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Dropsy is an open world adventure game with an emphasis on surreal atmospheric elements and environmental storytelling. It extracts the humor and rich narratives from classic adventure games and places them into a unique exploration based framework. You guide Dropsy, a perpetually carefree clown (ex-clown to be precise) through a richly detailed world full of colorful characters and sinister secrets.

Dropsy subverts the traditional tendency of game protagonists to be destructive forces in the world. Instead of slaying enemies, Dropsy's innocence and kindness act as a catalyst for redemption. Dropsy doesn't recognize anyone as his enemy, and will lovingly embrace them whether they like it or not.

Though its roots are in the point-and-click titles of old, Dropsy is an almost entirely text-free experience. There are still colorful characters to communicate with, but the dialogue is handled visually rather than linguistically.

This helps emphasize another theme central to the game, a sense of not belonging. Players may not always understand what a character is trying to communicate, resulting in assumptions based on how they interpret the visual symbols. This came as a way to deal with the fact that Dropsy cannot speak, and has become one of its most unique aspects. It also gives the game a universal appeal as people who speak any language can enjoy it fully.

An example of the icon based speech system.

The goal is to allow the player to discover the narrative at their own pace instead of spoon feeding them plot points. Solutions to puzzles emerge organically as more is learned about Dropsy's world.

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IndieBox vote registered!

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PapiDimmi
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This sure is a fantastic game.

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Foxxen
Foxxen

Congrats on the success of your kickstarter, hope you reach 19k for the composer. I must admit though, clowns scare me but this seems like a feel good game.

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JayTholen Creator
JayTholen

Thanks Foxxen! It is definitely a feel good game! :0) The decision to use a clown as the protagonist was partly because so many people are creeped out by them. Mostly because I just love the crap out of Dropsy himself, though.

Nice art by the way! I love your crazy unwieldy use of color.

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Dropsy
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Developer
Jay Tholen
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Devolver Digital
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Unity
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Latest tweets from @dropsytheclown

RT @8izzozero: clown shoes

Feb 6 2019

RT @fistfulofmedia: Dropsy is on sale for $2.49 on Steam right now. Everyone should buy it and feel good about themselves.

Nov 24 2018

RT @tama_and_chibi: I like him, He is very cute. I want him to hug me :-) #DROPSY #game #しらたまデザイン T.co

Nov 24 2018

RT @kindofstrange: I’m pretty sure I’ve used a few cat GIFs far more frequently, but hey, @dropsytheclown gets to spot apparently T.co

Nov 19 2018

RT @jaytholen: On Wednesday I'll be at @CodemoBerlin giving a talk on 1999 internet simulator Hypnospace Outlaw and diving into ou… T.co

Nov 19 2018

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