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  • Summary: Dull Grey is an award-winning visual novel about growing up. It tells about mother and son, free will, and the search for happiness among foggy mountains and grey pipes. You will be making one and the same choice again and again deciding who the son should become - a lamplighter or aDull Grey is an award-winning visual novel about growing up. It tells about mother and son, free will, and the search for happiness among foggy mountains and grey pipes. You will be making one and the same choice again and again deciding who the son should become - a lamplighter or a tallyman. At first it may seem that the situation leaves you no choice at all. But don’t jump to conclusions, take a moment to think it over and then, perhaps, you’ll see your story in full color. The drama of everyday life shown against the background of a retro-futuristic world controlled by the Progress-program
    An unusual mechanic of a single choice leading to different game endings
    A visual style tracing back to Soviet graphics of the 20s
    Inspired by the worlds of Strugatsky brothers, Dostoevsky’s works and Tarkovsky’s movies
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  1. May 4, 2021
    80
    Despite a couple of light typos and some choppy wording that may be more the result of losses in translation than writer error, Dull Grey is a visual novel well worth your time. It successfully delivers what every visual novel strives for—transcending words to pull the reader into its world and rewarding players who are curious and patient enough to see beneath its surface.
  2. May 6, 2021
    60
    Dull Grey is overall a thematically interesting visual novel with a lot of storytelling strength. However, although it uses the limitations of its genre well to create friction for the player, the lack of depth might leave users feeling a little hollow, particularly after they have worked out the hidden options available to them.