As I suspected, Beyond Dark Castle was not nearly as difficult to beat (on the Beginner level) as Dark Castle was. And while I don’t get the “secret animation” until I defeat the Black Knight on Advanced, at least this time I got a nice dialog acknowledging my accomplishment before I got tossed back into the castle. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.
I recently complained about my PC being too slow to play the Windows-only games I want to play, but don’t want to spend a few hundred bucks on a more modern computer just for gaming. I note that Dave Hyatt appears to have had the same problem, even though his “old” PC is easily two or three times as fast as mine. His solution appears to involve more than a few thousand dollars worth of new hardware. I suspect the games Dave is playing are far newer and fancier than mine, though. If he needs that Athlon 64 FX-53 or dual 2GHz G5 to play Dark Castle, he’s doing something very wrong.