Entrepreneur, executive, and investor; octo-dad; former Googler, now VP Product at

Beyond Dark Castle

I’ve a lot of fond memories from my youth that revolve around the Mac: getting invited over to a girl’s house in the second grade… to play Dark Castle on an early-model Mac; retrofitting my 3rd grade teacher’s Lisa to be Mac-compatible; getting pulled out of classes later on in elementary school to help the school principal with their Mac; learning how to do desktop publishing on the Macs at the neighborhood “Laser Layouts” shop; playing with one at the local software store, etc.

I could never afford one growing up, so it was always this magical machine I could only play with on borrowed time. And I guess the small piece of me that yearned for a Mac during my elementary school years still lives on in some form–I own a few vintage Macs, purchased a few years back.

Dark Castle and its sequel were among my favorite games on those old Macs, so it’s been great fun for me to relive a bit of the past and spend a few minutes playing the recently released remake: Return to Dark Castle. Beats firing up an emulator or obsolete hardware. Well, it’s easier, at least.



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  1. June 8, 2009

    Oh, wow. I totally remember DC and BDC. Those were awesome games back in the 80s. The controls required substantial dexterity!

    Seems weird to see it remade in color, now.

  2. June 9, 2009

    Here’s a little bit on how “Dark Castle” came to be:


  3. February 5, 2010

    Awesome, I loved that game too! Though I was lucky my parents bought a Mac 128k. 🙂

    Speaking of old mac games, do you remember the name of this other Mac game, kinda similar in control and scrolling playability but with a futuristic space theme. I think it was a Mindscape game…ironically, it’s name ‘scapes’ my Mind! 😦

  4. February 8, 2012

    Are Mac Tech sites dgniigg for content and have nothing to talk about?…. I say yes!

  5. February 9, 2012

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