Where the Water Tastes Like Wine from Dim Bulb and Serenity Forge (published by Good Shepherd Entertainment) is an unconventional adventure game released in 2018. It’s focus is on interesting and exceptional storytelling with excellent voice acting and slots into a style that can easily be considered Americana/American Folk story. The intro demonstrates the storytelling, but belies a somewhat odd intermediary gameplay of a skeleton walking through an open world. It features an also folksy soundtrack and is available on all major modern platforms.
Steam Info: “Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. Featuring gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine combines 2D visuals with a 3D overworld US map.”
Wiki info: “Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative-driven adventure game. Players explore a Great Depression-era United States, hearing and collecting oral stories and passing them along. Stories are used as a form of progression, with characters gradually opening up to the player in response to the provided stories, which in turn allows one to learn their true stories. The player may purchase goods to replenish their hunger or tiredness, with money being earned and then spent on the aforementioned goods, or in faster means of transportation. Several means of transport are available, including walking, hitchhiking and freighthopping.”