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Through the Darkest of Times

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Dark times mean fear and risks. The risk to be caught by patrolling National Socialists, looking for people who publicly stand against their point of view. The risk of being beaten up or even killed by the German military because we‘re opposing the regime. The risk of losing everything, including our loved ones. This is how we live. This is how we try to survive. Through the darkest of times. You are the leader of a small resistance group in 1933’s Berlin, of ordinary people, from Jews to Catholics and Communists to Patriots who simply can’t stand aside. Your goal is to deal with small blows to the regime – dropping leaflets to spread awareness about what the Nazis are really up to among the people, painting messages on walls, sabotaging, gathering information and recruiting more followers. And all of that while staying undercover – if the regime’s forces learn about your group, the life of each member is in grave danger.
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

There will be times when the struggle seems impossible. I know this already. Alone, unsure, dwarfed by the scale of the enemy. Remember this. Freedom is a pure idea. It occurs spontaneously and without instruction. Random acts of insurrection are occurring constantly throughout the galaxy. There are whole armies, battalions that have no idea that they've already enlisted in the cause. Remember that the frontier of the Rebellion is everywhere. And even the smallest act of insurrection pushes our lines forward. And then remember this. The Imperial need for control is so desperate because it is so unnatural. Tyranny requires constant effort. It breaks, it leaks. Authority is brittle. Oppression is the mask of fear. And know this, the day will come when all these skirmishes and battles, these moments of defiance will have flooded the banks of the Empire's authority and then there will be one too many. One single thing will break the siege. Remember this. Try.

Review from Steam

Interesting game with nicely crafted sounds.
Play only if you feel like you have the patience to read.
There is surprisingly much content.
Better experience on PC than on mobile.
Good but not awesome.

Review from Steam

Through the Darkest of Times tells the story of an antifascist resistance group in Nazi germany, showing german history between 1933 and 1945 from their perspective.
The game consists of two aspects: The gameplay for the most part is coordinating resistance activities from an overworld map, gaining supplies, organizing strikes, sabotaging fascist infrastructure etc. In between gameplay, there are artistically designed choice-based cutscenes that detail the story of the game and show the different facets of germany in this time period.
While the game is quite short, the campaign took me less than 5 hours and can be a little repetitive, the story it tells is very atmospheric, haunting and realistic. It makes one of the most destructive and awful periods of human history come to life and forces you to sympathize with the victims of it. So despite the short play time, the experience will stick with you for a long time after that.
I definitely recommend this game.

Review from Steam

never forget

Review from Steam

I like it, it has the feel of resistance. Game seems to have an interesting strategy, though I didn't dive deep into it yet. It certainly has a strong vibe. If the topic means something to you, I think you will like how the game feels.

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