Grimm & Tonic mixes up a new visual novel

Those of you that like their novels on the interactive side will be pleased to note Grimm & Tonic‘s departure from Steam Early Access. Fans of the bleaker side of storytelling will likely enjoy this game even more as it features our old mate death.

Grimm & Tonic build 1.0.0 can be found over on Steam, itch.io and Green Man gaming for windows and it’s a Noir Urban Fantasy from the folk over at Spritewrench.

In the world of Grimm & Tonic, your life isn’t exactly rosy; in fact, it’s all a bit soul-less and this is where the man with the scythe comes in. You wake up to find death sitting on your sofa sipping tea. As you’re broke and friendless Mr. Grimm takes pity on you and offers you a temporary job in the local. shady, hole-in-the-wall, DEAD-END. In your new role of bartender, you will mix drinks and make new friends, all the while navigating life, death, and everything in-between.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important at the best of times and not always an easy thing to accomplish. It’s even harder when your new boss threatens foreclosure on your very existence. Things are certainly going to get interesting.

Grimm & Tonic is an exploration into the ennui that adulthood can bring. This title aims to identify running themes of a less than ideal, humdrum life and how easy it is to lose sight of what’s important. It’s a story about how we handle our professional lives, how we unwind and how we define ourselves.

This latest release includes episodes 1,2 and 3 of the story and will introduce you to a wide range of characters just looking for the friendly shoulder to cry on that only comes with a good bartender. Your choices will matter. As your soul may well be at stake perhaps more so than you might think.

I do like a good story and the darker the better. If you have at taste for the Noir then Grimm & Tonic might just be in line for your next read. As always I’ll leave you with a little taster to wet the proverbial whistle.