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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 A TRAP!!
Darkest Dungeon Windows Many turns and cleavers to the head later, we've won. Quincey here is bashing Wilbur the Swine King's adjutant's head to a pulp. That is, after his boss had bit it too.
Darkest Dungeon Windows Blight is very much the poison of Darkest Dungeon. Unlike in many other games that make poison a minor nuisance, in DD it can be a game changer.
Darkest Dungeon Windows Besides XP ("Resolve"), characters gain Traits after each mission. They're not always beneficial.

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Alternate Titles

  • "DD" -- common abbreviation

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IGN Windows Jan 26, 2016 9.1 out of 10 91
Nintenderos Nintendo Switch Feb 02, 2018 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation 4 Sep 27, 2016 90 out of 100 90 PS Vita Sep 27, 2016 90 out of 100 90 Macintosh Feb 03, 2016 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Windows Jan 20, 2016 88 out of 100 88
3D Juegos Windows Jan 25, 2016 8.5 out of 10 85
TheSixthAxis PS Vita Dec 06, 2016 8 out of 10 80
RPG Site Nintendo Switch Feb 04, 2018 8 out of 10 80
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  • The Dragon Awards
    • 2016 – Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game – Nominated

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