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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Things We Lost In The Flood (2019) is a minimalist adventure. You sail through a flooded world, building and improving your pixelated boat as you go. Along the way you can write messages for others to discover, and toss them into the drink in a bottle.

Play involves paddling over bridges and through trees. There are sad and sometime shocking signs of the dead and decaying. Things swing from the morbidity of hanging corpses to the tranquility of listening to the rain while the melancholy music haunts the background.

It seems like a predictable experience, but there's more here than you expect and plenty of surprises along the way. Some of these are the game itself, but others come from the player's messages you discover in bottles.

You have 150 characters to, as the developer puts it, "tell a story, share a secret, try to help a player or even harm them." Once you have read other player's messages you can decide whether to throw it back into the ocean or destroy it forever.

The result is not only an emotive game, but a deposit of over 45,000 player written epistles (17,000 have been destroyed) floating around the ocean.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Things We Lost In The Flood 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Communication, Narrative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game. Although it's a single player game, you play in a world where the messages are shared between possible 1000 of players.


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. You can play the game for as long as you like, floating around reading messages. To complete the boat and attempt to find and enter the door can take towards 2 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

You can encounter other peoples messages that are only lightly filtered (a handful of swear words and sexual terms). Although the game is pixilated there are scenes that include hanging corpses and some (very) pixilated nudity. There's also implied drowning.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Older teenagers who can process the idea of a flooded world and the novelty of sending and receiving letters from other players will enjoy this slow paced game.


The Things We Lost In The Flood

Steam Store PC Free
App Store Mac Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/06/2019

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Communication, Narrative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Crap Weasel (@Crap_Weasel)

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