Mike Dawson journal #1 : That’s it I’ve finally found the house of my dreams where I’ll be able to write my first best-seller. Funny how cheap it was. The real estate agent didn’t even try to negotiate when I lowered the price. It’s remote, calm and old, perfect for my needs. Now if I can only find some aspirin in order to remove this horrible headache I have since I’ve made this terrible nightmare…
The first minutes in Dark Seed perfectly gives the tone for the rest of the game. We begin with a quite jarring nightmare scene where aliens split Mike’s head open and put some kind of embryo in it. The Alien comparison is still accurate, even if this way is kinda even scarier than the facehuggers.
|Even more horrifying : Mike’s moustache.|
The game properly starts right after that when you wake up from this horrible dream. Mike keeps on telling he has a terrible headache, so the first task is to find aspirin. The interface is straightforward enough. Three icons, one to walk, the other to look at and the last to interact with something. Simply waving your cursor around shows the hotspots, which are kinda scarce so at least it’s generally easy to find what you can interact with. I first go to the bathroom next door and find some aspirin in the closet. I also take a shower because in a Sierra game, it would grant me some points.
|And considering the risk of dead-ends, I wouldn’t want to face a game over screen later because I smell bad.|
|Maybe the house did belong to a Giger fan?|
|Cute doll. Thanks. Now what was I doing? Oh yeah the cabinets in the kitchen.|
|What? No game room and no sauna? What a ripoff.|
|Weeeee I’m enjoying my new house!|
As soon as I come back into the house the phone starts ringing. I have no idea if these scripts happen after actions I’ve taken or just by the time passing by. Looking at the watch every now and then shows my the hour is (quickly) moving on so I’m guessing I’m under a time limit if I want to do all the things I need to do per day (whatever they may be…). Funnily enough after a few times checking the watch, it stopped working and I had to wind it up for it to give me the time again… Maybe I can only check the watch a limited number of times? We’ll see about that.
The phone ringing was the librarian, Sue, telling me she had a book on hold for me. Finally, a quest! An ordeal! Something to do with myself other than just randomly tying ropes to gargoyles and pacing back and forth the house! I have one last thing to check before leaving the house.
|I bought the house, I can break whatever I want in it!|
I finally exit the house and start to explore the surroundings. On the left path I find a cemetery which is probably the best place for a nice, relaxing stroll. Except for a huge mausoleum with the name “Tuttle” on it, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of things of interest. I’m guessing I’ll probably have to come back there later.
|The cemetery has a few celebrities buried in it though…|
|Okay campers rise and shine, it’s the groundhog day!|
|Welcome to Silent Hill.|
|Trying to touch the librarian grants you what I guess is a Leisure Suit Larry reference!|
|He probably will kill me in order to get the scotch for himself, however.|
Not knowing what else I could do in the town, I decide to go back to my house. I walk around it a few hours to see if the doorbell or the phone rings but no luck. With a very clear feeling that I’ve missed a few things along the ride, I save my game and go to bed… Strange first day. At least I have a meeting for tomorrow, but the lack of general purpose or goal is disturbing. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll find the missing piece of mirror and a way in the alien world…
|Me and my bottle of scotch will go to bed now|
Total time : 1 hour
Inventory : Watch, Blueprints, Crowbar, Diary, Scotch, Crackers, Insecticide, Business Card, Gun.
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