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The Ensign

By Amirali Rajan

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Have to survive. The war's not over.

The Ensign is a prequel to the critically acclaimed experience: A Dark Room.

This game is extremely difficult. Brutally difficult. Throw your device across the room difficult. You have been warned, human. Death awaits.

Critical Acclaim:

"The Ensign is a fantastically weird and wonderful RPG that has plenty going for it, but only if you have the time and patience to peel away the multiple layers. 4.5 out of 5 stars" - 148Apps

"The Ensign will create dedicated players as you’ll overcome the frustration with confidence, which in turn will lead to longer gameplay sessions. The Ensign is truly a game of its own, carrying much of the same qualities of A Dark Room which allowed this simple text-based game to be enjoyable. 8.5 out of 10 stars" - Game Mob

"Like A Dark Room, The Ensign is difficult to talk about without spoiling the sense of discovery as you unlock its secrets, but what I can do is tell you that the longer you play it, and the farther you get, the more impressive the world building becomes. It takes what seems like a fairly straight-forward objective (find this thing, try not to die) and then slowly unfolds its narrative and choices around you in surprising ways. 5 out of 5 stars" - JayIsGames

"It is full of revelations about the player character and the world it inhabits and, as such, becomes impossible to discuss at length without trading in awe-sapping spoilers." - Pocket Tactics

"The Ensign is also a game of discovery—this is clearest when exploring the ASCII-based map steadily, a step at a time, praying for an abandoned house to relieve your struggle. The difference between it and A Dark Room is that it's marked by two of the core tenets of games like Dark Souls: solitude and desperation." - Kill Screen

What's New in Version 1.40

- made the experience more aesthetically pleasing. because death should be infuriatingly beautiful.
- the builder placed bells around each of the snipers' necks so you'd hear them approaching. in the end, they were removed... the bells, not the snipers.
- one star reviews stating the game is too hard make me enjoy your tears of defeat even more


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Customer Reviews

A true video game at it's core.

Not exactly difficult, but more challenging, with a steep learning curve. With death comes knowledge. The reason I call this a video game at it's core is because it focuses on an extremely fundamental mechanic in nearly all video games- the respawn. Because with each time you die, you learn more from your mistakes. You figure out certain things that confused you before. You die again and again, only to be granted (albeit slightly at first) better gear to help further your exploration. And just when you think you have it made, you get 1-3 shotted by an even worse enemy you had no idea existed. Absolutely amazing, and with tons of replay value. In fact, you have to replay it quite a bit to progress.

Truly unique and totally engrossing

This game is incredible. You definitely need to start with A Dark Room before moving on the Ensign- you'll only be cheating yourself if you start here. This is a journey to embark on- a world to explore. ADR was my first experience with text-based gaming and I was astonished with the emotional engagement I could have with a bunch of text boxes and plus signs. The Ensign perhaps goes even deeper into the human psyche as you fail, fail, and fail again before you can finally leave this dying planet. And at what cost? I played this game obsessively for 5 days before beating it without the admiral's food, and there is still more to get out of it. Absolutely worth the $0.99, just be forewarned that it is addicting!

Brutally Beautiful

I absolutely love this game! It is quite challenging, but not impossible once you figure out how the game works. I'm an old 80's gamer and this is an excellent throwback to the day where a death in the game was more meaningful. You'll die. You'll die repeatedly and quite often at first. Don't give up. This game is really well thought out and designed. The Grim Reaper will become your friend here. He brings presents if meet with him enough. You'll get what I mean after you die. Repeatedly.. Have fun and never give in!

The Ensign
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.40
  • Size: 18.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes

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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