Smartphone Games Worth Playing: A Dark Room

Year: 2013
Genre: Text RPG
Platform: iOS, Android, Web Browser
Creator: Michael Townsend, Amir Rajan (iOS)

A brilliant minimalistic RPG that hearkens back to 80’s games made in BASIC only with the polish and creativity of today’s designers.

I love games where the player doesn’t know more than the in-game character. No backstory is provided. No instructions are given. You are just greeted with that text screen above. The most complex the game gets visually is an overworld map using ASCII characters. Despite this the story develops at a near perfect pace with ample doses of hope and horror. To say more would be pointless, other than it’s accessible to anyone and isn’t terribly difficult if you’re patient. I’ve also played it through three times because it’s that damn good.

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