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Video GameA Dark Room Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but soon evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Play involves making choices about how to spend resources and where to put your people to work. But also, you must choose whether to be generous and how to deal with strangers. It's a game with plenty of unexpected turns, both in the story but also in how you interact with it. What starts as a resource management style of game, eventually evolves into an experience not far from Pokemon.

Along the way, you learn not only how to look after communities and maximise resources but question whether it is you, or the others that you meet that are actually the heroes of the story. In the end you face the question of whether you are actually the bad guy.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

A Dark Room usually costs £0 to £6.29. 

A Dark Room

Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch £6.29
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our A Dark Room Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
Although the game starts as very low pressure, this does increase as you play and the interactions get more time-bound.

As noted by Aaron Spelker, the map navigation later in the game provides written descriptions not only of what is around you but which directions you can go. Events that happen on the map are described textually, including where enemies are. This enables the game to be played with a screen reader.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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