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Dropsy on Steam

MSRP: $9.99

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

Release: 9/10/15

If you loaded up Dropsy for the first time knowing nothing about it, you would swear that it was an adventure game from the early 90s, but that is not the case. This is game release in 2015 by someone who thought “Old school adventure games weren’t nearly disturbing or incomprehensible enough! I should do something about that.”

And 2015 ate it up.  Dropsy got reviews that ranged from good to great, but for me personally? I just don’t get it. And worse, I don’t want to get it.  I don’t want to run around as a creepy clown with a bloody-faced pup companion giving people gifts and hugs. None of it makes a bit of sense to me.

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As far as I’ve played, which admittedly is not far, you basically walk around, picking stuff up, and giving it to other people & creatures when they ask for it in poorly rendered pictograms.  As far as I can tell, there is no dialog in the game.  In fact, there is such a commitment to style that I can’t even figure out what things do in the options menu.

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Dropsy also features poop humor in the first five minutes.  I pretty much guessed at that point that I wasn’t going to fall madly in love with the game. Add to that some deliberate obtuseness, and a relentlessly chipper soundtrack, and I’m not even going to try to push myself. I’m guessing you can turn the music off, but unless you can also turn on a pretty robust hint system, I can’t bring myself to care about Dropsy and his need to hug all the things.

(also, that dog? I’m sure that’s blood on his muzzle and that, my friends, is worse nightmare fuel than the creepy clown could ever be.)

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