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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 Yay! By surprising the enemy, we get guaranteed first strikes.
Darkest Dungeon Windows You'll learn to hate and kill ASAP enemies like this loony here. I'll tell you why next screenshot.
Darkest Dungeon Windows First fight! Horrible monsters amid the filth, oh joy.
Darkest Dungeon Windows Or rather, let's. Ouch. It's quite nasty. Definitely worth the removal money later on.

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Alternate Titles

  • "DD" -- common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews Jan 30, 2016 98 out of 100 98
IGN Jan 26, 2016 9.1 out of 10 91
PC Gamer Jan 20, 2016 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Jan 19, 2016 85 out of 100 85
3D Juegos Jan 25, 2016 8.5 out of 10 85
Games Finder Mar 28, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Destructoid Jan 27, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Jan 18, 2016 4 out of 5 80
Polygon Feb 24, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Riot Pixels Feb 23, 2016 50 out of 100 50


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  • The Dragon Awards
    • 2016 – Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game – Nominated

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