Dull Grey

Provodnik Games, Sometimes You

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Available on:Xbox OneMay 5, 2021
PlayStation 4May 5, 2021
Nintendo SwitchMay 5, 2021
PlayStation VitaMay 5, 2021

Developer: Provodnik Games

Publisher: Sometimes You

Genre: Adventure

You will be making one and the same choice again and again deciding who the son should become - a lamplighter or a tallyman. At first it may seem that the situation leaves you no choice at all. But don’t jump to conclusions, take a moment to think it over and then, perhaps, you’ll see your story in full color. Key features: The drama of everyday life shown against the background of a retro-futuristic world controlled by the Progress-program An unusual mechanic of a single choice leading to different game endings A visual style tracing back to Soviet graphics of the 20s Inspired by the worlds of Strugatsky brothers, Dostoevsky’s works and Tarkovsky’s movies Awards: The most innovative game of Games Cup 2019. ‘Best Use of Multimedia’ award winner in XYZZY Awards 2019.

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...And that really was a fitting way to conclude my experience with Dull Grey – on a note of frustration, convinced that my time would be better spent elsewhere.

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I expect promising things in the future from Provodnik Games based on Dull Grey‘s writing and interesting gameplay premise. But I also hope to see better translation and editing as this can make or break impressions, especially for a visual novel of this brevity. There were jarring moments when the quality of translation dropped significantly. I appreciate that there are many possible endings, but the most interesting ones ended up more confusing than satisfying. For these reasons, I hovered between rating the game “I Like It” and “Not Sure.” Overall, though, the game holds together well enough.

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Despite a couple of light typos and some choppy wording that may be more the result of losses in translation than writer error, Dull Grey is a visual novel well worth your time. It successfully delivers what every visual novel strives for—transcending words to pull the reader into its world and rewarding players who are curious and patient enough to see beneath its surface.

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A compelling story underneath the dourness.

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