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Darkest Dungeon is a turn-based, side-scrolling RPG with roguelike and strategy elements. You manage a maximum of 25 randomly generated characters of thirteen possible classes, grouping them into temporary parties of four, which can be sent to dungeons in search of resources and equipment. You can upgrade your town, which harbors training, healing and equipment purchasing facilities.

Characters have various stats, the most important of which is Stress. Stress leads to the gaining of negative traits and, if its levels are too severe, death. Negative traits can be gained, along with positive ones and experience, at the end of a mission. Managing Stress and negative effects is a significant part of the game. They cost large amounts of money to be healed, so you must weigh expenses with benefits - try to heal everyone and you'll soon go bankrupt. During battle, characters' positions matter greatly, likewise with their given skills. Darkest Dungeon is a tactically demanding game, so it is easy for a mistake to end badly.

Its storyline and aesthetics are influenced by H. P. Lovecraft, Mike Mignola's artwork and stories, and the gothic desolateness typical to Edgar Allan Poe. Story exposure is indirect and sometimes elliptical: its main source is a narrator that constantly comments on your actions. His previous ambitions led to the unleashing of eldritch horrors and it's up to you, his heir, to banish them. Characters also comment, hinting at their own storylines.


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Darkest Dungeon Windows Adios amigos! In Darkest Dungeon, evil is omnipresent, watching you even as you return to your fickle, illusory reality.
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Alternate Titles

  • "暗黑地牢" -- Chinese spelling
  • "DD" -- common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews Windows Jan 30, 2016 98 out of 100 98 Nintendo Switch Feb 09, 2018 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation 4 Sep 27, 2016 90 out of 100 90 Linux Feb 03, 2016 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo Switch Jan 18, 2018 90 out of 100 90 PS Vita Sep 27, 2016 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan 20, 2016 84 out of 100 84
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Windows Jan 18, 2016 4 out of 5 80
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PlayStation Universe PlayStation 4 Oct 11, 2016 7 out of 10 70


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  • The Dragon Awards
    • 2016 – Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game – Nominated
  • Steam Awards
    • 2016 — The 'Love/Hate Relationship' Award — Nominated

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