Platforms: iOS (Universal) - 99c, Web - Free
Note: I played the iPad version.
If someone had told me I would not be able to put down ‘A Dark Room’ I would not have believed them. At first glance it looks like the game didn’t load, or you were ripped off, but as you stoke the fire it becomes apparent that things are as they should be. It is a text based RPG, where you strive to unlock an intriguing mystery. To progress the game you gather supplies which enables you to build different things and explore ‘The Dusty Road’ farther. As the village grows, people take refuge in your huts. These people will start to gather wood for you or you can set them to various tasks to produce other desired goods.
The game functions on two levels. The bigger mystery and the simple human nature to accrue supplies. If you are the type of person that strives to gather as many imaginary goods/points/levels you can completely ignore the mystery and still have fun. (I wouldn’t recommend that though.)
I found 'A Dark Room' oddly calming, with a story that sticks with you. I highly recommend it to everyone.