Samuele Zolfanelli has published a variety of projects, but his game Dry Drowning, created in 2019, received many awards including a nomination for best debut game at the Italian Video Game Awards in 2020. Dry Drowning is notable for its strong focus on meaningful choices and world-building. The protagonist’s decisions can dramatically affect the unstable socio-political climate in the dystopian near-future.
With no memory of his childhood, Cyan lived a peaceful life with his guardian Gui. When Gui disappears, however, Cyan sets out on a cross-country journey to find him. Along the way, he meets new, strange people and the dreams that have haunted him his whole life begin to become clearer, sending his identity and sense of being into question.