The Dark Room becomes a real video game | Now you can play John Robertson's cult hit on your own computer

The Dark Room becomes a real video game

Now you can play John Robertson's cult hit on your own computer

It is the cult live hit inspired by the fiendishly difficult text-based adventure games of comedian John Robertson’s youth.

Now The Dark Room has gone full circle – and been adapted into a new video game.

Robertson has been turned into a computer avatar called The Guardian – who is described as ‘an emotionally abusive hate simulator’ – for the new adventure.

Robinson

As in the live shows, players must negotiate an almost impossible labyrinth, starting with the tormenter announcing: ‘You awake to find yourself in a dark room’ with a limited number of options – all of which lead to sarcasm and most of which lead to instant death. 

Robertson, a London-based Australian, has been performing the show live since 2012, starting at The Hive in the Edinburgh Fringe, and has attracted millions of hits for a YouTube version.

He has written a new story for the game, which launches on the Steam platform on September 20, featuring more than 600 probably lethal scenes.

Dark Die

Robertson said: ‘I came up with The Dark Room because I loved text adventure games as a kid. The dread and confusion I felt is missing in gaming today, and now I can force that on gamers at home, as well when they’re in my live crowds.’

Level One of The Dark Room will be priced £9.99 on Windows and Mac OS, with future levels slated for release over the coming months. Here's a trailer:

Published: 11 Sep 2018

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