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Adventures in Itch.io: Dolly

You owe it to yourself to give this game 15 minutes of your time.

After completing this game, one word came to my mind, and that word was “wow.” That was one of the most compelling games I've ever experienced, with every singular aspect building up to an impressive unified artistic expression the likes of which we rarely see in this medium.

15 minutes. That's all it took to complete. That's all it needed.

Dolly does a lot with it's short run time though. In terms of gameplay, imagine Super Meat Boy if it were made by Team ICO with just a splash of the sombre, heartfelt storytelling one might expect from indie darling “To the Moon.”

The presentation is the real star of the show though, with melancholy, heart piercing post rock that empowers the minimalist pixel art to take a form of its own. I've seen this art style before. I've heard similar music in gaming before. But I've never seen either come together with such artistry.

The game takes place in the mind of a dying woman, as you traverse her thoughts as she comes to terms with what's happening. Or at least that's what I took from it. I could be completely wrong, but that's the beauty of art, isn't it?

This game is pay what you want, so I highly advise you to give it a go. It's 10 minutes of your life, and you'll be so much better for it.

Play it here


 

Comments

asrealasitgets

08/20/2015 at 10:02 PM

I downloaded and finished the game. It is pretty brilliant actually. I love the music and presentation. I got a complete game experience in a small package! Also, congrats on your first official staff post! Cool 

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/21/2015 at 03:25 AM

Cheers! Glad you liked it. I thought it was pretty amazing.

asrealasitgets

08/21/2015 at 04:40 AM

How did you happen to find it? I would never have guessed the game was as good just by browsing ITCHIO. I haven't seen anyone else cover it either. Interesting...*smokes like Sherlock*

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/21/2015 at 05:21 AM

I saw it on the small indie channel indieformer, who put out some really good videos.

asrealasitgets

08/21/2015 at 04:34 PM

Damn! Indieformer is a another great little find. Good job Blake! 

Nick DiMola Director

08/21/2015 at 04:30 PM

This was really a great little game. It was simple, but powerful and though only 15 minutes long, quite memorable. Very glad I gave it a few minutes of my time. Great post, Blake!

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