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'Dropsy' the clown wants to hug everything in the world, starting today

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Dropsy looks like the kind of game that will produce one of two responses from anyone who plays it:

  1. People who like clowns will finish Dropsy huddled in a corner, terrified of circuses, suspenders and bright red lips for the rest of their lives.
  2. People who despise clowns will finish Dropsy with a new-found appreciation for the humanity behind the face paint.

Dropsy is a point-and-click adventure starring a lovable, huggable clown who's on a mission to solve the mysteries of his past and clear his name after an awful circus fire. He goes about this task by hugging everything and everyone he meets. How adorable (or scary). It's out today on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam or through the game's website, and it's just $9 in a launch sale.

Dropsy is an open-world adventure, meaning players are free to explore the wacky, pixelated landscapes in any way they choose. Plus, it features a twist on standard dialogue: Dropsy can talk to people and animals (yes, animals), but it's all displayed in visual icons rather than text. As its site says, "Dropsy is a truly universal game."

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