Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Can you keep your heroes together when all hope is lost?
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Release Date: Feb 3, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Darkest Dungeon already has a ton of content (10 hero classes, 3 dungeon environments, dozens of monsters, 130+ items, and more ) and we want to give fans a chance to play the game now! This in turn gives us a chance to improve the game based upon player feedback and otherwise involve the community in development!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to be in Early Access for approximately six months, which time we will use to add more dungeons, more character classes, and many new features. Our intent is to release the full version of the game sometime in the 2nd half of 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“For the full release, we are planning to add more dungeon environments (one of which is the Darkest Dungeon), more character classes, story mode completion, additional monsters, items, quirks, narration, and dialogue. We also have reserved some time to add other new features and make changes based upon player feedback!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access build is playable with 3 complete dungeon environments (Ruins, Weald, and Warrens), 10 character classes, 9 town building types, 5+ quest types, 30+ monsters, 130+ items, and more than 30 interactive dungeon objects. There is currently no end to the Campaign Mode in Early Access, so players can keep raising heroes and embarking on quests indefinitely. The full version of the game will have an end to the story.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Final pricing for the game has not been determined, but the initial price will not be below Early Access list price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community is encouraged to post feedback on the official forums: http://www.darkestdungeon.com/forums/. Also, purchasers are asked (but not required) to opt-in for anonymous gameplay data collection, which we use directly to collect play stats to assist with gameplay balancing.”
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April 14

Build Update #8116 (PC and Mac) - Hero Color Variants, Roster Sorting, and Party Combos!

Features

  • Color Variations: All heroes have 4 different color palettes available for you to choose from! You can find the button to switch color palettes on the bottom left corner of the hero panel. We will be adding the matching heroic/afflicted poses in soon.
  • Roster Sorting: Sort by stress, resolve level, hero class and town activity.
  • Party Combo Names 1.0: Certain party combos will be named! When assembling your group, watch for the popup and see if you've uncovered a named combo. We're starting with only a few, but more combo names will be added as we continue development.

Trinket Tuning / Fixes
  • Increased most Trinket ACC, DODGE, STUN, BLIGHT, BLEED, MOVE, DISEASE, and DEBUFF buffs to make them more meaningful
  • Slightly decreased most Trinket negative effects to strengthen overall Trinket value
  • Overall tuning pass on many specific Trinkets, often to increase value
  • All HP healing buffs should now be working correctly

General Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug where you could change the selected hero during a curio interaction act out
  • Fixed max HP buffs causing damage bars to show up
  • Stage Coach random hero barks will now only play when no other hero is barking
  • Fixed bug with taking objects with single click on the loot box
  • Added ability to drag and drop items from the loot box
  • Added ability to use items in the loot box
  • Updated indicators so the hero using the skill will be the heal target when they can heal or buff themselves
  • Tutorial dungeon name is now saved as Old Road
  • No longer able to select heroes in town activities for parties

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April 3

Build Update #7975 (PC and Mac)

  • Fix for OBS (Open Broadcast Software) capture issues
  • Fix for end of mission crash
  • Fix for inability to use items during combat

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About This Game

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring.

Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You'll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system.

  • The Affliction System – battle not only monsters, but stress! Contend with paranoia, masochism, fear, irrationality, and a host of gameplay-meaningful quirks!
  • Striking hand-drawn gothic crowquill art style
  • Innovative turn-based combat pits you against a host of diabolical monsters
  • Ten (and counting!) playable hero classes, including Plague Doctor, Hellion, and even the Leper!
  • Camp to heal wounds or deliver inspiring speeches.
  • Rest your weary, shell-shocked characters in town at the Tavern or the Abbey to keep their stress in check.
  • Classic CRPG and roguelike features, including meaningful permadeath, procedural dungeons, and incredible replay

Can you stem the tide of eldritch horrors erupting across your family’s ancestral estate?

Descend at your peril!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
Helpful customer reviews
81 of 89 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
This game is a lot of fun. The graphical style is awesome and the music, ambient sound and narrator dialogue are all near perfect. But what I love about this game is that it feels like a finished game, and for an early access game that is a great achievement. It manages to deliver a polished, playable and (above all else) fun gaming experience. Big game publishers should take note: This game is in a better state than many triple A titles are at release. And it is early access!

This is how early access should be done. See my full review : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJToNMkgJ5g
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64 of 75 people (85%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
102.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Early Access Review
I got a letter from my Uncle last year saying that he had given up his questionable lifestyle choices in order to blow the family fortune on unearthing what he described as a "portal of antediluvian evil" that he proceeded to open. I thought at first that this was a cry for help regarding a puzzle in Portal 2 so I obligingly came over the the Darkest Estate to help.

Along the way I met a shady fellow with a musket and a SCAdian in a coach. After being waylaid by the local hoodie wearers we arrived at what is known locally as "the hamlet". It comprised a seedy old church, a run down sanitorium, and a tavern, as well as a woebegotten old "caretaker" who I am 90% sure is actually undead based on his distinctive "cologne". Take care indeed, he likes to mooch around taking advantage of the facilities on your penny. Heaven knows but he spends too much time in the brothel and the flagellation chambers.

So what can I say ? Uncle had shot himself with a dueling pistol, the old bandit, and left me with a property that is impossible to insure or sell. On the other hand there seem to be an endless supply of friendly imported labour eager to go and clean it out for me for the most spurious and ridiculous of reasons, and best of all, they bring back money, family antiques, and even paperwork to help me do up the hamlet.

Admittedly it is a bit hard on the folks I send up there. They generally come home gibbering mad, if they come home at all, but lately as I have been upgarding the hamlet's facilities and sorting out proper training programs and toys for the poor louts they are doing a lot better. The Sanitorium is immensely helpful at treating all of the stomach complaints they seem to get, (poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s come home spurting from both ends half the time), not to mention how often they come home with syphilis and/or rabies. Yes ! I checked the Brothel (once I could get those Lezzie Vestals to pull out of for 5 minutes), they are definitely getting the syphilis from their expeditions and don't ask me where. I am sure it all gets a bit "Deliverance" up there at times, what with all the squealing we hear. We now have extensive facilities and have murdered the full litany of monster royalty in the ruins, weald and warrens. I am looking forwards to seeing what is in the Cove and the Manor itself. There are 23 new gravestones in the hamlet's "boot hill" and a roster of 20 more likely candidates, but lately they aren't dying nearly as much, which is probably a good thing. In fact I think I can see the light at the end of the Darkest Dungeon.

I hope to turn the place into a holiday resort and theme park. Please do come and see for yourself. You'll love it. Darkest Dungeon, like cold water, it's great once you get used to it. :)
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
92.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
Nobody cares about how the members of a party of heroes sent down to investigate a dungeon feel about it. It's not an easy job, you know?; descending into darkness, vanquishing monsters, keeping the torches lit... Nobody's SJW-ing for these guys and they kinda deserve it, seeing how they are there at their post in every other game you are playing. Well, no more of this, Darkest Dungeon cares about them and tries to make YOU care as well. It's the most psychologically accurate dungeon raiding simulator to date, hands down, guaranteed to make you aware of their feelings! Can you send another team down there never knowing what they feel like? Can you feel good about yourself knowing their rights are not properly enforced? SJW-ing for all dungeon crawlers everywhere! These guys deserve rights, do it now!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Early Access Review
Most Early Access games are either uncomplete or unpolished. Some are great but is still need of fine tunning and that could take forever.

The Darkest Dungeon is one of those games that surpasses all of that and get's it right!

Might as well call this game "Dark Souls: Darkest Dungeon" because that is exactly how this game is played out. Heroes will die and will not come back. If you don't take care of them, they will either go insane or hinder any chance at completing a quest.

Now just because the classes look cool and 'might' help you. This game plays on "chance" meaning just because it's an apprentice level when your attempting an area doesn't mean it will go very well. It could go very well and that's great. Or it will go horribly and your party memebers will die over and over again

Upgrade your 'lands' and treat your heroes right. Luckily the game is forgiving in some ways whatever loot you have obtain thus far will be given to you if you decide retreat and live to fight another day. Also be warn if your thinking "Oh i can instant heal the stress meter on my guys and gals" you are sadly mistaken. You can only achieve this by going on a quest and either completing or coming back after retreating.

The only downside to this game and many people may have or already have pointed this out. But the game in a Dark Souls fashion does little to explain what's going on and what are all the gizmos and stuff that is in the game.

If you love Dark Souls & H. P. Lovecraft themes then this game is for you.

It's a def-

*YOU DIED*

Oh did you die? You should've not been reading this review then.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
Grade: A
Time Play: 40 hours (mostly offline)

I want to state first that Darkest Dungeon is far and away the best and most complete early access game that I have played. The systems are basically finished, with the team mostly just fine tuning now. The art is fantastic and imaginative, both with characters and environments, There is plenty to do. The game is only really missing the final two areas and and a handful of character classes, which should be arriving shortly.

DD is a hard game. but it has an interesting fallback: heroes are free. You can recruit them endlessly, so it is nearly impossible to actually fail. Which is good because nasty things lurk in the depths. If you have read H.P. Lovecrafts works (and you should), then this will seem very familiar in a good way! Much like Lovecraft's protagonists, your heroes will mostly end their stories by going insane and dying.

This is one of the most interesting facets of the game: stress. In DD, your heroes are vulnerable and scared. They don't enjoy being assaulted by pig-men with bone clubs. Walking skeletons frighten them. Starvation is sad. Basically, they act a lot like real people, and its great!

The quirk system is similar. Your heroes acquire charactersitics as they plumb the depths, most of them weird. Your crusader may have been a holy hero once, but 10 weeks at the estate and he has become a nymphomaniac with syphillis and an obsession with corpses! Necrophilia, anyone? :P

Getting good at the game will likely take awhile. There are a lot of classes, and each one has numerous skills they can use in battle and while camping. Learning how to managae your money, provision your party for journies, and what buildings to upgrade first can also be confusing. It is all very do-able, it mostly just takes time because it is different. You will get used to it if you give it a chance.

Basically, DD takes a sort of George R.R. Martin view of adventuring. There are a lot of details that you do not encounter in, say, a Final Fantasy game. Heroes actually need food, for example. Torches don't last forever. Characters don't take crushing blows from a cleaver without reaction (sometimes they start screamng in unknown languages and then murder your hapless doctor...). It's a muddy, bloody good time. And larks for all ;)

Last Words: Experimental game-design done right, with some fantastic art direction and ideas, that results in a RPG masterpiece. Keep up the fantastic work Red Hook Games!!


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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
I would like to say that this game is something spectacular, but I cannot turn a blind eye against the fact that this game is simply too repetitive. It has the ingredients to become something great, but it still needs something more. Although, keeping the fact that this game is still in early access in mind, I am sure that it can still become something great.

The game's very fun and leaving a challenging quest with all of your characters still in one piece is a great feeling, but after a while, the rinse and repeat gameplay style just becomes a bit stale. You go into one dungeon, your characters come out all stressed out, thus requiring you to allow them to rest. You then take a bunch of low leveled characters, take them out on a short quest, come back and repeat.

I will without a doubt definitely play this game avidly, but I would not really recommend it to players that dislike grindy and repetitive games.

Even if some of these negative reviews do take the game off your wishlist, I would definitely recommend you follow this game and it's updates. The finished product will definitely be something to look at.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Early Access Review
If you haven't played this game I honestly don't know what you're waiting for. If you love a challenge and arent worried about throwing your controller through your screen, this game might be for you. It reminded me of a mix between Rogue Legacy (You had a main hub where you could upgrade various things before setting out into the dungeons, where you would gain gold to do this) Final Fantasy (turn based battle system) and Dark Souls (this game will compeltely crush you)

I've currently beaten all those bosses at all levels except 1, cant wait for more content. There is no reason for you not to be playing this game. Right now. Go. Buy it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Early Access Review
Hellion has both Nymphomaniac and Necromania. 10/10 Undead sex
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Early Access Review
Good game ,but I believe it is too harsh at times even though I know it meant to.
Played through it many times on different walkthroughs and the longest I have ever gone was probably 3 hours without losing my whole team.
Other than that it is a good game and allows for you to feel the pain of losing companions you feel that you had a bond with which is gone after a witch throwing him into her pot and slowing roasting his flesh.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Early Access Review
A good game though i hade trouble booting it up it would get stuck on the red hook logo and i was having trouble finding a way to fix this so heres my advice right click DDungeon go down to properties and uncheck steam overlay and this should work :D! 8/10 stars
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
This is great example of how to do early access. Game playable right from the go and new content rolls in to add more depth. Game mechanics are solid, aesthetics are great and atmosphere is superb. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
This game is very horny because it loves to F**K you all the time. Very furstating and challenging. Its awesome!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
Gripping

This game had me absurdly on-edge and deeply invested in every character, even my poor Simnir who died on his first quest. Managing resources is tense and extraordinarily well-handled, but keeping track of your characters mental states adds a powerful level of difficulty that makes not just every encounter but every step a carefully considered action. It's hard, but not impossible, and every once in a while you'll find that perfect combination of characters that just plows through dungeons. Y'know, until one goes insane and you have to craft and balance a new party while he's in the sanitarium recovering.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
Ive only played for 85 minutes and im hooked completly.

RNG Will love and hate you, the game is utterly well designed and i love the beauty of the art style.

Creepy and eerie atmosphere where you have no idea whats to come.

10/10 Would recommend to any lovers of turn based games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Early Access Review
This game is absolutely great, even though the work on it is still in progress (and that implies it will be even better soon). Understanding it takes a while though, and that means dead heroes, warped minds and suicidal dungeon crawls. But then it gets really exciting, and you will be looking for greater heights to reach as you grind through high level quests and tricky bosses. Dont let the hardcore turn you away - let it turn you on instead!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Early Access Review
Great game; Fear mechanic is interesting because if the fear bar maxes out on your char(s) then they can either gain a permanent negative trait (which can be removed through medical healing) or a temporary positive one. Most of my characters seemingly go either Machonism, hopeless, or fearful. (Can't remember the spelling of the word machonism but you're suicidal basically). The bosses are no easy foes, there are many different types of characters you can get, doesn't really matter if they die as you get new ones almost instantly but just with basic statistics.

Bad side is the fighting is repetitive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Early Access Review
A hidden gem, this rogue-like, side scroller, turn based RPG has so much soul you can't help but love it after a few minutes - and fear it after some hours. Your characters WILL die and become insane, you WILL become bankrupt, fail and have to start from scratch. But for some reason all that is incredibly fun. Darkest Dungeon will make you a glutton for punishment, it`s that good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Early Access Review
So, in short.
Pros:
+ Great viusals.
+ Challenging start.
+ Good "dealing withs stress" mechanics.
+ Lots of classes with unique abilities.
+ Tight and simple combat.
+ Adventure mechanics are good.
Cons:
- Early access. It always is. End game not ready.
- Stale progression system. Basically, raw stats grow, without new mechanics.
- Game is easy once you nail it.
- Item customisation system is, again, stale.

Overall a good RPG/manager game and obviously one to look forward to. Combat is simple, but satisfying. Manager aspect is good, but not great, because customisation options are very limited. I hope dev will revamp item system entirely.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
I ♥♥♥♥ing hate this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
Love this game so far!
8/10
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