Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    Darkest Hour is not just a spin off, it is the real heird of Hearts of Iron 2. A believable and dramatic walk trough the most epic and dramatic moments of the 19th century.
  2. Apr 28, 2011
    The only drawback of Darkest Hour is that it has only two starting points – 1914 and 1936. If you are completely new to the Hearts of Iron series, this is game you need.
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    Darkest hour is a finely-crafted strategy, standalone expansion for Hearts of Iron that offers, among other things, a brand new and improved map. Also, for the very first time in the series, it covers the events of the First World War. At 10 euros/dollars Darkest Hour is a great bargain.
  4. May 20, 2011
    Beginners will be overwhelmed by numbers, facts and statistics, on the contrary professionals can romp with lots of new strategic possibilities.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    I'm somewhat disappointed that the game does not span from WWI to the Cold War, but the small WWI scenario is fun never-the-less. The enhancements over Hearts of Iron II are, on the most part, pretty good, and it's all for a cheap price (only $10). Amazing deal.
    The new graphics are great, as well as the vast increase in the number of provinces, allowing for greater strategy in assaults, as well as fixing the problems of not being able to assault certain regions due to being landlocked.
    Still, there are some questionable implementations. The AI rarely makes a push, especially in the WWI scenario. A country, even as a hardcore Fascist, can only have war declared upon them if they have 1 Belligerence. The AI still does not properly conduct amphibious assaults, so the U.S.A. is not an overarching power in Europe. The Ottoman Empire in the WWI scenario is VASTLY underrepresented and does not ever fight in Africa, and is usually knocked out in a few weeks. Production times on all items are greatly increased, and even more so during peace times. Armistices are automatically set in place, so it's impossible to fully annex France if you are doing well.
    All in all, it feels like an expansion to Hearts of Iron II, and that is fitting for it's $10 price tag. If they managed to make a game arching from WWI through the Cold War, this would definitely be a better game. However, being that it's a game made by fans, I'm not one to complain.
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  2. Nov 22, 2012
    An enjoyable game for those interested in altering history and conquering lands. A significant improvement over Hearts of Iron II, Darkest Hour is a good addition to the series. Questionable AI along with other gameplay mechanics, such as the belligerence system, diplomatic relations and combat may serve to bring down the level of enjoyment. Full Review »
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    I was curious for the WWI scenario, but was a bitter disappointment. Logistic problems, and troops attrition exist ONLY for players, computer send his troops like a unstoppables waves. Some nations (like ottomans) are in start condition too critical...and scenario starts in have time only to send your troops to te front...and not all of them will arrive in time.
    Diplomacy is the same of the others heart of iron, with all them commercial pact for some resources is impossibile (with ottomans, germany and italy i was unable to import steel)...
    In conclusion ther'are better heart of iron to it only with steam sale if you want
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