Studio V and VLG Publishing‘s visual novel adventure game Dry Drowning draws a dystopian picture of the future with Greek mythology.
Having a private investigator in a raincoat isn’t the most innovative idea in a crime story, be it in a modern or futuristic setting, but presenting murders based on Greek mythology is certainly a rather unique twist. Playing as private detective Mordred Foley who isn’t only haunted by his own dark post, the player also uncovers the reason behind some macabre killings that take place in the city of Nova Polemos. Once a beautiful and hopeful city, it has become a place for corruption and desperation, so bringing light is essential in both senses of the word.
Unlike many visual novels in which one simply clicks through text to progress the storyline, this is a much more adventure-gaming inspired thriller that tasks the player to find the truth among shady characters, all sorts of riddles and clues. What is especially interesting is that one explores the detective’s flashbacks and investigate cases from the past which helps solving new ones. There are many choices and decisions to be made along the way, and it all matters because of 150 story branches and 3 different endings. But it doesn’t only affect the storyline, but also background politics, technology, environment, and NPC encounters. If this wasn’t reason enough to replay the game, then there is also the Living Nightmares system that is used during psychological interrogations. With a dark art style and some great music and voice acting, this might just be the next best thing to a choose-your-own-sci-fi-adventure.
The game is out now on PC with a 15% launch discount that will last until August 9th, 1pm UTC, the GOG version featuring an exclusive artbook. There will also be PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions coming soon.