Dredge is a fairly new game for us at IndieGala. I mean we already wrote about different types of ship and maritime adventures, but Dredge has not been part of our agenda. First and foremost because it’s a fairly new game. And secondly, because we finally have it here at IndieGala. If you’re hyped about Dredge, don’t worry. We are as well.
But as we mentioned earlier… We have written about cool games that have similar topics. Sailing, boats, fishing and maritime exploration. The article about Fishing Sim World was a great one. You can check it out here. And so was the article about Sid Meier’s Pirates. It’s here and it was awesome. Cool ships, pirates and hidden treasures all in one place.
But we’re here about Dredge.
What’s Dredge All About You Might Ask?
Developed by Black Salt Games and published by Team 17, Dredge is an indie fishing game for the fishing fan in you. And in it, you get to take on the role of a fisherman. One who encounters increasingly Lovecraftian creatures as he ventures out further into an open-world archipelago. It’s also a single-player fishing adventure with a sinister undercurrent. Sell your catch, upgrade your boat, and dredge the depths for long-buried secrets.
Captain your fishing trawler to explore a collection of remote isles and their surrounding depths. In order to see what lies below of course. Sell your catch to the locals and complete quests to learn more about each area’s troubled past. Outfit your boat with better equipment to trawl deep-sea trenches and navigate to far-off lands, but keep an eye on the time. You might not like what finds you in the dark…
Dredge is available for purchase here at IndieGala.
But What Are Some Of The Steam User Comments Saying About It?
* As my girlfriend always says about making love; I only wish it was longer. Says Mythikal ツ
*While Kalol adds: unique, addicting, and way more aesthetically pleasing than I expected. buy it and you won’t regret it, support these devs!
Oh, and that’s not all.
“…one of the tightest indie creations I’ve played in a long time.” 4.5/5 – Gamesradar
“a fantastically twisted fishing horror full of charm” 89/100 – PC Gamer
Dredge And Some Cool Flicks: They Go Hand In Hand Here
Oh yes, they do. We figured a fantastic list of 5 fantastic movies would go beautifully with this game. All of the selected movies have boats in them, but they also have so much more. Adventure, disasters, storms and visits to remote parts of the sea. What’s not to like? We also hope that you’ll enjoy our picks and we’d hope to know yours. What’s your favorite movie that has maritime exploration? Let us know in the comment section. We’d love to know all about it.
The Perfect Storm
Categorized as a biographical disaster drama, The Perfect Storm is so much more than that. It’s a movie about the unfortunate events that led to one of the most horrible maritime accidents. As the title suggests, the movie actually tells the story of Andrea Gail. A commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea with all hands after being caught in the Perfect Storm of 1991. All of the crew present on the ship died as a result of the Perfect Storm, and as expected, it’s one of the most horrifying movies ever made.
The Perfect Storm, on the other hand, has a perfect cast. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, Karen Allen, Bob Gunton, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John C. Reilly. That’s just some of the actors in the cast. But all in all, it’s a really good movie with great set pieces. Not to mention fantastic VFX tech, even for a movie that’s 23 years old. It’s a must-watch.
Fun fact: None of the fish in the movie were real, they were all either rubber (dead fish) or animatronic (alive fish). Director Wolfgang Petersen is an animal rights supporter.
Serenity is more of a mystery thriller movie, but it does have a boat in the premise. In fact, it’s Matthew McConaughey’s boat. The Oscar-winning actor portrays Baker Dill. A fishing boat captain living a quiet and sheltered life who spends his days trying to catch an elusive type of tuna fish. However, his quiet existence will come to an abrupt halt when his ex-wife asks him to kill her new abusive husband. What comes next will surprise both of them and let’s face it… It will surprise you too. While not the best movie on this list, it does have its moments of shine. It has a great cast and an interesting plot twist. Check it out if you have a chance.
Fun fact: Baker Dill’s boat is flying the Presidential flag of Mauritius. Not the flag of the country.
Alamo Bay is probably the oldest movie on this list. But don’t let the age fool you. It’s quite good too. And it’s based on real-life events that happened in Texas in the late 70’s – early 80’s. Directed by Louis Malle, Alamo Bay is about a Vietnam veteran who clashes with Vietnamese immigrants in his hometown. The real-life couple, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris are in the leading roles here, and yeah. It’s quite a good movie indeed. I mean what do you expect from a Louis Malle movie? It deals with themes of racism, small-time mentality, and prejudice. But Malle like a true auteur doesn’t go into a cliché territory once. No, here you can see the authenticity of Malle’s work without an ounce of cliché. It’s good. Check it out.
Fun fact: Lead stars Ed Harris and Amy Madigan are married and had been prior to this movie since 1983.
It’s one of my top 5 Jeff Bridges movies. It’s also one of my favorite Ridley Scott movies. Or rather one of his underrated movies. White Squall is actually based on the fate of the brigantine Albatross. Which sank on 2 May 1961, allegedly because of a white squall. Jeff Bridges has the lead role here as Captain Christopher “Skipper” Sheldon. And Scott Wolf, Ryan Phillippe, Jeremy Sisto, Balthazar Getty and Jon Savage are on supporting role duty. White Squall may be a disaster movie. But at the same time is a wonderful coming-of-age movie about a group of young men poised for an adventure of a lifetime. In reality, six people died in total (four students) and the movie is dedicated to them. It’s a really great movie. Highly recommended.
Fun fact: Scott Wolf was 27 when he played a 15-year-old boy.
Last but certainly not least. We’re ending this list with a psychological thriller directed by Phillip Noyce. It has Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill as a married couple who are grieving the loss of their son. After their personal tragedy, they’re spending some time isolated at sea. It’s then that they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. And it’s then when their troubles will commence. Dead Calm is a fantastic movie and one of the finest adaptations of Charles Williams’s books. It’s got suspense, thrill and excitement with only three people on screen. Nicole, Sam and Billy Zane. It’s fantastic and it’s also highly recommended that you give it a shot. It won’t let you down.
Fun fact: Sam Neill met his wife, Noriko Watanabe, in the making of this film.
But Have You Tried Dredge Yet?
Let us know if you have. Do you like it? Feel free to share your impressions with us. We’d love to know all about it.