Return of the Obra Dinn

Posted at February 25, 2019

It’s good, ya’ll.

The premise has you playing an insurance agent in the early 1800s, inspecting an abandoned ship to find out what happened. There are only corpses aboard; fortunately you have a magical book and pocket watch. When you pull out your watch at a corpse, you get sucked back in time to the moment of death: you hear a bit of dialog, and then you can wander around to see who was all there, what was going on, and try to answer the three big questions:

  1. Who died?
  2. How did they die?
  3. Who killed them?

It’s a bit of a detective game. In order to get the full story, you have to fill out the magical book with what happened.

Plus it’s just an awesome-looking game. It has a 3D engine, but the visuals are reduced down to patterns of black and white, like a classic Mac (which is probably a good thing, given how grissly some of the deaths are).



The boat at sea

An accident while loading cargo