Dredge is a fishing recreation with eldritch nastiness lurking beneath the floor. It is an ideal combo, and though the spooky aspect by no means descends into true horror, there’s an ever-present sense of unease as you discover the small open ocean and its island outposts.
Enjoying as a freshly employed fisherman, you start the sport catching fish within the comparatively shallow waters close to Larger Marrow, steadily incomes some money. You are warned to not keep out after darkish, as unusual issues begin to occur on the water. With some (normally extra priceless) fish solely catchable in the course of the evening, the sport baits you onto the darkish depths, the place issues do certainly begin to go awry. The narrative has you looking for particular relics throughout the sport’s map, hauling them up from the H2O for a mysterious collector.
Sadly, the story did not actually seize us, however the recreation makes up for it in different methods. Between discovering these artefacts, you spend most of your time fishing, exploring, and upgrading your boat. Fishing is not more than a easy minigame, however an encyclopedia tracks identified species, and it’s important to scout particular spots on the water to search out them. A variety of the map is open ocean, however there’s at all times an island within the distance that is hiding some secret, or priceless treasure. Upgrading your ship is significant; stock area, improved hulls, and higher gear are all essential to catch larger fish and survive all of the spooky shenanigans.
Whereas the execution is relatively easy, Dredge’s core loop is admittedly compelling. It is at all times satisfying to improve the boat, as is gaining new skills and discovering new fish (and their creepy altered varieties). On prime of that, you are by no means in need of issues to do, be they easy aspect missions, dredging shipwrecks for sources, or avoiding these nightly threats.
We are going to say the gameplay can grow to be repetitive when it is advisable to grind for money or sure gadgets. Moreover, managing the sport’s grid-based menus will be fairly fiddly. The treatment for each issues is these all-important upgrades, which easy out frustrations with cramped inventories or restricted fishing capabilities. Regardless of any rocky waters, although, Dredge’s rewarding development and pleasing premise preserve it afloat.