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Dry Drowning

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Game Information

Available on:PCAug 2, 2019

Developer: Studio V

Publisher: VLG Publishing

Genre: Interactive Story

Dry Drowning is an investigative thriller-oriented visual novel set in the futuristic dystopian universe of Nova Polemos.

A shady socio-political situation dragging everything down to the abyss, a serial killer drawing strength from this darkness, a tormented detective and his assistant craving for redemption.

Dry Drowning challenges the player to find the truth, going through ambiguous characters, riddles, clues and unexpected events, while telling an extremely compelling and mature story.


Choices really matter: Players choices can lead to an always different story, with more than 150 story branches and 3 completely different endings

Heavy moral choices: Dramatically change the way you live the game, affecting background politics, technology, environment, NPC encounters, who lives and who dies

High replayability: More than 20 hours gameplay to see everything about

Time travel: Explore the detective's flashbacks and investigate cases from the past to help you solve new ones

Psychological interrogations: Break the masks and uncover the truth with the Living Nightmares system

Original soundtrack: dynamic OST with more than 50 audio tracks, some of which live recorded, for more than 2 hours of music

Get ready to dive into darkness...

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God is a Geek

5 / 10.0
God is a Geek

Dry Drowning's premise of chasing a serial killer holds a certain morbid allure, but odd choices just make it frustrating to play at times

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Jump Dash Roll

6 / 10
Rob Kershaw

The writing is clichéd and the gameplay linear, but Dry Drowning provides enough quirks for fans of the visual novel genre to warrant a look.

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7 / 10.0
Dan Hodges

In spite of its spotty localization, Dry Drowning is a compelling blend of visual novel and adventure game, providing a gritty cyberpunk world to explore, a brutal case to uncover, and Orwellian politics to navigate.

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8.5 / 10.0

Dry Drowning is a very good game with great narrative experience. Every relationship between the characters is layered to increase player involvement, and each choice has different consequences. A thriller game that deserves to be played

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