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.
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Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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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.”
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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista/7
    • 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
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    • 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
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse, Microsoft XBox Controller
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • 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)
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
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33 of 33 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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25 of 28 people (89%) 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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22 of 23 people (96%) 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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
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.


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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2015
A journey of a roach is a third person point and click adventure game developed by Kobold games and Daedalic entertainment.

In AJOAR you do your usual point and click games mechanics, aka: picking up items and using them on other things or combining items.
But it has a unique mechanic: wall climbing it works pretty well though on some stuff it seems you can climb it but you cant.
There's one complaint i have there's a puzzle pretty close to the end where you to get electricity to a screwdriver but, you can't let the pipes touch it to much or else it resets.
The game isn't that long, i kinda took too long with the electricity puzzle so it should be around 3 hours give or take.

If you played other point and clicks games this game should be pretty easy sometimes you just have to look at what the npcs say then you'll usually find out what to do.

Theres not much replayability but you'll probably have to do two playthroughs if you want all achievements, you need to do a speedrun collect all worms and get all secret item combos.
There's a guide if you want to know how to get em.

The soundtrack is really charming, the music switches if you enter a different rom and there's a nice amount of variation and some stuff sounds familiar.
lLke when you enter spider grandma's room the music changes to one of those wind up boxes ish music, and the soundtrack is free!

The game has a cartoony artstyle and it has a drawn style, the characters talk with bubbles which fits really well with the cartoony ness.
all of the cutscenes are drawn and look really good.

a nuclear bomb dropped so everyone's is dead but insects.
Blue roach finds a flower and goes to tell green(the character you play) when try to go up a bird thinks you're fingers are worms,
And bites you so you fall into this room with a cobweb.
Then you try to save green and try to save him from the cobweb and you try to get back up but then blue falls through the ground(or something similar can't remember exactly) and then you try to go save him.

Final verdict
Short and decent third person point and click adventure game with a original mechanic and a story about two roaches who just wants a flower.

If you're a fan of point and click games you should definitely pick this game up.

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18 of 20 people (90%) 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
This game is not about length, its about fun, and these roaches really made me happy.
3D Cartoonized graphics were so nice and well detailed. The puzzles are fantastic too. Climbing on walls and on ceilings is a funny thing to do. And not forgeting about the music (loved the reggae firefly singing) which is really good too.
Perfect for childrens.

Simple ideas making great games.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2014
"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.

+ 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

- 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Surprisingly original quest. A bit childish graphics and total "all-good and nice" atmosphere. Story is short and without unexpected twists, but it makes you eager to explore further.

Very interesting way of communicating with world and NPCs - there is no speech, only comic bubbles with actions or story.

Generally worth playing.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 23
Funny game in the spirit of good old Point-and-Click Adventures. I really love the setting!
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4.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
Enjoyed this game at a cheaper sale price. The graphics and gameplay (especially the rotating screen dynamic) were fun and different. Special kudos to the sound effects and music which were amusing throughout. If I have one criticism it's that some of the puzzles are rather unintuitive and when I got stuck, I felt like had a choice between wandering around randomly trying everything and hoping for the best or doing a quick look-up of a walk-thru to move forward and since I value my gaming time, there were a few instances where I chose the latter course...
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5.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
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Krotitelj Kurvi
4.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
At first look i thought it is ♥♥♥♥ with bad graphic, but i bought it on sale only 1 euro and when i started playing i changed my mind. Interesting puzzle game best i have played recentli. But its too short :( i wish it was larger, really enjoyed playing, buy this puzzle lovers
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3.8 hrs
Posted: September 12
Ridiculously cute game, very well done.
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Nathan // Nudge
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 6
The apocalypse has fallen, Nuclear War has wiped out all traces of human life, but deep underground inside a bomb shelter a host of mutated insects live on... Nope, this isn’t a new Fallout expansion, its Daedalic Entertainment’s Journey of a Roach! This comedy clicker sees the player take on the role of Jim the Cockroach, as he puzzles his way through laundry rooms, bars and ventilation shafts on a quest to save his cockroach pal Bud, so they can escape to the surface together and finally experience what life is like on the surface.

Visually, the game is a real treat. Cutscenes use comic-strip style storytelling to advance the plot and despite it being released in 2013, the graphics have aged relatively well. Levels are varied and interesting and the cutesy cartoony characters are lovingly and humorously designed - from the war veteran wasp, to the old lady spider and everything in between. Much like Machinarium, the game has no dialogue, or so to speak. Characters communicate using speech bubbles with pictures hinting at what they want, and voices are an adorable mixture of buzzes, bu-be-dees and bo-bi-dos. Combine all of the above with a quirky soundtrack and the game simply oozes humour. It’s cheerful, charming and fun.

Gameplay is presented in 2.5D style, which gives the rooms you travel through a great sense of depth, and much to my surprise – Jim has the ability to scale the walls and ceilings. This alone makes every room feel almost twice as big, and adds in a whole new dimension to puzzling and moving around. It can take a little while to get used to at first and in places it can be a little clunky, but in no time at all you’ll find yourself rather smoothly navigating your way around. It’s worth noting too, that the game offers full controller support for even more fluid control as you scuttle around the bomb shelter.
Puzzles are fair to reasonable in the difficulty stakes, and some of the item combinations feel very reminiscent of Day of the Tentacle and other old school classics, which is always a good comparison. As the game advances you will run into a few trickier parts, namely a section involving a pylon and a beam of electricity – but on the whole, there isn’t anything too difficult here. Some of the puzzles are designed with the 2.5D/Climbing mechanics in mind too, so what starts out as a little novelty, soon becomes a core gameplay element – much like the ‘thinking with portals’ logic, you’ll soon be making sure you explore every ceiling as well as the floor to help you progress. It’s a pretty unique mechanic for the genre that, for the most part, is pretty well implemented.

The game clocks in at about 3 to 4 hours in length for one playthrough, so it is on the shorter end of the spectrum – but that doesn’t feel like any sort of a hindrance. The story is funny, the characters are great, and the puzzles offer a good enough challenge. The little bit of time you’ll spend with Jim on his journey is well paced, and the game certainly never drags or outstays its welcome. There’s a little replay value here too for you 100% completion junkies - I’m not one for achievements myself, so I doubt I’ll be replaying it anytime soon, but for those of you that are, there are plenty in there that challenge you to not only replay the game, but beat it in 18 minutes. Let me know if you manage it!
One thing I will point out though, is that considering the length - at £11.99 as I write this, JoaR is slightly on the pricier side, so you may want to wait until it pops up on sale to really squeeze your pennies for every bit of value.

All in all though, Journey of a Roach is a short and sweet Point & Clicker that brings in some new twists on the age-old genre. There’s not too many developers in the world that I would say are always a safe bet, but in my eyes, Daedalic are one of them and they’ve delivered yet again with this cute-as-a-button, post-apocalyptic comedy. A good balance between fun and frustrating, solid gameplay mechanics and good design. It may never make it into the videogame hall of fame, but don’t let it pass you by entirely!

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4.5 hrs
Posted: September 3
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4.1 hrs
Posted: August 15

- symphatetic / cute characters and charming world.
- Great graphics and engaging artwork.
- game is world 3D and you have ability to walk 360 around rooms and crawl up walls and across ceilings.
- some puzzles make sense.


- some puzzle solutions obscure. i hate especially electricity carrying puzzle and last puzzles near the end.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
Pretty fun for 2 hours of an indie game.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: August 13
Loved being able to walk on the walls and ceiling in a Point & Click game! Definitely worth getting if it's on sale.

They created such an interesting world for this game. I wish the game had been longer so we could see more of it.
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