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Through the Darkest of Times Review

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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

You play the role of the leader of a small resistance group in 1930’s Berlin. You are ordinary people, from Jews to Catholics and Communists to Patriots who simply can’t stand aside. As the game advances week by week, your goal is to deal with small blows to the regime – dropping leaflets to spread awareness about what the Nazis are really up to among the people, painting messages on walls, sabotaging, gathering information and recruiting more followers. And all of that while staying undercover – if the regime’s forces learn about your group, the life of each member is in grave danger.

You can play Resistance mode where decisions are final and you can't revert to previous save files. If you fail you can only redo the last day. There is an easier Story mode that offers multiple save points.

The story is told through text descriptions and animated scenes. You affect the story by choosing dialogue and making decisions. You choose missions to advance your cause, each of which have different levels of risk and requires specific skills.

It's a game that aims to be historically accurate. The game plays in turns and chapters. Every turn is one week and every chapter is covering a specific period of the Third Reich: Seizure of Power (1933), Peak (1936), War (1940/1941), Collapse (1944/1945). Your small group of resistance fighters will not change the outcome of the war, nor will you prevent all of the Nazi’s atrocities, but you can still do everything in your power to save as many lives as you can and oppose the fascist system wherever possible.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Paintbucket de (@Paintbucket_de)


Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Through the Darkest of Times usually costs £11.99 to £13.49.

Through the Darkest of Times

XBox Store Xbox One £12.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong language.
In the US, ESRB state: The developer extends these ratings on PC, stating "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages. Some scenes feature disturbing content in the form of narrative text or imagery and a sensitive general theme." It's worth noting that the swastika is censored by default.

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