Percentile Rank

Dropsy is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 15, 2015

It's entirely possible that you'll respond much more kindly to Dropsy than I have. I wish it had been easier, with a second layer of clues accessible beneath the basic pictograph conversations perhaps. I also wish I'd felt more of a connection with Dropsy himself and I have no doubt that some people will.

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gameranx
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 15, 2015

Having played lots of the classic adventure games in the '90s, I find myself now completely bereft of nostalgia for them. Games, I've felt, have generally moved on and found better ways to impart an experience of "adventure." But Dropsy is deftly executed and so full of genuine heart and warmth that it overcame my cold-hearted distaste for the form. It's sweet without ever being saccharine, tells a story that disturbs without ever resorting to cynicism, and ultimately is disarmingly uplifting.

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Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 1, 2017

Games like Dropsy remind us of the power of small actions and simple pleasures. It reminds us that art doesn’t have to be challenging or complex to be meaningful, and that positive emotions are not as worthless as the world wants you to believe. It reminds us that it is OK to feel happy when things are going bad, and that there are still people who truly want to make the world a better place for everyone. It reminds us that it is easy to hate people and a lot harder to love them, and it does so with such earnestness that it is clear the game recognizes the difficulty of what it’s asking but believes it important enough to do so all the same. Dropsy is a game that is powerfully loving in a way most media only plays at, and I cannot overstate how rare and significant that is.

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Scored Reviews

Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2015

This levity, this world, and these people are going to be with me forever. If you've ever complained about there being too much violence in gaming, or that games are all the same, and you don't play this... I hope somebody hugs you.

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ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2015

I judged Dropsy thinking it was going to be a kid's game with little no challenge, randomly hugging people, and grow tiring. Instead I got a really interesting yet odd and colorful world to explore, a huge smile on my face, and a game that ultimately made me happy to see Dropsy love so many. I won't soon forget you Dropsy. Hugs for everyone!

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Game Revolution
Sep 16, 2015

Though the premise of an adventure game about a lovable clown is not enough to win me over on the surface, it's the complex tale of a cynical and unforgiving world the player is expected to change through loving and non-violent interaction that ultimately seals the deal. Adding in the wonderful presentation and dynamic soundtrack, this becomes an adventure game that should not be missed. It is a must.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

Dropsy is somewhat strange, utterly beautiful, and pretty good point and click adventure game. Focusing more on visual cues for what the characters desire, it's a game that leaves some of the story up to your interpretation.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 13, 2015

Even before any consideration of steam promotional discounts, it'd be a gross mistake to say that Dropsy isn't worth the price of admission. For fans of the point and click adventure genre, aficionados of retro pixel artwork, or anyone looking to get lost in a kind of feel good world that warms you when it's not frightening you, this is a steal. Come on, give the creepy clown a hug.

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Dragnix
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 15, 2015
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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 4, 2015

Dropsy is a bit of an oddball game, so I wouldn't bet on it having wide appeal, but those who love it will really love it. It's a point-and-click title without written hints, making it inherently challenging, but because the quests involve helping people, solving puzzles feels that much more rewarding. It's such a heartwarming game, it's easy to forget that the protagonist is an accidentally murderous clown.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 16, 2015

Dropsy manages to subvert your expectations, and has managed to create a main character you can feel for, even though he doesn't speak. Dropsy just wants to make people happy in a world that is filled with problems, and by helping them he can achieve his goal. There are some design issues though that count against the game, and some may find the pixel art graphics unappealing, but as an overall experience Dropsy is something that point and click adventure fans should play.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 15, 2015

Ultimately, Dropsy delivers an entirely unique and engaging experience. Well made from start to finish, and filled with twists and perils, it's perhaps the best fusion of terrifying horror and heart-melting joy that I've ever seen.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sep 24, 2015

Dropsy is a stand-out in the point-and-click genre and a resurgence of classic mechanics. A simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching experience, this game is able to convey emotion unlike any game I have played in a long while.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 15, 2015

If you miss the old days, before games of this ilk got streamlined and simplified, give this a whirl before you read too much about it. It's well worth the small outlay.

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The Jimquisition
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2015

Dropsy's resolve to bring back the old school point n' clicker is a success, though it's perhaps a bit too successful, given the overreaching ambiguity in certain areas. Even in spite of its tendency to obstruct the player, it's a beautiful, bewildering, unforgettable game of hugs, love, and hollowing sadness.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

It's bizarre, thought-provoking, and challenging enough to keep you invested for hours.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 24, 2015

Sweet, fun, interesting. essential point-and-click

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GamesBeat
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 9, 2015

Dropsy is a game that warmed my hardened, cynical heart. Like the titular clown himself, the game smashes an amiable joviality together with an unabashed dementia. Making people happy is such a rare goal in games, and to have one excel at the notion and the motivation for doing so is a doubly rare joy, although glaring missteps do keep it out of the center ring of adventure games.

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PCWorld
Sep 19, 2015

Dropsy's a pretty good point-and-click, but more importantly it's clever and weird.

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Pixel Dynamo
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2015

Those of you looking for something different should welcome Dropsy with open arms.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 14, 2015

An excellent stab at a traditional point-and-click, but with classic problems holding it back.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2015

If you're an adventure fan and not a terminal coulrophobe Dropsy is well worth picking up, just because it tries to do something different. No dialogue, occasionally terrifying but otherwise heart-tugging story, doable puzzles and a decent-sized open world with day-night cycles, starring a creepy clown and his animal friends. It stutters a bit with execution by throwing you in to the open world too fast with no easy way to get around or changing times easily, and the lack of adventure game staples like a scene skip or hint system do rankle. Nevertheless Dropsy is an ambitious game and that should be savoured, and most definitely tried. Just try not to have nightmares.

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Kill Screen
70 / 100
70 / 100
Sep 15, 2015

When Dropsy's quest becomes grander, based around a larger conspiracy, some of this charm wears off. As the game becomes more "normal," Dropsy's original challenge of endearing himself to those he repulses fades, and the puzzles start seeming a little tedious. So many are based around a difficult to manage day/night cycle, and many others around the talents of collectible animals. But before things escalate, when it's just the story of a clown without a circus, the sentiment warms you like a hug.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 25, 2015

Dropsy is a genuine and somber adventure about a creepy clown that exceeds its quirky premise in the most meaningful way.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 13, 2015

There is a tremendous amount to love about Dropsy (both the game and oddball protagonist). Beyond the positive gameplay focus of bringing joy to everyone around you, the visuals, characters and variety of landscapes provide one heck of an experience.

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