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  • Summary: Darkest Dungeon is a gothic roguelike RPG dungeon crawler about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will lead a band of four heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on theirDarkest Dungeon is a gothic roguelike RPG dungeon crawler about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will lead a band of four heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on their mental fortitude! Five hundred feet below the earth you will not only fight unimaginable foes, but famine, disease, and the stress of the ever-encroaching dark. Darkest Dungeon focuses on the humanity and psychological vulnerability of the heroes and asks: What emotional toll does a life of adventure take? Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
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  1. Jan 21, 2018
    95
    Dark atmosphere, grim locations and outright horrifying enemies and dungeons, make this game a gem of an RPG that sets itself apart from anything else on the system. The use of the Nintendo Switch’s touch screen is great and adds to the experience even more.
  2. Jan 18, 2018
    90
    While the font size is a little too small for mobile demands, the core of the game of course is still the same. And that means that now also Switch users can enjoy this beautiful and challenging tactics-rpg with its excellent art design.
  3. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    Groundbreaking, striking, brilliant. It takes the sensation of being at war so far that the doubts and suffering of the characters comes out of the screen and implant themselves in the player. This does require an hours-long learning process based on the tutorials.
  4. Jan 21, 2018
    80
    A fantastically well-designed and presented roguelike, that makes your heroes’ mental health just as important as their physical well-being.
  5. Feb 5, 2018
    80
    I’m not the biggest fan of games that punish you for the smallest mistake, but in spite of that, I really enjoyed my time with Darkest Dungeon. The game rarely feels unfair, and proper preparations and knowledge of what you’re getting into will generally get you through to the end safely. While the loop of entering dungeons and slowly building up resources and character levels might seem repetitive on paper, it’s really more addicting, as you eventually gain parties strong enough to defeat bosses and delve into the Darkest Dungeon itself. Its addition to the Switch library is a great boon, and I highly recommend it there—however, this difficult RPG is worth the price of admission on any platform.
  6. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    Despite gameplay better suited for a mouse and keyboard, Darkest Dungeon transitions rather well from PC to Switch. The controls were always going to be convoluted when adapted to a controller, but it doesn't take too long to adjust, and the core gameplay loop is strong enough where overlooking that initial awkwardness is more than doable. Darkest Dungeon is by no means for everyone, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth the stress.
  7. Mar 9, 2018
    80
    Outlined by its lovecraftian narrative themes and gloomy 2D art style, Darkest Dungeon breaks standard RPG conventions to deliver a challenging adventure about everlasting physical and psychological scars. With the overlapping affliction system and deep turn-based combat, every run becomes a tense thrive for survival.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. May 30, 2018
    10
    Did the mistake to play with crimson court dlc from the start and it was a bit too hard. Restarted with base game (then included the dlcDid the mistake to play with crimson court dlc from the start and it was a bit too hard. Restarted with base game (then included the dlc afterwards) and it was really a blast : you can only build/grow your hamlet and have to face death/stress of the dungeons with your adventurers (tactical fights). A very good mix in a well-put dark universe. Congrats ! Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2018
    9
    If you like RPG dungeon crawlers, Darkest Dungeon is a must-buy. No question about it; endless hours of enjoyment.
  3. May 22, 2018
    9
    You should buy this. It's absolutely stellar. The controls and UI are the only things to complain about, and they're only mildly annoying.You should buy this. It's absolutely stellar. The controls and UI are the only things to complain about, and they're only mildly annoying. Just be prepared for a steep learning curve, and a lot of failures. Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2018
    9
    Darkest Dungeon is a very good game. The game itself is fun, with extremely high replayability due to the randomized nature of the game. ThisDarkest Dungeon is a very good game. The game itself is fun, with extremely high replayability due to the randomized nature of the game. This was, of course, known with its releases on PC and other consoles. But how does Darkest Dungeon run on the Switch, and how does it compare to the other consoles?

    Before heading any further, it is worth a warning to those that have never played: Yes, the game can be difficult. And yes, you will likely a lose a lot of units. And, yes, it will not always be entirely your fault. RNG is a heavy factor in this game, and if you are not a fan of that, I wholeheartedly advise you to stay away from Darkest Dungeon. That being said, the game is fantastic, and the port was done very well.

    As I found with the other console versions, the controls aren't nearly as fluid as they are on PC. Buttons can sometimes be a little confusing and unintuitive, but it doesn't take too long to get used to them.

    Frame rate seems stable in both docked and undocked modes. My untrained eye can't perceive what FPS it's running at, but in a slow, turn-based game such as this, it doesn't particularly matter.

    The touchscreen is able to be used in portable mode which, while it's not required, felt more intuitive than the button controls. I particularly like that the touchscreen can be used for all menu, combat, and navigational purposes. It makes playing in portable mode a lot more fun than I would have expected. However, as with the Vita version, the Switch's screen suffers from a small UI. Text can be hard to read, and touchscreen may be harder to navigate for those with larger fingers.

    Perhaps the highlight of Darkest Dungeon on Switch is its battery life. While I have not tested it in all possible configurations, it lasted 5 hours and 12 minutes with maximum brightness and Wi-Fi enabled before hitting the 1% mark, at which point I put it into sleep mode to charge it.

    Darkest Dungeon at its core is a fantastic game, and its port to Switch is nothing short of well-done. Despite initially readjusting to button controls after heavy PC usage, I can fully see the Switch becoming my main way to play the game with its touchscreen options undocked and fantastic battery life.
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  5. Jan 20, 2018
    8
    Great game - obtuse control method choices.
    Darkest Dungeon is a game I played on PC for almost 2 years. I decided before buying the DLC to
    Great game - obtuse control method choices.
    Darkest Dungeon is a game I played on PC for almost 2 years. I decided before buying the DLC to move to a mobile platform to play it on. It's that sort of game. At it's heart it's a brilliant turn based 2D rogue like/lite. It has a ton of depth, party based combat where each member can help or hinder assist, buff, debuff attack. There are a ton of options. The Hamlet mechanic is brilliant meaning the metagame has real depth. I would consider a 9 or 10 for this if it wasn't for the very below par control design choices. Like using the item menu. Why all different buttons? Click "A" to select the item, surely then pull it over the character you want to use it on and press "A" Again? But no Select menu with one button, select item with a second button and use or move items with a third and 4th button. And these buttons are not related. You are using the D pad to select the item menu, the analog to move around the items item then switch to the ABXY pad to actually select the item then a shoulder button to use the item? WTF??? That has not one, but two levels of extra completely unnecessary complexity just to use a chuffing item. They sorted the UI out on the Vita version of this game - I hope they give this version some love as well, because at the moment it's spoiling a great game.
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  6. Jun 5, 2018
    6
    Be wary, this is a game for hardcore RPG gamers only. The user interface is absolutely one of the least intuitive interfaces I have everBe wary, this is a game for hardcore RPG gamers only. The user interface is absolutely one of the least intuitive interfaces I have ever interacted with and it will definitely drive most folks away before they even start the first quest. If you're the kind of person that likes to go to bed reading D&D manuals, then you might do okay with it. Anyone else is going to feel their eyeballs fall out at the wall of text presented to them. Unfortunately, the gameplay itself is just as repetitive and, while fairly entertaining, you basically end up repeating the same 4 steps over and over again.

    The game is also incredibly punishing. While not a problem in and of itself as challenge is a good thing that most games lack, you will find yourself restarting a lot in the early game, especially as you're getting used to the flow of the game. If you're not a fan of that, you'll also want to avoid this game.

    Finally, also be aware that this game pulls the "Ooops, the enemy barely survived with 1 health" thing A LOT. If you're like me and find this an incredibly annoying trick to add "challenge" to fights, then you'll also want to avoid this. It is likely to happen at least once in every fight.
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  7. Oct 24, 2018
    3
    Darkest Dungeon has been on my steam wishlist for a long time and it felt like the right time when it hit the Switch. But the UI ruined muchDarkest Dungeon has been on my steam wishlist for a long time and it felt like the right time when it hit the Switch. But the UI ruined much of my enjoyment all on it's own. An unintuitive hybrid of the two joysticks, shoulder buttons, and touch controls makes any delve a tedious slog. Skip this port; buy it for PC. Expand

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