The small team of artists from Poland’s Pigmentum Games has been toiling away for two years in an effort to create an interactive portrait of depression. The result is Indygo, an atmospheric point-and-click story. The game was recently released on Steam, published by fellow Polish company Fat Dog Games.
Indygo’s narrative follows an artist called Thomas Perry as he contends with crippling depression. You take control of the man across the months he spends holed up in his cramped studio, uncovering his story through his written correspondence with the likes of his girlfriend-cum-carer and concerned doctor.
As with most point-and-click games, there are puzzles to solve throughout, typically centred on the various objects dotted around the studio. You’re also posed with problems that have a number of possible answers. The response you choose can directly affect Thomas’ ending, so you can replay the game to see where different choices take you.
Everything in Indygo is designed to reflect the protagonist’s mood, with the hand-drawn visuals literally tinted with the blues and accompanied by a chilly piano score.
Having completed a tour of important games conventions across Europe and beyond, Indygo has now been released on Steam, and is available in seven languages including English, Spanish and French.