Absence has come to define the most celebrated narrative games in recent years. Gone Home, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Firewatch, and What Remains of Edith Finch are united by their fascination with abandonment - living spaces and countrysides robbed of human life. Where have all those people gone? Well, it would seem that at least some of them have migrated to Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.
Are narrative games in danger of becoming oversaturated? Some people think so.
Unlike its peers, Dim Bulb Games’ Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is packed with characters to speak to. In fact, it gives you all 50 states of North America to traipse across, a century of history on the lips of its population. “You see, this land is built on stories. It’s one big story, this country, woven of many small ones,” the devil tells you after you lose a game of poker to him. To pay your debt, the devil tells you to travel the country and collect folk stories, and to let them spread.