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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.


Darkest Dungeon Windows Let's raid the Weald. Notice the mission length. The longer it is, the more food and torches you'll have to bring.
Darkest Dungeon Windows Here's the inaugural crit of the screenshot session. Done by a mage-type character, no less.
Darkest Dungeon Windows A few seconds later. Our anger was such that even beyond the grave he bleeds.
Darkest Dungeon Windows Post-pig loot. Heirlooms are used for upgrading the Hamlet.

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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
IGN PS Vita Sep 27, 2016 9.1 out of 10 91 Windows Mar 08, 2016 9 out of 10 90
Pocket Gamer UK iPad Aug 25, 2017 9 out of 10 90
The Jimquisition Windows Jan 26, 2016 9 out of 10 90 Macintosh Feb 03, 2016 9 out of 10 90
TrueAchievements Xbox One Apr 11, 2018 4.5 out of 5 90
Kill Screen Windows Sep 27, 2016 83 out of 100 83
Polygon Windows Feb 24, 2016 8 out of 10 80
148apps iPad Sep 05, 2017 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 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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