There is one rule in the game. And it needs to be broken. There is one goal. And when you attain it, you die. Six sisters live in an apartment in the city. One by one their mother sends them on an errand to their grandmother, who is sick and bedridden.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (327 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 18, 2009

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About This Game

There is one rule in the game. And it needs to be broken.
There is one goal. And when you attain it, you die.

Six sisters live in an apartment in the city. One by one their mother sends them on an errand to their grandmother, who is sick and bedridden. The teenagers are instructed to go to grandmother's house deep in the forest and, by all means, to stay on the path! Wolves are hiding in the woods, just waiting for little girls to stray.
But young women are not exactly known for their obedience, are they? Will they be able to resist the temptations of the forest? Will they stay clear of danger? Can they prevent the ancient tale from being retold?
The Path is a game about growing, about changing, about making choices, about accepting the consequences of these choices. A game about playing, and failing, about embracing life, perhaps by accepting death.

Key Features:
The Path is a short horror game inspired by older versions of Little Red Riding hood, set in modern day. The Path offers an atmospheric experience of exploration, discovery and introspection through a unique form of gameplay, designed to immerse you deeply into its dark themes. Every interaction in the game expresses an aspect of the narrative. The six protagonists each have their own age and personality and allow the player to live through the tale in different ways. Most of the story, however, relies on your active imagination.
The Path is designed with accessibility in mind. There are no ticking clocks or monsters to defeat. No hard puzzles will ever halt your progress. Most activities in the game are entirely optional and voluntary. The player has all the freedom in the world to explore and experience. The Path is a Slow Game.
While The Path does not contain any graphic violence or sexuality, it does allude to these themes. The overall melancholy mood of the game and the potentially unsettling course of events, make The Path unsuitable for children. Despite of its origins in fairy tales, The Path is decidedly a game for the mature mind.
The Path is an independently created video game. It was developed with digital distribution in mind. But despite the small file size of the installer, the game features a complete realtime 3D environment that can be explored through third person navigation. The characters in this virtual world, including the player's avatars, are governed by a form of artificial intelligence that gives them some autonomy. As a result, nobody knows exactly what you will encounter on your journeys.
Next to the multi-layered stylized graphics, The Path features a continuous soundtrack composed by goth rock diva Jarboe (ex-Swans). In fact, there are hardly any sound effects in the game. Instead the music is continuously changing according to what is happening in the game. Like the behaviours of the characters, the music too is never exactly the same twice.
For a satisfying experience, it takes about 6 hours to complete the game.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
    • Video Card: Recent Geforce® or Radeon® x6xxx 256 MB (no integrated graphics)
    • Sound Card: Any Sound Card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB
    • Video Card: Recent Geforce® or Radeon® x6xxx 256 MB (no integrated graphics)
    • Sound Card: Any Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
What this game does well:
It has an artistic, non-concrete story that is somewhat creepy. It is an interesting jumble of snippets from semi-related events. The story, to me, felt more like seeing the shadow of an event, and being unsure what it really was. What does it mean? I believe this obscure feeling is quite intended, and is the main drive of playing the game.

What this game fails at (miserably):
Being a game. The game doesn't just make you walk slowly around. It makes you walk SLOWLY around. Too slow!

It would be different if the graphics and music were a cool experience. But they just aren't. It's rather ugly. The best part of the graphics are the scrawls and doodles that pop up on the screen, kind of like after seeing a bright light for a second. But the trees, the characters, the ground... they all just look terrible. If the game is working so hard to be artistic, they really need to consider the visual and auditory effect they are getting across. Although, I understand that art can be whatever it wants to be... but I don't believe they were capable of improving the visuals. If they were producing photorealistic scenery in other games, and then they decided to shoot specifically for this ugly style, then I'd say they made a bad choice, but accept their choice. However, ToT has basically proven that they are not visual artists in the realm of 3D graphics. Perhaps a case could be made for the color choices being well done, but it feels like such a small victory when one girl's buttcrack is a line awkwardly drawn on the back of her character.......

The sound was closer to getting across an effect, but I think they just didn't know how to get the effect across quite right.
Posted: September 27
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Absolutely love this game, could play for hours on end. 10/10
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
A sad, depressive, pasimistic and gothic digital piece of art.
This game is for the experience.
Will make you think about stuff. If you like artistic digital stuff and if you are an artist or art critic in your soul this is for you.
its about 4 girl, each has her own character, and each of them has to find grandmas home in the forest.
its kinda a macbre take on of red riding hood, but with drugs, sexual abuse and suicide.
the game can be called a game since you have to find stuff along the way to the home, and each pieace of puzzle you find complete the story even further. it is however not necessary. if you are into suicidal, abusive art with grim endings this is for you. i personally loved it.
Posted: October 3
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
This took a few restarts to understand how the gameplay worked, but the story for each girl makes for a very haunting game. The more you search and discover, the more you learn about each girl's tragic tale. It's a beautiful game and the music really helps with the atmosphere while playing. One of the more artistic games I've seen.
Posted: October 14
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
This is a story telling game. I would recomended it to on it's artsyness, and for anyone that likes seeing different things done with games.
If you need lots of action, or a highpaced game this is definitly not for you.
Posted: October 19
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
The Path is a grim look into childrens’ stories and their fears. It’s a journey through one’s psyche: intimate and opaque. This is not about visiting a sick grandmother – it’s all about the path you take.
Posted: October 23
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
i wasnt a big fan of this game it was cunfussing and i got realy lost but not in the game
Posted: October 8
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Doubleyoo-tee-eff?
Posted: September 26
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Outstanding game that haunts long after it's over.
Posted: September 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
In short? I didn't get it. The awkward controls and non-sequitur surrealism created a constant frustration that undermined what looked like a sincere attempt at unsettling atmosphere and imagery. I think the creators of the Path might be able to really get under my skin if their story was a little more coherent, their visuals a little less abstract, their interface more traditional, and if they ditched the completionist-oriented scoring.
Posted: October 12
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
This was my very first steam game and I've never regretted the purchase. The music, scenery and underlying message in each character's journey was something that I honestly didn't expect from what was supposed to be some kind of "gothic Red Riding Hood" game. I'll admit, at first I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be doing but after a quick run-through I got the hang of it. This game is more relaxed than most and I guess that's what caught me off guard. It's a game where the more things you discover the more warped the world turns out to be. It's a tale of innocence, destruction, pain, and discovery. Not something for everyone, but it's still one hell of a fun ride!
Posted: June 10
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
!No spoilers, just my honest review!
I honestly dont think this should be classified as a horror game. But yolo whatever.
ANYWAY,
If you expect: A good story, pretty music, solid characters, spooky settings and something that keeps you guessing, this is the game.
If you expect: Jump scares, ghosts, a straight foward story, a challenge and being a wolf and eating little girls, this is NOT the game.
I love The Path and support it with all of my heart. But this should not of been a video game.It should of been more of maybe an interactive comic, or even a book. Even so, this is great all around. Not great as a video game but great as a story. It is very powerful. There is a lot of different ways you could take the story and it still make sense and be…well, a good story. So if you haven’t noticed by now,
ITS A REALLY GOOD STORY. There is still a spooky atmosphere and sometimes you might catch yourself sitting there for a moment and thinking, “That is creepy wow okay” but never should you feel threatened or scared by anything that happens. Each girl (there is 6) experiences life in a different light. Which is beautiful. Now something that I want to say about the description of the game:

"There is one rule in the game. And it needs to be broken.”
This rule is; stay on the path. For new comers, my suggestion is (If you have the time) play your first round of the game staying on the path right to grandmothers house. And think about the things you see there as each sister. Then, after you have went to grandmothers house as every girl, replay the game and immediately leave the path to then find your own way around.

"There is one goal. And when you attain it, you die. “
Each girls ‘death' is not as straight forward as the other. For me, some of the girls ‘deaths’ don’t seem like dying at all, but more of realizing something important in their life. (Some are obvious deaths though) Also, You do not get to see the girls die, you get to see what happens right before their deaths, if they die at all.

Thats all I really have to say, but by all means, I love this game and it is wonderful.
Some tips and fun things to try out:
The flowers you find show you the map once in a while, so when lost, look for flowers.
The path disappears if you stay off it too long.
The “girl in white”s intentions are different with each girl.
There is only one way to die so do not be afraid.
Dont base the game on the demo.
All of the sisters names are a type of red which I thought was cool.
There is a saving option in the pause menu, (Its not obvious and I kinda didn’t figure it out until my 4th play through so I thought this tip would help.)
Posted: June 19
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
I feel like this game was made specifically for gamers like me. I can understand how it's not for everyone, but given some time and patience this game is very rewarding.
Posted: June 21
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Tale of Tales...well what can I say? The Graveyard is still my all time most hated product I've played on Steam. Fatale ranks pretty low as well. I was certain that this one was going to be a flop, but no! The Path actually showcases some creative thought and is quite a pleasant exploration piece. I guess 1 out of 3 isn't a strikeout.
Posted: May 19
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
A scary, and creative game, that'll wrap you up in it's atmosphere. In the end, it's up to you to inturpret the story. Even after playing it years ago I can still remember every detail.
Posted: June 28
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
86.3 hrs on record
Precursor to games like Dear Esther, it still gives me the creeps when you find each girl's "wolf".
Posted: June 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Hypnotic and creepy and some what perverse in a verry passive way i would highly recommend this game.
Posted: September 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
This game is hella creepy. Atmospheric and very open to interpretation.
Posted: May 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
More of an art experience than a game, so if you're into that it's lovely.
Posted: June 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
An excellent example of an artful video game that uses interactivity to engage the player and enhance the message of the story. Inspired by the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the player chooses to play as one of six children each given the identical objective of visiting their grandmother in a cabin in the woods. The game gives the simple instruction of staying on the path to grandma's house, but the player is free to disobey this command, abandon their duty to their grandmother, and instead venture into the forest where each girl's unique "wolf" awaits. The Path is about the inevitable human curiosity, the obliteration of one's innocence, and the consequences that follow. It is deep, it is beautiful, and is a great example of what video games are capable of as an art form.
9/10
Posted: June 19
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