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.


Lisa Filmer has been focusing on improving her writing skills over the last five years. She earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Southern New Hampshire University, then continued to work on her bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration on new media. While in school, she was invited to join the International English Honor Society, Alpha Phi Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. She has written articles relating to her hobby, video game news and opinions, at gameskinny.com. And, she has also written articles about social media communication which can be seen in her blog at lisaf2018.wordpress.com.

Published May. 26th 2016

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