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How INDYGO is reinventing the point-and-click adventure game genre for PC players

A portrait of depression
Product: Indygo | Developer: Pigmentum Game Studio | Format: Steam | Genre: Puzzle
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It used to be, in the late 80s and early 90s, you couldn’t move for point-and-click adventure games on PC. Experiences such as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, and the Sam & Max series all weaved whimsical tales which festered their way into your brain, putting up roadblock after roadblock of intuitive puzzles which required a little more thought than what we’re typically used to today.

Seeking to provide an inherently new spin on the classic genre, the likes of which we’ve not seen before is INDYGO – the new game from independent developer Pigmentum Game Studio. Placing a unique emphasis on narrative and atmosphere, it’s a title that takes its name from its unmistakable hand drawn art-style and blue wash filter. Both of which go a long way in terms of letting players experience the feeling of discovery, an element first popularised by point-and-click games in the first place.

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INDYGO centres around Thomas Perry, a renowned painter, who for the past couple years has isolated himself from the world. Not through his own sense of willingness, but rather due to his ongoing battle with depression which serves as the core foundation to INDYGO’s story. Such a sensitive topic is not often a prevalent one in adventure games, being just one of the ways INDYGO aims to reinvent the genre.

Depression brings with it just one remote setting, in this case being Thomas’ creative workshop which acts as INDYGO’s sole location. As the game’s narrative progresses you’ll learn more and more about why such circumstances have arisen in their current form, gleaning information from the many letters Thomas exchanges with his girlfriend Anna. In INDYGO your decisions inform what twists and turns the tale takes, with the surrounding workshop even responding to your doings accordingly.

In terms of gameplay, INDYGO maintains the simple but effective control method of moving your cursor across the screen needed to interact with vital elements. You’ll piece together torn up pictures, ruffle your way through cluttered cupboards, and make dialogue selections that serve to sway the course of the story. All of this is realised using unique painterly visuals, further backed up by an atmospheric original score that hopes to successfully surround players in a distinct time and place.

Having already garnered a lot of buzz at Gamescom this year, INDYGO just recently saw a wide release on Steam. It’s an adventure game which seeks to raise the awareness of depression via interactive means, with many players now having a chance to inform themselves more about a frequently underrepresented topic.

With multiple endings to see and a distinctly atmospheric art-style, INDYGO is available to download on Steam now for the price of 5.99.
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Pocket Gamer staff  10 November 2017
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