Ludum Dare 44: Drowning in the Rain

“Drowning in the Rain” by David Williamson.

“[A]n autobiographical vignette with mild puzzle elements. It covers a very important and difficult period of my life. [… A] small abstract narrative experience about a five year period of my life that began with the death of my father.”

This vignette game is split into six little ‘chapters’. Each chapter contains a task for you to solve to progress. What you have to do is not directly communicated: Subtle hints and a bit of exploration will guide you through it. So get prepared for a painfully honest story.

Honesty can be one of the most brutal tools when creating a game. At some points, “Drowning in the Rain” left me speechless, because the scenes were much more than just relatable. They were real. The loss of loved ones. The grief. The ‘friends’ and relatives, who pretend to care. The loss of loved ones, who never were. It’s overwhelming.

In the end, one question remain in my brain: How the hell were David and his wife capable to go on? What kind of strength must a person have to continue after this mess? Again: It’s overwhelming, not just remarkable, it’s goddamn overwhelming. So please, do yourself a favor and try it out for yourself. It’s worth it.  >>PLAY