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Lovecraftian detective 'em up The Sinking City out now


The Lovecraftian detective-o-horror RPG The Sinking City launched today, inviting us all to leave this glorious heatwave and venture into a half-drowned city where things lurk in the flooded streets and even on dry land people have a touch of that Innsmouth look. It's, like, okay, according to Alice Bee's The Sinking City review. Despite her hesitance to recommend it, I am still curious. Not many fancy 3D games let us wonder around cursed cities so I have a soft spot for the ones we have.

The Sinking City is made by Frogwares, the gang behind all those Sherlock Holmes games.

"Without the weird Lovecraftian bits, this is a slightly janky, slightly grindy detective game that does some interesting things in a very atmospheric depiction of a profoundly depressed town," Alice said in her review-concluding protracted sigh. "Taking them into account, I don't know! I was confused and uncharmed by the whole thing, but I still haven't untangled my brainnoodles. At least I've told you how they got tangled. Goodness, I was very interested in The Sinking City. I really wanted to love it. But I'm afraid rain may have stopped play this time."

Ah, fair, fair, sure, sure. But you do get to putt-putt a boat around a partially flooded city, investigate oddness, and be puzzled by the game's ham-handed attempt to confront Lovecraft's racism.

The Sinking City is out now on the Epic Games Store for £48. It's published by Bigben Interactive. The Steam release is due to follow once the year of exclusivity Epic bought runs out.

Vidboy Matthew recently had a look at the game too:

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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.