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Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Daria's Inferno Ships
11:32 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

While the actual animated show that inspired it seems to have vanished, Simon and Schuster's release of Daria's Inferno for Mac and PC will surely satisfy fans of this show's sardonic wit and merciless portrayal of high school life in a dull town. From the same company that brought you Deer Avenger 2, Daria's Inferno is yet another satirical title, but this time they didn't have to lampoon anything; Daria's sharp tongue skewers all aspects of life in scenic Lawndale with her dry, droll tone. This value-priced title is an all-new creation, not just repackaged MTV content, as the press release reveals:

"Daria," MTV's hit animated TV show has now become a PC game entitled DARIA'S INFERNO (PC / MAC, $19.95 estimated street, Rated "T" by the ESRB). Published by sister Viacom unit Simon & Schuster Interactive, DARIA's INFERNO features high quality animation, the actual voices of the hit-shows cast members, and more action game play than previously permitted by law. DARIA'S INFERNO is now available at software retail outlets nationwide.

"Daria," which debuted on MTV in March of 1997, was the only character from MTV's incredibly successful animated program "Beavis and Butt-Head's" to get her own show. The often poignant and always hysterical series chronicles the experiences of Daria Morgendorffer, a witty, funny and sardonic teenager blessed with an uncanny ability to turn potential disaster to her own advantage. Daria lives in Lawndale with her stressed-out, career-fixated parents, Helen and Jake, and her relentlessly cute and popular younger sister, Quinn. The students and faculty at the "progressive" Lawndale High School regard Daria with a mixture of curiosity, confusion, casual scorn, and -- every now and then -- respect.

The Game
It's a day like any other in Lawndale High. All is silent, except for the peaceful drone of Mr. O'Neil teaching and the snores of his students. Perhaps a little too quiet...

Ms. Li, the principal, shatters this impromptu nap-time with the announcement of felonious doings at Lawndale High! Five pieces of school property are missing and must be found, or else.

As Ms. Li leaves the classroom, Mr. O'Neil resumes his teaching of Dante's timeless classic, The Divine Comedy, sending Daria off to sleep, out of Dante's Inferno and into DARIA's INFERNO and the greatest dream-state adventure of all time.

The Goal
Starting from outside Lawndale High, Daria must make her way through Hell (a.k.a. Lawndale) in order to get the Five Crucial Instruments of Institutional Education (a.k.a. Ms. Li's stuff). If these five items can be obtained, Daria has a chance of extinguishing the burning fires of Principal Li's rage and making it out of the Inferno alive!

Is it just us, or are there some parallels to Diablo here? In any case, while you probably can't expect a Classical interpretation of Dante, you can expect tongue-lashings of witless jocks and power-mad teachers galore. Watch for this one on store shelves soon; as it is a hybrid release, you may find it in the PC section before it is stocked in the Mac area of your favorite store.

Simon and Schuster Interactive

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