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Return of the Obra Dinn

Return of the Obra Dinn is an FPP adventure game by Lucas Pope, in which you play as an investigator working for the East India Company in the 19th century and your task is to discover the truth behind the disappearance of the entire crew of a trading ship.

Adventure | FPP | Detective | ships | indie games | experimental/art | 19th century

Return of the Obra Dinn cover

developer: Lucas Pope

publisher: Lucas Pope

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Game mode: single player

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PS4 XONE Switch

Return of the Obra Dinn is an FPP detective adventure game. It was developed by Lucas Pope, known for e.g. Papers, Please and The Republia Times.


The eponymous Obra Dinn is a trade ship, which in 1802 departed London and sailed to Asia, carrying two hundred tons of precious cargo. She was supposed to reach the Cape of Good Hope in six months and then continue her journey. Unfortunately, it never happened, and the ship was announced missing after a short search. Surprisingly, six years later, the Obra Dinn arrives in London on 14 October 1808. Her sails are damaged, and there is not a single person on board. You play as an insurance agent working for the East India Company. The agent has to get onto the ship and discover what really has happened. An important clue is the captain's journal, but first, you have to find it.


The plot is a typical detective story, in which you discover fragments of the puzzle, and with some effort, you can deduce the truth before the protagonist does. The production is an adventure game, so you need to be clever, and the gameplay involves mostly exploring the ship and solving puzzles. The puzzles, however, are unusual for the genre and instead of searching for items and using them, you look for clues and compare them to the captain's notes, which allows you to solve the mystery.

Technical aspects

Return of the Obra Dinn differs from Lucas Pope's other games. It doesn't feature a political aspect, and the gameplay mechanics are more traditional. The author, however, still used some experimental features, but this time, they pertain to the mode of storytelling and the way of generating visuals. The visuals are 3D, allowing you to freely explore the ship, while they've been done in a black-and-white pixel-art style, giving the production the look resembling old games for the Apple II computer.

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Minimum: Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows 7

Return of the Obra Dinn with the highest number of IGF nominations
Return of the Obra Dinn with the highest number of IGF nominations

news 04 January 2019 14:45

The shortlist of nominees for the IGF Awards, i.e. the most important indie games festival, has been announced. Titles such as Return of the Obra Dinn, Opus Magnum, Noita and Do Not Feed the Monkeys will compete in the most prestigious categories.

Return of the Obra Dinn - Acclaimed Adventure Game Coming to Consoles
Return of the Obra Dinn - Acclaimed Adventure Game Coming to Consoles

news 05 September 2019 16:39

Lucas Pope announced that his award-winning adventure game Return of the Obra Dinn would see console versions. The launch is scheduled for this fall.

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