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Return of the Obra Dinn

Return of the Obra Dinn review

Worse things happen at sea

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3 months ago

Return of The Obra Dinn, Paratopic and Hypnospace Outlaw headline IGF’s 2019 finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Independent Games Festival award ceremony on March 20th have been announced, and they remind me just how joyful a challenge it is to keep up with indie development. Every category is packed with exciting, creative endeavours both complete or still in development - a reminder that 2018 was a great year for games, and 2019 stands to be even better.…

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Feature: Taking the puzzle game by storm

How Return of the Obra Dinn refreshes the nautical disaster tale

Warning: contains spoilers. When Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was trapped in unyielding ice, it was clear the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition had taken a bad turn. In late 1915, after months of anxious waiting, the sheer pressure of the ice crushed the most advanced ship of its time “like a nutshell”, according to captain Frank Worsley. Stranded on the ice for ten months, the entire…

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Feature: It'll take you all of 2019 to play them

Best PC games of 2018

The doors have been opened, the games inside have been devoured, and now it's time to recycle the cardboard. Below you'll find all of our picks for the best PC games of 2018, gathered together in a single post for easy reading.

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Feature: An update on the update man

Rich McCormick’s 5 best games of 2018

I realise, at the end of 2018, that I’ve spent much of the year digging back over games released in 2017 and earlier. That’s in part because I’ve been subject to the demands of evil overlord Graham, but also because I’ve been trapped in the gravity well of monster timesinks like Destiny 2 and Divinity 2. When I did reach escape velocity, I cherished my…

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Feature: How many people did we ask to do this?! Answer: many

Alex Wiltshire’s 5 best games of 2018

I’ve spent 2018 particularly distracted, flitting between games and feeling guilty that I haven’t quite finished them or spent the time they deserved. Maybe it’s because there have been so many good games? Or maybe I’m just awful. Either way, I resolve to take better care next year. Now I look back, I realise that I’ve particularly enjoyed a series of games which gave me…

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Feature: Listen or be lost at sea

Podcast: The year 2018 is sinking and only 3 games can be saved

 Look out. The year 2018 is going down in a storm. There are hundreds of games aboard, running, jumping, trying their best to survive the maelstrom. But there’s only one tiny lifeboat, and only enough room for three games. It falls on the sorry shoulders of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, to decide which trio of games clamber onto the life raft…

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4 months ago

Feature: Listen now and discover whodunnit

Podcast: Of murders and mysteries

 Esteemed friends. I have gathered you here today to speak about a most terrible crime, perpetrated in this very room. Late last night, the RPS podcast, affectionately known to some of you as the Electronic Wireless Show, was found dead beside the divan. No, do not get up Mrs Leathershaw. The cushions have been washed, I assure you. But less clean than those soft…

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Feature: Page turner

How a book binds the Return of the Obra Dinn

Towards the end of Return of the Obra Dinn’s four-and-a-half years in development, Lucas Pope had a friend come over to playtest it. He sat him down, explained how it’s a firstperson mystery game in which you discover the fate of the Obra Dinn, a merchant ship lost on its voyage into the Orient. Then he gave him the controls. “He played for a bit…

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5 months ago

Feature: Worse things happen at sea

Return of the Obra Dinn review

Return of the Obra Dinn is a terrible advert for sea travel and a great recruitment tool for the insurance industry. A boat arrives in port, absent a living crew and with too few remains to represent the 60 passengers in the ship’s log. You’re an investigator who has to fill in the gaps by studying this vaguest of crime scenes. I always thought insurance…

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Return Of The Obra Dinn mysteriously floats into port today

Time to get your sea legs on and step aboard a ship full of maritime mysteries in Return Of The Obra Dinn, released today and latest from Lucas Pope, creator of Papers Please. A first-person murder mystery presented in grainy monochrome, players fill the well-worn shoes of an insurance investigator for the East India Company in 1807. A ship long thought lost has turned up…

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Monochrome maritime mystery Return Of The Obra Dinn sets sail next week

A grand crime at sea might be a tough job to investigate but an insurance agent doesn't give up so easy, according to Return Of The Obra Dinn, next from Lucas Pope - creator of Papers Please. After four and a half years in development, the low-fi mystery adventure is nearly ready. Pope reckons it's just one week and a day from being ship-shape, launching on October…

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6 months ago

Papers, Please dev’s next game, Return Of The Obra Dinn, due this autumn

The developer behind Papers, Please, Lucas Pope, has released a new trailer for upcoming monochrome mystery game Return Of The Obra Dinn. It’s coming this autumn, and will see players take on the role of an insurance adjustor who must investigate when an abandoned ship floats into harbour after being thought lost at sea. Take a peek below:

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3 years ago

Papers, Please Dev’s Obra Dinn Returns In New Demo

"Say," you say in that odd tone you affect, "what ever did happen to that new game from the Papers, Please chap? First-person mystery doodad, set about a lost ship, had some kind of magic watch? Quite a nice weird dithered look going on?" You are a godsend, you, always stumbling along with rambling questions at convenient times. You can see for yourself how Return…

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4 years ago

Dinn Roamin’: Papers Please Dev’s New Game Has A Demo

This is a pleasant surprise: Lucas Pope, he of the wildly acclaimed, extremely well-observed and reliably gut-wrenching Papers, Please, has snuck out a free demo of his next game. First person sort-of-adventure Return of the Obra Dinn has a somehow both retro and hyper-modern 1-bit art style (which looks a bit like a dot matrix printer was fed green paper), and concerns a Marie Celeste-style…

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5 years ago

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DevLog Watch: Tim Cosmonaut, Path To The Sky, More

Hype gets a bad reputation. If you think of it as nothing more than advertising, then there's always the chance that these screenshots, trailers, GIFs and promises add up to nothing more than disappointment and an empty wallet. But if you think those same things as a form of entertainment and a source of enjoyment in their own right, then you've got nothing to lose.…

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Return of Lucas Pope, Return of the Obra Dinn

Straight out of the gate, there's more to Lucas Pope's new first-person mystery-solver than one might assume. The above image isn't some stylisation or striking image meant to attract attention without explaining the game, but an actual example of how he plans for it to look. The man behind Papers, Please is building the tale of an investigation into an abandoned ship and planning an…

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