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The Ensign for iOS

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Key Details of The Ensign

  • death awaits. their humanity. this world. makes them strong.- Pre-sequel to the #1 viral smash hit, A Dark Room.- From an indie game developer who...
  • Last updated on 9/12/2017
  • There have been 5 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

The Ensign is a text-based game that tells the story leading up to the events of A Dark Room, making it a prequel in name, if nothing else. And while it technically comes before A Dark Room, it's a good idea to complete the original game first before you start on this one.

Pros

Captivating storyline: Just like its predecessor, this game involves a slow-reveal of a dark and compelling storyline. You start out in a brief conversation with the Admiral before setting out on your own to try and make it to your ship with only a compass to guide you. Following the small clues that the game provides, you discover new areas of this mysterious world and slowly begin to get a feel for what you're really trying to accomplish and why you're here.

Cons

Dynamic resource management: Success in this game hinges on your ability to manage your resources, specifically food, water, and health, on a very short leash. You don't have a lot of room in your bag, and you have to decide what to bring with you to give you the best chance of reaching another restocking point before you run out. This setup means that you're walking a very fine line at all times, and you'll almost certainly die frequently.

Highly frustrating: This game is very hard, and that can get immensely frustrating, especially for inexperienced players. There is no way to ease into it, and if you don't catch on to the mechanics and tricks quickly on your own, you'll never get anywhere.

Bottom Line

The Ensign is engaging and addictive, as long as you don't get too frustrated by your almost certain early failures. It costs $0.99 on the App Store, and there are no options for additional in-app purchases.

What's new in version 1.55

Wanderer lore speaks of a god mode. They say you have to refuse food and complete the journey. They say great power will be given if done so. Conquer, and become a god.Fixed an issue where entering an H created a blackhole. The blackhole engulfed all existence... wanderers and humans alike. That shouldn't happen anymore.You should totally gift this game to your friends and family. Why suffer alone?

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
June 13, 2016
Latest update
September 12, 2017
Version
1.55
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
iOS
Operating System
iOS 12.1.2
Additional Requirements
Compatible with: iphone4, iphone4, iphone4, ipad2wifi, ipad2wifi, ipad2wifi, ipad23g, ipad23g, ipad23g, iphone4s, iphone4s, iphone4s, ipadthirdgen, ipadthirdgen, ipadthirdgen, ipadthirdgen4g, ipadthirdgen4g, ipadthirdgen4g, iphone5, iphone5, iphone5, ipodtouchfifthgen, ipodtouchfifthgen, ipodtouchfifthgen, ipadfourthgen, ipadfourthgen, ipadfourthgen, ipadfourthgen4g, ipadfourthgen4g, ipadfourthgen4g, ipadmini, ipadmini, ipadmini, ipadmini4g, ipadmini4g, ipadmini4g
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
101
Downloads Last Week
1

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Developer's Description

death awaits. their humanity. this world. makes them strong.- Pre-sequel to the #1 viral smash hit, A Dark Room.- From an indie game developer who...
death awaits. their humanity. this world. makes them strong.- Pre-sequel to the #1 viral smash hit, A Dark Room.- From an indie game developer who loves gaming.- No ads, no IAP, no crippled game play.- Stupid difficult, but that's why you'll love it.