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Back To The Dawn (2023) is a role-play game where you play a wrongly convicted reporter who must win favour and escape to clear his name. Play involves exploring the prison, forging alliances, completing mini-games for money and working towards a plan to get out. It stands out for the varied tongue-in-cheek prison-life simulation that interweaves with your hunt for clues to uncover the plot that put you inside.

You play an anthropomorphic reporter caught up in a dark conspiracy and thrown into prison. While the end game is to clear your name and uncover the conspiracy, to get there you need to work at life in prison. Drawing on Stardew Valley but with prison rather than farming as the focus, you must explore every inch of the world to exploit any weakness you find. You advance by learning skills, crafting tools of different trades and working up the pecking order.

As you progress you work with your attorney on the outside by collecting evidence to save yourself and the city from grave danger. The prison is huge with lots of inmates, guards to get to know and secrets to discover. Everyone has their own story. You can make them your friends or fight, bully and rob them into submission. Decide too if you want to be part of a gang or a cunning lone wolf. How you get out is up to you. Will you be a model prisoner and just try to keep your head down, or will you leave a trail of chaos and destruction in your wake?

The result is a rich and varied game with multiple threads to enjoy. Surviving and thriving at life in prison requires carefully managed relationships and attention to progression. Then there's the detective element of uncovering what's going on in the city. Finally, how you progress these things determines if and how you get out and what ending will be yours.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Back To The Dawn 5 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Communication and Role-Play game with Action, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 35 hours to complete. To see everything and the different endings can take 100s of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The context of the game is a prison setting and the things that come with that. There are sexual references as well as implied and actual violence. Prisoners talk about how to attack and injuring each other. Prison riots and fights result in blood on the floor and various injuries. yYu use various make-shift weapons.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to deal with the multiple tasks and systems interacting with each other. There are a lot of items to keep track of and decisions about the stats of your player.


Back To The Dawn usually costs £16.75.

Back To The Dawn

Steam Store PC £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/11/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Communication, Role-Play (Action, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Back To The Dawn (@BackToTheDawn)

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