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.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (19 reviews) - 89% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (489 reviews) - 94% of the 489 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 10, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Dropsy

SUMMER SALE! Offer ends July 4

-60%
$9.99
$3.99

Buy Dropsy: Warm Damp Hug Edition

SUMMER SALE! Offer ends July 4

-60%
$19.99
$7.99

Buy Upgrade to Dropsy Warm Damp Hug Edition

SUMMER SALE! Offer ends July 4

-60%
$9.99
$3.99
 

Recent updates View all (4)

February 4

Dropsy Version 1.4 Patch Notes

2016.02.05 - Version 1.4
----------------------------------------
'Clown About Town' achievement is now unlockable
'The Perfect Storm' achievement is now unlockable
'Tapeworm' achievement is now unlockable
'The Moistening' achievement is now unlockable
'Tight Pants' achievement is now unlockable
'What Does It Say About His Clown Level!?' achievement is now unlockable
When Dropsy is holding an item, an icon is now displayed in the bottom right
Fix music in church after Preacher's puzzle has been solved
Change bracelet sprite to be more effective and positioned correctly
Added blinking hug button to end of Chickenman's dialog
Remove floating 'ghost' cursors from various scenes
Fix map markers to properly appear for bird's mom and megacircus
Removed fade bugs from circus training cutscene
Fix bug where leaving the screen while dog is peeing locks the game
Dropsy will no longer be able to hide from the cops in his bedroom
Fixed minor bug with brothers picture
Fixed bug with walkable area in the skyscraper exterior
Edit various dialog icons
Parallax fix in Nightclub
Various minor tinting and Z-sort fixes
********** TABLETS **********
Parity between PC and tablet versions
Add touch feedback for tapping
Implemented WalkDestination for puff effect
Larger tappable areas for toolbar buttons
Inventory item large view polish
Fix a critical game hang during police chase sequence
Refocus scene where Dropsy's sleeping if in 4:3
Focus camera on Homeless Lady if in 4:3
Fix weird jittering on end-game credits roll

15 comments Read more

Reviews

“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

Windows
Mac OS X
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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (19 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (489 reviews)
Recently Posted
swaggie_b
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
To be completely honest, I wanted to recommend this game. A lot. It's a great concept, great music, maybe some slow and confusing gameplay at it's worst (but I'm also slow on the uptake).

The reason why I have to leave a negative review is that a single bug has caused me to have to restart the entire game, which is EXTREMELY annoying, because I didn't realize that one item going missing from my inventory would prevent me from completing the game. I searched high and low through the entire map and even read walkthroughs to see if I just missed something. I later read through a few forums that claimed that the bug was fixed in September 2014/15? And yet the issue I experienced was exactly the one that had been "fixed". Take this game AND this review with a grain of salt, because the forums I read were mostly from a year ago or more, and Dropsy has a lot going on beyond completionism.

Helpful? Yes No Funny
bara
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game was weird...
I like it
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Chase the Hedgehog
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Dropsy is a pretty damn good point and click game, if you're a fan of these types and think you could enjoy it for the 5 or so hours it takes to beat then I suggest it. The game itself is not crazy difficult with most of the puzzle being pretty easy if you pay attention and the story is a sad but wonderful romp full of a cute clown giving cute hugs.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
gantauer
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Are you kidding me, Dropsy is <3<3<3<3<3<3<3 great! The soundtrack alone is worth your money. If you were intrigued by the trailer in any way than this game is meant for you. If not, then it's definitely not for you… You cold hearted ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Vrah
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
It's like if a horror game realized at the last minute that it wasn't a horror game but a happy game instead.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
mothman
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Really cute and underrated game. I would say if you like point and click games that are bright and colorful you should pick it up.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
MuadDib
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
A different approach to point & click, there is no written dialoge, it uses pictograms instead. Story is a bit alternative but very worth it.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Plant Ghost
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
honk honk
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Gaghskull
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Dropsy is an adorable game. Legitimately one of the best adventure games I have ever played. The puzzles are not the head scratchers that older games can be, and it is simply delightful to hug everyone/pee on all the hydrants.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Krilion
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Hugs for everyone and everything.

Nheeeeey~~
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Great game with incredible and powerful story and visual narrative.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
It's like if a horror game realized at the last minute that it wasn't a horror game but a happy game instead.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I've never done acid and this game made me realize that I never want to either
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game was weird...
I like it
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
A different approach to point & click, there is no written dialoge, it uses pictograms instead. Story is a bit alternative but very worth it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Dropsy is a pretty damn good point and click game, if you're a fan of these types and think you could enjoy it for the 5 or so hours it takes to beat then I suggest it. The game itself is not crazy difficult with most of the puzzle being pretty easy if you pay attention and the story is a sad but wonderful romp full of a cute clown giving cute hugs.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
208 of 255 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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
201 of 260 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. )
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
129 of 170 people (76%) found this review helpful
96 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny