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.
User reviews: Very Positive (162 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 5, 2014
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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

About This Game

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. Randomly generated levels deliver a limitless supply of possibilities to explore and challenges to overcome. Your actions will influence not only your own story, but that of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home.

Story Details:


Each time you play Road Not Taken, you're likely to experience a very different story. The paths you take will change; the relationships you pursue will twist in ways you did not expect. Which, as it happens, is just like real life.

The villagers of Road Not Taken believe that there is an optimal path through life: a good person gets a job, falls in love and has children. You won't follow this path. Can you find your own unique way through a life?

Gameplay Details:


No path leads to the same destination in Road Not Taken. The trails you take will change, the relationships you pursue will twist in ways you might not expect, and the narrative you create with every action will be yours to decide. Every playthrough offers new and unusual creatures to encounter, secrets and items to discover, townsfolk to build relationships with, and devilish, hand-crafted puzzle rooms to solve.

Brains, Not Brawn

Your character has the magical ability to levitate and move objects. You must figure out how to use your talents and tactics to circumvent or defeat a wide variety of dangerous creatures, obstacles, and boss encounters.

Get Lost in the Wild

Road Not Taken is brought to life with gorgeous 2D artwork, expressively charming sprite design, and an evocative, atmospheric soundtrack. Every puzzle is a challenge of exploration and strategy, testing players to think before taking each step forward.

System Requirements

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
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
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 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
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 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
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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