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Heart of Darkness

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Not to be confused with The Heart of Darkness.

Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness cover
Amazing Studios
Europe Ocean Software
North America Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows June 26, 1998
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Themes Fantasy
Heart of Darkness on MobyGames
Heart of Darkness on Wikipedia

Heart of Darkness is a singleplayer side view platform game.

General information - fan remake of official website with demos, trailers and concept art.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM disc check.
A demo is available in English and French.

Essential improvements


HeartOfDarkness-SDL is a reimplementation of the engine, it is a fork of "hode".
Fixes many bugs and issues from the original release.
Options for linear, nearest-neighbor and xBRz texture filtering.

Peixoto's patch

Nearest neighbor or xBRz scaling.
Removes the black frame around the game screen.
Fixes some occasional color glitches that happen when the game updates the palette.

dgVoodoo 2

Fixes broken color rendering.
Support for integer scaling.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SETUP.CFG[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SETUP.CFG[Note 1]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 pillarboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Game renders internally at 256x192.
Field of view (FOV)
Use HeartOfDarkness-SDL.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game logic is tied to the framerate, which is capped at 12 FPS in-game, and 10 FPS for FMVs.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Control options menus.
Control options menus.


Sound options menu.
Sound options menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Options for Mono and Stereo only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, NT 4.0 SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel 486 DX2 66 MHz
Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB (24 MB on NT 4.0)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 84 MB
Video card (GPU) PCI or VLB SVGA video card
1 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:Jofrie on 2018-01-21
    System requirements taken from the official Heart of Darkness manual.