The Dark Lord Rises is adult fantasy game created with RPG Maker. As a Renan, young boy with magical talent you'll explore story in realm attacked by The Evil One - legendary existence threatening peace and order in whole human world.
Sounds like typical fantasy story, right? Well, it should! The story is just pretext to orgy of sex and corruption that will ensue because of player action. However, it is not supposed to be "take the bad guy and rape every girl" story. My philosophy is that good corruption/mind control stories need time and attachment to characters to fully work. With The Dark Lord Rises I take things slow and steady.
Continued in direct sequel, Divinion
Renan of Cern - main character of the game, young, bright boy from small village who finds himself enrolled in Magical Academy of Avonlica. What he doesn't know is that fate has something great stored for him.
Rowena of Cern - Renan's childhood nemesis. Orphan who becomes priestess around same time Renan is enrolled in Academy in Avonlica.
- experienced mage and teacher in Academy
Leonette d'Avonlica - Renan's classmate. Pompous daughter of duke d'Avonlica.
Chloe - Renan's classmate. Weird girl who wants to make many friends.
Lynn - Renan's classmate. Level-headed boy who wants to become a proper farmer.
Blas - Renan's classmate. Airhead with knack for wind magic.
Celeste - Renan's classmate. Smartest girl in class, who also has many secrets.
Tancred - Renan's classmate. Creepy guy with weird "friends".
Laetitia - ancient succubus who awoke from her slumber... and now threatens peace in Avonlica.
...and many, many others.
In this game, you play the bad guy, no question. Like several other games on this site, the main gameplay involves using your magical powers to dominate and brainwash girls into being your fucktoys. But unlike most of those games, there is something much more complex going on here. You start out in a school with several NPC characters, the typical "click everyone in the world to hear what they say" RGP maker scenario. But then it gets into the lessons, each day the quips change and you realize that these are really some characters and not the usual one-phrase map decorations. And the lessons are real, there is a world with several countries and a long history that you can delve into if you wish. Then all Hell breaks out, the city is invaded, and you find yourself on a journey with lots of twists and turns. You do discover your power and use it to unlock rendered sex scenes, as you might expect, but at the same time your classmates change and develop as well. Then a major turn happens in the story and you are forced to restart in a different setting entirely. This last part could be it's own game, hoenstly, there is so much content here and it is a lot of fun.
As a game, there is a lot of variety. There is a fair amount of combat, but you can set to an easy mode and mostly breeze through it if that's not your thing. The combat is basic RPG Maker stuff you've seen before. There are also some puzzley sections, but mostly pretty easy to figure out. What really stands out is the story, you are rising to power as a new Dark Lord... or are you? You might just be being used as a pawn in some other Dark Lord's rise. It will take playing the next couple of games to find out. And by the time I finished this one, I was invested in the characters enough that I really want to. On to Divinion.
Awesome game! Really enjoyed this. While a little slow to start once the pacing picks up a little I enjoyed every moment.
This is an RPG-Maker game done right. The story is great and contains the right amount of combat!. That said there is still some bugs to be found throughout the game but nothing serious. Things like sometimes being able to walk up cliffs or on walls and an NPC or the PC saying something out of order, stating knowledge they would gain in the next minute or so. Probably the very next conversation. Like I said, nothing serious and I only noticed it a few(Maybe 3-4) times each and it didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. As such imo the authors time is better spent working on any future content! :D Also most of the humor is geniunely funny and aimed at rpg fans.
With the most recent update, the PC has some decent character growth both mental and physical and for my own kinks it's going in the right direction.
This game is definitely an X rating and not an XXX or even XX rating game. While the erotic content is there and well done it is spread fairly thinly over the game so far. As the author mentions however it is 'slow corruption' which inevitably means more later on and I completely agree that the best corruption takes time and attachment to the characters. I'm hoping for more in the future.
Overall a damn good game and one with a lot of content. Highly recommended and I really hope work continues on it, but even in its current state well worth playing and a big thank you! to the author for all the time, effort and sharing!
Update: I just had to post here as a response to the most recent review. The game is called 'The Dark Lord Rises', and yet because there is no way to prevent the MC from 'becoming evil' they lost interest and found the game 'terribly disappointing'. This game, and every game ever, isn't going to be for everyone. They were clearly not the intended audience and if you feel similarly, then I'm sad you'll not get to enjoy this one, but there are other games for different tastes.
Posting such a thing on a at this point 2 year old game on potentially indefinite hiatus, is just going to kill any drive the creator may have had to continue.
I remember this game fondly, and I'm certain I'll replay it again at some point despite it being unfinished. Thanks once again to Tjord for all their effort and sharing!
The gameplay is quite interesting, the plot is also good at first, but the further the more disgusting the moral fall of the MC is, I hoped that after the MC becomes a girl and loses taint she will recover, but unfortunately at the first opportunity that comes up she again commits mental violence, and with all the possibilities of choice, I couldn’t find a way to prevent her from becoming “evil” (after which the desire to continue playing disappeared).
In general, the game terribly disappointed me (((((
ATTENTION: The creator of this game is putting the game on hiatus "Yes, one of those hiatuses that are highly likely to last indefinitely." They have a blog where this is written (just google it). The last version of this game is unencrypted apparently for this reason and they talk more about uses of their content on the blog. (idk if this is on the discussion page but either way I think it should be seen here)
Now to a review. While I haven't played the very latest versions due to little content being added. This game is I think one of the great potential RPG maker games that will never be finished and the content which is there is of a good quality. It's not the most erotic game... however it makes up for that with the quality of game. It has the magic school kinda setting as a basis, which I always enjoy. I think it's worth the time even if it's not finished and hopefully it will inspire something similar or someone will continue it.
Normally, I am not a huge fan of transformation games. I came across this one elsewhere, and the M->F transformation caught me by surprise.
But the game went and transcended that. The character actually got deeper, the reasoning made sense and the story drew me in. As other have mentioned, the 4th wall is pretty flimsy in this game, but also has its serious moments and moments where you can really begin to feel what the main character is feeling. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a mature gaming experience with a side of humor and satire.