A downloadable game for Windows

Dreg is a narrative simulation game about tending to sick machines in an exploding desert. You are a repairman trained to monitor and treat the biomechanical 'herds' that keep our present whole. But something has gone wrong, and the herds are failing. A seethe has begun: Flora, fauna, and detritus from another time are erupting into your world, bringing an uncanny lushness to the long-dry desert. Our world and our time are in danger of being subsumed altogether. Play your part.


Each herd is made up of sensitive little mechanisms, and they're under siege. You are an expert: You diagnose, treat, and maintain the herds. Inspect their cellular makeup through a microscope. Carefully pluck parasites with your tweezers, or knock them off with a mallet. Harvest otherworldly ingredients to brew restorative tonics, then inject them carefully—or just toss them back yourself.


The desert is ancient. It is filled with the traces of many violences—the vestiges of centuries-old colonialism, the brutal transformations of a misused planet, the empty homes of uncared-for peoples. Amid the dunes and the wreckage are secrets, the stories of a disappearing world and the descendants of the disappeared. To understand what is happening, you will have to learn what has happened—to contend with the heat, the dry, and the thin air to know this place before it is swallowed up.


You are not the only person in the desert. Old friends know you from a life you hardly remember. Strangers pursue strange ends. Others are emerging from another time, but as invaders or as refugees? To enter this world you will have to be a part of it—to decide who to save and who to spurn, who to trust and who to betray, to help create a community that might survive the seethe that tears the world apart.

Dreg is currently under development. This is a demo showcasing the beginning of the game. More is on the way.

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dreg-windows.zip 11 GB
Version 5 Jun 28, 2022


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