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:
Mixed (72 reviews) - 65% of the 72 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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“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
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 15 people (87%) 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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
Residue offers a very compelling story and passable gameplay. If you like story driven games with a genuine human element you should pick this up.

In Residue you mostly play as three different characters with different abilities: an athletic young boy, an old man with a flashlight and a middle-aged man with a grappling hook. All these characters interact and interweave with each other in very interesting ways, in both gameplay and story. I'm being intentionally vague about the story because I think it's good to approach this game with a clean slate - but it all revolves around a real horribly polluted lake in Asia. The story is confusing at times but everything comes together beautifully at the end. The story is what will keep you playing because the gameplay is nothing special, and when you're stuck as the old man it can become boring - the other characters offer some nice platforming. The graphics aren't breathtaking or unique but they fit the atmosphere of the game perfectly. The voice acting is pretty solid throughout and the music is spot on. The game is short but I don't hold that against it, it tells its story concisely and effectively, without any padding or fluff.
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18 of 26 people (69%) 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 28 people (68%) 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2015
I'm struggling with how to rate this one. This game has a lot of bad things within, but untapped potential is definitely there.

The art direction is fine. In fact, the backgrounds are much more detailed than they initially let on. Rust, age, damage, the wear of passing time and weather -- the backgrounds show all of these factors and are quite impressive. The story and location are very intriguing. In fact, the story was the only thing that really kept me going.

The gameplay has potential, but its execution is not good at all. Each character has a special ability - flashlight, grapling hook, or acrobatics - but the ways they're used are odd and feel forced. Physics for the grapling hook are horrible. And some areas give you no clue as to where you need to go. One area in particular forced me to look up a YouTube playthrough.

The story, as intriguing as it was, has a very confusing ending. I can't say why without spoiling it; but the inconsistency between the ending, how the ending happens, and how the characters behave all come together to result in a jumbled, confused mess. The voice acting ranges from well done for some characters to abysmal for others. I was thrilled when one doomed character had nothing else to say because the voice acting was so wooden and monotone. Some of the dialog was horrible as well.

Even with those negatives, I don't reget buying this game; so I'm giving this a thumbs up but with a lot of caveats. "Residue" has a ton of potential but it never follows through. I didn't find myself wishing for the game to end as soon as possible like I did with "They Breathe", (I know, I'm in the minority on that one.) The story, minus the incredibly confusing ending, had me hooked throughout the game. If The Working Parts can make another game with a similarly intriguing story and location while cleaning up the gameplay and finding better voice actors, I think that game could do very well. "Residue" let enough potential sneak through that I want to see what The Working Parts gives us next.
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