How well will you fare if I put you in a dungeon with 3 other people, give you weapons, and tell you good day? What if I told you that the dungeons have creepy crawlies and other monsters? Well, you probably wouldn’t last long, but for the characters in Darkest Dungeon, this is their profession. Darkest Dungeon is a rogue-like, turn-based dungeon RPG heavily based on dungeon crawling. It is a unique, Middle Age-based game with fantasy elements. The catch? They are all humans just like you.
Here is a game that has grabbed a lot of the gaming community in its clutches, intrigued interested viewers on Twitch, and interested indie lovers around the globe. Here is a game that has been critically acclaimed and played by thousands. Twitch was filled with streamers who either had early access to the game or bought the game because of its rising popularity. A few months later and this game is still gaining high ground within the industry.
I was honestly surprised at how successful this game was. When I was first introduced to it as a Kickstarter, I thought it was going to flop for 2 reasons:
- The art was rough, and didn’t appeal to me the first time around.
- I thought classic RPGs with only humans weren’t really popular.
Obviously, I have learned to love this game. The game’s aesthetics grew on me: its black and red theme fit perfectly with the concept and game design. Additionally, the game is challenging, something that I have been craving for a while. Straying away from high fantasy concepts and designing only human adventurers has made the challenges exciting to play, and I have to rethink my strategies every time I start a new dungeon. Even if I’m not nearly to the end of the game yet, I think Darkest Dungeon warrants a review. There is so much amazing-ness here that I couldn’t wait until I finish to write one.
But sadly, this game isn’t perfect. The gameplay and its logistics can be quite difficult to learn. Don’t expect to jump in and start playing immediately: Darkest Dungeon is relatively hard to get into at first and will take a while to plant a seed of interest in you. You will grow frustrated at yourself, your adventurers, and your game, but remember that frustration is why the game is so appealing to many.
If you’re seeking a challenge, try Darkest Dungeon. You won’t be disappointed, and it will want you to come back for more. If you just want to try something new, download Darkest Dungeon anyway. You will have something to talk about to your (hopefully) game-loving friends, and you will understand Twitch streamers a lot better. In my mind, this game deserves a good 4.5/5. Have fun, and happy dungeon-crawling!