Through the Darkest of Times

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.

Through the Darkest of Times is a historical resistance strategy game, focusing on conveying the somber mood of the period and the very real struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich. Historical accuracy means that your small group of resistance fighters will not change the outcome of the war, nor will you prevent all of the Nazi’s atrocities, but you can certainly do everything in your power to save as many lives as you can and oppose the fascist system wherever possible.


  • Experience the Darkest of Times in 4 chapters
  • Fight for freedom, weaken the regime and lead your resistance group
  • Plan activities, find collaborators and try not to get caught
  • Feel the weight of responsibility as you make difficult decisions and face the dire consequences
  • Beautifully illustrated expressionistic scenes and events

Minimum Requirements
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7+
Processor: 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 1 GB
Storage: 2 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Minimum Requirements
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Mac OS X 10.9
Processor: Dual Core CPU
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD 4000, GeForce GT 330M, Radeon HD 4670 or equivalent
Recommended Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • GamerGuysNGals 14 Feb 2020

    "Through The Darkest Of Times"
    Reviewed By: Carless Yen
    Developer: Paintbucket Games UG
    Publisher: HandyGames
    Release Date; Jan 30, 2020
    Price: $14.99

    You play as a leader of a small resistance group in 1930’s Berlin, full of ordinary people, from Jews,Catholics, Patriots,and Communists.. You must deal tiny blows to the Nazis. You have to recruit people by dropping pamphlets, painting on walls, what ever you must do to grow stronger, and not get caught. Mistakes can lead to you, or your group being in grave danger. There are really two modes to this game a storytelling version, or a more difficult one. You have from 3 to 5 people helping you solve missions, and as you complete them you can unlock things. You can gain resources, money to purchase things you need, and also gain followers. You can also lose them as well based off bad decisions. Each character you have helping has special things about them that might relate to jobs better than another team member might have. Things like their background may even come into play when it comes to certain things.
    The story is really appealing I think. It can also be very depressing. It is really dark subject matter at times, and is certainly aimed at a more mature audience. If you enjoy this time period and the subject matter like I do it's really going to pull you in. If you know anything about this time period where this game took place you know about Hitler , and his actions or at least what history tells you. Knowing this I feel the game really makes you think out your actions, and they mean so much more to you to make the right move. I really don't have many negatives to say about this game at all. I really enjoyed my time with it, and know i will go back to it again in the near future maybe after I get caught up a little on my reviews. I guess if I had to say something though. Some times your choices can feel like they don't matter as much as they should. Starting a new chapter pretty much resets every thing you done as well. All though these things are a bit annoying as well as trying to compare it to modern politics it still was far more enjoyable to me than not. The fun I had, and the way i felt far outweighed anything that I didn't enjoy about it overall.
    I really love the art style of this game as well. It really has that "The Saboteur" look where you see dark colors. Black and white and grey which really makes the red splashes of color pop on screen, This isn't really the same style though as it isn't a lot of controls, but more still images.They are beautifully drawn though. They look really nice, and have small moments of movement sprinkled in that are enjoyable while you read the story, or decide your moves.

    Loved the Art style
    Story was truly engaging
    Liked the characters and trying to apply them to tasks
    Thought provoking

    Seemed a bit easy
    Sometimes felt decisions didn't matter as much
    Having to start over on new chapters

    Overall: 9.0
    "Through The Darkest Of Times" has really dark subject matter,that will really make you think about your decisions. Even if they don't always feel like they are as important overall as they may feel to you. I think it is a really important game that makes you really glad you weren't around for this time period in history.

  • MarkusCreed 20 Jun 2020

    non posso esimermi dal sottolineare qualche imperfezione. In primis, una rappresentazione artistica delle varie situazioni presentate che, a mio parere, avrebbe potuto osare tranquillamente un po’ di più. L’uso di modelli un po’ caricaturali per i personaggi cozza con la coraggiosa scelta di utilizzare il grigio come colore dominante. Insomma, ci troviamo davanti ad uno stile estetico, simile ad un film in bianco e nero, caratterizzato ma non eccelso, accompagnato da musiche contestualizzate al periodo ma non molto varie.

    Di contro, il lavoro di ricostruzione storica degli sviluppatori di Paintbucket Games ha quasi del miracoloso con degli avvenimenti, ed un contesto il più credibile e coerente con il periodo storico. Di conseguenza è abbastanza palese che Through The Darkest Of Times trascende la valenza più ludica, acquisendone una diversa e assai più pesante. In conclusione, si tratta di una produzione assi coraggiosa che si è scontrata con temi ed eventi storici difficili da affrontare, ottenendo nel complesso un buon risultato. Sicuramente consigliato in particolare agli amanti sia degli strategici/gestionali che delle ricostruzioni storiche.

  • Thilus 14 Feb 2020

    I feel like "Through the Darkest of Times" deserves a review, because it touches some very difficult subjects, while treating them with proper gravity.

    First of all, as a Pole, I'm touched somebody made a game about the atrocities of WWII, and had shown them from a perspective of regular people. We command a group of German citizens who try to resist the cruel Nazi regime in any way they can. But, whatever they do, it's more about surviving than it is about fighting the actual tyranny. At the same time, the devs manage to avoid any historical blunders. There are no "Polish death camps". Instead, we can see clearly Auschwitz was created by Germans. On that note, the terms "Nazis" and "Germans" are used interchangeably. We're not opposing some mythical, impersonal Nazis, but normal German citizens who got swayed by the terrible propaganda or forced into submission by the sheer terror of the NSDAP. People who were our friends and neighbors not that long ago. There's no Holocaust denial. No historical revisionism -- the Soviets who are liberating the lands east of the Oder do not bring just the freedom, but also death and destruction.

    On the other hand the gameplay itself is very shallow. You have a group of dissidents who can take all sorts of actions: collect money for the cause, gain supporters, paint anti-Nazi slogans on walls, and sabotage the regime. And while it all seems great, in reality you don't have to do much to beat the game. In truth, you can limit yourself to collecting money and gaining supporters, and leave the dangerous missions to... someone else? There are 4 chapters, and each one is 20 turns long. Since the consecutive chapters are like 3-4 years apart, if you won't manage to do something in the previous chapter, all progress is lost. You were one turn away from blowing up a Nazi factory? Sorry, you can't, move on to the next chapter. This sucks big time, because at the end of the game you feel like you've accomplished absolutely nothing. So, what's the point of trying? Gaining supporters and collecting money is easy, and also enough to get by. Is that what it's all about? If there's a war just try to find suckers to give you money in return for unfulfilled promises? I don't think so.

    That aside, while the strategical aspect of the game is rather poor, the game is still worth playing. It is an excellent history lesson, one everyone should play to understand war is not something to be desired, and the world's warmongers are just evil people. Think about it next time your government starts sending boys and girls to yet another "justified" conflict.

  • BulgarianCritic 23 Feb 2020

    This game was pretty average.The gameplay mainly consists of you trying to keep your morale and supports bar high.Nothing that you do in the game has any effect on the story and all the missions that the game allows you to do are repetitive and the text from them is just copy and pasted. The story is alright for the most parts,it was interesting seeing a bigger picture of what the Germans were doing and though before Hitler came to power.The game also has some grammar errors but its not a major issue.Overall a pretty average experience that I probably will forget after a few months.

Through the Darkest of Times
$14.99 $7.12
Title: Through the Darkest of Times
Genre: Adventure, Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Released: 30 January 2020
Developer: Paintbucket Games
Publisher: HandyGames
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  • Steam Cloud
UI Audio Subs
Spanish - Spain
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