping: Use the space bar with the A or D keys so Prince Duncan
can take a running leap. Use the space bar with S so he can make
a downward jump, and space bar or jump up higher.

The mouse controls his rock throwing, and shovel and mace fighting.

To aim, move the mouse up and down. Prince Duncan's arm moves
correspondingly. To throw a rock, press the mouse button.

To swing the shovel or mace, press the mouse button. To block a
blow, press Q (see above). To dodge a blow, press E (see above).

To plant bombs, use the keyboard and mouse together. Press E while
clicking the button to place and light a fuse. |-----------------------|
Then, get Prince Duncan out of there! He can | 150 points |
be killed if he's too close. | "Mr. Nice Guy." |
| |
Infiltrating the Dark Castle | Picture of |
| executioner wearing |
After you load the game, it immediately opens | black hood and |
to the Scores and Merit Screen. | holding a whip. |
Choose from the three skill levels - Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
- and the five options at the bottom of the screen:


|--------------------| Play: Select this option to begin the game.
| "Spell Binding." |
| | Demo: Select this option to get a quick
| Picture of wizard | demonstration of the game.
| standing in front |
| of a table with an | Info: Select this option to review on-line
| open book on it. | instructions for the game. Select the next
|--------------------| button to flip through the info pages. Select
previous to review.

Practice: Select this option to go to the practice map.

The following are "cheat keys" that'll keep Prince Duncan alive long enough
for you to get in some good practice:

Key "1" Shield
Key "2" Fireballs
Key "3" +25 of everything
includes: +25 Lives, +25 Bombs,
+25 Elixirs, +25 Gas Units, +25 Keys,
+25 Rocks, and restores Health.

Commodore 64/128 Key "<--" Quit the room and get back to the Map

Amiga Key "Esc" Quit the room and get back to the Map

(See the "Elixirs and other Important Life Extending Tools" section later
in this guide for explanations of these items.)

Note: The Castle map indicates which chambers house the Magic Orbs and
Shield and other magical items.

Clear Score: Select this option to clear the scores on the Scores of Merit

Prince Duncan Decides His Fate

After you've selected Play, the game opens to reveal Prince Duncan
discovering the secret Ante Room behind the Fireplace. It is here he
begins the adventure of his life. |---------------------------|
| 40 points |
Upon choosing one of the four closed | |
doors, Prince Duncan is immediately | "Here's looking at you |
thrust inot one of the Dark Castle's | kid." |
trap-laden chambers or turrets. He | Picture of eye in flames. |


|--------------------------| must rely on his quick wits and quicker
| 150 points | reactions to survive. Time is critical -
| "This is no homing | his stamina is limited (see "Elixirs and
| pigeon." | Other Important Life-Extending Tools").
| |
| Picture of eagle with | If Prince Duncan succeeds and fights his
| beak open and talons | way through to the exit, he goes directly
| extended. | to the next scene of peril (see the map in
|--------------------------| the Practice option to see how the chambers
in the Castle are arranged). He can also go back through the door he came

If he fails, he returns to the door where he entered. He does get to keep
whatever points he earned as well as any items he has collected.

The Magic Orbs

There are five Magic Orbs scattered throughout the Castle. Prince Duncan
must find all five and return them, one at a time, to their pedestals in
the Ante Room. Once he has an Orb, he must retrace his steps back to the
Ante Room. He may be magically transported there - if he stumbles upon the
right medium.

When he's accomplished this task, the large gate in the center of the Ante
Room creaks open. Prince Duncan finally faces the Black Knight in battle
(see "The Showdown" later in this guide).

Elixirs and Other Important Life-Extending Tools

Prince Duncan needs all the help he can get. He'd be smart to pick up as
many of the following items scattered about the Castle as he can.

The Status area at the bottom of the screen keeps track of the number of
items Prince Duncan has accumulated, as well as his score.

Health: His health is increased by picking up food and decreased
by bumping into walls, falling, and suffering bites from the
Castle vermin. The Health Bar in the Status Area measures how
much health/stamina Prince Duncan has remaining. If the Health
Bar Runs out, he loses a life.

Elixirs: There are three of these magic potions in all. The main
elixir has an antidote for bat and rat bites. Unfortunately, it
only works for a short time before its healing effects wear off.
The second elixir has the properties of transporting whoever
drinks it back to the Ante


Room. The third should be avoided, well, like poison.

Rocks: Prince Duncan is armed with rocks. Every rock bag he finds
gives him 10 more. If he has more than 80 rocks, he can't pick up
any more bags. Once he gets the magic Fireball power, the rocks
turn into fireballs and are more deadly.

Keys: Prince Duncan should pick up keys wherever he finds them;
they can help him get out of a few tight spots in the Dungeon and

Gas: Prince Duncan picks up a chopper-pack at the top of the Clock
Tower to fly over the Swamp and Black Forest. He'll need lots of
gas to make the flight in one piece (see the "Prince Duncan on the
Move" section for maneuvering the chopper-pack).

Bombs: Prince Duncan especially needs bombs - lots of bombs - to
get through the Catacombs. (See the "Prince Duncan on the Move"
section to set the bombs.

Shield: Somewhere inside the Dark Castle is a magical shield. If
Prince Duncan finds it and puts it on, he'll be invincible to
dangerous objects for short periods of time. The Shield is
activated only if you press Q, the "Action" key.

The Showdown: Prince Duncan Meets the Black Knight

Once Prince Duncan has returned all five Magic Orbs to the Ante Room, he
confronts the Black Knight. The gate in the center of the Ante Room slowly
opens. When Prince Duncan enters, the battle begins.

If you're playing in the Advanced level and defeat the Black Knight, you
win thousands of points and discover an incredible secret.


You can earn bonus points if Prince Duncan makes it through a chamber
without using up all of his Health. These points are |-----------------|
based on the amount of Health remaining in the | 30 points |
Health bar. | "Pain in the |
| neck." |
When you achieve a certain number of points, Prince | Picture of bat. |
Duncan gets more lives. At the Beginner level, you |-----------------|


|--------------------| must earn 5,000 points to receive the lives; at
| 150 points | the Intermediate level, you must earn 7,500
| "Sleeping on the | points; at the Advanced level, you must earn
| job." | 10,000.
| |
| Picture of man | Saving a Game
| man without a |
| shirt holding a | To save a game, Prince Duncan must be in the
| mace over his | Computer Room. Press Q while Prince Duncan is
| head. | on the Save side of the machine. You can save
|--------------------| up to five games from each skill level, for a
total of 15 saved games.

To restore, or bring back, a game, Prince Duncan should be on the Restore
side of the machine where the game was saved. |-------------------------|
Press Q to restore. You must be playing the | 150 points |
game at the same skill level as the game you | "A barrel of fun." |
want to restore (for example, if you want to | |
restore an intermediate level game, you must | Picture of man in black |
be playing at the Intermediate level). | apron with sledge |
| hammer. |