Darkest Dungeon may not be new player friendly

Only 56.9% of new players have received the first achievement in Darkest Dungeon, by completing the tutorial.

Darkest Dungeon is a complicated game that has a rough tutorial and a steep learning curve. It is categorized on Steam as a hard game with the “difficult” tag. According to Steam's global statistics, only 56.9% of players have completed the first achievement of “Welcome Home.”

This achievement is granted to those who reach the estate by completing the tutorial. With this high percentage, it looks like new players are having difficulty getting attached to the game. The interface is nice, but there are not enough descriptions and tips on what to do next. The tutorial is important in any game as it teaches you how to play. In Darkest Dungeon, the tutorial is lacking, which could stop people from continuing.

The game has had success, despite the achievement results. It is #34, on Rock Paper Shotgun's list of The 50 Best RPGs on PC. But, just think of how great it could be if the tutorial was more user friendly. If people aren’t grabbed by the game from the start, there could be bad reviews and returns. The developer, Red Hook Studios, may want to rethink their tutorial if they want to keep their buyers happy. People expect the game to be challenging--not the tutorial.


Lee Filmer has been focusing on improving his writing skills over the last five years. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication, with a concentration on new media, from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. While in school he joined the International English Honor Society, Alpha Phi Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. He has written articles relating to his hobby, video game news and opinions, here at gameskinny.com, and on his personal blog which can been seen on his website at https://lfilmer.wordpress.com/

Published Jun. 15th 2020

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