A Dark Room is an incredibly simple and yet incredibly deep and even moving game, unexpected qualities in the “idle games” genre.

From the App Store page, you begin with this simple and evocative description:

“Awake. Head throbbing. Vision blurry. Come light the fire.”

a dark room screenshot

A Dark Room was such a sensation that it has been written about at length even in publications not known for gaming coverage. For example, this great article from The New Yorker: A Dark Room: The Best-Selling Game That No One Can Explain.


A Dark Room began as a web-game that you can play in a browser tab while you work. That version is still available here.

The definitive version is the iOS port, available for iPhone and iPad.$0.99

Expect the game to take 2-3 hours to complete depending on your play style. The iOS version includes a developers commentary and additional challenge mode following the completion of the main game.


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