10 Games Like A Dark Room

Games Like A Dark Room Our list of games like A Dark Room features more unique role playing games that predominately use text to tell their story.

A Dark Room has been a popular web based game since 2013 and is also available for Android and iOS users. The game is simple in design, giving players only a few ways to interact with the world at a time which expand slowly as more and more progress is made. The text based nature of the game and the interesting method of uncovering additional features has made the game a cult success.

Players start inside a cold and dark room with your only options to stoke the fire in front of you to get it roaring. Soon players will be joined by a stranger, gather a range of resources, eventually start a small village and even explore what lies outside your cold starting room. These unlocks are combined with mystery and story to encourage players forward.

The games like A Dark Room below offer a similar level of mystery and unique design. Many of these games follow a similar incremental style of gameplay while others are all about storytelling and discovery. Games featured below are available for multiple platforms including browser, iOS and Android.

Candy Box 2

Candy Box 2 continues the ASCII themed adventure while building on the deep role playing experience of the original to ensure your adventure is both familiar and fresh. Collect your candies, beat quests, upgrade weapons, encounter NPCs, master spells, battle bosses and unlock countless secrets in this sequel that stands out in the idle/incremental game genre for going beyond the basics and wrapping a simple mechanic into a larger RPG world. The core game elements of the original are still there ...[Read Review]

8.5 User Avg (10 votes)

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress is a unique city building experience that has players control their own group of dwarves in what is a very unique city building like experience that also incorporates some strategy/rogue-like elements. The game won’t appeal to everyone and has one of the steepest learning curves I’ve ever seen in a game but if you give this game your time you’ll be rewarded with endless hours of gameplay. The game has been predominately designed by Tarn Adams and has been quoted as considering it ...[Read Review]

8.5 User Avg (31 votes)

Choice of Robots

Choice of Robots is a uniquely text orientated experience that is filled with over 300,000 words of story and world building making it one of the largest text based adventure games currently available. It’s a science fiction themed adventure that blends novel with the interactive and delivers plenty of surprises along the way for players to uncover. Written by Kevin Gold the game is entirely text based with players given complete control over every single element of the game world. As the name s...[Read Review]

8.3 User Avg (13 votes)

Space Lich Omega

Space Lich Omega takes inspiration from similar ASCII art based RPG titles like Candy Box and A Dark Room but puts a demon spin on the equation with players venturing deep into the church labyrinth to battle demons and exploring the various paths through the mountain. Gold is the currency of Space Lich Omega and generates slowly over time but can also be generated by spamming the “click” button at the top of the screen. This gold is then invested in the town store to upgrade your sto...[Read Review]

8.1 User Avg (12 votes)

Mystery of Time and Space

Mystery of Time and Space (or MOTAS) is a free to play adventure game that is available online. The game involves mostly escape the room style puzzles (of which it was one of the first) with over 20 different levels for players. While you might be not expecting much of a plot to accompanying these puzzles MOTAS does actually offer a strong plot in comparison to other games in the genre. At the start of the game players wake up inside a locked bedroom without any memories of the past. This plot i...[Read Review]

8 User Avg (15 votes)

The Ensign

The Ensign serves as the prequel to the classic text based adventure known as A Dark Room. Using a similar text approach, ASCII characters for map exploration and mystery the game is a fitting prequel although doesn’t quite reach the same level of depth as A Dark Room. Set within an unnamed planet players step into the role of an alien who belongs the species known as the Wanderers. A species known for their aggressive conquests of other planets they know find themselves losing the war on ...[Read Review]

7.9 User Avg (10 votes)

Candy Box

Candy Box is an incremental browser video game that uses the likes of ASCII art to tell a unique story about collecting candy, lollipops, swords and much more. Filled with hidden mechanics, discoveries and cheats for those that don’t want to wait Candy Box has become a popular past time for many and led to the development of Candy Box 2. Players start with a basic game screen with simply a save button and counter for candy which slowly increases with time. Soon an option to eat your candie...[Read Review]

7.6 User Avg (8 votes)


Crank as the name suggests revolves around holding down a crank to generate power and slowly upgrade your own power systems and computer software. In classic incremental style the game starts of slowly and builds up over time allowing players to reach new levels of upgrades and unlock additional game features. Similar to games like A Dark Room Crank is all about discovery of mechanics after starting with a bare bones setup. By turning the crank (holding down the mouse button) you’ll genera...[Read Review]

7.4 User Avg (7 votes)


Experience an interesting and unique storytelling adventure in Lifeline… a game that has you responding to a seemingly real person on the other side of your phone. As a solely text based game players will explore the story of Taylor as they help them survive a ship crash with branching story lines based on two decisions at any time. While the lack of graphics may not sound appealing on first glance once you find yourself in the game and realise that Dave Justus (writer on The Wolf Among Us...[Read Review]

7.3 User Avg (15 votes)

The Gold Factory

The Gold Factory pays homage to the games that inspired it right on credits page. Borrowing ideas from the likes of the exceedingly popular Candy Box and A Dark Room this title takes the genre in some fun directions and well worth a playthrough. Players start within the ASCII art world with only a factory and the cloudy skies before them. This factory is your place of employment and earns you a single gold bar for each second the game is open. Soon a new building will appear, your first shop is ...[Read Review]

7 User Avg (11 votes)