Darkest Dungeon was released on January 19, 2016 by Red Hook Studios who also developed the game.Darkest Dungeon is a dark fantasy role playing game.

Darkest Dungeon is rather gothic in design. The player has to recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond.

Players work their way through randomly generated rooms which is the game’s strongest feature. This is considering the limited graphic assets,

Darkest Dungeon gives a new feel to each new dungeon the player decides to plunder. There’s also the standard RPG heroes progression, classes, renaming, and stat changing items.

The game  is slightly unbalanced with dungeon combat and how its weighted with hits and attacks. The game is randomized too much with combat. The affliction is a change from the more common health.

The game’s soundtrack makes up for the mediocre combat. The developer should have hired a better voice actor for the narrative.

Gameplay would favor a grinder as the game takes may hours to complete.

The game features Steamworks with achievements and trading cards.


  • The Affliction System – battle not only monsters, but stress! Contend with paranoia, masochism, fear, irrationality, and a host of gameplay-meaningful quirks!
  • Striking hand-drawn gothic crowquill art style
  • Innovative turn-based combat pits you against a host of diabolical monsters
  • Narration system to celebrate your successes…and failures
  • 14 (and counting!) playable hero classes, including Plague Doctor, Hellion, and even the Leper!
  • Camp to heal wounds or deliver inspiring speeches.
  • Rest your weary, shell-shocked characters in town at the Tavern or the Abbey to keep their stress in check.
  • Classic CRPG and roguelike features, including meaningful permadeath, procedural dungeons, and incredible replay


Operating SystemWindows XP or better
CPUIntel Celeron or better
Memory2 GB or more
Hard Drive Space2 GB
Graphics HardwareOpenGL 3.2 or better
NetworkBroadband Internet Connection Required

The game is designed for 1920×1080 panels.