When you like life-like roguelike puzzle games, take the Road Not Taken
Road Not Taken
Road Not Taken is a beautiful new roguelike puzzler from Spry Fox that is about forging relationships, choosing your own path, and finding your way in life.
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Complete puzzles. In Road Not Taken, you'll take on jobs as a ranger stuck in a village while in a powerful winter storm. Help the villagers with things like finding their lost children who got stranded while picking winter berries. Simple and intuitive controls make the game easy for anyone to learn how to play, though it takes time to master. Think before you make your moves.
Watch the story unfold. Road Not Taken features a gorgeous art style that Spry Fox is known for. Unravel the story as you play and complete puzzles and jobs. The game is also procedurally generated, so each path you take will be different. Forge relationships with people and choose your own way in life.
Your choices count. Road Not Taken is just like life. You'll have the ability to forge relationships with new characters each year, and everything is randomly generated so the game will never be the same for two people. Build new relationships and complete jobs and earn your keep in the village that you can eventually call home.
What is it about?
A puzzle based adventure that has you explore each region of the forest, and try to figure out the path forward. Your character has a special torch that can levitate and move objects, which sets the basis for the entire puzzle challenge. Each section of the forest is blocked, and you will need to line up items to clear the path forward. The ultimate goal is to grab stranded children, and send them to their mothers, but a lot gets in the way.
For those who...
- Enjoy games about existentialism
- Want their choices to matter in a game
- Enjoy roguelikes and puzzles
Not for those who...
- Want a more hardcore gaming experience
- Don't like puzzles or roguelikes
- Don't like cute games
Why we love it
Road Not Taken features beautiful graphics, atmospheric music, simple controls, randomly generated gameplay, and challenging puzzles to solve. It's great for anyone who is a fan of the genre and doesn't mind some existentialism.
App Store Description
"It looks like a cute fairy tale, but this is a turn-based game that's thorny with challenge and packed with an incredible number of gameplay secrets."
Should you play this game: YES – Kotaku
"Road Not Taken is the cutest catalyst for an existential crisis I've ever encountered"
4.5 out of 5 – Joystiq
"It's as mean as life, as cruel as the universe, and it still manages to be one of the most intriguing and moving titles released this year."
90 out of 100 – GamesBeat
About This Game:
Road Not Taken is a puzzle game about surviving life's surprises. You play as a ranger adventuring through a vast, unforgiving forest in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, rescuing children who have lost their way. Randomly generated levels deliver a limitless supply of possibilities to explore and challenges to overcome. Your actions will influence not only your own story, but that of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home.
Each time you play Road Not Taken, you're likely to experience a very different story. The paths you take will change; the relationships you pursue will twist in ways you did not expect. Which, as it happens, is just like real life.
The villagers of Road Not Taken believe that there is an optimal path through life: a good person gets a job, falls in love and has children. You won't follow this path. Can you find your own unique way through a life?
No path leads to the same destination in Road Not Taken. The trails you take will change, the relationships you pursue will twist in ways you might not expect, and the narrative you create with every action will be yours to decide. Every playthrough offers new and unusual creatures to encounter, secrets and items to discover, townsfolk to build relationships with, and devilish, hand-crafted puzzle rooms to solve.
Brains, Not Brawn:
Your character has the magical ability to levitate and move objects. You must figure out how to use your talents and tactics to circumvent or defeat a wide variety of dangerous creatures, obstacles, and boss encounters.
Get Lost in the Wild:
Road Not Taken is brought to life with gorgeous 2D artwork, expressively charming sprite design, and an evocative, atmospheric soundtrack. Every puzzle is a challenge of exploration and strategy, testing players to think before taking each step forward.
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