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Dark Room
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Season 1, Episode 4
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Release date July 28, 2015
Written by Jean-Luc Cano

Christian Divine

Directed by Michel Koch

Raoul Barbet

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Note: This page contains spoilers for all the currently released episodes of the game.

"Dark Room" is the fourth episode of Life Is Strange. The episode was released July 28, 2015 and is available on PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Synopsis Edit

Max realises that changing the past can lead to painful consequences and that time is not a great healer. Her investigation into the disappearance of Rachel Amber begins to reach a thrilling conclusion as she finds the Dark Room. Will the answers lie within? Or will there just be trouble?

See here for diary entries and messages from this episode.

Trailer Edit

The official release date trailer for the episode features several elements:

Checkpoints Edit

  1. Alternative Beach
  2. Alternative Chloe's Room
  3. Alternative Chloe's House - Downstairs
  4. Alternative Chloe's House - Upstairs
  5. Alternative Chloe's House - Downstairs
  6. Chloe's House - Focus
  7. Chloe's House - Upstairs
  8. Chloe's House - Downstairs
  9. Hospital (Determinant)
  10. Dormitories
  11. Boys' Dormitories
  12. Main Campus
  13. Beach
  14. Chloe's House - Investigation
  15. Old Barn
  16. Junkyard
  17. Parking Lot
  18. Swimming Pool - Party
  19. Junkyard - Evening

Characters Edit

Deaths Edit

  • Chloe Price - (Determinant) In the alternate timeline, Chloe requests Max to give her a morphine overdose. It's up to Max to decide her fate.
  • Pompidou and Frank Bowers - (Determinant) If Pompidou is still alive, depending on how the confrontation with Frank proceeds, Chloe will shoot both Pompidou and Frank.
  • Rachel Amber - (Confirmed Fate) Chloe and Max find Rachel Amber's dead body in the junkyard.
  • Chloe Price - Chloe is shot in the head by Mark Jefferson at the end of the episode.

Featured Music Edit

Main article: Soundtrack
  • "In My Mind" - Amanda Palmer (Max back in the original timeline)
  • "Mountains" - Message to Bears (discovery of Rachel Amber's body)
  • "Got Well Soon" - Breton (End of the World Party)
  • "Lua" - Bright Eyes (optionally played in Chloe's room)
  • "Piano Fire" - Sparkle Horse (optionally played in Chloe's room)

Reception Edit

  • Dark Room has the lowest Metascore of all episodes with a Metascore of 76 and a User Score of 8.6.
  • IGN gave it a okay 6.0 calling it the least consistent episode.

Achievements Edit

There are twelve achievements the player can earn on Steam, PlayStation or Xbox.

Ambient Achievement
Ambient  
Take optional photo #1 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Time-Lapsed Achievement Time-Lapsed
Take optional photo #2 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Balance Achievement Balance  
Take optional photo #3 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Rangefinder Achievement Rangefinder  
Take optional photo #4 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Gamma Value Achievement Gamma Value
Take optional photo #5 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Dioptric Power Achievement Dioptric Power
Take optional photo #6 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Fisheye Achievement Fisheye
Take optional photo #7 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Manually Exposed Achievement Manually Exposed
Take optional photo #8 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Optican Achievement Optican
Take optional photo #9 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Slideshow Achievement Slideshow
Take optional photo #10 in Episode 4: Dark Room
Shutterbug Achievement Shutterbug
Take all optional photos in Episode 4: Dark Room
Dark Room Achievement Dark Room
Finish Episode 4: Dark Room

Trivia Edit

  • The term "Dark Room" (traditionally spelled "Darkroom") refers to a room used to develop "light sensitive photographic materials, including photographic film and photographic paper". "Dark Room" also refers to a dark lit room where sexual acts take place in clubs. 
  • In the alternate timeline, Max and Chloe talk about the "Golden Hour". In photography, the golden hour is the hour after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky.
  • There is a blue Awareness ribbon on the photo album in Alternate Chloe’s room. Among its meanings is ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), a medical condition that may be caused by trauma. (See here for all meanings).
  • Nathan's room door slate originally stated "THE PRESCOTTS RULE THIS TOWN!!!". With the patch that was released on January 19, 2016, it was replaced with "LEAVE ME ALONE".
  • Before attempting to open David's locker in the garage, Max comments on the padlock, asking "Hey David, whatcha hiding?" This may be a nod to Chloe's voice actress Ashly Burch's popular web series "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?"
  • While exploring the Dark Room, Max can find an invoice for the bunker from "Howard Roark Construction." This is a reference to the main character, and architect, of the same name in Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead.
  • Tumblr ns6pwt97tP1ubpbmgo1 500

    Graffiti on the wall

    If you made the choice of writing a wall message in episode 2 in the wrecked den, after going back to the junkyard at night you can see that someone had graffiti-ed over the writings on the wall in red, probably blood. They change "Rachel was here" into "Rachel is here"- probably a reference to the fact that Rachel's body was buried in the junkyard. It also then circles Chloe's and Max's names and beside it there is the message: "You're ALL GONNA DIE".
  • TX MinChoice E4 5A NathanDoor
    An unused in-game choice graphic called TX_MinChoice_E4_5A_NathanDoor can be extracted from the game's files. It can be assumed that Episode 4 originally had a minor choice related to whether Max used her rewind powers in order to fix Nathan's room door or not.
  • The episode trailer has some inconsistencies; when looking at the characters, they are wearing the same clothing from previous episodes; however, Max and Chloe's shirts change in the actual episode.
  • At the end of the credits on this episode, it says "thanks for crying" instead of "thanks for playing".

TrailersEdit

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