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Clowning Around: Dropsy Dropping By In September

Open-world adventure game

"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.

Isn't that delightful? And also a bit horrible? But in a way you like?

The setup: poor Dropsy finds himself cast out and no longer a clown after a tragic fire at his family circus. Still, on he goes, making friends and trying to find out what happened. It's a point and clicker with a few novel twists. It's open-world, for starters, not forcing players down a set path. Dropsy only communicates with people in visual symbols too, so you have to guess quite what they're trying to say. Along with solving puzzles, he'll be hugging people - he is a friendly clown. But oh when he sleeps, when he sleeps he enters a nightmare world that, for five minutes, lets him explore a tormenting hellscape built from fragments of what's happened. Poor Dropsy.

Dropsy is coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux on September 10th. It's made by Jay Tholen and A Jolly Corpse, published by Devolver Digital. The game's been a long time coming, from an initial Kickstarter to buy software in 2011, through a failed follow-up in 2013 when it turned out that software alone isn't enough to make a game, before a third later in 2013 hit the goal and drew Devolver's attention.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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