Dark Ages

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Dark Ages
Dark Ages.png
Mod-Dark Ages.png
Levels?Tick.png Editable
Tiles?Tick.png Editable
Sprites?Tick.png Editable
Fullscreen?Tick.png Editable
Sound?X mark.svg Not editable
Music?Tick.png Editable
Text?X mark.svg Not editable
Story/cutscenes?X mark.svg Not editable
UI/menus?X mark.svg Not editable

Dark Ages is the first shareware game that supports the AdLib sound card.

Obtaining the game

The full version of this game has been released as freeware.


The following tools are able to work with this game.

Name PlatformGroup/archives Levels Graphics Music Sounds Text Saves .exe patch Notes
Camoto Linux/WindowsN/AEditEditPlayNoNoNoNo
Daview DOSN/AReadNoNoNoNoNoNo
Wombat Windows GUIN/ANoReadNoNoNoNoNo

File formats

The following file formats are used by this game.

Filename Format Details
da?.exe LZEXE Compressed executable Game executables, one for each episode
file01.da? - file04.da? PCX Format Full-screen images
file05.da? Dark Ages Map Format Levels
file06.da? - file12.da? ProGraphx Toolbox tileset format 16×16 16-colour sprites
file13.da? - file21.da? MDI Format Background music


When run natively on faster CPUs, the game fails to start up citing "Divide error". Unfortunately, TPPATCH does not seem to be able to correct this, even after running UNLZEXE on the program.