Darkest Night

Travel to a kingdom which has been immersed into the shadow of a Necromancer, take the lead of four brave heroes and try to find the keys that will allow you to unlock the holy artifacts in order to bring back the light and destroy the powerful Necromancer. Darkest Night is a cooperative game that takes place in a dark fantasy world.

 

  Number of players: 1-4

  Average duration: 150’

  Age: 13+

  MSRP: $49.99 (boxed edition)


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Component Quality: Although we have been used to low level component quality from this company, Darkest Night’s contents without being impressive, are excellent. Both cards and the various tokens are quite sturdy, while the illustration is in perfect harmony with the game’s topic and in many cases is really exceptional.

Difficulty: The game’s difficulty is of medium level and after two rounds you are going to feel very comfortable with the rules and the game mechanics. The fact that on the back of each hero’s card there is a very useful round summary of the round really helps towards achieving this, walong with the explicit list with further explanation for all the tokens and the various items of the game, which you can find at the back of the rule book.

Game Mechanics: The specific game borrows many characteristics from plenty other cooperative games and manages to combine them all in a very nice way. The fact that the game provides you with 9 heroes and each of them has special abilities and characteristics, is certainly something which adds to the depth and the variety of the game, while the fact that the chosen heroes are always four is something that adds to the game balance.

Downtime: The fact that every hero has only one action during his turn and needs to choose among a variety of choices, is a characteristic that will force you to think very carefully your every single move, while at the same time it manages to keep the time that you will have to wait until you play again at very low levels.



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Luck vs Strategy: Although the various potentials of your heroes and your numerous items allow you to influence the luck of the dice in many ways, the luck factor is quite intense and in some cases makes the decision between success and failure.

Rules: As we already mentioned the game’s difficulty is of medium level and the rule book cannot be charaxterized as bad, as it includes many examples and nice illustration, however it doesn't help enough in learning the game, as its structure makes it difficult to find the references you might need.


  Final Verdict:

Darkest Night manages to create something new and different both in its topic and game mechanics by combining well-known and popular characteristics. A game that will definitely satisfy not only the cooperative games’ fans but also those who love fantasy and horror in general.


  Who is it for:

Family Gamer: Maybe. The cooperative nature of the game will attract many of the players of this category; however its topic may repel lots of them, as it combines fantasy with horror elements.

Social Gamer: No. Although the interaction is something that exists in every cooperative game, it’s not that kind of interaction which will satisfy social gamers.

Strategy Gamer: No. The dice element is very strong and that is something that will repel all players of this category.

Hobby Gamer: Yes. That’s the category that this game applies to, as its very beautiful contents, its quite interesting topic, in conjunction with its satisfying game mechanics and the way that all these things stick together, are certain to impress every player of this category.

Hardcore Gamer: Maybe. Not only the variety of the characters and their abilities but also the whole game mechanics will definitely satisfy most players of this category.

 

Game Contents:

These are the contents for the boxed edition

One full color rules booklet (player aid included)
One 11" x 17" paper game board
Nine Hero sheets
150 cards
111 thick, laser-cut, multi-shaped counter pieces (minor assembly required)
Five six-sided 12mm dice
One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game board
One bright red, 9" x 11 7/8" Deluxe cardboard VPG game box
One beautiful box cover sleeve
One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
One charcoal desiccant packet