Darkest Dungeon made the rounds months before jumping into Kickstarter, teasing the world with its own brand of insane horror. Indie development team Red Hook Studios must have struck a chord with its first round of media because Darkest Dungeon came, saw and conquered Kickstarter after a single day.
I had mentioned how Darkest Dungeon was one of the freakiest games I had ever seen. Claustrophobic dungeons, horrific monsters, a pure sense of dread and horror in every sense of the world. Red Hook Studios asked for a mere $75,000 to make this nightmare a reality, and as of writing, is has already pulled in $128,000 after being active for just 24 hours.
You can’t blink with Kickstarter these days, I suppose.
Darkest Dungeon is a gothic roguelike with a heavy focuses on the interaction of party and its members personalities. As the team dives deeper and deeper into the dungeons, stress levels rise and conflicting personalities clash. These are not perfect heroes. An essential party member might flee in the middle of a tough battle, refuse to heal a rival he hates, and who knows the other possibilities? Backstabbing? Looting?
Some characters will develop phobias, cave into personal issues, and some might even learn to overcome them in a pinch. Darkest Dungeon‘s strongest strength is not just its brutal combat and dungeon crawling, but the game plays towards creating an atmosphere of stress and anxiety, the real monsters of this game.
Not just for the adventurers either. You will be down in the thick of things with your characters with the huge art style pulling you in. By its nature, the roguelike is already a haunting and stressful genre. Darkest Dungeon features perma-death and random elements designed to block your paths. Know that you might not succeed on your first try. Your flawed group of wayfarers might lose a member or two along the way.
Twelve different classes make up the job system, giving plenty of options to strike a balance of offense and defense.
Darkest Dungeon will be released through Steam. Currently sitting at $128,000, it needs to reach $500,000 to clear its stretch goals. $15 is the basic reward to just score the game. Be sure to check it out.