Clowns! Run away!
Dropsy is a game about clowns. We have to get that out of the way right from the start, as many people find these things to be more than a little unsettling. If you don't have any aversions to clowns (which is perfectly understandable if you do), and enjoy point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island and Discworld, then you might enjoy this little addition to the genre. It follows the story of Dropsy, a clown rejected by his fellows and who must venture forth into an uncaring world in order to spread joy wherever he can. This largely involves giving hugs to those who need them, and which requires you to explore the gameworld, solving puzzles as you go, in traditional genre fashion. However, the game also mixes things up by not using any dialogue at all, making use of visual cues instead. The game also features a quite charming pixel-style look, which also adds to the old-school charm, while this edition includes a few extras over the original version, such as the official soundtrack, an extra EP and a collection of ramblings, sketches and other bits and bobs by the designer. Whether you enjoy Dropsy or not largely depends on your feelings towards clowns. If you're not a fan, this is going to be a tough one to enjoy but if you do, it offers quite a whimsical and intriguing experience. It's an open-world experience and you can approach the puzzles in any order you see fit, which is quite interesting, while the puzzles themselves are generally challenging and satisfying to solve. All in all, a good addition to the genre (unless you're scared of clowns).