Road Not Taken is a roguelike 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.
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“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

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Road Not Taken è un rompicapo roguelike che strizza l'occhio agli imprevisti della vita. Interpreterai il ruolo di un guardaboschi a cui viene affidato il compito di addentrarsi in un'enorme e pericolosa foresta per salvare i bambini perduti dopo una violenta tempesta di neve. I livelli generati proceduralmente offrono infinite sfide e possibilità di esplorazione. Le tue azioni influiranno non solo sulla tua storia personale, ma anche sul villaggio a cui appartieni e sui suoi abitanti, con i quali stabilirai rapporti di amicizia.

Ogni partita di Road Not Taken offre una storia diversa. Il percorso scelto cambierà e le relazioni intraprese prenderanno svolte inaspettate, proprio come nella vita reale.

Gli abitanti di Road Not Taken credono che la vita segua un percorso ideale: la brava gente trova lavoro, si innamora e mette al mondo dei figli. Tu, però, non seguirai questo percorso. Riuscirai a trovare la tua vocazione?

Una nuova strada a ogni partita

In Road Not Taken nessun percorso porta alla stessa destinazione. I sentieri cambieranno, le relazioni intraprese prenderanno svolte inaspettate e sarai tu a decidere la la storia scritta via via da ciascuna delle tue azioni. Ogni partita offre incontri con nuove e originali creature, segreti e oggetti da scoprire, abitanti con cui instaurare relazioni e ambienti ricchi di diabolici enigmi da risolvere.

Cervello, non muscoli

Il tuo personaggio ha l'abilità magica di spostare gli oggetti facendoli levitare. Dovrai capire come usare i tuoi talenti in modo strategico per aggirare o sconfiggere una serie di creature pericolose, ostacoli e boss.

Perditi nella natura selvaggia

Road Not Taken si avvale di un'artistica grafica in 2D, splendidi sprite e una suggestiva colonna sonora. Ogni enigma è una sfida che coinvolge esplorazione e strategia e che costringe il giocatore a pensare prima di compiere un solo passo.

Requisiti di sistema

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6 or later
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6 or later
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
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25 persone su 26 (96%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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43.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 1 gennaio
I´ve been playing this game for the last month and the more I do, the more I like it. It is a good puzzle game with a storyline that is actually consistent throughout! The graphs are super cute, the music and sound effects are great, the character interactions are very nice too (and the characters looks vary on each career).

Your choices have an effect on the outcome of the game: everything -from how many kids you decide to save to what gifts you give and what relationships you build with whom or what bonuses you decide to use- determines what pluses you´ll get and whether you´ll end up your career more or less successfully.

As I said, the game look is really cute, but one thing I really liked is that despite it´s design cuteness -or maybe because of it- it is still able to also give a slightly creepy and even acid atmosphere: The doctor, or the way the Mayor takes your choice of saving more or less kids could be good examples. Other surpirses I rather not reveal as to not spoil the fun, but let´s just say that experimentation and interaction has its rewards.

As for difficulty, the game instructions are fairly simple, so it is easy to get started. The gameplay itseld has a gradual increase of diffculty in its main story mode, plus it also has a timed version and a extra-difficult option too. It is worth mentioning again that inside a career, your performance on a year will affect the difficulty of the years to follow, if only because of the amount of energy you´ll have to deal with each level. So besides dealing with each level´s intrinsic difficulty you should have some strategy and consider future levels.

To me this is a very entertaining and well thought game. I don´t feel too guilty if I spend time playing it because not only do I have fun, I actually have the feeling I am using my brain. It can be re-played several times, which is a plus to me. If you like puzzles, charming design and eerie sense of humor try this one out.
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12 persone su 12 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
4.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 20 marzo
I would not describe this game as rogue-like. It is more of a puzzle game that has rogue-like puzzles.

While it is cute, I found it lost it's charm rather quickly as the puzzles became very difficult fast.

I would blame the mis-labeling of this game in my frustration with it. I came into this game expecting one thing and getting another. If this were something I was looking to play, I would recommend it. As it is now, I say it is nice but it was not and this confusion left me not liking the game. Just be sure to read the other better reviews if you care to pay attention to reviews.
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11 persone su 12 (92%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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1.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 gennaio
It's a roguelike in that you have but one life to live, but it's a far cry from the average roguelike. It's earned its puzzle tag here on the steam store and definitely favors deliberation. The need for strategy isn't unlike the roguelike genre, for sure, but rather than having to worry about enemies coming to kill you if you make a wrong move, you have to strike a balance between meeting objectives and the energy it will cost you to do so.

There are multiple ways to go about finishing every dungeon, and you don't actually have to complete the dungeon to leave it; find half the children and see them safely home, if that's all you feel you can do. There are different leaderboards, reflecting different things to strive for.

And the game is pleasing to eye and ear.
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8 persone su 9 (89%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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48.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 gennaio
Odd mix of rouglike rpg and block throwing puzzle game.

I'm terrible at it, but I'm having a lot of fun.

Procedurally generated puzzles with no undo button are not for the faint of heart.
If you like punishing rouglikes like FTL and you like puzzle games you will probably like this.
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5 persone su 6 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
2.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 13 aprile
Pros
  • Incredibly nice graphics.
  • Initially great to discover new things.

Cons
  • I grew tired of this game quite quickly. I guess it's a puzzle game, but I found it way too limiting. This would be good for on your phone or tablet, but isn't a real game for desktops.
  • Initialy great to discover new things, but the discoveries turn out to be not really all that interesting apart from a few useful ones.
  • This is my fault, but I very often made accidental moves which got me in terrible situations. Not because I failed a puzzle, but because I too impatiently pressed a button. Yes, my fault, but an undo button would greatly aleviate the grief.

I'm slightly leaning to not recommending this game, but if you like simple tablet/phone games on your computer, than go for it.
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3 persone su 3 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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27.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 23 dicembre 2014
The gameplay is enjoyable and adjustable in difficulty, making this something I can return to often.

With well-written dialogue, the story becomes interesting and curious, despite not being required to complete the game objectives.

Great work overall, I would gladly buy a sequel.
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3 persone su 3 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 aprile
Road Not Taken is an excellent game to experience. The story is emergent and available in small pieces, the gameplay is simple in theory but gets more complex as you put all the parts together (similar to how one piece movement in chess is easy but putting them all together gets complex). The goal of the game is to brave the wilds and find lost children, and playing the game gives me a very happy feeling which means a lot since I have issues with depression. I would recommend this game to everyone, it is well worth the price.
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6.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 23 marzo
very very cute+fun game, interesting take on puzzles and resource management in semi-randomly generated levels, complete with a cute+cozy town dating sim thingy
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10.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 3 novembre 2014
Addictive, charming, and deceptively difficult. Super recommended for anyone who likes games that put a lot of love into the art design.
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
16.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 11 aprile
A charming little rogue-like puzzle game that is worth multiple playthroughs. Use the giant coffee mug if you find yourself running out of energy often! Recommended.
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12.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 25 aprile
i DO need it on my ubuntu netbook.. nothing more to say
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0.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 26 aprile
How do you manage to make a game so horrendously broken? Unnecessarily long loading times aside (Especially for a trashy looking 2d game), I booted it up and I have to say, at least it managed to detect my screen resolution correctly. It went downhill from there.

First off, the game's locked to 30fps, which is a nightmare. I alt-tabbed out to confirm this with FRAPS, and upon alt-tabbing back in, all of the art assets had been stolen, just like my money when I bought this trash. I was presented with a black screen with just the text overlaid on it.

I rebooted it (I have no idea why, I should have just quit there and then), got past the introduction cutscene and mission for a second time, and decided I wanted to turn down the repetitive, irritating soundtrack and noises. Nope. I had two options: On or off. I mean, sure, I could go to the Windows Sound Mixer and turn down the program's sound, but that would mean alt-tabbing out, a "feature" this game doesn't support. Shame. I decided to opt with keeping the sound on and just switching from headphones to speakers so I could control the sound there, but I digress.

I continued on with my "quest" (Can you call it that? I don't think many self-respecting "quests" would consist of overcoming a series of mild annoyances), and wanted to see if I could switch from full screen to windowed in the hope that that would let me alt-tab out. Nope. If you want to change between the two you have to reboot the game, something I'd done twice at this point. It might not be a problem, but the game doesn't actually seem to have any clear way of how to save your progress.

I carried on, ignoring the plethora of bugs and missing features I'd encountered, into the third room. There are two NPCs in there that you can talk to. I spoke to both of them, listening to their unimportant small-talk (Why did they even include this in the game? It doesn't add anything and it's just infuriating to have to click through). After going through the boring dialogue, I saw something. Huh, there are three badly drawn boys (Hue) on a stage with musical instruments. This looks interesting (Funnily enough this was the first time I'd said this in my half an hour of working through the bugs). I interacted with them and the credits played. I felt a sigh of relief, thinking I'd completed the game and wouldn't have to play any more. Alas, after finishing the credits I just spawned back in the room I was in. Great, I had to play yet more of this. What's that? There's an exclamation mark above the heads of the two NPCs I spoke with before, indicating they have new dialogue. Oh, how exciting! I couldn't wait to hear what they had to say, especially after the thrilling heart-to-heart I'd had with them just minutes beforehand. What *could* have transpired in the time that I was gone?. Oh... It was the same dialogue they'd said before. Either they have Alzheimer's or the game forgot to save my progress before I watched the credits that for whatever reason, the boy band up on stage had access to.

Carrying on, I moved onto the next area and finally got presented with a puzzle. I completed the puzzle and teleported back to the town, at which point I was presented with a console, a pause menu, and a "which mod would you like to play?" menu. I closed all of the boxes as I didn't recall asking for any of them (Unless Alzheimer's is now contagious, in which case I may have contracted it from the boy band). I tried to move. Nope. I tried to hit escape in order to leave this hellhole. Nope. Nothing was responding and yet again, half the "art" assets hadn't even loaded. It was at this point that I hit alt+f4 and decided to remove this broken mess from my hard drive.

Oh, did I mention this isn't even a roguelike, in any sense of the word?

Honestly, just avoid this. I'd recommend playing anything else instead. Bad Rats or Infestation would be a better choice.
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5.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 gennaio
this is a deceptively simple puzzel game that makes you care bout the people in the world
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
4.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 21 marzo
This is a very cute game with extremely challenging and engaging puzzles, an interesting story, dark humor, and some very wonderful secrets. Highly recommend.
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15 persone su 18 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
10.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 6 agosto 2014
Road Not Taken è un piccolo grande gioco, che si diverte a imitare quel piccolo grande gioco che è l’esistenza. Affascinante, imprevedibile e piena di insidie, quel grande mistero che è la vita catapulta ognuno di noi in storie simili ma sempre diverse, in cui dobbiamo far scelte di cui spesso comprendiamo le conseguenze solo dopo molto tempo, sacrifici più o meno obbligati e azioni che sanno un po’ di Bene, un po’ di Male e tanto di entrambe.

Volendo inquadrarlo in quelle macrocategorie che chiamiamo “generi”, Road Not Taken è un puzzle con numerosi elementi di roguelike: da questi ultimi eredita la sua articolazione in livelli creati proceduralmente, il permadeath e un livello di difficoltà decisamente alto. Tanto che più di una volta, provandolo, ho pensato di essere davanti al Dark Souls dei puzzle game. E non credo sia un paragone tanto sfrontato.
Proprio come il capolavoro From Software, sì può dire che il titolo Spry Fox si basa su meccaniche all’apparenza semplici, che garantiscono però un’inaspettata profondità: basta un solo pulsante per fare tutto, in Road Not Taken, ma sono le idee e non il numero di comandi a rendere complesso il gioco senza complicarlo inutilmente. Ma procediamo con calma.
Il gioco ci cala nelle vesti di un ranger che, in seguito a diverse peripezie, viene soccorso da un pescatore un po’ panciuto e condotto in un piccolo e ameno villaggio, che basa interamente la sua economia sulla raccolta di bacche. Il problema nasce dal fatto che tale prezioso compito sia svolto da una forza lavoro composta esclusivamente da piccoli bambini che, ogni inverno, tendono a perdersi nel bosco a causa di spiritelli cattivi. Tocca a noi ricondurli alle loro mamme, sia per salvarli dal triste destino, sia perché è il prezzo da pagare per avere vitto e alloggio gratis dal cinico sindaco del villaggio.

Il piccolo ranger, nel suo compito di recupero, può fare affidamento solo sul suo bastone magico e il suo potere di sollevare gli oggetti che lo circondano, per poi lanciarli dritti nella loro traiettoria su livelli organizzati secondo scacchiere. Far levitare animali, arbusti e cose non costa nulla, ma trascinarli – manovra necessaria per sfuggire agli spazi più angusti – vuol dire far diminuire la propria riserva di energia che, una volta arrivata allo zero, decreta la vostra morte. E morire, in Road Not Taken, vuol dire ricominciare tutto dal principio, a meno di aver sacrificato alcune risorse in speciali altari. “Sacrificare”, ecco la parola chiave: per ottenere risorse ed energia bisogna salvare i bambini, ma salvare i bambini richiede energia. Quanto incedere nell’operazione di recupero? Quando invece arrendersi e lasciar morire piccoli innocenti per poter vivere un altro anno? Ogni livello di Road Not Taken vi costringerà a prendere decisioni di questo tipo, lasciandovi addosso sempre la sensazione che forse potevate fare di più, o che forse avete sprecato inutilmente forze vitali.

Il tempo e la morte sono fattori chiave, nel gioco Spry Fox. Perché la Falce prima o poi viene sempre a bussare alla porta del piccolo ranger. Dopo quindici inverni, corrispondenti ad altrettanti anni e ad altrettanti stage di gioco, sarà inevitabilmente Game Over. E solo allora scoprirete che in Road Not Taken il vero scopo del gioco non è semplicemente soccorrere vite innocenti, ma lasciare un bel ricordo di sé. Perché, come diceva Foscolo, “sol chi non lascia eredità d’affetti, poca gioia ha dell’urna”.

Nel piccolo paesino splendidamente dipinto dagli sviluppatori, infatti, troverete sempre una manciata di personaggi anche loro generati proceduralmente, ma sempre pronti ad interagire con voi. Ed ecco che dopo il tempo e la morte, emerge la terza dimensione del bidimensionale videogioco: quella del dono. Il rinunciare – ancora una volta, il sacrificio – a qualcosa per darla a un altro, per ricevere qualcosa, al fine di instaurare legami. Così costruirete rapporti di fiducia e, perché no, anche amorosi, con le altre piccole vite presenti nel villaggio. Ogni regalo vi frutterà una ricompensa, che sia sotto forma di Amuleti, (particolari oggetti in grado di agevolare o meno le vostre avventure), energia vitale addizionele o conoscenza. Recuperare segreti e scoprire combinazioni di oggetti costituisce uno dei vari modi per aumentare il punteggio di fine partita.

Nel tentativo di condurre i bambini alle loro mamme, infatti, sarà necessario combinare i diversi animali, spiriti e oggetti per agevolarvi il percorso; allo stesso modo, per passare da una zona all’altra della foresta il ranger dovrà abbinare un certo quantitativo di oggetti simili, al fine di liberare l’accesso dalla magica barriera di pietre che lo confina dalle altre aree. Se i primi anni scorreranno facili e senza particolari difficoltà, ben presto l’alto tasso di difficoltà si farà sentire e sarà necessario padroneggiare perfettamente tutte le tecniche a disposizione, compresa la facoltà di teletrasportarsi alla prima area della foresta, anche solo per salvare la metà di tutti i bambini perduti. Perché se anche solo una volta il ranger scende sotto questo “par”, la Morte verrà a bussare prematuramente.

Mi confesso: scrivere di un gioco come Road Not Taken non è stato per niente facile. La bontà dell’aspetto squisitamente videoludico, dalla splendida direzione artistica alle buone meccaniche platform, si accompagna ad aspetti extraludici altrettanto importanti per valutare un titolo in cui gli elementi estranei alla dimensione “giocosa” vera e propria costituiscono sostanza e non puro orpello. Potrei continuare a far scorrere il gran lungo fiume di parole dicendovi di quanto il sonoro sia decisamente sottotono, o di quanto la “proceduralità” dei livelli genera alcuni stage che sono più frustranti che impegnativi; ma Road Not Taken è più che un semplice videogame, è una piccola esperienza ricca di luci e ombre mai nette, ma sempre sfumate e ambigue. Un titolo che sconsiglio solo a coloro che non riescono in alcun modo ad affrontare difficoltà molto aspre.

Road Not Taken vi farà disperare, urlare di rabbia, vi delizierà con tanti piccoli tocchi, vi intenerirà con i suoi personaggi, vi opprimerà, vi commuoverà; è un viaggio difficile, pieno di sacrifici, impervio e ostico, ma che merita di essere percorso fino in fondo. Un po’ come la vita, a ben vedere.

[Liberamente tratto dalla mia recensione su The Shelter Network: http://theshelternetwork.com/road-not-taken-recensione/]

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174 persone su 194 (90%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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137.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 5 agosto 2014
Lore-wise, this game is interactive poetry. Instead of beating you over the head with a point that can't be avoided, it delivers bits and pieces to not tell just a story, but to provide deep themes about life, love, and loss. The keenly aware will pick up on the things that make up these themes, and what the final message appears to be, yet there's plenty of room for interpretation - In much the same way classic poetry does. I wish more games were like this.

Gameplay-wise, it takes elements of classic block sliding puzzles and crafting-based matching, dresses it up with beautiful art, and packages it in rougelike tropes. Success relies on thoughtfulness, planning, and situational adaptability. It's both casual and challenging. The better you get at the game, the more rewarding it becomes to finish each year with all the children saved and at a minimum cost to your energy levels.

There are lots of secrets, tactics and strategies, and surprises.
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11.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 6 agosto 2014
Road Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game about surviving life’s surprises. But life is so often content with stagnation and repetition, offering what seems the same grind over and over and over, soon only occasionally taunting with the glimmer of something new. But that’s just the way of things; everything new becomes old, in time. Eventually, new just begins to run out. RNT follows a similar cycle; in the beginning, discovering all these new things and how you can change and adapt them to your uses is exciting and intoxicating. But soon enough, the new is exhausted , and with it, the allure of the prospect of new discoveries waiting just behind each locked gate. RTN is profusely entertaining up until you realize this point has come, but even after then, its unique and challenging formula saves it for a time, despite other issues, both glaring and minute.

RNT plays off its theme of “life’s little mysteries” remarkably well in its gameplay. As the town’s new ranger, you’re tasked in each of your years with rescuing the children lost to the woods during each winter’s storm. To deliver them safely, you’ll have to guide each to any of the waiting mothers, wherever they may be, using your limited amount of energy in carrying the odds and ends populating each level. The greatest joy had in this game also provides its greatest challenge; the discovering of new items and creatures that can both greatly hinder or assist you in your search. There’s a surprising amount of variety in the number of ways things can interact, with many even able to change into new forms entirely, given the proper combination. You’ll quickly begin filling your travel book with all manner of creatures and their respective “recipes”. Eventually, puzzles that seemed impossible in the beginning are soon found to have only been so due to your own ignorance of some combination relevant to the situation.

But here’s the rub, and it’s one that eventually hinders all games of this sort. After a while, it’s very noticeable which pieces the game favors, and which ones have yet to appear more than once, if even that. There’s a handful of items and creatures that are exceptionally common, changing in relation to your years. In my playthroughs, those handfuls have been identical. The aforementioned variety in items and enemies becomes less so when the same few common assets are used ad nauseam, which is a shame, given the inventiveness of some of the lesser used pieces.

In between winters, your time is spent in the town you call home. Here, you can take your hard earned coins, rice, berries, etc, and trade them for townsfolk’s friendship, a la the story of Rainbow Fish. In return, you may receive helpful recipes for your book, or even better, equip-able trinkets. Early earned trinkets’ perks are useful in smaller capacities, but the greater are earned through repeat visits. They, along with the tradeables found in the forest, make up the other half of the Roguelike formula, namely the part that you lose upon death. Make too many mistakes, resulting in zero energy or too few children saved, and all of these are lost. Given the time investment needed to get the better ones, I’ll admit to believing this a bit harsh, especially since death can often be the result of truly unfair elements brought on by the roguelike system, like unavoidable loss of children to enemies or rare, impassible gates due to poor default placement of pieces.

A point of contention for me lies here as well, particularly in the store page’s embellishment of a winding, twisting narrative, unique to each journey. The only narrative comes in the townsfolk, who remain constant, personalities and dialogue alike. Even their preferences in tradeables remains identical between playthoughs. The only change is that of color scheme, and which one is most willing to marry you, which becomes readily apparent early on. Despite store page promises of offering the opportunity to lead a unique life each playthrough, the character with obvious affection for you will always yield trinkets and info for fewer tradeables. There’s no reason to invest in anyone else.

Regardless of my issues with it (mostly with the not-so-random level randomization), RNT is tremendous fun, and it’s a unique challenge that I’m going to continue playing, if only to try and earn the remaining pages to my travel book. In retrospect, my biggest issues could easily be rectified with a few randomization patches, or better yet, a future DLC expansion. As it is, the journey slowly loses its luster more than several hours in, but it never loses its shine altogether. The combination of some amusingly humorous travel book entries, a charming art design and some legitimately unsettling sound work help to mask the budding feeling of familiarity on repeat journeys. I think what’s most disappointing is that despite the game’s want to emulate the unpredictability of life, it has instead exemplified how easily it can fall into routine and predictability. While the initial few hours and playthrough are wholly the most entertaining, a lackluster attempt at differentiating narrative and the occasional sense of déjà vu on later playthroughs only slightly diminish an otherwise fantastic puzzle-rogue.
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7.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 agosto 2014
Road Not Taken is described as a Roguelike Puzzle game, in which you throw and move objects around with your magic staff to rescue children trapped in the Forest. Some puzzles are hand-crafted, but the majority are procedurally generated.

The Good: The Art and Music are great! Wonderful Art Style and the music is a nice addition to the levels.

The Bad: Procedural generation is a double-edged sword. Yes, you're going to get rooms in which things are laid out in an easily-solvable manner, but you're also going to get rooms that are basically broken (or quickly made so by a bad move). For example, Bear Statues "stick" to nearby objects, so if you get an object in a corner behind a Bear Statue, you are pretty much out of luck. Good luck corraling six Deer or other animals (which move around on their own) to unlock a door. A single novice move can render entire areas of the map inaccessible.

The Ugly: The difficulty curve is brutal, and saps fun out of the game. Year 4 (of 15) seemed to be my Year of Death for a while, but with practice I've made it all the way to Year 8. Of course, Roguelikes have death, but after you die you should have some incentive to want to play again. In RNT, Death only occurs after several frustrating rounds of losing life/energy, and then when you are at your weakest, the Doom Spirits hunt you down and kill you. Where is the fun in that!?

The Save/Checkpoint system actively discourages you from using it - what is up with that?

I know people will argue that the game is about hard choices and you aren't intended to save every single child in each individual year - but that makes me wonder about the narcissistic sociopaths who lack empathy for children freezing to death in the Forest.

In summary, my chief complaint is that the game is more frustrating than fun. There’s potential here, but in Road Not Taken’s current state, I cannot recommend it.
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Pubblicata: 5 agosto 2014
Road Not Taken is great. It is a really well done puzzle-roguelike with a FANTASTIC core mechanic. It is one of those games that absolutely nails the concept of easy to learn, difficult to master. It also has a bleak yet hopeful atmosphere coursing through the entire thing, which I found very charming.

Winter is slowly overtaking a small village. You play as a forest ranger tasked with recovering children lost in the woods. The core mechanic involves combining objects in the forest together to make new ones by picking them up and throwing them. You can also cary objects, but doing so depletes your ever dwindling energy reserves.

There is a staggering number of items and combinations, and it's a LOT of fun to expirament with all the different objects. Some combinations are beneficial, replentishing your energy, allowing you to manipulate the forest easier, and save the kids easier, but others are dangerous, and you should take care not to clumsly throw things around, creating hazardous items accidentally. However, many of the dangerous items can also be turned into bigger benefits if combined correctly. It strikes a really great ballance between risk and reward.

Being a roguelike, it has a LOT of replay value, especially since you can forge relationships with a few of the towns folk. If they like you, they will tell you tips, secrets, and even give you items and accessories to make your job easier, or harder if that's what you're in to! You have the ability to replay the previous year if you really screw things up, but I have also tried starting over from year 1 to leverage all the new combinations I have learned.
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Pubblicata: 9 agosto 2014
Love the game. The artwork is great. I love the soundtrack, and the story makes me want to know more.
The game is a rogue-like puzzle-game. You are a ranger who's job is to save the kids who are lost in the woods. While not in a level you can socialize with the npcs in the town by giving them gift. You will get items and secrets this way. You can also have a wife/husband. Personally i got attached to one of the npcs quite fast.
If you love puzzlegames that can be played through multiple times (random level generation) you got to play this game. The money you spent on this game will be worth it.
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