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Darkest Dungeon (2016) is a turn-based battling game where you fight monsters in dungeons to restore your ancestor's hamlet to its former glory. From a side-on perspective, you recruit an adventurer team to take on quests in the dank, dim dungeons that make you deal with their fears as much as the enemies that lie within. It's like other dungeon adventures, however, each character has shortcomings and vulnerabilities that affect the party and impact their mental health.

Play involves carefully selecting characters from the available classes that offer a combination of skills, abilities and (less helpful) foibles. Each quest takes you into dungeons with rooms guarded by enemies. You must manage your team through these difficult encounters as well as longer-term aspects like disease, mental afflictions and extreme stresses.

As you progress, it becomes tricky to manage your characters' illnesses and quirks while also advancing their skills, armour and weapons. Between quests, you can upgrade and heal your characters, but not without a hefty price. This means you must decide who is worth healing or upgrading.

This results in a game as much about balancing impediments as it is about creating a perfect party. You have to work with (rather than against) characters, often persuading them of the actions they should take.

Our examiner, Joe Eaton, first checked Darkest Dungeon 11 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Battle and Role-Play game with Action 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 40 hours and 80 hours to complete. How long the game takes varies because there are many dungeons and locations to beat that depend on your approach and efficiency.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Alcohol Reference, Gore and Violence.

Skill Level

13+ 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. Players will need perseverance to deal with bad luck and weak team members, as well as repeated failure of the more unforgiving quests.


Darkest Dungeon usually costs £4.99 to £20.99.

Darkest Dungeon

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £20.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99
App Store iOS £4.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/01/2016, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Battle, Role-Play (Action and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Red Hook Studios (@RedHookStudios)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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