Darkness Rises

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Great role-playing game marred by pesky ads.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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Ease of Play

Gameplay difficulty varies widely depending on which character class you choose. 


Features almost constant graphic, bloody violence. Characters are stabbed, shot, or incinerated by magic or flamethrowers. 


Character customization lets players create heroines with impossibly tiny waists and huge breasts. Female heroes wear revealing outfits, do sexy poses; their breasts bounce. Characters can hang out in coed hot tubs.


Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate content.


Playing the game is possible, but ads are relentless during each session. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Darkness Rises is a free-to-play fantasy role-playing game (RPG) for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay features constant graphic violence and blood, with characters being stabbed, shot, or incinerated by magic or flamethrowers. Female characters are shown with revealing costumes and big bouncy breasts. Players can challenge each other online (individually or in teams) and can go on co-op missions and raids with other players. They can also friend each other, chat in a virtual village, and have their heroes hang out in a coed "hot tub" wearing swimsuits. Players can join public or guild chat rooms and whisper at individual players. An in-game link connects players to the app's Facebook page/community. The unmoderated chat could possibly expose players to inappropriate content. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWaltron June 13, 2020

Absolutely Amazing

This game has an Interesting storyline and beautiful graphics, women wear some revealing costumes and there's frequent pop ups. The only blood is black an... Continue reading
Adult Written byGrung April 10, 2020

It was the monster mash!

This is a brilliant game. The graphics are perfect for a game of that level, and the storyline is intriguing. My children play this and love the endless waves o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byvEE to the REE November 15, 2018

Violent yet fun, in a way

This game has great graphics and an interesting storyline. Though I have to say that the game is bloody and the women characters wear revealing costumes, I also... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLpj1627 October 12, 2020

Darkness Rises

It’s a really fun and addicting game, granted there is violence and females wear revealing costumes but it’s still a good game none the less, the storyline, the... Continue reading

What's it about?

DARKNESS RISES is a freemium fantasy role-playing game (RPG) where players choose from among four powerful player classes -- Warrior, Assassin, Berserker, and Wizard -- and take on the forces of darkness. Players can customize the look of their characters and complete story missions to gain experience, skills, and currency. Story sequences alternate with Adventure sequences, giving players the chance to unravel the mystery at the heart of the tale while pumping up their powers. A crafting system also lets players upgrade weapons and armor. In addition to the single-player Story and Adventure modes, players can engage in single or team versus battles, join up for co-op dungeons and raids, and take part in timed events to earn unique rewards.

Is it any good?

Aside from some seriously annoying ad pop-ups, this is a next-level mobile RPG that should appeal to many gamers. Combat in Darkness Rises comes wrapped in a surprisingly rich storyline, complete with full-motion cutscenes and voice acting, and it's tons of fun thanks to a smart control setup. And if you're into graphics, you won't be let down. Characters and environments are exceptional (though female character outfits are more suitable for exotic dancers than warriors), and special effects are eye-popping. If the story doesn't suck you in, the crafting and upgrading will. Role-players who live to tinker with their skills, look, and equipment have plenty to do and will get a kick out of all the customization options. Beyond that, there's versus play, co-op dungeons, and raids. The action in all of these modes is fast and furious, and heroes both look and feel powerful.

Although technically there's an energy system (called "adventure keys") in place, you never feel it because you never run out. Plus, when you need a break from all the fighting, crafting, and looting, you can hang out in the village, chat with other players, and maybe do a little fishing. The only thing marring this otherwise great game is the insane number of pesky in-app ads. They're the equivalent of digital horseflies; you're forced to constantly shoo them away. This could be a symptom of a too-generous energy system, but it definitely needs to be turned down. Still, Darkness Rises is an excellent game, and annoying ads are a small price to pay for hours of quality role-playing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how female heroes are often sexualized. Do you see male heroes getting the same treatment in Darkness Rises? What about in other games?

  • Does frequently seeing ads in games like Darkness Rises encourage you to shop?

  • Is the impact of the violence in Darkness Rises intensified by the graphic blood shown from its combat? Could its impact be lessened by non-bloody imagery?

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