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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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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Ants Darkest of days Review

This is one of those games that went unnoticed a Classic in my eyes.Had a good story and was Not shy to Get away from the usualy boring Storys and concepts that we see today.Some missions could be a drag but its generally alot of fun.
Tons of Enemies to kill and A story that makes you think.and if you get bored of using a musket?Why not mow down everybody in the Civil war with an AR155 instead?

10/10 would go back in time and quickscope again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Quite seriously one of my favorite games of all time.
Excellent storyline spanning from Rome to WW II, but most missions are during WW I and The American Civil War.

Just simply awesome.
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69 of 76 people (91%) 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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42 of 48 people (88%) 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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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
26.3 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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30 of 35 people (86%) 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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36 of 53 people (68%) 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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18 of 22 people (82%) 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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15 of 18 people (83%) 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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15 of 18 people (83%) 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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48.1 hrs
Posted: October 10
I really liked this game. This was one of those games that said "Do you want to kill a ♥♥♥♥♥ ton of Rebs with a futuristic Flamethrower? Well get going son" This game really does deserve a sequel. Honestly just buy the game. It was worth the full pice i did.
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8.8 hrs
Posted: October 8
OK had this game on Xbox before buying it on PC.... I know, hate if you want... This game is glichty as all Hell, runs like crap and looks like crap. but for some reason i still love it. I dont know why, maybe its the feeling of mowing down civil war soldiers with a future machine gun, or burning poor Romans with a flamethrower. This game says its about time travel but you'll be spending most of your time in the Civil War and WW1 with a few missions outside of those. For a FPS this game has Alot of actors on screen at one time, ~300, and the moments where you're standing in close order drill in the civil war is just loads of fun. For me the WW1 era missions are really hit and miss and the 3 or 4 other missions in the game are great. The story overall is Meh. This game has its moments so ill recommend, but really look into it if you want to buy it. Id get it on a sale if you're unsure. Its a bad game, but for me a lovable one. Some parts are pure magic, others are that one zepplin mission.... Seriously.... ♥♥♥♥ YOU ZEP.
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Forced Laughing
7.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
Dankest of Days
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New Big Fat Mike
11.8 hrs
Posted: September 9
I'm sad that there isn't a sale on this game anymore, but it's a pretty rediculous game. It's not the greatest game made in 2009, but it isn't the worst as to what X-play rated it as. The plot is like Timesplitters, except instead of going to multiple timelines you only go to four and that's it. Also the voice acting is that of the 90's video games just slightly better. The best part of the game is using future weapons in the Civil War and WW1. Even though the game can be janky as ♥♥♥♥ and it's kinda difficult later on in the game, it's still pretty fun.
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The Stranger
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
This game simply isn't very fun. That's really all there is to it. Instead of focusing on interesting moments in history, half the time you're just ♥♥♥♥ing around in tedious missions. How do you screw up the concept of fighting in historical battles as an agent from the future? God only knows.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Not compatible with AMD cards. Thanks for ripping em off Steam.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
Got boring for me pretty fast. The shooting mechanics didn't feel tight, and this is just my opinion of course. A.I. isn't exactly famous for how good it is. This one needs a remaster.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: August 1
While the game is pretty short (About 8 hours not including replaying levels with guns from other time periods) it's still interesting and entertaining. There aren't many games that put you in many settings and time periods so it is a refreshing experience.
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