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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.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013
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Update v1.10.086 is online.

March 7th, 2014

Journey of a Roach is out on Linux! With the help of our community we were able to do a portation that should work on most distributions.

Besides this we did some small fixes and added an option to switch off auto recognition of gamepads for all of you who ran into problems with this feature.

See this post for the changelog.

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Reviews

“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.”
85% – http://www.spielemagazin.de/spiele/spieletests/journey-of-a-roach-pc/

“The attention to detail paid to this game should make every fan of Point & Click adventures take a closer look.”
80% – http://www.looki.de/journey_of_a_roach_test_a5810_3.html

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About the 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

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    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
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
282 products in account
64 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 11th, 2014
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
984 products in account
10 reviews
10.1 hrs on record
Przyjemna i wesoła gra przygodowa. Jako sympatyczny karaluch staramy się uratować kompana i wydostać z podziemnego schronu na powierzchnię. Po drodze rozwiązujemy zagadki logiczne, które nie zawsze są oczywiste.
Miła dla oka rysunkowa grafika jest dużym plusem gry.
Polecam.

Pleasant and cheerful adventure game. As a sympathetic cockroach we are trying to save our friend and get out of the underground shelter to the surface. Along the way we solve logic puzzles, which are not always obvious.
Pleasing to the eye drawing graphics is a big plus for the game.
I recommend this game.
Posted: April 27th, 2014
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
749 products in account
25 reviews
3.6 hrs on record
Roach simulator!

Another great adventure from Daedalic! the game is short but that's not a problem when we have great characters,music and story.
Posted: April 17th, 2014
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25 of 45 people (56%) found this review helpful
855 products in account
135 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
Journey of a Roach is a rather short adventure game which is pretty easily completable in one sitting (there's even an achievement to speedrun it in 18 minutes which only took me two tries.) It uses silent storytelling with simple cutscenes telling the simple and rather nonsensical story. You play a cockroach in an inhabited underground area populated by other bugs. The game is very strange with a lot of the things that happen not making a whole lot of sense to me but it all fits pretty well with the bug civilization theme.

The game is unique in two aspects: First you use WASD to move around rather than the mouse like most adventure games, and second, being a bug, you can climb on walls. There are restrictions however since the camera is in a fixed position so you can't climb on the foreground or background walls. The camera rotates to follow you which can be disorienting but it works well for the most part. There are a few places in the game where you will get stuck trying to climb on things but it's easy to get out.

I find that the weirdness of this game doesn't lend itself well to puzzle solving, but the game tries to give you hints through thought bubbles when you inspect objects. I find it still ends up being on the obscure side which is unfortunate.

I also had strange performance problems in the last section of the game with the game stuttering badly despite my computer having far more power than the game needs. I posted on the community hub about the problem so hopefully the developers can fix it, but I haven't heard back at this point.

Overall I find this game hard to recommend. It's rather expensive for the length of the game and the lack of much of a story. There's a lot of better adventure games out there, and even for $5 more I'd recommend them over this.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
318 products in account
20 reviews
5.4 hrs on record
I'm a sucker for cute stuff, and by god are these roaches adorable. That alone made this game rocket quite quickly to my "top favorite games" list. The climbing-on-walls mechanic is really unique; I had no problems with motion sickness, although others have (so be wary of that, I suppose). The game was funny and happy, with a really sweethearted ending.

In short, a wonderfully adorable little game about roaches in a nulear wasteland.
Posted: June 15th, 2014
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
375 products in account
7 reviews
3.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 30th, 2013
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