screen1136x1136Are you among the countless people who fell in love with A Dark Room [$1.99]? Well, here's some great news for you- The prequel was just released. It's called The Ensign [$1.99], and just like A Dark Room, you're better off going in to it knowing nothing.

If you want to know something, you could check out our review of A Dark Room, but it's a lot like our Sword & Sworcery review in that you really should just stop reading and download the game as soon as you feel like you've satiated your curiosity enough to feel good spending a dollar. Both games hinge on the uncovering the mystery inside of 'em, and getting the experience as fresh and raw as possible.

So, yeah, the only other details I really feel comfortable offering is this note from the developer in The Ensign's iTunes description:

"I really loved traversing the Dusty Path (more so than balancing an economy and upgrading gear). This prequel is a *brutally* difficult rendition of the Dusty Path that covers the events directly before A Dark Room. I wanted to make a strategy game that had high replay value, as opposed to a game about discovery. Best of luck to whoever attempts this game. I imagine few will succeed in completing all of it."

...And a link to our forum thread, which will likely be loaded with tons of spoilers shortly.

  • Tomate Diseño

    "Best of luck to whoever attempts this game. I imagine few will succeed in completing all of it." - that's just begging for "challenge accepted" gifs.

  • androsynth

    Good timing. I just finished "A dark room" and wanted a new challenge.

    • Design by Adrian

      Did you finish it without building any huts? 😉

  • Silent Rocco

    So, the guy who ported the original game just made a prequel, using the map part raising the difficulty? I'm in! 😀

  • kevin8977

    "A Dark Room" was amazing! I'm sure this is too.

    • kevin8977

      Kinda scared about the "Brutal" difficulty tho.

  • Psac42

    I got A Dark Room on the recent freebee and loved it. Will buy this 1) because I want to play it, and 2) to support the dev after getting the first one for free!

    • A Dark Room for iOS

      Thank you, human.

  • kevin8977

    It's fun and definitely EXTREMELY difficult. It seems to only being exploring the map though. I loved the feature of "A Dark Room" where you collect supplies and make buildings though. Do you do that in this game or is it just exploring?

    • AlexMilo

      Extremely difficult? Which part? I didnt find it that difficult. Everything was pretty much straight forward when you understood what everything meant.

  • AlexMilo

    I hope it's longer though the first was way too short. Mirrors Edge of text based games.

  • Psac42

    iPhone only? iPad soon?

  • Hypocrypha

    Well as someone who goes back to Infocom days on my C64, I think I may be the only "human" that got bored with the Dark Room. Either I just don't have the time for a text version of MTN or maybe I should give it another go. I just didn't see the point.


    Really couldn't make this a universal app?

  • Mark Fonner

    What is the deal with the 'Stargazer?' Anyone know?