A Dark Room

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Unique design – Constantly adds new mechanics
  • Some negative random events hurt progression significantly

A Dark Room is a incremental game based on simplistic design. With only text and some ASCII art to guide your adventure you’ll need to build up a thriving settlement, trade and go adventuring to discover the origins of the dark room you spawn in.


Created for the web and eventually ported to mobile this open source text based role playing game has captured many gamers with its unique minimalist presentation and surprising number of features under the hood.

Players start within a dark room with only a single option, to light the fire within the centre. After performing this action a few times players can start to collect wood from the nearby forest, eventually carts and huts can be built with said wood which will improve your collection rate and send villagers to you.


This format is then repeated many times with new buildings or actions granting access to new mechanics for players such as trading, crafting and even adventuring on the ASCII art style map. The sheet mixture of genres is bound to fascinate players with a mixture of mysterious story, strategy, incremental game and even RPG rolled into one.

While the game can be completed in around 6 hours and does require some significant waiting around each new mysterious event or unlock does keep you wondering what will become available next. This constant question of what is next is the driving force that will have you see the game through.


  • A mysterious adventure that constantly introduces new mechanics.
  • Simple text and ASCII art to tell the story
  • Trading, adventuring and resource management in one game.
  • Play in your browser or mobile device.
  • Go from freezing in a dark room to adventurer.



Review Platform: iOS

This review was first published on August 21, 2016. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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