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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Dark and Darker (2023) is a last-team-standing online fighting game where teams race to explore an ancient citadel with a band of friends. Play involves moving through the dark caverns to find treasures, battle monsters and stay ahead of the other treasure-hunters to get out alive before the expanding dark swallows you. It stands out for combining the battle royale challenge with role-play character management and strategy of a Dark Souls or Elder Scrolls game.

Dark and Darker is popular because it recreates classic D&D exploration of ancient and abandoned worlds with danger around each corner. Unlike Skyrim or The Witcher, this exploration is with other players. Each of you chooses a different character from the brawny barbarian to the sharp-eyed ranger or moral-boosting bard.

As you progress you discover a game not afraid of being really hard. You rely on your observation from your senses, quick reactions and use of specific weapons in close combat. There is magic, but this is far from a quick handy fireball. Mastery requires long incantations, special skills, equipment, and a tactical eye. Miscalculate an encounter, or how much health you have left and you quickly die and lose all your treasure. Get the balance of offence and defence right, though, and there are rich rewards to claim.

The result is a game where you battle both computer-controlled enemies as well as other teams. Using the darkness to set up ambushes, or hiding as others pass you by is as much fun as charging in to fight. And of course, the thrill of each round rises as you race to find the rare exits before the dark swarm comes to collect your soul.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Dark and Darker 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Role-Play game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a 18-player online game. You play in teams of three, with six teams competing in one game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence and prominent use of alcohol. This game features strong violence, including the use of swords, axes and other medieval weaponry to strike at both human and fantasy foes. Impacts cause enemies to flinch, bleed and cry out, before falling to the ground and remaining there upon defeat. Graphic injuries are not depicted. Because the game's action is shown from a first-person perspective, violence against the player's character is only implied, with blows indicated by blood splashes on the borders of the screen. The player's character is able to consume alcohol, shown in first-person, gaining some brief status benefits.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The game includes Graphic Violence, Gore, Use of Alcohol. There are splashes of blood and the dead remain on the floor. You can see arrows sticking out of people once they have been hit.

Skill Level

14+ 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.


Dark and Darker

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/07/2023

Price: Free

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 18 online

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Ironmace Games (@IronmaceGames)

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