Kenji Eno’s Horror Cult Classic D Makes Digital Debut

Dr. Richter Harris is a bastard. Not because he’s the mass murdering bad father of survival horror classic D [wikipedia page], but because he truly scared the life out of me when I was 11 years old. Released originally for the 3DO in 1995, D made its way onto European and North American consoles (and MS-DOS) in 1996. I played it the following year and, having missed the original Resident Evil the first time round, D was my first proper taste of the horror genre – one that’s stayed with me ever since.

Now, some 21 years on, the late Kenji Eno’s seminal works has appeared on GOG and I think you should give it a bash.

Before you say it, let me: no, it’s not aged very well. But D really was ahead of its time in the mid-90s – testament to Eno’s outlandish way of thinking and his equally out there design methods. Limited to just two hours, D functions without a save system. Original versions had no pause button either, meaning its narrative unfolded in real time.

Guiding protagonist Laura Richter around a hospital, and latterly an alternate dimension, you learn that her otherwise upstanding father has committed a series of gruesome murders. Meticulous first person exploration is then punctuated by over-dramatic daytime soap opera-styled cutscenes as Laura strives to uncover the truth about her dad and her forgotten past, and while I realise this all sounds a bit ham-fisted, it’s intentional.

It’s a bit wonky, sure, but for the most part it works – as far as my memory serves me, at least – which is most likely why D has garnered a bit of a cult following in the intervening period. Hey, nostalgia may well be colouring my judgement here, but at £4.09/$5.99/€5.19 over on GOG for Mac, Windows and Linux, I say it’s worth a punt. I’m certainly going to return.

And before you go – D2 never made it to PAL regions (at least I don’t think it did) so I unfortunately never had the chance to take on D’s sequel. If any of you guys did, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.

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7 Comments

  1. J. Cosmo Cohen says:

    I was reading an interesting interview with the creator about switching a censored copy with the version that made it to retail, but suddenly that old interview went and spoiled the ending. I know it’s years on, so spoilers might not be a big deal, but I’m seriously bummed. I was really looking forward to finally playing this for the first time. I guess I still will, I’ll just know the ending. First world problems and all that.

  2. Jalan says:

    The great thing about this “series” was that all the games in it offered up very different experiences. D was nothing like D2 was nothing like Enemy Zero/etc.

    Dammit, now I’m going to have to fight back the tears over Eno not being around to deliver more games like this.

  3. Press X to Gary Busey says:

    I remember not remembering much of this from PS1 c:a 1997.
    I rented D and Myst. *shudder* I think I returned both the same within an hour and probably rented Resident Evil. Also the games protagonist is a blow up sex doll.

    • Press X to Gary Busey says:

      No I’m pretty sure it was Alone in the Dark 2 and not Resident Evil. What a horrible weekend that must’ve been…

  4. malkav11 says:

    D2 was real, real weird. I recommend Supergreatfriend’s Let’s Play of both games: link to lparchive.org

  5. Kolba says:

    I played this and the spiritual sequel Enemy Zero on the sSturn. I’d played D many years after it’s original release and no, it hadn’t aged well even then. But Enemy Zero is still one of the scariest games I’ve played to date. I hope it comes to GoG next.

  6. ROMhack2 says:

    Ooooh, this has been on my to play list for years.