Nuclear war, post apocalypse, barren and lifeless wastelands. Lifeless? Not so much! Mutated insects have made their home in a bomb shelter and they're set on exploring the world. Let this point&click adventure welcome you to a hilariously bizarre end time world and join the roaches Jim and Bud on their journey to the surface.
User reviews: Very Positive (423 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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"Journey of a Roach is a charming, worthwhile adventure with some clever puzzles and a nice cast of characters. But a little bit short."
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“Journey of a Roach features an immersive cartoon world inhabited by lovable insect characters and mind-bending directional mechanics that will surely resonate with players long after the game is over.”
4/5 – Adventuregamers

“A likeable, hilarious and inventive adventure game.”
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About This Game

Nuclear war, post apocalypse, barren and lifeless wastelands.
Lifeless? Not so much!
Mutated insects have made their home in a bomb shelter and they're set on exploring the world.
Let this point&click adventure welcome you to a hilariously bizarre end time world and join the roaches Jim and Bud on their journey to the surface.

Journey of a Roach tells the story of two roach-buddies, who want nothing but see the surface world.
On their way up, they meet all kinds of bizarre and ludicrous insects inhabiting the post-apocalyptic earth. In atmospheric 3D point&click adventure style you'll take control of Jim the roach through the bomb shelter, effortlessly crawling your way along walls and ceilings. This innovative and dynamic game mechanic creates opportunities for a wholly new puzzle design. Fondly designed speechballoons offer an unconventional new dialogue experience and the soundtrack delivers and atmospheric, post-apocalyptic mood.

Key Features


  • Point&click Adventure in a unique environment
  • Crawl along walls and ceilings, exploring secret underground
  • Innovative controls create dynamic game mechanics
  • Atmospheric 3D comic style world
  • Two charming, memorable protagonists with humorous, nonverbal means of communication

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz (Single Core) or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM (shared memory not recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz (Single Core) or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (shared memory not recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse, Microsoft XBox Controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04, equivalent distros should work
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz (Single Core) or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM (shared memory not recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I did not like this. I did not like this at all.
The setting is interesting, the story is okay and the controls are sometimes a bit too frustrating (why wouldn't I be able to walk on all walls and step over small pipes). And that's actually exactly what I expected from this game. It's okay to have janky controls. But it's not okay to have "nonsensical puzzle game logic". Every now and again I stumbled upon a puzzle that had the most illogical solution. Sometimes the thought bubble explanations are obtuse, sometimes the required items don't make sense, and sometimes the actual goal of the puzzle is illogical. For example - a bug asks us to find him a drink, but when you eventually find it he won't take it. Why? Because you apparently need to put a AA battery in it to make it an energy drink (simple logic right?). I have no idea how anyone supposed to come up with this solution without just trying all the items on other items and coming up with the solution by trial and error. And the game never gives you a reason why would you have to do it. Progressing in this game mostly means trying all the items you could find on all the intractable points in the current room and hopefully something will happen.
If that's something you enjoy/can withstand, go for it. It's cheap on sales. Otherwise stay away.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Cool short game about best bro-buddies. Thank you Jim, but our Bud is in another castle. Also, cool cockroaches don't look at explosions.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Journey of a Roach is a point and click adventure game with a stylistic twist: as a cockroach, you can climb on nearly any surface, including the ceiling. This allows the main character, a cockroach named Jim, to traverse levels in a uniquely three-dimensional manner, with his main goal being to rescue his friend from a gang of kidnapping ants. The wall-crawling feature, along with the game's charmingly excitable characters, creative level design, and user-friendly puzzles, makes for a pleasant point and click experience.

Like most point and click adventure games, the main goal in Journey of a Roach is to collect various items and then use them in the correct locations. Often the items are in hard to reach locations that require creative climbing to get to. Sometimes you might have to combine items in your inventory so that they can be used to solve puzzles. The puzzles themselves are fairly straightforward, with nearby NPC's often giving small clues whenever you happen to get stuck.

At first the level design in Journey of a Roach seems rather simple, but as you go on they grow complex. The levels are often big and have several different branches of items to collect for multiple different puzzles at once. However, instead of overwhelming you, the amount of puzzles allows you to bounce back and forth between them when frustrated, minimizing the time you'll spend blindly wandering about wondering what to do.

Solutions for the puzzles, much like the chattering, nonsense voices of the characters in Journey of a Roach, are often silly and happily humorous. At one point I was asked to bring an ant a burger and I fashioned one out of a piece of sponge, a shoe, and a handkerchief in order to continue onward in the story. The game ends on an equally laugh-worthy and heartwarming note, making it a great game if you want a quick, light-hearted adventure.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Great little adventure game! It's witty and cute and a lot of fun to play. Finished it in 3 hours so it's not that long but still worth it in my opinion. Very high quality gameplay and visuals. Two thumbs up :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
very good little game,some say its short,well it is, but that contains no negative meaning, just like i say a miniskirt, is it bad? not at all. some smart object combinations gives you "wow", may need to refer to a walkthrough at some point, but quite fun, get it on sale or trade it with your bundle game, i can say it worth my time.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I do not recommend this game to players who (like me) like to have proper dialogues. In this game you don't have any text but characters communicate with speech bubbles that contain images that are supposed to describe what a character wants to say. This is just something that I don't like. I prefer normal text-based talking in an adventure game.

From a technical prespective this game is well done. The mechanics of climing on the walls are nice but can also be annoying if you have to do a lot of backtracking.

So, it's not a bad game but just doesn't meet my taste.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Just finished the overalll average game. I did enjoy most of it, and the drawings made me laugh. Bought it cheap and for that amount of money (around 1 eur) it is absolutly worth to play. Not for the full price tho.

The story ends a bit weak, which made it not satisfying for me. The puzzles are not too hard, apart from a few. I had to check a walkthrough once and few other times it took a lot of time to get an idea of the solution. Lot of trial and error.

In short, it is not a bad game, but also not a star. I really enjoyed the way it was setup, being able to walk on walls and ceilings. This gave the game a nice perspective. ALso I enjoyed the drawingstyle. A bit childish, but I don't mind that. Some funny pics there.

verdict: 6.5/10

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Very nice indie game with its cute animations and cutscenes. The playthrough was short and puzzles weren't difficult but the experience was enjoyable none the less. For the sale price of $1.49 this is a great buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
A genuinely charming, adorable game! And who would have thought a cockroach could be so gosh-danged adorable?!

This is a game entirely without dialogue or writing -- the instructions, the character's ideas, conversations, etc. are explained entirely in thought-bubble cartoons -- and it just WORKS. It's a game you could share internationally without ever worrying about a language barrier! And the game itself is loads of fun to play! Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which things like roaches, rats, bees, spiders. etc. are the lone surviving inhabitants, players take on the role of an adorable little roach who wants to save his accident-prone friend from a series of escalating perils so that they can enjoy a beautiful flower together -- the first flower seen in a very long time. The puzzles are fun and engaging, the characters are likeable, the controls are simple and fun, and many of the adventures and puzzles you encounter take full advantage of the little roach's ability to walk up walls and along ceilings.

I really can't recommend it enough -- a truly delightful experience!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Short and cute adventure game with a pretty innovative movement system that involves walking up walls/ceilings. Daedelic really needs to hire an inbetweener for their 2d animations on games so that the FMV aren't so out of timing with the in-game action IMO. It's kind of jarring to be in a semi-smooth 3d/2d environment and suddenly get slow flipbook style animation where you pause for 3-5 seconds in between frames.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Funny and frustrating,i like the style and feel of the old point and click adventure games and this has alot of the same frustrating features of the same games.clicking objects over and over to find the right combination becomes the only issue when you want to move on and play,but the overall joy of moving on is worth the hard work :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Ideal for someone who wants a change of pace in a puzzle game. It has a good storyline and interesting puzzles.

Game: 6.5/10
Graphic: 6.0/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Fun Game! :D Cute characters.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
its ok
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
tl;dr -> Play as a cockroach on a never-ending quest to save his useless brother who keeps getting owned by every situation. 11/10 older brother simulator.

I got this game gifted to me by a generous friend and was interested to play because I wanted to try a refreshing point-and-clicker with an interesting artstyle. I was pleasantly surprised with my gameplay experience.

The aesthetics are very nice - the amount of detail in the game world is high. During brief cutscenes, the artstyle switches to a charming, fun cartoon appearance. The music and sounds are good and add to the positive, comical vibe emitted by the gameplay. Much of the game consists of you travelling throughout an extensive bomb shelter, trying to fix all of the troubles caused by your roach friend/brother.

The controls are simple and easy to learn - I recommend using a controller to play, but the keyboard and mouse combo work fine. There is a quick tutorial that helps you understand the mechanics of the game. Clues are constantly given, and trial-and-error will help you progress through the game most of the time. The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with point-and-click adventure/puzzle games. Most of the puzzle solutions are intuitive - or at least hinted at heavily when you interact with said objects.

Gameplay consists of you moving around different rooms of a bomb shelter, usually solving problems for other people in order to progress. As a cockroach, you can walk along walls and the ceiling, changing the orientation of the camera if you do so; you cannot jump, only walk. You can pick up items of interest, combine them in your inventory (if applicable), and use them to interact with the world (indicated by a puzzle icon over an item). Unlike many point-and-clickers, you can actually move your character around without using the mouse - something I found refreshing after playing many mouse-only point-and-clickers.

Another nice thing I appreciated in this game is the depth of puzzles - many times, you have to do an extra step to solve a problem. For example, there is a part where you need to collect baby flies that are located throughout a set of rooms. One of the flies is racing in a circle around a makeshift track - to capture it, you need to place a net on the wall, repair it, and physically block the fly's way so it goes around you (straight into a ramp that launches it into the net). These type of dynamic puzzles help prevent the game from getting stale.

Overall, the game is a very well-done point-and-clicker that makes up for its simpler storyline with fun, comical puzzles. If you are interested in the point-and-click genre, then you should definitely give this game a try. I normally try to avoid mentioning price if I feel it is unnecessary, but I do think that the retail price ($16.99 CAD) is a bit steep. At the time of writing this review, the game is discounted at 88% ($2.03 CAD), and that is more than a fair price for the value you are getting.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews

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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Journey of a Roach throws you into a topsy turvy animated world that's really quite charming. Climbing around on the ceiling can be a little bit dizzying, and at my time of playing there were a couple of little movement snagging areas. It's also a very short game, but I feel like the pace that it sets is good and I worry that if it was longer it might overstay its welcome. At 3.5 hours this was with me backtracking for a couple of achievements. The puzzles are logical and bizzare, the best kind.
It's cute and cheerful and unique enough to give a chance. The full recommended retail is high in my opinion for the time you will get out of it but if you can get it for >£5 i'd snatch it up. Daedalic published this for a small team and honestly as companies go these are guys that i'd be proud to be giving money to - sale or not.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Journey of a Roach is a short but sweet adventure game in quite the unusual setting. Playing as a roach you have to move around the scenery on the walls, ground and ceiling. The free movement on all surfaces of the rooms you are in makes the game quite different and adds to its charm. The puzzles are fairly interesting and not too hard.

The game has a bunch of missable achievements so would recommend checking them up so you can do them on your second playthrough (or even first if you don't mind the slight spoilers). The game also has a collectable achievements and multiple achievements tied to replaying the game; one for beating it without saving, one for beating it twice and then the challenge of the game...beating the game in under 18 minutes. The speedrun might take a practice run or two of the game to be able to pull it of but its very doable.

Time to 100%: 3-6 hours (depending on the amount of attempts for the speedrun)
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2013
Journey of a roach has a good story and interesting puzzles from the beginning to the end. Also it has lovable characters and nice songs.
It is a short game and you will finish it in a few hours but it worth it. It has cool achievements to unlock and this will double the playing time.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Journey of a Roach is a short but cute 3D Puzzle Adventure slash Point and Click game and a result of a colaboration between German P'n'C veterans Daedalic Entertainment and the relatively young studio Koboldgames from Switzerland.

STORY
You play as Jim, a cockroach living in an underground bomb shelter that is controlled by an army of ants. When your cockroach buddy accidentally crashes through the floor and gets captured by the ants, you set out on a quest to rescue him, end the ants' terror regime and find a way to get out of the bomb shelter and to a peaceful place somewhere else.

HUMOR
There aren't any actual dialogues in the game. All of the communication between the characters takes place in the form of incomprehensible sounds (sort of similar to baby mumbling) and comic bubbles with drawings that show what the characters try to say. Some of those illustrations are pretty hilarious and probably wouldn't be remotely as funny, as if the characters would actually say 'I found this plunger. Shall I put it on my head?'. It's not the kind of humor that makes you laugh out loud and spit your drink on the screen, but it's amusing and cheerful throughout the entire game.

VISUALS
While the game is advertised as a Point and Click game, it hasn't much to do with the usual pre-rendered, stiff and sometimes blurry enviroments known from other P'n'C games. It's actually best compared with The Walking Dead where pretty much everything is in 3D and where you can freely move around while still retaining the classical P'n'C feel of finding objects, combining them, solving puzzles and so on. Due to the comic style of the visuals, you don't have to worry about blurry textures or anything, either - it all looks sharp and just sooooo cute. :D

GAMEPLAY
Being a P'n'C adventure at its heart, the game adds some welcome addition to the fairly worn out genre as it basically plays like a sidescroller where you control Jim with WASD (or the arrow keys, respectively) and the actual item handling is done with your mouse (you can also use a gamepad, if you wish to do so - works great). To add to that (and since you're a cockroach, of course) you can also climb on walls and ceilings to progress through the levels, reach items or just avoid being seen by the ants.

It takes a bit getting used to and you sometimes accidentally climb a wall or a crate that you just wanted to pass, but overall the mechanic works great and gives you another way of freedom to explore your enviroment.

Puzzle-wise, the game is fairly easy as most puzzles only consist of picking up items, combining them and using them on something or someone, but since it's mostly quite obvious what has to be used how and where, they shouldn't provide that much of a challenge for experienced P'n'C or Puzzle game players. However, since the devs probably tried to also appeal to a younger audience, it wouldn't have been of much use to incorporate ultra-hard puzzles that you can't solve without consulting a walkthrough, so I'm generally fine with that.

PLAYTIME & REPLAYABILITY
Beating the story took me roughly 3 hours, which is rather short for a game like this, but personally I will always prefer shorter games with tight gameplay over games that artificially extend the playtime by repeating the same levels or gameplay elements over and over.

Once you've played through the game, there's not much else to do apart from hunting the remaining achievements, however, there's one particular achievement that requires you to beat the game in less than 18 minutes, so that adds at least a bit of challenge and replayability to the game.

CONCLUSION
Journey of a Roach is an extremely cute, cheerful and overall fun game for a relaxing evening, so if you like P'n'C games (especially with a gameplay twist) and don't get putt off by the game's length, make sure to check it out!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2014
8/10
"biiii daaa buu duiii baaa iiii, uuu bii uuii diii."

Journey of a Roach is a 2.5D Puzzle Adventure (Jump)'n'Run set in a 3D post apocalyptic insect environment.

Pros:
+ very cute cockroaches
+ cute voices
+ cute story
+ "DayOfTheTentacle" kind of puzzles
+ nice graphics
+ nice setting
+ nice ost & sound
+ up is down & the opposite
+ full x360 controller support
+ funny

Cons:
- only 3-4 hours
- item handling isn't the best/worst
- where's part II :)

The only cute roach I can recommend.
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