Have you ever wondered what could happen if time travel was a reality? Have you ever thought about the possibility of going back in time to rewrite history for the better? That possibility is a reality in Darkest of Days, where players will travel back and forth through the annals of time to relive some of mankind's most dire hours.
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Mostly Positive (134 reviews) - 73% of the 134 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 2009

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Have you ever wondered what could happen if time travel was a reality? Have you ever thought about the possibility of going back in time to rewrite history for the better? That possibility is a reality in Darkest of Days, where players will travel back and forth through the annals of time to relive some of mankind's most dire hours.

By fighting through terrible events such as The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest conflict of the Civil War, and both World War I and II, the player will attempt to save certain key individuals who were never meant to become involved in these truly monstrous events and thereby change human history for the better.

Key features

  • Brand New Engine: The dedicated team at 8monkey Labs has created an all-new, groundbreaking game engine known as Marmoset. The Marmoset engine not only breaks from the all-too present Unreal engine FPS clones flooding the market, but also allows for some amazing graphical capabilities. You'll fight through epic battles filled with literally hundreds of NPCs on the screen at the same time, all with an advanced AI and all without a hint of graphical slowdown and all set against wide-open environments that are lushly detailed and dynamically lighted.
  • Compelling Storyline: Darkest of Days is a compelling, action-packed first-person shooter to be sure, but it's not just mindless run-and-gun, blow 'em up gameplay. You'll have to not only think about how to approach certain key battles and situations, but you'll also have to take care when fighting — certain key people that were never meant to die will be marked with a special blue aura. If you kill them, you'll face dire consequences…
  • Wreak Havoc with Future Weapons in Antiquity: Something nearly every gamer that's ever played a shooter based in the past has always wanted is the ability to bring a futuristic weapon back through history and kick some major butt. How differently would Custer's last stand have turned out if the General was equipped with an M-16 assault rifle? You'll be able to answer questions like this in Darkest of Days. While not every battle and situation will allow you to wield weapons from the future, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to unleash futuristic fury on your unsuspecting foes.

System Requirements


    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 768 MB
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 with at least 128 MB of video memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available
    • Sound: a working sound device


    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) / Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or better dual-core CPU
    • Memory: 2.0 GB
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 8800 or newer/ATI Radeon 3000 or newer
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available
    • Sound: a working sound device
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Mostly Positive (134 reviews)
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
other than that it's very fun, solid shooting, mediocer story, its graphics are ok
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Kenneth The Janitor
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
this game is amazing. int is my favorite game ever infeact. has so many twists and turns and you never know what will happen next. the story is far better than many AAA tittles today. But... sadly if u have an AMD graphics card like me you can not play this game. the card dose not suppor the physX and the game dose not alow you to turn it off. this just causes the game to run with a back screen. it realy pains me to see this happen to a game like this but they wont fix it anytime soon, if ever, so i can never play this truly wonderful work of art ever again.
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( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Don't Work with AMD
If a game dont work with all grafic cards then it's ♥♥♥♥
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( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
This game is a hidden gem and worth every penny. I remember when this game first came out, the reviewers slammed it for some reason - while I had one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences of my life. No - it's not Half-Life 2 - but it's a GREAT game with a lot of original ideas and classic gaming moments.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Steam support is very useless for this game, When trying to run this game I get a black screen, I have followed their steps and can't seem to fix the issue, I am running a brand new built computer, This is now the second game I have bought off of steam and it has failed.
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Darth Pyrrhus II of Epirus
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Darkest of days is a game worthy for history fans. There's one problem: it's too short. The game has a huge potential, but it has bugs and often crash especially graphics as well. The plot is trying to be cool, but feels like a Sci-Fi B movie at best. The ending was like weak to say. I must address the pro and cons of the game.

Pro: the actual historical weapons are accurate. Imagine reloading a rifle musket is long and tedious. If you planned to use it in close range, use its range since its rifling barrel gives huge advantage. I recommend use the rifle musket in long range. WWI weapons are authentic to say which its very impressive that the developers understood the weapons of the time. What's great to experience some of historical moments in Civil War to WWI, but I will not spoil it.

Con: the story felt weak, graphical issues, and wasted potential. They could done a better job explaining, but they assume time travel as if it was Back to the Future. I would like to see Time Travel fit with Multiverse theory where altered timeline interact with original time. This is like as if it was a Terminator's version done badly. The graphics are another problem; if you don't have Nvida, don't buy this game. But if you have Nvida even a good one, it will crash for no good reason. My laptop can run Attila total war without any problems, but this game will continuous crash. The AI is the worse and sometime use an aiming bot as if out of nowhere.

The AI are like brain dead and always focus on you instead of other enemies. The game is flawed in the content and the ending is a sequel bait which they were about to make a franchise out of it.

Conclusion: I do enjoy the game. Not perfect, but I would play it once and awhile. This game is a guilty pleasure and might do a Let's Play series. My rating on this game based on enjoyment, criticism, and idea is 5/10. It has flaws which many will not enjoy, graphical issues, weak spiked difficulty AI, and weak story. However, I like this potential idea where I wish some one will remake this game or a better than first one sequel, historical events, and using historical firearms.
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
once again steam has ♥♥♥♥ed me over, i wish they wouldnt sell broken games
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( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
ever wonder what it would be like if you went back in time to different wars across the centuries with modern equipment?

that's right baby, taking a fully automatic rifle to the battle of bull run


game's dated and is pretty strange sometimes, but how many games let you go back in time and slaughter dirty rebs

[you also get to fight in the world wars with modern equipment]

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( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
a game involving time travel seems good, but then when you get a future weapons and kill enemys that are in the past is cool, you would think everyone would run being scared when Kronotek agents pop and when someone is holding a future weapon but then again i would stand and try and fight that enemy. Rating 10/10 great game wish it had a sequel
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 9, 2013
This is an incredibly low budget time travel FPS game. If you're looking for polished setpieces, you won't find them here. But if you're looking for using cluster bombs on civil war battlefields to mess with history, this is your game. One mission (sorry for the mild spoiler here, but it'll help sell you on the game) involves you getting put in a POW camp, being broken out by a mysterious stranger... and then traveling back in time and being the mysterious strange who breaks yourself out of the POW camp. It's so absurd, but it's awesome. The part where future soldiers with automatic weapons show up at the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius is totally campy. The one rule of the game is that you can't mess with history... until the game tells you to mess with history.

If you're in the mood for something that's very clunky with a lot of heart, I think you'll enjoy making your way through the game. It's a pity that surface-level complaints about the game caused reviews to miss how enjoyable it is.
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Intresting premise and intresting gameplay. Nice to play a game that isnt a bland modern shooty thing and actually has period correct weapons. Recomended, but only if you are willing to look past flaws in the graphics and A.I. A flawed but still enjoyable gem, in my humble opinion.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
I really,really,really,really loved it. The ending was a bit empty so could you guys please make a sequal.PLEEAASE!!!
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
Great game idea which has been executed pretty well if you ask me. You travel through time and get the chance to shoot Indians with a modern shotgun! Yay!

Also, the engine seems to be well-made since the fps do not drop even though there are hundreds of enemies on-screen at the same time.

For all Germans: This version is completely uncut and includes all the gore effects as well as nazi symbols of the American version.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
A time travel FPS that lets you fight Civil War battles with overpowered future weapons. Rough edges and low budget aside, it's a ton of fun.

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34 of 51 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I finally managed to launch the game with my new gaming laptop since it has NVidia graphic card. The game is surprisingly made really well and I love it! So I decided to remove completely my old review and write a brand new one, a simple pros and cons.
+ Completely unique and cool storyline. I don't think any other game has ever thought about stories like this. This kind of story has been my dream for a pretty long time and I never thought someone actually made a game like this
+ Chosen war era is very unique. Other game developers rarely make any games about World War I, Civil War, and the American Indian war, since I know most people will hate sitting on trenches waiting for a head to pop up or having to reload for a long time after every shot while their enemies can hide in trees with bows. But I love it because it is different.
+ Great storyline, not epic but it is really cool and people would be able to make a movie out of this game.
+ Mediocre, but still acceptable graphics. Not much to expect from an old low-budget game. But it is still acceptable for me and I think it is pretty good.
+ Challenging gameplay. Just don't play on the easiest difficulty. With increased difficulty you will receive more damage and it will feel much more tense. Imagine having to reload your musket with the enemy charging you with bayonets.
+ You can use modern assault rifle in civil war era. That's fun LOL.
- Cannot run on computers with AMD graphic cards
- Laser weapons, all weapons has 100% accuracy when you aim down the sight and 100% damage on all range. But it has no multiplayer so I don't care about OP weapons
- Abandoned by developers
- Invisible walls
- Bad voice acting
- Character dialogues tend to overlap
- Random crashes, but not too often
- Terrible soundtrack. Almost no soundtracks in-game
- No stealth element. Enemies will easily see you from far away and you get no silenced weapons. You will also move way too slow when you crouch.

Overall, you will easily notice this game is pretty crude since I heard it is a low budget game. Square-ish no expression face, bad voice acting, bad animation, no melee animation, etc. But the storyline is very unique and the war era is really not like other FPS games. There may be other FPS Civil War/American-Indian War/World War 1 game out there like Verdun, but as far as I know, people rarely make games in this war era and it makes this game worth buying and playing. The campaign itself isn't too long and it's just like finishing CoD and Battlefield's single player campaign. But I really like this game for its unique storyline and war era. However, I decided not to change my recommendation status since I personally think this game is overpriced. Wait for a discount or something. It's not worth the price for its short campaign and little to nothing replay value.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
I recommend this game highly. It is a great game for those interested in an FPS that goes to different points in history.
Well, if you have an older Nvidia graphics card anyway. Running a GTX 970 the Physx features of this game wouldnt work, even with legacy drivers installed (fog, leaves, weapon smoke and other particles) - without these the game just isnt as good IMO. Therefore, i had to play on an old 9600GT to get PhysX working. Worse; It wouldnt run on my Radeon card at all.
EDIT: Tested on Windows 10 Tech Preview 64bit. Its not the OS that's causing the issue for some people. You just need an older GPU

Technical problems aside, the actual game:
- Fantastic idea - Travelling back to various periods including WW1 and the Civil war. These arent exactly common in other games and it was a refreshing change, and on the whole they did it well. They actually explain the time tavel part of it too, and the plot involves 2 opposing groups fighting to either preserve or change history.
- Good levels - who doesnt want to form up in rank against the confederates at Antietam, or break out of a WW2 concentration camp?
- Reload animation minigame - get it right and it speeds up the reload, get it wrong and it jams and takes longer. Great mechanic.
- Weapon upgrade system
- Fairly good voice acting, and chatter from other sodiers on the battlefield
- Slight choice to pick the mission you want to do next
- Feeling like a badass when you are wrecking Romans and Confederates with future weaponry

- Maps arent as open as they appear, invisible walls and linear design
- occassionally getting stuck to surfaces
- A few turret sections that are only ok
- you can bypass the necessity for reloading by switching to secondary and using it, by the time you go back to your primary weapon it has reloaded itself. This takes away from the feel of the game, especially in the civil war with muskets that should take a while to reload.
- The ending leaves the game open a bit for a sequel thats likely never coming.

In conclusion though, the negatives don't outweigh the positives for me and I think if you have an older nvidia card this game is definitely worth a shot. If you can get it working with PhysX the graphics hold up surprisingly well, and the game has a great concept and its a hell of a lot of fun.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
A good solid FPS, great level design, interesting plot an attention to detail. Becoming one of the ranks, with a musket, marching through corn fields certainly brings these battles to life like nothing else.
The only downside I feel is that AI doesn't respond as you imagine it might e.g. Running away en-mass in horror when a solider in the American Civil War uses a fully-auto weapon.
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38 of 60 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
This is the best game I have ever played. I mean look at this ♥♥♥♥, you get to kill Nazi's WITH A ♥♥♥♥ING FUTURE BAZOOKA. What other game can you do that. Just play the demo trust me it is the best. At one point you get this flamethrower and you JUST BURN ROMAN SOLDIERS SUCK IT OBAMA HAHAHAHAHAH. BEST GAME EVER. GAME OF THE YEAR 1940-2146.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
The game is very fun! I love how you go through the civil war, world war one, and more. There is alot of myestery and action and i love that in a game. My only complaint is it is very short with only 7 hours on it. Other wise it is a great game and im looking foward for a sequal.
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