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Video Game A Dark Room Review
A Dark Room (2013) is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but soon evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked A Dark Room 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.

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A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but soon evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Play involves making choices about how to spend resources and where to put your people to work. But also, you must choose whether to be generous and how to deal with strangers. It's a game with plenty of unexpected turns, both in the story but also in how you interact with it. What starts as a resource management style of game, eventually evolves into an experience not far from Pokemon.

Along the way, you learn not only how to look after communities and maximise resources but question whether it is you, or the others that you meet that are actually the heroes of the story. In the end you face the question of whether you are actually the bad guy.

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

A Dark Room usually costs £0 to £6.29. 

A Dark Room

Steam Store PC £5.89
Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch £6.29
Steam Store Mac £5.89
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Out Now: Switch, Web and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: Open World and Text

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)


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