Most depictions of fantasy worlds fall somewhere on a spectrum. You have your bright, gleaming fantasy settings, as depicted in parts of the Lord of the Rings, and you have stories like Willow, that fall somewhere in the middle, not quite dark but far from bright.
Darker fantasy stories, the kind with bleak, almost dystopian narratives, often fall into the trap of sacrificing fantasy elements for settings grounded in reality. Take a Song of Ice and Fire, for example. While some magic is present, it’s a far cry from other tales of sword-and-sorcery.
But not all dark fantasy stories follow the Game of Thrones playbook. Darkest Dungeon, for example, depicts a dark and twisted world that also happens to teem with magic.
Released in 2016, Darkest Dungeon is part of the indy explosion, that in many ways, is still going strong to this day. Darkest Dungeon, while not exactly genre-defining, is considered a happy addition to an exclusive list of games.