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  • Summary: Dark times mean fear and risks. The risk to be caught by patrolling National Socialists, looking for people who publicly stand against their point of view. The risk of being beaten up or even killed by the German military because we're opposing the regime. The risk of losing everything,Dark times mean fear and risks. The risk to be caught by patrolling National Socialists, looking for people who publicly stand against their point of view. The risk of being beaten up or even killed by the German military because we're opposing the regime. The risk of losing everything, including our loved ones. This is how we live. This is how we try to survive. Through the darkest of times.

    You are the leader of a small resistance group in 1933's Berlin, of ordinary people, from Jews to Catholics and Communists to Patriots who simply can't stand aside. Your goal is to deal with small blows to the regime dropping leaflets to spread awareness about what the Nazis are really up to among the people, painting messages on walls, sabotaging, gathering information and recruiting more followers. And all of that while staying undercover if the regime's forces learn about your group, the life of each member is in grave danger.

    Through the Darkest of Times is a historical resistance strategy game, focusing on conveying the somber mood of the period and the very real struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich. Historical accuracy means that your small group of resistance fighters will not change the outcome of the war, nor will you prevent all of the Nazi's atrocities, but you can certainly do everything in your power to save as many lives as you can and oppose the fascist system wherever possible.
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  1. 70
    The writing in Through the Darkest of Times is evocative, powerful and poignant. Too often it's undermined by the game also having systems that contain the same kind of resource juggling and time management that we see in anime dating sims.
  2. Jun 1, 2021
    67
    Given that Through the Darkest of Times is built around telling a story, having obvious narrative problems — whether in terms of continuity, hamfistedness, or whatever — represents a bit of an issue. There are still some interesting ideas to be found here, and the setting alone makes it feel like few other games, but if you go in expecting something groundbreaking, you may find yourself disappointed.
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  1. Mar 29, 2023
    7
    Instructive and accessible. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with such games, the gameplay and game mechanics suffer. Much is oftenInstructive and accessible. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with such games, the gameplay and game mechanics suffer. Much is often explained too late and even then only insufficiently.

    For the story (there is a pure story mode without challenges) nevertheless recommendable.
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  2. Apr 2, 2021
    0
    The game won lots of prices, apparently for its theme. Unfortunately, the Switch version is a very bad port. It is near impossible to playThe game won lots of prices, apparently for its theme. Unfortunately, the Switch version is a very bad port. It is near impossible to play because of the text size, which can't be adjusted. Expand