“Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game, that lets you play a resistance group in Third Reich Berlin. The game covers the entire time from Hitler’s seizure of power 1933 to Germany’s unconditional surrender 1945. You plan actions of your group while at the same time try to balance the morale of your members, get resources needed for the actions and avoid getting caught by the Gestapo (Germany’s Secret Service Police during the Third Reich). Big political events follow the actual historical time-line and influence your options and what happens to your group. Your members are fictional and procedurally generated on each playthrough. They come with different personalities, abilities and views. As leader of the group, it’s your job to fight the regime by winning hearts and minds of the people, holding your group together and leading them through the darkest of times.“
Through the Darkest of Times is resistance management strategy game. You have to manage members of your resistance, gather resources, and attempt to sabotage the Nazi regime. You are given choices throughout the game, and they definitely have consequences.
Think of it as a cross between a visual novel and a turn based strategy game. Its an interesting mix that really pays off. You have to strike a balance between gathering resources, maintaining morale, and staying funded all while trying not to be notable in the eyes of the regime. The goal is to stay in the shadows and sort of poke the bear of the citizens. This definitely proves to be a fun challenge. There are all sorts of ways to go about it so it requires multiple playthroughs to see how the scenario pays off.
I think what drew me into this game was the history lessons the game gave me. It referenced real world events in history which I would look up afterwards. I feel learning and understanding history, especially this specific moment in history, is very important.
The audio to this game is very moody and very understated. I feel that this is appropriate for the setting and overall tone which they were going for. It won’t blow you away by any means but it is perfect for the time of game that it is.
The art style is rather unique. However, it very much fits for what the game is going for. It is very dark and very moody. The layout of everything was very clean and easy to follow.
Given what is going on right now in history, this was more than just another game. This was an education in history that I had very much needed. You can find some alarming parallels, to say the least.
I recommend giving it a shot. You might find the game fascinating like I did. It was even in last month’s Humble Choice monthly if you ended up scoring that.