iPad, Switch, PC/Mac/Linux •
One of my favorite titles of 2017 was the iPad version of Darkest Dungeon. Strangely enough, one of my favorite games of 2016 was the Steam version of Darkest Dungeon. Santa brought my youngest a Switch this Christmas, but I’ve been finding loads of time to log onto it myself. Today, Darkest Dungeon released for Switch and I have a feeling it might pull of the hat trick and become one of my favorite games of 2018 as well.
Darkest Dungeon on the Switch plays much as you’d expect it would considering that this is the third platform we’re firing it up on. There’s the healer girl, the armor knight guy, that guy with a gun, the other guy with the funky mask. You know, all of our faves. It has all the dungeons, monsters, character deaths, and ludicrous over-the-top narration–although not as over-the-top and ludicrous as some–we’ve come to know and love. What it doesn’t have are the fat-fingered issues of the touchscreen version.
One of the beefs with the iPad version was the UI wasn’t updated well enough for touchscreens to allow easy navigation of small text, particularly the text on your characters’ sheets describing their afflictions. It was similarly annoying to scroll through your character list which would sometimes register as a long-touch and pop open a sheet instead of scrolling away. This has been alleviated in the Switch version which has you sorting through all the minutiae via the joysticks and a lovely cursor that locks on and jumps between all the interesting parts. It’s nice enough that the Switch version has outpaced the iPad version in terms of ease-of-use.
Another way the Switch version has outpaced the tablet edition is expansions. The Switch version is the real deal, with all expansions and characters available either through DLC or upfront via a bundle purchase. That means you’ll get Crimson Court and the Shieldbreaker on Switch, which keeps it in line with its Steamy cousin and a few steps ahead of the iPad version.
Of course, The iPad version is only $5 which is a steal. The Switch version matches the cost of the Steam version, coming in at a cool $25 for the base or $35 for the bundle that includes the DLC.