Red Hook Studios have flirted with the concept of their 2016 critical and commercial hit Darkest Dungeon [$4.99 (HD)] making the transition to mobile for some time now. While the PC and PS4 versions of the title were essential purchases, the game's Vita port emphasised its potential for portable play, and so a move to tablet devices was always a natural progression for the developers to make. Finally, after what has felt like years of impatient anticipation, Darkest Dungeon has made its way to the iPad. With a beautiful gothic graphical style, and a clever twist on the turn-based RPG formula with its stress mechanic, Darkest Dungeon is the latest in a line of essential indie releases on the App Store, and is available to download for $4.99 exclusively for tablet devices.

I cannot say enough good things about Darkest Dungeon, as its detailed, hand drawn characters combined with its meticulously detailed systems create an incredibly immersive world that is engrossing from start to finish. The game's Affliction System means your cast of characters (there are sixteen playable classes to experiment with) have to battle their own demons rather than simply the ones encountered in the dystopian backdrops. Of course, the biggest feature of Darkest Dungeon on tablets is the very fact it is on an iPad. With a touch interface and the option to easily pause the game as you put your device into your bag (or huge pockets, if you're truly hardcore), the iPad is unequivocally the best way to play Darkest Dungeon. Cross platform saving through Dropbox is also a neat inclusion for those who own the game on PC, and The Crimson Court DLC that has just hit consoles is also set to launch on iOS later this year.

Darkest Dungeon's critical reception and abundant accolades upon its wider console release last year only further emphasise the game's qualities, and with early signs suggesting the iPad iteration is a carefully crafted and well-considered port, the App Store release is undoubtedly the best time to see what all the fuss is about. Darkest Dungeon is available for $4.99 on tablet devices today - if you're looking for more discussion on the game, venture down to our forum thread for early impressions on this exciting new release.

  • El Barto

    Super price!!!!

  • Fudda

    Wooooooohooooooo ! :))

    Way too cheap though. Well, I ll just buy the DLC for Vita now though I will never EVER again play on that small screen.

  • Bunion

    4.99? Wtf? this was going to be a steal at the rumoured price of 9.99

  • dbagga84

    iPad only? Lame. Don't have a tablet, never will. Call me when it's universal

    • Daniel Schroeder

      Okay, but I'll need your phone number.

      • gonif

        Aw, no! He gives you his number, and then you never call, delighting in the torture you inflict. And meanwhile he suffers in silence, waiting by the phone on long lonely nights, because it's inexplicably a landline, connected to a pea-soup-green rotary dialer in the kitchen that time forgot.

        Besides, I share a similar opinion, though it's mostly just annoyance at seeing ANYTHING still being developed and released as iPad-only in 2017. The number of valid excuses for it are few and far between.

    • Gluskap

      "Don't have a tablet, never will."

      Great. Because no one will care about your decision either.

      • gonif

        Nor yours. Just saying...

      • Bunion

        I care about his decision!

      • Von Strubel

        me too! And three!

      • Luciano1084

        I actually care also

      • gonif

        Bah! You're all just being argumentative to spite me. SPITE! YOU RUINED YOUR LIVES FOR SPITE! (Willy Loman fans? Anybody? High five for Dustin Hoffman's portrayal? No? Right. Back to downvotes & throwing shade at anyone who isn't drinking the Kool-Aid. Sigh...)

    • JP Falcon

      Well I have a tablet, a iPad 4 and I am not surprised to find that the game is not compatable.

  • Bunion

    I seem to always ask this question but is there a feature parity between the tablet version and the PC version? Meaning, have any features been pulled or is it a true like-for-like port?

    • Reignmaker

      It's called tablet edition but it's all there. They clarify on their official site.

      • Bunion

        Ok cool

    • klink

      I wondered the same thing. They changed the name because the name was already used in the Mac App Store. Funny that Apple doesn't allow duplicate names between the different stores.

  • Mj1ggy

    Is it actually out? I don't see it in the App Store yet

    • Bunion

      I don't think its fully indexed everywhere yet. If you follow the link from Touch Arcade to the store you can buy it that way on your device.

      • Chronosz

        Yep, I used the link. No problem.

      • Mj1ggy

        Thanks that worked

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Wooooooooo it'z dark in here!

  • leokon96

    did they optimize the resolution? it seems widescreen judging by the screenshots

  • Daniel Schroeder

    There's going to be an epic, Indiana Jones-style dust-blowing when I locate my iPad to grab this.

    • Daniel Schroeder

      The dust settled, and revealed an ancient text that said my iPad was too old to play this game.

  • Mj1ggy

    Anyone know what file we have to import to transfer saves? Thanks

    • Mj1ggy

      I just moved the whole folder and that worked

      • Reignmaker

        I seem to be stuck trying to import my save: "Please wait. Downloading save data from Dropbox..." Which is dumb since the file is only like 3MB. Using an iPad Air 2.

  • Reignmaker

    I've been waiting for this for over a year. Killer price too! Next to Heathstone, this is going to be my most-played tablet game by far.

  • Stormourner of the Nature

    *instabuys the game* thank god 😀

  • dLifeHD

    Man, I'm not usually an RPG kind of guy but the artwork on this is super nice. I might give it a try.

  • zerothehero

    What's with the widescreen. Please sort the resolution

  • TheGodless

    Hope it becomes universal at some point. Surely, with it being on the Vita, it's not unplayable on plus size phones, right?

    • drunk_vader

      Vita has dedicated buttons.

    • Chad Tyler Meadows

      Hope so too.

      I'm able to play Baldur's Gate 2 effectively on a iPhone 6.

      This game would definitely be playable on phones.

      Whether or not it will happen is another question though.

  • Leo281993

    Awwww yiss.

  • toofinedog

    I can fit my iPad mini in my pocket depending on the pants, but I don't think it could run this awesome-looking game without crashing.

  • Qwazz Bre

    Can't play it since I don't have an iPad but I'm happy it's out there. Maybe it'll be ported to more platforms before long.

  • RobsLive

    The text and UI elements are so small that it takes away from the game. It would have been nice if they made some adjustments to accommodate the smaller screen.

  • Gary

    Heard all the hype, never bought it on Pc or ps4 or vita. Recently got an ipad 12.9, saw this in store and bought it. Fun amazing game!

  • OrangutanKungfu

    I give up. I have been beaten by the App Store - there is literally no way I can keep up with all the games... Another on to go straight on my wish list - but I do really want Darkest Dungeon!

  • durp

    This game is brutally awesome.