How to launch DarkScape from Desktop

Accessing and playing DarkScape can be somewhat annoying for new players because there is no official client for DarkScape available. Instead, DarkScape uses the same Runescape desktop client that you use to play the original game. So how exactly do you run DarkScape directly from your desktop?

1. Install the official client first

In case you haven’t done so already, the first step is to install the official client from Jagex here. After you have downloaded and installed the client, the next step involves creating a new shortcut for DarkScape. There are two ways to do this and if you’re using Google Chrome, then things are a little bit easier for you.

2. Drag and drop the shortcut (Chrome only)

If you are using Google Chrome, the easiest way to create a new shortcut on your desktop is to simply drag and drop it from your browser directly on the desktop. Visit the DarkScape page and simply drag and drop the red “Play Now” button onto your desktop.

3. Create a new shortcut

If you’re using some other browser (haven’t tested on Edge) then the drag and drop will probably not work. But don’t worry, creating a shortcut is easy! Right click anywhere on your desktop and choose New > Shortcut as seen on the picture below:

right click on desktop new shortcut

Windows will now ask you to type the target location of your new shortcut. In this field you should put the following line: jagex-jav://

new shortcut target url

After clicking next you’re allowed to give a fancy name for your new shortcut. I simply used DarkScape, but it can be anything you like. Now click finish.

When you double click the shortcut it should now launch the official client with DarkScape parameters. Now you can easily access DarkScape from desktop without having to open the internet browser all the time.

4. Adding an icon

It’s not really necessary, but it will look a lot better if you add an icon for your shortcut. I personally like this one: darkscapeicon.ico

Download the icon and place it somewhere safe where you won’t delete it accidentally. Inside the C:\Windows folder is great, for example.

Right click the shortcut again, go to properties and click the “Change Icon” button as shown below:

right click shortcut change icon

Click OK twice.

You now have a pretty DarkScape shortcut on your Desktop.