Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny.
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Very Positive (299) - 84% of the 299 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 28, 2018

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March 13

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine: Gold Mountain update

It is always a hope for a creator that their work can be appreciated widely, across the divide of different countries and languages.

When we released this game, we are were pleased to see the passionate, excited fans who love the game, and to share American folklore and history with the world.

Some fans go above and beyond, and create their own art, or writing, or other work of their own to pay homage to the game.

Some of them speak multiple languages, and decide to translate the game into their own language. This is no small undertaking - Where the Water Tastes Like Wine has almost a million words, and the writing in the game is based very strongly on American culture and history. It is also beautiful and poetic, something often difficult to capture in translation.

A wonderful Chinese localization team, led by Ryan Zhang, has spent four months to translate the entire game, plus the lyrics to the soundtrack, for players in China. We are humbled and gratified by this, and we hope that Chinese players can play and enjoy our game, and understand our criticism of and reflection on America history and American culture.

We know that China has its own wonderful and varied folklore in its thousands of years of history, and we hope that players there find our relatively small and brief American history and folklore to be interesting to them.

In addition, to honor the millions of Chinese-Americans generally overlooked in American history, we are also writing new stories for the game that focus more on the role of Chinese-Americans in the US. From miners in California to the railroad workers who bridged the continent to a whole host of other folks, Chinese immigrants have played a huge role in building this country. We're happy to be able to write more exploring their stories.

Today I am happy to release the free Chinese version of Fireside Chats, and to announce that we will release the full Chinese version of the game once we have finished the new content.

Thank you all for playing!
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“Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is a giant leap forward for video game storytelling”
9/10 – The Washington Post

“Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is a surprisingly beefy adventure game, offering over 20 hours of content and a treasure trove of stories that never cease to entertain. I laughed, reminisced about my own life, and enjoyed meeting the colorful cast of characters who opened up to me as time went on.”
9/10 – Game Informer

“There's nothing quite like it, and it's doubtful that there ever will be.”
8.5/10 – Destructoid

Special Wayfarer Edition

The Special Wayfarer Edition of Where The Water Tastes Like Wine includes its full hauntingly beautiful Original Digital Soundtrack arranged by celebrated composer Ryan Ike (provided as High Quality MP3 and FLAC files), and an Exclusive Illustrated Digital Artbook which chronicles the inspirations behind the game’s unique visual identity.

About This Game

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. Featuring gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine combines 2D visuals with a 3D overworld US map.

Players wander across a folkloric Depression era United States at their own pace, meeting strangers with their own stories to tell. Through these interactions, players will be able to collect unique stories which can then be re-told to unlock new interactions. In this way the in-game stories themselves act as a currency to progress through the game, and it’s up to the player to pair the right story with the unique needs of each of the characters that you will encounter throughout your travels. Only through these right pairings will characters reveal their true selves, and bestow you with the most powerful stories, the true ones which reveal something about their own lives. In Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, stories organically take on a life of their own as they grow larger and transform as they're told- and re-told.

Game Features

  • "Big Rock Candy Mountain? El Dorado? The place over the hill where they say the water tastes just like the sweetest wine?": Travel the Depression-Era United States, laboring to pay off a debt by learning the true stories of 16 signature characters across a wide range of American experience from migrant workers to a travelling preacher to a Navajo woman forcibly relocated on the Long Walk.
  • "This whole land's built on stories; it's one big story, America is": As you explore, you'll encounter strange and unsettling things: slices of a country built on dust clouds and murky dreams, where the folk tales are bleeding through. You'll carry those tales with you, swapping them round campfires to make the cast of characters open up to you and share their own stories.
  • "The greatest stories are the true ones; the ones people will tell you about their own lives": The stories you share will return to you along your journey, changed in the telling as they've made their way around the country. As you meet the characters time and again on your travels, they will grow to trust you and, hopefully, share their true selves with you. Only by learning all their real stories can you pay off your debt.
  • Beautiful combination of 3D overworld and hand drawn 2D illustrations
  • Original stories written by a wide selection of accomplished authors
  • Fully voiced characters from all walks of life brought to life by world-renowned voice acting talent, including Sting, Dave Fennoy (The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series), Cissy Jones (Firewatch), Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect), Sarah Elmaleh (Gone Home), Melissa Hutchison (The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series), Elizabeth Maxwell (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild), and many more.
  • A hauntingly beautiful original soundtrack arranged by celebrated composer Ryan Ike and featuring performances from a collection of gifted musicians.
  • An emerging fantastical, psychedelic and surreal overarching atmosphere.
  • "I hope you find what you're looking for"

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E4500 (2 * 2200) or equivalent/AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (2 * 2200) or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8500 GT (512 MB)/Radeon HD 4350 (512 MB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or Later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5750/Nvidia GT 450 or higher
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel from 1.2 GHz or equivilent AMD family
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5750/Nvidia GT 450 or higher
    • Storage: 6 GB available space

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