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Sludge Life (2020) is an open world adventure where you play as Ghost, a graffiti artist determined to put his tag all over Sludge City. You play in an adult world full of lived-in locations and intriguing characters. It requires some caution, but beyond the themes this is a tongue-in-cheek take on these kinds of gangster games. As you encounter the wacky characters and strange world you discover a gritty mystery about how life on the street can be homely and endearing as well as edgy and dark.

Sludge Life is not big on explanation or tutorials, preferring the player to find things out through trial and error, exploration and social interaction with the characters. The gameplay incorporates parkour moves as you climb up onto rooftops, and point and click actions as you investigate machinery and talk to the inhabitants.

The main quest of the game is to paint graffiti everywhere, however there is also a puzzle element that unfolds as you engage with the characters. These culminate in three separate endings depending on how you play.

If you do not mind toilet gags, fart jokes and quests that have you smoking and getting high, and you enjoy offbeat and weird experiences then this game has plenty to entertain you.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Sludge Life 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.
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This is a Communication and Role-Play game with Adventure, Collecting, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 5 hours to complete. Time to complete will depend on whether you complete all the optional quest tasks.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for drugs.

In the US, ESRB state: As players progress through the game, their character can consume mushrooms (i.e., “zooms” in Sludge) that create screen-distortion effects, causing them to fly around the city; several characters are also depicted with dazed eyes from the effects of drugs. The game contains numerous drug references in the dialogue (e.g., “I could totally smoke RN, bong style...”; "Speaking of stash, my...nephews, may or may not, grow zooms up in them apartments"; "I'm like so high right now…"; "...You heard about those cool guys growing zooms in this building..."). Several instances of crude humor also appear in the game: the ability to take photos of feces in toilets; a dedicated flatulence button with sound effects; references in text/dialogue (e.g., "Urinate from the top of Glug Tower"; "I'm quite eager to recreate this double butthole phenomenon in human trials"; "You see the size of that deuce in the bathroom downstairs?").


Sludge Life usually costs £12.79 to £13.49.

Sludge Life

Steam Store PC £12.79
Switch Store Switch £13.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/05/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Role-Play (Adventure, Collecting, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Hand-Made and Open World

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

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