The Ensign

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

Have to survive. The war's not over.

The Ensign is a Prequel to the critically acclaimed experience: A Dark Room iOS.

It is strongly recommended that you complete A Dark Room before playing The Ensign.

Words from the creator of The Ensign, Amir:
"I really loved traversing the Dusty Path (more so than balancing an economy and upgrading gear). This prequel is a *brutally* difficult rendition of the Dusty Path that covers the events directly before A Dark Room. I wanted to make a strategy game that had high replay value, as opposed to a game about discovery. Best of luck to whoever attempts this game. I imagine few will succeed in completing all of it."



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

As with A Dark Room, this app is totally accessible.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

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2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by remixman 7 years 5 months ago



Submitted by Justin Miller on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

How in the world do you beat the defector? It seems as though there is no where to move when the defector is right on your tail.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Thursday, December 24, 2015

Defectors can be annoying. Here are a few strategies that could help, and have helped me.
1. If a defector is moving constantly in one direction and seems to be following you, try moving in another direction.
2. If you come into contact with one, use all your weapons to survive.
3. Defectors are a part of the game, and are intended to be a challenge. It is possible to beat them later in the game, but there are specific points where you just will not win.