Posts Tagged ‘jay tholen’

Have You Played… Hypnospace Enforcer?


Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Hypnospace Enforcer [official site] is a game I always meant to post about when it came out, but never did for reasons I don’t know. I somehow even managed to talk about it on a podcast, and I try to avoid podcasts and everything. Baffling. Anyway! Made by Dropsy chap Jay Tholen, it’s a short and pleasingly colourful game about policing the highways of Hypnospace – a future cyberzone people go to when sleeping – by chasing perps down the lanes of the information superhighway.

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Wot I Think: Dropsy

Dropsy [official site] is a game in which kindness and love are hidden beneath smears and clots of greasepaint, and oedemic grotesqueries. It’s perhaps fitting that the game itself contains moments of strange beauty hidden in the cracks of its cumbersome design but I’m not entirely happy in its clammy embrace. Here’s wot I think.

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It’s Hug Time! Dropsy Released

Dropsy may look like a clown from your childhood nightmares, but he only wants to make people happy. From humble beginnings in a choose your own adventure comic run through the Something Awful forums, the fire-starting funster now has a game of his very own. Dropsy [official site] has the tagline “a point and click hugventure” because he’ll be giving out a lot of those as he roams an open world trying to redeem himself after accidentally burning down his circus. Oh it’s a bit dark all right, but also sweet and funny and yeah okay a bit nightmarish and surreal at times too, as its sing-a-long launch trailer shows:

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Clowning Around: Dropsy Dropping By In September

“OMG” cried our John, showing a new trailer for Dropsy [official site] around the RPS treehouse. For those of you not fluent in middle-aged dad, I’ll translate. I believe he was trying to say “This upcoming adventure game looks funny and trippy and a bit gross and I really dig it but I’m a bit afraid of clowns and don’t want to look at Dropsy’s maw any longer and I don’t like writing news posts, so if someone does like writing news and isn’t afraid of baggy trousers would like to…?”

Hi there.

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Coulrophobia Begone: Devolver To Publish Dropsy

This is an odd little tale. Dropsy is a creepy but carefree clown living in a grotesque world. He has adventures of the pointy, clicky variety, although without the swarms of words that usually accompany such journeys. The people and things of Dropsy’s world communicate “through visual icons”, most of which are probably also creepy and/or grotesque. The clown is trying to clear his name following a fatal circus fire. Those three words rapidly conjure the odour of burning grease paint and the sound of screaming elephants. That’s not the odd part of the story though – the odd part is how the game’s production has unfolded. A failed $25,000 Kickstarter was followed by a successful $14,000 attempt, which is still running, and now Devolver Digital have picked the game up for publication, offering “additional development, marketing, and production funds”.

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Dropsy Is An Adorable, Grotesque Open-World Adventure

That's clown makeup on the puppy's face. Not, um, blood. Unless Dropsy's clown makeup is made of blood, which is entirely possible.

Dropsy is a clown. A very, um, not nice looking clown. I think I love him. He has a puppy and he draws his own, poorly painted face on everything – including said loyal canine companion. TV and my nightmares tell me that ours is a world full of sad clowns just trying to get by/devour my heart with crooked, yellow teeth, but Dropsy is an irrepressibly joyful clown in a sad situation. His family’s circus has been burnt to the ground, and he’s gone from local, animal-whispering hero to scrap-collecting outcast. His game, then, is a point-and-click adventure that wields sorrow in one hand and gut-busting humor in another, with a fascinating open-world structure gluing everything together. The personality is strong in this one. Hit the drop to have a look-see at Dropsy.

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