Dark Cloud (Japanese: ダーククラウド, Hepburn: Dāku Kuraudo) is a 2000 action role-playing game developed by Level-5 and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. Originally intended as a March 2000 launch title for the PlayStation 2, the game was ultimately released in Japan in December 2000. It was released in North America in May 2001, and in Europe in September. A sequel with an unrelated plot, Dark Chronicle (released as Dark Cloud 2 in North America), was released in 2002.Combining action role-playing with elements of city-building games, the game tells the story of a group of adventurers who band together to fight against an evil being called the Dark Genie, who has attacked and destroyed their home villages. The protagonist is Toan, a boy who is given a magical stone called the ""Atlamillia"" by Simba, the Fairy King, which has the power to rebuild the destroyed lands.Dark Cloud was met with mainly positive reviews by critics, who praised its blend of gameplay types, although some did criticize its combat as repetitive. The game was also a commercial success. Although it initially sold poorly in Japan, it eventually went on to sell over 800,000 units worldwide.