DarkSeed (found NeoGeo prototype game; late 1990s)

Screenshot of the character select screen
Screenshot of the character select screen
Status Found
Date found 10 Apr 2016
Found by NeoTurfMasta on neo-geo.com

In 2016, neo-geo.com forums user NeoTurfMasta released a dump of a ROM of a NeoGeo cart he won from Yahoo Auctions Japan. At the time, virtually nothing was known about it. The game appears to be in an early beta stage, with most artwork present but not much else. Kengo Asai has came forward as the producer, saying that its development name was "DarkSeed."[1]

He had noted that the information on the physical materials of the cart match up with Voltage Fighter Gowkaiser, which was theorized to mean that the game was developed by Technos Japan (the developers of that game). Technos itself was not involved, but many developers worked on both games. [2]

The game features about 12 characters, most of which are unfinished to varying degrees. Some characters' sprites feature animals as a method of attack. The entire system seems to be inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, given how everyone is sorted into a Neutral/Lawful/Chaotic system.


Character Select Screen from unknown Neo Geo Prototype.


  1. The forum page chronicling the game
  2. Summary of the interview with Asai



Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
Score 0++
From what I've seen, this game may actually be called Dragon's Heaven or DarkSeed. It was developed by a studio named FACE. Apparently, Dragon's Heaven was only a tentative name as the studio was having difficulties acquiring a trademark for DarkSeed.

Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
Score 0++
probably because of the DOS game Dark Seed
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