Dagon is a free, immersive cosmic horror adventure

Dagon is a free, immersive cosmic horror adventure

"I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more."


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Tʜᴇ appᴀʀᴇntly ᴠᴇʀʏ generoᴜs ᴀɴd talented ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴀᴛ Bɪᴛ Golem ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʟᴇᴛ loose a ꜰʀᴇᴇ hᴏʀrᴏʀ adventure ᴏɴ Sᴛᴇᴀᴍ, ᴀɴ adaptᴀᴛiᴏɴ ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ shᴏʀt stᴏʀy Dᴀɢᴏn ʙʏ H.P. Lovecraft. It's a ɢᴀᴍᴇ thᴀᴛ ᴛᴀᴋᴇs ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ sᴏᴍᴇwʜᴇre ɪɴsɪᴅᴇ tʜᴇ mᴏʀphɪɴe-ᴀᴅᴅʟᴇᴅ mɪɴd ᴏꜰ a ꜰᴏʀᴍᴇr sʜɪᴘ's ᴏꜰfɪᴄᴇr, ᴀɴd ɪɴ thᴀᴛ ᴡᴀʏ ɪᴛ's ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ tʜᴇ "100% faɪᴛhful adaptᴀᴛiᴏɴ ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ᴏʀigɪɴal stᴏʀy" thᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴄʟᴀɪᴍs ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ. Dᴀɢᴏn ᴛᴀᴋᴇs ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ 30 mɪɴutes ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇ.

Dagon is completely free on Steam. So you can just go get it. It'll update with VR support in October of this year. 

Bit Golem is a Polish indie studio working on their first game, the fishing and investigation thriller Tales of Herring Lake. If you decide you like Dagon, there's a $5 DLC with audiobook and ebook to support the developers.

I'm a noted cosmic horror game skeptic, and I'm never surprised when a game with the theme is bad. I am surprised when they are good. Dagon strikes a nice balance: It's a point-and-click adventure, so it's more walking you through an interactive story rather than offering up a narrative in which you are a fundamental participant. That's a great step of remove for the genre. But if it interests you, well, go give it a shot. It's free.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Dagon was only playable with controllers. This is displayed on the Steam store, but is a bug. Dagon is playable with mouse and keyboard or controllers.

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