Today, we are going to be looking at another game published by Sometimes You called Drowning. Drowning is a first person ‘walking simulator’ where you travel through various environments and along your path comes the character’s thoughts, events and actions as you grow older and realise you are living with depression.
Visuals and Gameplay
The visuals for this game are very simple but at the same time relaxing and inviting to the player.
Using simple polygon scenes it helps create a sense of story for the player. Whether that be bright and vibrant scenes at the beginning or dark and dim for the characters bad days the simplicity invites you in but is not too simple that it is there just for looks. The game has no voice acting and is based on purely the text you come across when walking your paths. Which brings me nicely on to my next point which is the paths although it seems linear there is sometimes hidden sometimes obvious other paths you can take which bends the story off in a different direction.
There is a total of 4 endings with one been the ‘real ending’ then 3 hidden endings depending on your choice. On my first play through I got a hidden ending with it ending quite dark as I refused a second chance at life.
The Gameplay is literally walk and read text nothing challenging at all. This annoyed me quite a bit simply because I have played walking simulators before and they look stunning and have a deep story with big world and this was just lacking something but did get its concept and story across still.
The playtime for a single playthrough is short weighing in at roughly 2-3 hours so it doesn’t take a lot of gameplay to get through all 4 endings providing you can spot the different paths.
This also leaves it open for trophy hunters as not only is it short but it does have a platinum trophy and also not too many trophies to begin with one for each ending, some easter egg ones and a few for a small amount of collectables in the game.
Overall, Drowning is a game that won't be for everyone I notice regularly the stigma around walking sims. And albeit not best one I've played personally it gets the story and cause across brilliantly showcasing what it can be like with depression in early stages of life and is brilliant that it shows that in a way a newer generation can understand and take in.
- Lovely simplistic scenery
- Great point to the story
- Not hard to pick up and play
- Very Short
- Just a walking sim
- No voice acting