This new game, Return of the Obra Dinn, is a first-person perspective mystery game. It is coming from the hands of Lucas Pope, the creator of the much-loved Papers, Please. It has finally become available after being under work for quite a long time. Lucas Pope revealed the project as well as released a demo in 2014. This game has a quite distinct aesthetic feeling thanks to the decision of using rendering in 1-bit that Lucas Pope had made. The game can be played on Windows, Mac, or Linux OS.

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Rendered in 1-bit makes Return of the Obra Dinn looks so beautiful and mysterious

Back in 2014, Pope had stated that he would want to capture the detailed and beautiful white and black look that the vintage Mac games are so popular for in a game in the first-person perspective as well as in real time. He also added that he had planned to push the game to the extreme lines.

He wanted it to be less cartoony and grittier than all the vintage games on Mac. In addition, he stated that the most challenging part in developing this game would be trying to keep things legible without them getting turned into a mess of unreadable and dithered pixels.

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Another screenshot from the game

During the course of this game, the player will play as an insurance adjuster. This character is investigating a ship that everybody had thought to be missing. The ship has returned to London in a mysterious way without any of its apparent crew.

They were all on board the ship before it when missing. Luke Pope had stated before on Twitter that due to his choice of using the 1-bit rendering technique, the game will look quite low-resolution. Thus, there is a high chance that it will not suit the taste of a lot of people. If you are, in some unfortunate circumstances, one of those people, then you don’t have to worry. There is always a refund ready for you. Thus, you can freely try it out first to see if it is your cup of tea.