Owlchemy Labs
Based in Austin, TX

PC / Mac / Linux

Dyscourse - $14.99
Dyscourse Special Edition - $24.99

Launch Date
Steam - March 25th, 2015

Steam Store Page
Dyscourse on Steam

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What is Dyscourse?

Dyscourse is an interactive choice-based narrative adventure game where you journey through a stylized world of choice and consequence. You play as Rita, an unfortunate art school grad turned barista who is now stuck on a desert island with a crew of misfit travelers. That last choice you just made? It may end up being integral to your rescue or you might have just incited a riot leading to a delightful bout of cannibalism.

Dyscourse is the Lord of the Flies plus a choose-your-own-adventure book, with a dash of LOST, and a sprinkle of The Walking Dead (minus the zombies), crafted with the humor and style Owlchemy Labs is known for.

Choice and Consequence

Stories in Dyscourse are emergent and choices made in the game are key to the success of your group. As players get to know their fellow castaways and make critical, interpersonal decisions, the drama is dynamically woven and your choices directly author your unique story.

We've designed Dyscourse so that 10 players will end up with 10 vastly different player stories forged from the choices made in a non-superficial way. With over 80,000 words and hours of content, each playthrough allows players to explore more of the overall “story space” and learn more about the crash and the mysterious events on the island.



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Indie Island

Indie Island is a bonus story for Dyscourse that features 10 prominent indie game developers stuck on a desert island together. 2a.png After a GDC-bound flight took a turn for the worse, these ill-fated indies must now survive together, for better or for worse. Indie Island launced as a free update on June 11th 2015 and includes the likes of Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy), Phil Tibitoski (Octodad), Alexander Bruce (Antichamber), Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Robin Hunicke (Journey), Ichiro Lambe (Aaaaa!), Adam Saltsman (Canabalt), Will Stallwood (Auditorium), and Rami Ismail (Ridiculous Fishing).

Dyscourse Special Edition

The Special Edition of Dyscourse includes the 77-song soundtrack (yes, 77 unique songs!), the digital art-book of the making of Dyscourse, a Dyscourse wallpaper, and the Dyscourse development documentary video.




Dyscourse ARG

More info soon ;)

Dyscourse Kickstarter

Did you know that Dyscourse was successfully Kickstarted in 2013 for $44,000?


Check out the Kickstarter page here!

Selected Articles

Dyscourse Podcasts Dyscourse PAX '14 coverage Dyscourse coverage Blog posts


Alex Schwartz
Founder / Chief Scientist / Designer

Devin Reimer
Chief Technical Owl / Programmer / Designer

Carrie Witt
Lead Artist / Designer

Graeme Borland
Programmer / Designer / All-hat-wearer

Alec Frey

Eric Sutman
Designer / Implementer

Eric Chon
Community Manager

Jason Margaca

Dan Perry

Jerry Belich
Writing Assistance

More detailed credits found within the game!


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