Up-tempo adventuring and family drama ensue when the survivors of a disastrous charity project return to the dead ships in the former Aral Sea in Uzbekistan. Residue tells a personal story by letting you explore a larger-than-life, ridiculously detailed rendition of one of our world's most fascinating (and horrifying) locations.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (35 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014
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"Compelling and intelligent storytelling that explores the nature of relationships and of humankind."


“It's a gorgeous, bizarre and uniquely human tale of death and redemption”
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“Residue boasts a marvelous script, both in regards to individual lines and grand, sweeping structure.”
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About This Game

Residue is a story-driven 2D platform adventure in which you control three characters with different abilities, exploring an abandoned excavation site in the remains of the Aral Sea in present-day Uzbekistan. Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea is now an arid wasteland, a victim of decades of Soviet cotton irrigation. To some, it is the prime example for humanity to stay out of nature's business. To others, it's a world waiting to be saved.

  • Real-world setting: The vanished Aral Sea in Central Asia, peppered with artifacts of an all too real history.
  • A world imagined: Eerily detailed, vibrant HD art, closely based on photos from the Aral Sea and filled with secrets.
  • Something to say: Experience a non-violent, thought-provoking, fully voiced story concerning the cost of saving worlds, without giving up control.
  • Exploration: Explore an interconnected game world using three characters with very different abilities.
  • Variety, variety, variety: From climbing to exploring to diving to navigating pitch-black corridors, integrating new gameplay elements at every turn.
  • Captivating Soundtrack: With many vocal tracks and an ethnic vibe, composed and produced by Joel Bille

From every disaster, new heroes emerge. This is the story of a suicide mission, an impossible attempt at restoring the Aral Sea. In the late 90's, a disgraced Russian oil tycoon found an underground secret that could save the dry basin. The sea would not be changed. But for the team assembled to work the miracle, life would never be the same again. Ten years later, the survivors' paths begin to converge. Something is pulling them back to the Aral Sea.

See every side of the story
Residue has a story itching to be told. We have done it in the way that only video games can – by putting you in the middle of the action at all times. Resisting the temptation of a clear-cut protagonist, Residue carefully juggles you to let you see every side of the story, alternating between three characters with very different abilities - each one able to reach places the others can't - and very different ambitions. At times they help each other, at times they are in opposition. Sometimes both. Nobody said things weren't complicated.
Did we mention Residue is crazy about the little details? While the main story may take you between two to three hours to complete, you can search for hours for all the little hints and references to real world events, as well as dozens of hidden collectibles and all-round secret content.

Always in control
As seen in our previous, much smaller game They Breathe, The Working Parts are devoted to telling stories in new ways while keeping interactivity at the forefront. That's why Residue isn't a point-and-click, but rather a visceral platform adventure where you're always in control, whether you're monkeying around the ship graveyard or diving through underground tunnels, navigating old Jumagul through dark corridors with a flickering flashlight, or ascending the side of the gigantic stranded drillship with Nikolai's makeshift grappling hook. Around every corner, Residue will show you something new.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
An allright game, with a few perks up its sleeve and a few thing I would have done differently.

But let's get down to what's good and what's not about this title:


  • Immersive, rich atmosphere.
  • Solid story, altho sometimes it does get a bit confusing about who's who.
  • Loads and loads of in-game lore, about both the location and the characters.
  • Beautiful soundtrack.
  • Gameplay variety (each character has his own, peculiar, set of abilities).
  • Rather in-depth character design, as each of them works for his very own purpose and reasons.


  • The controls do feel a bit clunky at times.
  • Character sprites are not particularly polished or good looking. (The backgrounds are usually ok, however)
  • You'll likely get stuck figuring out where to go next a few times.
  • Possibly not the most intuitive swiming system ever.

All in all, it's well worth its value and deserving of a play or two. I did manage to finish it twice (as far as I have found out, there are at least two endings and i wanted to see them both), and I can honestly say I wouldn't consider the time as wasted.

It certaintly is a peculiar game, and will feel frustrating at times (damn grappling hook...), but I have no double thoughts on reccomending it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I got this game during Steam Auction, and I think it's an overlooked game that deserves more attention.
It's a story driven platformer that has a serious topic. It's very atmospheric, having a nice sound track and a unique art style.

I've read briefly about the environmental disaster at Aral Sea before, and it serves as a lesson that human actions can have catastrophic consequences. It's very admirable that the developer is raising awareness about it. For that reason alone, I would recommend playing this game.

Now just for some nitpicking. While the game has a unique aesthetic, the animation is plain horrible. The art also blends everything together, which makes it sometimes hard to tell where solid walls and ledges are. One of the character you control is an old man, which makes sense that he can only walk slowly, but it's not very fun gameplay-wise. Not to spoil the ending, but I don't think that's how physics and biology work.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Residue offers a truly exotic experience through unique, beautifully drawn graphics, excellent audio composition of the ambiance sounds and music, and, last but not least, a story that makes you ponder upon fundamental aspects of life (though without giving you a headache over it).

You'll be exploring and discovering disturbing bits and pieces of information related to the story of the game. The game doesn't have one of those boring tutorials, but instead relies on simple, intuitive puzzles to get you started. It will also pique your curiosity until you absolutely have to find out what's going on.

Don't be fooled by the apparently slow pace of the game! There are scary things out there and some might make you jump when you bump into them :)

All in all, I definitely recommend this game if you're looking for something fresh and different to try out.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
The game is really beautiful and I would recommend trying it yourself , because it will amaze you for sure ! I am making series on YouTube on this game so if you want to see the prologue or any other part of this game , check it out here -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udHv_YozX_k There are 13 parts , including the prologue and the epilogue ! :)
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Absolutely a game with sincerity and talent,recommended to everyone.

++Full of creative play mod:different characters from different ages with different abilities but in one map and storyline,not the same as Resident Evil 6.
++Excellent story with a talent way to depict.
++Marvel Graphics.
++Unforgettable music.


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25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Compelling and intelligent storytelling that explores the nature of relationships and of humankind.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Residue: Final Cut is not a good game. They Breathe by the same studio was much better (and cheaper).
First of all, Residue feels rushed and unfinished. While the art-style might work for some people (I personally found it only acceptable), the level of animations is simply god-awful. Voice acting varies from irritating (accents, tone) to alright at times. Same goes for writing - the dialogues are taken straight from Writing for Beginners 101. Apart from that, the sound is quite nice. But the world that we are given to explore is unappealing, generic and simply boring.
Add to all that characters who I couldn't find it in my heart to care about (I cared more about the dead frogs in They Breathe) and the gameplay mechanics that just don't give you any satisfaction (this character walks slowly, this one cannot jump, this one can jump but you can't jump on that, jump on something else, etc.) and the player feels like at a highschool performance of a play written by a local celebrity.
To sum up, if you are in a dying need of an indie platformer-ish game that tries to be artsy, then sure, buy this game. But there is a ton of better titles on Steam alone, so, you know... buy something else?
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
Gorgeous backgrounds, OK character designs, a simple but effective story, and similarly simple gameplay that nevertheless engages. I got this in a greenlight bundle, and I was quite pleasantly surprised to find something actually worth playing.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
The incredible power of Residue is reached not with a single standout element, but with a harmony of dense atmosphere, thoughtful attention to details, unforgettable music, vivid characters and ofcourse its interactive story, that shows what it really takes to be a human being.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Have only played through the first part, but must admit that it is a great story and that the mechanics works great to make it more interesting than a traditional point and click adventure.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
a group of comrades descend into misery in the the waterless aral sea
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
a story telling game with puzzles, definelty worth a playthrough.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Honestly don't know what the fuss was about. Developer seems cool, but this game just isn't good. You play 3 single characters that only do 1 thing all game, 2 of which don't work well. The old guy moves super slow, and the grappling hook guy doesn't work half the time or you have to grapple something you can't see. The art is ok, but the voice acting is terrible, and the character development and dialogue make no sense at all for how humans actually act. Lips don't mimic speaking. The story is about some sunken shipyard and saving your mom who's stuck at the bottom of the river, at a pressure that would kill someone anyways. (spoiler:but not really) Even though she is under there for the entire game, and like 2 hours, she somehow survives without mouth to mouth or anything, even though humans can hold their breath for like 2-3 min. The story is furthered by notes and there is some jib-jab about a crash or poisoning or something, but is convoluted and just not interesting enough. The game has a terrible case of not letting you know where to go, as many people have pointed out, and you get stuck often. Usually its like "oh I didn't know I could do that/that looked like it was in the background/there are 20 ways to go, do I go backward or forward?". Also I found numerous bugs where something that was supposed to happen didn't for no apparent reason, or because I didn't do some innocuous thing that doesn't make sense and I shouldn't know I had to do. Also, sometimes someone just got stuck or someone bugged backward to a part they weren't supposed to be. All the bugs needed a restart to fix. And then the end doesn't really make sense. 5/10.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
6€ for a 2hr adventure is way too much, the music in nice though. And I've learned about the Aral Sea.

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11 of 44 people (25%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Where do i start.
The game, with it's art design is a bad step, for me. Might be different for you, art does work like that.

But, there are no settings besides language. Litteraly none, no sound sliders, fullscreen, resolution,nothing.
Then, there is the fact that inside buildings, the game just becomes a tanker and drops to less than 5 fps, even though the rest runs at 30+. No idea why.
You use controls for moving, but the feel you get from it is not good.
And the voice acting, while it is decent, the voice of the child makes my ears bleed.

Overall, the game does nothing to make you want to play it, hell, i have to play it more for a video and I don't want to!
It pains me to write this, but no. I would not recommend this. Even for this price.
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4 of 34 people (12%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
no resolution settings, no sound settings

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