Return of the Obra Dinn

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Another free one for you to try.

November is nearing an end, so I’m finishing up those last few indies before the December lot rolls in. Return of the Obra Dinn is, possibly, the most promising game I’ve played this month. From Lucas Pope, the creative mind behind Papers, Pease, Return of the Obra Dinn sees you board the ship as an insurance adjustor in search of the Crew Muster Roll book for assessment.

The ship itself it something of legend; the merchant ship ‘Obra Dinn’ set out from London in 1802 and, six months later having failed to meet its rendezvous point, was declared lost at sea.

Return of the Obra Dinn is extremely early in development but, as I said earlier, is showing huge amount of promise. You play in first person in a visually striking ship. Lo-Fi but extremely evocative and effective. After wandering the ship for a few moments your luggage gets lifted up the deck; a small box containing a watch. The watch allows you to see the past; a freeze frame of a moment in the ship’s past. I won’t talk about what they are since they’re so pivotal to the story, but suffice to say the fate of many of the crew will be explained.

This development build is very early; there’s no sound effects and a few bits and pieces are missing but when this releases it should be absolutely essential. You can download this version here.