Dropsy is a non-traditional take on the classic point and click adventure formula starring the game’s perpetually carefree namesake clown as he explores a richly detailed world full of colorful characters and sinister secrets, doling out hugs along the way.
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2015

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“This levity, this world, and these people are going to be with me forever. If you've ever complained about there being too much violence in gaming, or that games are all the same, and you don't play this... I hope somebody hugs you.”
9.5/10 – Destructoid

“...a beautiful, bewildering, unforgettable game of hugs, love, and hollowing sadness.”
8/10 – The Jimquisition

“Dropsy is a game that warmed my hardened, cynical heart.”
8/10 – GamesBeat

Dropsy: Warm Damp Hug Edition

The Dropsy Warm Damp Hug Edition includes the official Dropsy digital soundtrack by Chris Schlarb, the Eternal Hug music EP by Jay Tholen, and Dropsy's Book of Secrets - a collection of over 100 pages of tips, sketches, concepts and ramblings from designer Jay Tholen.

About This Game

After a deadly circus fire shatters his world and tarnishes his name, Dropsy the Clown finds himself on a journey of self-discovery through a story that harnesses themes of love and unmerited kindness. With his father gravely ill and the world turning its back on the once celebrated clown, Dropsy will need to help those in need, hug total strangers, and unearth dark secrets on the winding road to redemption. Oh, and Dropsy can also talk to animals.

Dropsy is a non-traditional take on the classic point and click adventure formula starring the game's perpetually carefree namesake clown as he explores a richly detailed world full of colorful characters and sinister secrets, doling out hugs along the way. Rather than lead players on a singular narrative path, players are free to determine which avenues of adventure they want to explore in an open world setting and can piece the puzzles together at their own pace.

  • Open World Adventure – Players are free to choose which avenues of adventure they want to explore in an open world setting and can piece many of the puzzles and story bits together however they choose.

  • Text Free Experience – Communicate with a bizarre and colorful cast of characters through an innovative use of visual icons rather than traditional text-based dialog trees.

  • Puzzles and Hugs – Challenging puzzles and complex conundrums stand between Dropsy and the secrets behind his shrouded past. With clever thinking, tender hugs, and the help of his animal friends, Dropsy can overcome evil and win the hearts of the people around him.

  • Evocative Soundtrack – From gentle electric piano and saxophone melodies of the starting area, to the space echo drenched dub reggae tracks of a vampire-hunting swamp village, to the bombastic fuzzed out quasi-prog-rock of the endgame sequences, Chris Schlarb and his band of minstrels give every area in the game a distinct sense of place.

System Requirements

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SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.9+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Hawkin
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
More hugs than a box full of kittens. It's a cute game and tells its story completely without words. I don't think that a completely non-verbal story would work in very many games, but it does here.
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Anxiety_Ballet_Dancer
9.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
I recived this game as a gift from my boyfriend and I really love it. If I have to describe Dropsy in one word it would be Heartwarming.
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KingOfHartzIV
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Would hug again 11/10
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Squeaks
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
I'll start this review with an anecdote.

WARNING! -Very Mild Spoilers- There's a lever near the end of the game that you have to use your birdy friend to trigger. So I sent him to do his thing. What I didn't notice was the turret... until it fried my birdy friend. When this happened, I reacted as if I just saw my dog get ran over. I literally screamed out "No!", and stared in shocked horror until the game reset the scenario and my birdy friend was safe and not dead.

It's not exceptionally hard for games to get an emotional reaction out of me. This is the first game, however, to have me react identically to how I would if I had actually witnessed it in real life. This game knows how to take your heart on an rollercoaster that, while often remaining in the fluffy clouds, sometimes plummets into the depths of super sadness and utter rage. I won't spoil when, but there was a segment of the game where I really wanted the hug option to change to a 'Choke The Jerk Until He Stopped Kicking' option.
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ManicMatt
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
Fantastic stuff. The graphics are animated brilliantly. The music is wonderful and varied. The puzzles can be quite difficult in places due to the lack of dialogue explaining a lot of things, leaving Dropsy to just shrug at a lot of things. Same goes for the inventory, there was an item I tried using incorrectly because I thought it was something else entirely, but no explanations are given. The game has an interesting day and night cycle that changes where characters are or if a shop is open.

I really enjoyed this game, and despite the problems mentioned I would say it's up there with LucasArts adventures, and I can't give it higher praise than that.
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Skelter
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 10
Captivating story keeps this one going long after the novelty of the graphics wears off. Point and clicks aren't dead?!
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
fantastic plot and game design, one of my favorite point and clicks of all time
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PMBall
12.2 hrs
Posted: August 8
The more cynical you are, the more this character will melt your heart
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E.M.J. ㋛
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 8
Possibly the best game of 2015, or at least one of, for sure. The design, music, characters and story is all top notch and all filled with love and inspiration! My only complain is that some puzzles are a bit too obscure and some "dialouge" too difficult to decipher. The creator himself even thought so as I understood it, but then again, some got themselves all the way through, while others did not. It may be a case of people being a bit spoiled with quick solutions in the modern age compared to the golden age of LucasArts and Sierra, where pixel hunting & trial and error basically were the rule as there were no forums or walkthroughs on the web.

But to conclude: I love this game. It enriched my life.
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Noyjoy
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 5
A must buy game! One of the best point and click games I have played. Twisted yet charming story and a trippy visual style.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
The more cynical you are, the more this character will melt your heart
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
fantastic plot and game design, one of my favorite point and clicks of all time
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Captivating story keeps this one going long after the novelty of the graphics wears off. Point and clicks aren't dead?!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Possibly the best game of 2015, or at least one of, for sure. The design, music, characters and story is all top notch and all filled with love and inspiration! My only complain is that some puzzles are a bit too obscure and some "dialouge" too difficult to decipher. The creator himself even thought so as I understood it, but then again, some got themselves all the way through, while others did not. It may be a case of people being a bit spoiled with quick solutions in the modern age compared to the golden age of LucasArts and Sierra, where pixel hunting & trial and error basically were the rule as there were no forums or walkthroughs on the web.

But to conclude: I love this game. It enriched my life.
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211 of 258 people (82%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
When I first heard about Dropsy, I was kind of put off. I mean, look at him. He's kind of creepy looking - especially if you don't have a fondness for clowns.

But after talking with the developer and reading up on Dropsy's creation... I fell in love. I played the side game that put out for a game jam (Dropsy and the Black Lodge) and that just cemented this character for me.

He's an innocent. Probably one of the only pure innocents I've ever run into in gaming.

I don't do a lot of standard reviews of games (and this is my first on Steam), but I love this game enough to write this.

I honestly am not sure what to say that doesn't just sound like me gushing about Dropsy. So... I'm going to gush.

The audio is fantastic. The soundtrack helps set the mood (and the Dream-world tracks... some of my favorite).

The hand-drawn animation just fits. The first time you see Dropsy get excited because someone likes him, when you go to hug someone and they accept the hug... I'm actually getting a little emotional just thinking about it.

Jay does a fantastic job of including humor in the game. The emotional scenes hit you right in the feels. The laughter is contagious. And even the frightening gives me goose-bumps.

Controls are fairly standard Point-n-Click.

There is nothing written in the game. The visual method that characters use to communicate can take a little getting used to, but it's laid out simply enough that even a child can understand it.

It's not often that a game comes along that can literally be appealing to kids and adults, but my nine year old son is just as excited to play with Dropsy as I am.

What are you waiting for? Go start hugging!
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209 of 270 people (77%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
An unforgettably emotional journey through the psychological traumas of a cheerful clown demonized by the society, that tries to find redemption by giving his unselfish love to others. As a metaphor of the climate of hate and incomprehension in a post-9/11 world. Serving as an acid critic to the globalization and the current U.S. policies. But also as a love letter to two of the greatest American cultural contributions in the form of classical Hollywood cinema and Jazz music

The world completely changed after the terrorist attacks occurred on 11 September 2001 in New York. Leading us to an increased militarization in the western countries, now obsessed with the idea of security. So consequently, the artistic and cultural manifestations also changed, including videogames. A generation which grew up with cute videogame mascots was followed by a new generation of children playing realistic war simulators. While they saw tragic news on television, talking about the devastating consequences of the Irak War. It’s not a coincidence that in a country like the United States, where so many young lives were lost in the Irak War, Call of Duty became the best-selling franchise. In the New World Order raised from the ashes of the 9/11, the war was seen as an everyday routine.

I also think that it’s not a coincidence that a game like Dropsy was launched in the same weekend of September 11. Given that it’s a work surrounded with a pacifist message, talking about the act of giving our unselfish love to others as the only possible means to make the world a better place, mitigating the intolerance by trying to not prejudge other people. It’s easy to see in the cheerful and lovable clown Dropsy a mirror of all the Muslim people resident in western countries that were judged as potential terrorists in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11.

With a lot of its contemporary games relying in the idea of violence as the only possible means to defend our countries and using an ever increasing level of realism, in Dropsy we have our hugs as the main tool for interacting with other characters, trying to bring happiness to other people’s lives. And it departs from realism, sculpting an intentionally surreal world with some dreamy landscapes reflecting Dropsy’s traumas that seem taken from a Dali’s painting mixed with LSD.

Dropsy is clearly inspired by Yoshirou Kimura’s Chulip, one of the all-time best adventure games. Prior to the creation of Chulip, Yoshirou Kimura was one of the co-founders of Love-de-Lic, a Japanese studio that was responsible for some of the most creative games in videogame history. With Chulip being the consummation of Yoshirou Kimura’s principles regarding art creation.

Chulip, like Dropsy, was a game based in the idea of help other people with the final objective of give a kiss to every single character. So like in Dropsy, all of its puzzles were centered in how to win the confidence of the city inhabitants until we may be able to kiss them.

The subtle difference between Dropsy and Chulip comes in the form of its ambience and artistic and intellectual references. Chulip was envolved with a tinge of sadness and melancholy, highlighted by a palette with a tendency to ocre and brown tonalities. Its universe was so quirk as the showed in Dropsy, but another type of quirkiness. With cute characters more close to the perverted habitants that you could find in Austin Jorgensen’s Lisa. An the use of narrative in Chulip evokes the cruel society found in Charles Dickens’ novels, with a component of social criticism resembling Akira Kurosawa’s films such as Dodes’ka-den or The Lower Depths.

Dropsy is more like the luminous and warm opposite to Chulip. Its colorful palette takes its inspiration from Tim Schafer’s classic adventures in the vein of Day of the Tentacle, suggesting 60’s cartoons. At a first glance, some of its characters may seem a little disturbing. But all of them hide in his interior a kindness and friendly part waiting to be discovered. Dropsy, like Undertale, is a perfect antidote against all the skepticism surrounding the 21st century. A warm damp hug given to neutralize the nihilism.

If in Chulip the Akira Kurosawa’s social films were an obvious inspiration, Dropsy looks directly to Charles Chaplin’s first silent movies. Showing the same wise combination between tenderness and dramatic elements. Like Charles Chaplin or Takeshi Kitano in some of his first movies, Dropsy’s creator Jay Tholen has the magical ability of generating vivid emotions in the player, making you pass from crying to laughing. But most importantly, Jay Tholen shows the same talent as Charles Chaplin in the creation of a mise-en-scène. By disposing visual elements with a narrative focus in every shot. By evoking a lively environment through the interaction of these visual elements. And by providing accented expressions to his characters. With a narrative constructed only through the use of images, Dropsy becomes a love letter to classic silent movies. Resulting in a touching experience that it will be able to draw an immense smile on your face.

Dropsy also serves as an acid social critic to the globalization. And like Charles Chaplin’s films, it introduces subliminal messages for the construction of a more equitable world, eradicating any type of intolerance. In one of its more emotive fragments, we can see a woman in a church predicating against minority groups. Outside of the church, in an adjacent street, we can see an elderly woman begging for food. When Dropsy gives a sandwich to her and after and emotive hug, she will retire to an isolated corner with a crucifix to praise the Lord. Showing the true meaning of christianity as a religion about giving our love to others, trying to not discriminate those people with personal beliefs that are different from ours.

Like Hylics, another videogame masterpiece created by Mason Lindroth and also a sole-man effort, Dropsy shows an extreme level of detail in its animations and backgrounds, with thousands of small and subtle details. An ambition emphasized by its open world structure, with a cycle of day and night altering the interactions with other characters. In both creations, Dropsy and Hylics, is easy to perceive the seminal influence of Bill Plympton, one of the greatest American independent animators.

And its soundtrack composed by Chris Schlarb envelops its world with a groovy Jazz feeling, that serves to sculpt an idealized postcard of the American culture.

Dropsy is one of the best indie adventure games ever created. And an emotive art piece that equals other instant classics such as Kentucky Route Zero, Why Am I Dead at Sea, Botanicula, Gemini Rue or The Last Door.


( The writer of this review is not an English native. So you should expect occasional grammar errors. I apologize in advance. )
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131 of 172 people (76%) found this review helpful
98 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
I hugged a tree. I felt alive inside.

No other game has let me experience that.
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76 of 93 people (82%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
Ask anybody, I'm dead inside. But this game made me feel. If you like adventure games and have a soul, it's more than worth your time to play Dropsy. If you don't like adventure games or have a soul, I'm sorry. You sound like you need a hug.
I give this game, 2 hugs up.
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69 of 86 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Dropsy is a point and click adventure game with a really interesting pixel graphic art style that was released in September 2015, being developed by Tendershoot and A Jolly Corpse.

In all good point and click style, Dropsy is a confusing yet very entertaining adventure game. The game’s puzzles and game world environment are all extremely interesting to explore and solve. Following the trend of classic point and clicks, some of the puzzles make no sense what so ever and you will be resorting to the help of forums and wiki posts to progress without wanting to spoil too much of the surprise. Dropsy the clown only wants to help people, as you wander around the modern day world solving small puzzles for anyone you come across, all you want in return is a simple hug. It has a very creepy vibe throughout the whole game that is portrayed excellently through the main character, Dropsy. Very early on in the game you assemble a party of three other characters, these are a dog, a bird and a mouse. These other party members can be used to complete puzzles, find more items and explore parts of the environment that Dropsy would not otherwise be able to do himself.

The art style in Dropsy is gorgeous. The pixel art style that takes you back to yesteryear showing off exactly how you pull of the pixel graphics to a very high standard. The game’s animation of all the character is splendid too, with not one wrong move being seen throughout. You will also be very creeped out by a lot of the art in the game too; some of it is very trippy, a lot of it has a really dark feel to it whilst being in a very colourful scheme, but this fits very well with the main character being a Clown though. The art is definitely my favourite aspect of this game.

Even though the game does not have any spoken English dialogue, you are still able to get a grasp of the game’s plot. It has some very sad and tragic undertones, whilst also being bright and cheerful at points too. Most of the game’s story is portrayed with the use of thought bubbles above character’s head. I thought this was a very interesting way of getting the plot across to the player as it leaves a lot of it up to the player’s imagination as well.

Dropsy was a very difficult game to complete; I think if I didn’t have the aid of a walkthrough at times I probably wouldn’t have been able to complete it. Some of the puzzles and solutions are just fundamentally whacky and I really don’t see how anyone could solve them without some sort of prior knowledge of the game. Throughout the game, you will also have the opportunity to collect lots of collectable items as well, this adds to the game’s longevity and offers a little diversion from the main plot when you need a bit of a break.

I finished Dropsy in just under six hours; this was with completing the majority of the side puzzles for the citizens of the town on top of collecting the other items as well. The game is split into 5 chapters as sort, the first four chapters take about an hour each to complete, whereas the last chapter is more or less just one long cut scene with very little interaction being needed at all. There isn’t any real replay ability in the title as the ending will be the same whatever, but there has been points which you can change the reaction of some of the characters in the latter stage of the game, depending on how you treated them on your play through – whilst this may not be a massive change on the game, it may add a little replay ability for fans of the point and click genre.

I didn’t have any technical problems during my play through, there isn’t a tutorial in the game, but if you have some knowledge of point and click games, you will be able to work it out very quickly as the inventory and controls are all the same.

Dropsy is one of the better point and click games I have played in recent memory, with a very exciting but sad story on top of some beautiful graphics and art style. The game’s low price of £6, 99 should be considered a bargain given the production values on show here. I cannot recommend this top notch indie title enough.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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53 of 63 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Jay Tholen, the developer, is a very talented man. The pixel art is detailed and beautiful like a watercolor painting. The puzzles are challenging enough to make you think and feel rewarded when you solve them, but not too hard so you feel frustrated. The story in this game is one of positivity and redemption which isn't very common in most games, so it's nice to have this heartwarming plot to play through (completely told through images, impressively). Finally, Chris Schlarb's msuic in this game is fantastic and I would reccommend anyone who can afford it, to purchase the "Warm Damp Hug Edition" of this game.

One of the best point n' clicks I've played in a long time.
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