Dredge is a fishing sport 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 Better 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 invaluable) fish solely catchable throughout the night time, the sport baits you onto the darkish depths, the place issues do certainly begin to go awry. The narrative has you attempting to find 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 sport 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 you must scout particular spots on the water to search out them. Loads of the map is open ocean, however there’s all the time an island within the distance that is hiding some secret, or invaluable treasure. Upgrading your ship is significant; stock house, improved hulls, and higher tools are all essential to catch greater fish and survive all of the spooky shenanigans.
Whereas the execution is somewhat easy, Dredge’s core loop is de facto compelling. It is all the time satisfying to improve the boat, as is gaining new talents and discovering new fish (and their creepy altered types). On prime of that, you are by no means in need of issues to do, be they easy aspect missions, dredging shipwrecks for assets, or avoiding these nightly threats.
We are going to say the gameplay can change into repetitive when it’s worthwhile to grind for money or sure objects. Moreover, managing the sport’s grid-based menus may be fairly fiddly. The treatment for each issues is these all-important upgrades, which clean out frustrations with cramped inventories or restricted fishing capabilities. Regardless of any rocky waters, although, Dredge’s rewarding development and pleasant premise preserve it afloat.