Nepenthe is a unique hand-drawn RPG that conjures up memories of grade school doodling and daydreams of mystical adventures. Developed by Yitz, this incredibly original indie game sets players in the strange world of Carithia and places them in control of a "bald dude" who has lost all his memories. The premise may sound fairly basic, but Nepenthe relies more on its gameplay mechanics as well as its unique art style.
Combat in this hand-drawn RPG is handled through a turn-based menu system but can also be fully avoided by the player. Each encounter offers players a moral choice and allows them to end the situation with discourse and appeasement.
The scribbled aesthetic of this hand-drawn RPG may turn some players off but those that engage with it are sure to be drawn into the absurdity of the world. The scribbled doodles engage players in the comical nature of the game and quickly become soothing as players traverse Carithia.
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