Through the Darkest of Times

Through the Darkest of Times:

A historical resistance strategy game taking place in Berlin during the Third Reich. Made at Saftladen Berlin by Paintbucket Games.
Published by HANDYGAMES.



Play as the Resistance in Third Reich Berlin: Fight for freedom, weaken the regime and lead your group Through the Darkest of Times!
Deutscher Entwicklerpreis - Best Studio
Dokville 2019
Gamescom 2018 - Best Indie Game Nominee
Welcome to last Week - Best Story
What is the game about?

Through the Darkest of Times (TtDoT) is a strategy game, that lets you play a resistance group in Berlin during the Nazi-time.

What is my role?

You play a resistance leader and plan and execute actions to win supporters and weaken the regime.  You need to balance the morale of your members, get resources to execute actions and avoid getting caught by the Gestapo.

Headquarter Backroom
Headquarter Backroom
Writing Walls
Writing Walls
Shop Boycott
Shop Boycott
Reichstag Burning
Reichstag Burning
Underground Printery
Underground Printery
Voting Campaign
Voting Campaign
Can I play a specific resistance group like the White Rose?

Your character and the group members are fictional and the game creates them procedurallyon each playthrough, giving them different personalities, abilities and views. 
While you aren't playing as a specific historical organization, there were a number of groups that were very similar to the ones in the game, such as the Schulze-Boysen-Harnack group or the one around Herbert Baum.

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How is the game structured?

The game plays in turns and chapters. Every turn is one week and every chapter is covering a specific period of the Third Reich: Seizure of Power (1933), Peak (1936), War (1940/1941), Collapse (1944/1945).

Bookburning
Bookburning
Can I change history?

We are convinced, that history is an extraction of stories that people experience and create with their thoughts, words and deeds.

So yes, you can. And in the game.

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reichstag burning 01
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reichstag burning 03
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reichstag burning 05
Who is the Team?

Paintbucket Games was founded by two ex-AAA developers Jörg Friedrich and Sebastian St. Schulz to be able to make more relevant games.
We met at YAGER, making Spec Ops The Line. We also worked on Dead Island 2, Dreadnought, Albion Online, Drakensang, Yager (the game), Desperados 2 and others.

Each of us has been making games for more than 14 years and we worked 10 of those together.
Since end of last year we are published by HANDYGAMES and the size of the TTDOT team has increased in size: By now, six people are working on the game.

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shopboycott 01
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What's the state of the game?

We have a playable version that people can try at events like Gamescom, EGX or Polish Games Arena. This helps us to collect feedback and constantly improve the game. 
The current version covers the first of four chapters with some of the gameplay still lacking.

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bloodshed 01
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