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I remember talking with Red Hook Studios about Darkest Dungeon way back when Owen was still running the ship over at Pocket Tactics. He was, rightfully, enamored with the PC version and wanted a tablet version pronto and, at the time, was told mobile was a possibility. It’s taken a couple years, but today Owen should be doing a little happy dance as Darkest Dungeon is now available on your iPad.
If you’re unfamiliar with Darkest Dungeon, let me explain the premise. Your ancestors did some naughty shit and now you’re back to claim your birthright, but you’re not really a naughty shit kind of person so you hire
goons adventurers to clean up the mess. It has an XCOM vibe wrapped in a dark, Lovecraftian fantasy world where you send groups of willing (or, sometimes, unwilling) adventurers below your familial estate to find loot and discover just what happened to cause everything to go to hell.
Like XCOM, you’ll send squads to fight hordes of bad guys. Combat is turn-based, and apart from the terror of losing a high level character to permadeath, here you can also lose them to insanity. The horrors take their toll and characters can gain afflictions which force them to act in ways you sincerely wish they wouldn’t. You can cure insanity by dropping your crew at the Sanitarium, Abbey, or Tavern, but then they’re lost to you for upcoming missions, having to be replaced by newbie cannon fodder.
It’s a fantastic game on PC and, from what I’ve heard, the tablet port is FTL-level perfect. I have yet to try it myself, as we just received codes today, but I’ll be playing the hell out of it the next day or two to get a review out as soon as possible. That said, getting the full PC game for only $5 seems like a steal. That said, it also requires a 64-bit device running iOS 9+, so unless you have an Air or beyond, you’re out of luck.
The PC version also has DLC available, The Crimson Court. The DLC isn’t available for the iPad version, yet, but Red Hook expects it to appear via IAP before the end of 2017.
- Darkest Dungeon for iPad, $5
- Darkest Dungeon for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $25
- Darkest Dungeon for PC/Mac/Linux via GoG, $25