Through the Darkest of Times

Paintbucket Games, HandyGames
Jan 30, 2020 - PC
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

79%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
87 / 100
GameSpot
8 / 10
IGN Italy
8 / 10
GamingTrend
80 / 100
Guardian
5 / 5
COGconnected
82 / 100
The Games Machine
7.5 / 10
PC Invasion
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Through the Darkest of Times

PC Gamer

Unknown Author
87 / 100
PC Gamer

A superbly crafted game that serves as storyteller, teacher, and concerned friend.

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Through the Darkest of Times paints what feels like an accurate portrait of life in Nazi Germany. Cherry-picking major events, like the Reichstag Fire or the opening ceremony of the Olympics, it convincingly places you at the scene, putting you in the shoes of a regular German trying to come to grips with how one person--or even five people--can respond in the presence of evil.

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Complex themes and a gameplay that really conveys the story: Through the Darkest of Times may be a simple game, but it's worth your time.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Not many games have you play the underdog from beginning to end. It's tense, and each passing day keeps you on edge. You'll be emotionally invested in trying to keep your members, friends, family, and even strangers safe as you make choices that will shape your life and their future. Although a second playthrough doesn't hit the same way emotionally as the first, it's still a fantastic title to understand the heart-wrenching reality of that period.

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This captivating game, which immerses players in 1930s Berlin, is an essential reminder of how fascism takes root and grows

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The management and RPG style made me think of a digital board game like Antihero, but really it plays more like a visual novel — a genre that leans hard on player interaction to involve you in the story. And in that, Through the Darkest of Times was quite effective.

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Through the Darkest of Times is a game worth trying if you are willing to forgive a slow paced and repetitive gameplay, in exchange for an exciting and very detailed history lesson. Those who prefer to get rid of the Nazis with a BFG 9000 should definitively look for something else.

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PC Invasion

Unknown Author
7 / 10
PC Invasion

Through the Darkest of Times tells a compelling, historically grounded story of German resistance fighters who stood up to the Nazis. Its sensitive handling of difficult subject matter makes it a great game for anyone interested in a serious, emotional treatment of Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, the somewhat shallow strategy gameplay falls behind the deep themes.

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