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A Dark Room

By Amirali Rajan

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Awake. Head throbbing. Vision blurry. Come light the fire.

One of Apple's Top 10 Paid Apps of 2014

#1 Game *overall* in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore and Canada. Ranked as one of the top 10 games in 17 countries worldwide.

Be sure to check out A Dark Room's prequel: The Ensign

Critical Acclaim:

"The game creates an enthralling parallax effect that can keep devoted players dosed, for hours, on the pleasurable sense of immersion..." - The New Yorker

"A Dark Room will blow you away with its evolving depth and variety. It’s exciting to discover something so unique and refreshing on the App Store. 5 stars" - Cult of Mac

"These are the twists you'll find in the corners of "A Dark Room" -- a game that's always unpredictable and always intriguing." - Huffington Post

"If Cormac McCarthy made an iPhone game, it would be this one... an unlikely but thoroughly deserving bestseller. And it’s as compelling as it is unsettling." - Slate Magazine

Paste Magazine, Maddy Myers: Top 20 Indie Games of 2013

Forbes, Daniel Nye Griffiths: Top 5 Anti-Games of 2013

Giant Bomb, Zoe Quinn: Top 10 Games of 2013

Giant Bomb, Cara Eillison: Top 10 Games of 2013 (honorable mention)

Indie Games: Top 10 Game Dev’s Favorites of 2013

What's New in Version 2.31

- modern device support... you know... for all the fancy graphics the game has.

- extended events in alternate ending.

- balancing for speed runners.

- balancing for alternate ending.

- other things. but if i told you, it would ruin the surprise.


iPhone Screenshot 1
iPad Screenshot 1

Customer Reviews

Great Minimalistic Game

I found A Dark Room to be a refreshing experience. Unlike practically every other game I've played on the iPhone (including some that were ports of console or PC games), things never needed to grind to a halt to teach me how to play the game. When I play a game on my iPhone, I want the interface and gameplay to be intutive enough that no explination is necessary.

The second thing I want is for the game to not ask me to review it within the first five minutes of playing as this always has me wondering if the developer has so little confidence in the game that they think nobody is going to stick around to finish it. A Dark Room only asked me to review it after I finished the game for the first time and only then, it was on a thank you screen that pops up after you finish it.

Although I did run into a bug, it wasn't serious enough that I had to restart -- to be specific about it if you are lucky enough to get a bunch of jewels (as I got 5 of them from traps), you still only want to purchase one War Mantle as buying a second will cause you to loose its benefits. I had emailed the developer about this issue, who replied back that it will be looked into and fixed in a later version.... and that this isn't yet another app game in iTunes that hasn't been totally abandoned by its developer is something else that is great to see.

Unlike any game I've ever played.

A simply true title. A Dark Room is beautifully crafted into a video game unlike anything I've ever played or imagined. In fact, this game has likely put my imagination to use in ways other video games couldn't even come close to achieving. It's a pretty minimal storyline with sparse dialogue and a lot of "fill-in-what-you-think" lore; my favorite part about that is its open-endedness. This story isn't all about what the author wants to tell, it's a story which the player builds in their own mind based on simple textboxes! It's gorgeous!

Additionally, the game mechanics are addicting and exciting, and while they may seem repetitive at first, I couldn't bear to resist pushing the eventual difficulty in order to 100% complete this game. It deserves 100% completion, no matter how small this universe is. Moreover, A Dark Room is a shining beacon of hope for mobile games and the video game industry in general. It represents independent developers, freedom of creativity, and a lack of the greed many big-name publishers seem to enact nowaday$. It's not about the money, it's about the message. This game has inspired me to create my own universes and certainly gives me hope in that I may be able to do that. Thank you, Amir and Michael!

As always, burn bright. 😉

Fantastic overall

I first played this game back in maybe 2013 when it first came out on the browser. The game was simple in structure yet immersive in play through. The ios version, although the same game, gives a different vibe and offers a unique experience in of itself. The normal mode was fun and not too easy but also not to challenging, with some time and grinding the game flows smoothly. The choppy dialogues and mysterious elements enhances the setting of ADR. The story is a emotional and touching one revolving around moral conflicts. With that said I decided to try to no-hut "hard mode." It is significantly more challenging but more engaging as more attention is required for proper survival. It's not a mode for time attack but rather slowing building up resources. The reason why I gave a 4 star instead of 5 is that during "hard mode"....


builder is no longer available to build anything. When your traps are destroyed by beasts, no longer can you have builders rebuild them. If, and when, traps run out, you can no longer get fur, meat, teeth, scales, and cloth with ease. That will require players to go fight mobs to grind for these resources. Eventually, the loot cannot keep up with the costs and the game becomes a standstill.

A Dark Room
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.31
  • Size: 26.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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