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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 viral #1 hit: 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 1.45

- changed the way punch levels work, you'll hate me for it I promise.
- made the game harder, try not to cry.
- made "refuse food" harder too, but you'll get an extra surprise at the end if you can complete it.
- added new messages of "encouragement".
- are those thieves over there?


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Customer Reviews

The best game you will ever play in your lifetime

After over 30 deaths and 400 minutes played I have done it the rush of the throttle and thrill of adventure I thought it was impossible but it's not I have done it about 3 minutes ago i finally beat it I almost cried but now I face a new challenge get to 100% this game is limitless and I refuse to stop playing until EVERYTHING is done. The feeling were activated when I clicked steal on any occasion and the faint words "The infant's crying slowly subsidies" made me re think everything I have done I really hope there is a 3rd one because I would want to play it as soon as possible. Once again thank you so much Amir for everything I have experienced in this story. I hope to get another that I can rate 5

Brutally Difficult but Amazing Game

I downloaded this game curious of wondering what The Dark Room was about (as I'm too cheap to get The Dark Room). The first few rounds I played I thought it was a simple text based game that had a pretty simple goal. After more frustrating rounds did I figure out the complex story in the game. Long story short, the game requires immense patience. You will fail many times. But each time you end up learning something - a new strategy, more information, more times for you to growl at the screen at the difficulty. I haven't finished though. This game makes me want to cry.

Great, Infuriating Game

I do hate you for changing the punch mechanics. There goes my easy 9 points of damage...
Anyway, great game. The "encouragements" given keep me fixed on this game and make me determined to finish. If you want something that will challenge your skills and patience, get this game.
I'd say my only complaint is that if I spend time doing other things on my iPod, when I open the app it takes me to the "continue current/new journey" screen, even if I was already exploring a new map. A save mechanic, like the one in A Dark Room would be great, but I understand.

The Ensign
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.45
  • Size: 18.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear 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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