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  • Summary: Journey of a Roach is developed by the Swiss team of Koboldgames in co-operation with Daedalic Entertainment. Players will visit a sarcastic, post-apocalyptic world where Roach Jim and his sidekick Bud are out and about to find their way from a deserted vault to the Earth's surface. Players must steer them through classic point & click adventure game puzzles. Certain challenges can be overcome by using the roach's natural abilities. Being roaches, Jim and Bud have the ability to crawl up walls and on ceilings, as well as on items. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 80
    A fresh look at the genre that also doesn’t lose sight of the key basics that make a great adventure game. [Issue#238]
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    It’s rather short in length and lacks much story substance, but Journey of a Roach is a charming, original adventure that genre fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.
  3. Nov 6, 2013
    72
    A charming post nuclear adventure.
  4. 68
    Journey of a Roach is ideal for someone who wants a change of pace in a puzzle game. It is for someone who does not want a complex story line and is looking for an affordable puzzle game for your PC.
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    54
    There are plenty of other games out there with more interesting puzzles and a more mature storyline. If your kids have a particular penchant for pests though, this might be a decent game to play with them.
  7. Nov 8, 2013
    40
    Journey of a Roach is a bog-standard adventure game built around a single kind of nifty idea.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Journey of a Roach is a great game. It has a nice story and challenging puzzles(good luck with it). The arts is good, the characters, settings and background music are cute(actually the whole game is cute). But you need to be aware of the spinning screen when Jim is climbing walls or ceilings, it might make you dizzy.

    Journey of a Roach is just a short game so you can finish it with just a couple of hours.
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  3. Nov 20, 2013
    8
    First off, ADVENTURE is not RPG. I keep making those mistakes when buying games :s

    About Journey of a Roach. A very nice 'adventure' of you
    as a roach where you have to solve puzzles to get the story going. Though the puzzles are frustrating at times, they are fun to solve. About the graphics I can be short CHILDISH but it does fit the game very well.

    Haven't come far yet in the game, but it's made me laugh on more than one occasion (and that's saying something already...)
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  4. Dec 4, 2013
    8
    The game thrusts you into a difficult puzzle almost immediately and my first thought was "This feels like a version of Monkey Island". The movement around the game is seemless and I played through using a 360 controller, it was generally hassle free although inventory management took a few attempts to get used to. The can climb up walls and along ceilings which leads to some movements that resemble Fez.

    After playing through however, I decided the game was not similar to Monkey Island at all with regards to the puzzles. Some of the choices were bizarre and made the game difficult not because of how hard the puzzles actually were but the placement and sheer ludicrousness. The game effectively consisted of 3 'large' puzzles. Each zone was unique and had a certain theme to it but all followed a main 'quest' or aim linked to the zone. The game difficultly was mostly gauged by the awkwardness of certain actions, combined with the fact that rarely did you get any sort of clue other than a speech bubble depicting a cruel picture of what the character you're interacting with wants.

    The length of the game is fairly short, I took around 3-4 hours of passive gameplay, i.e I was watching TV whilst playing this game every so often. I can't imagine the replay value of this game is very high, maybe at some point I will speed run this game but it doesn't have that charm Monkey Island ever had and thus I don't feel that I could return to play this game simply for the storyline. Then there is the price, I wouldn't say this game is worth the RRP at all, I caught this in a bundle by chance and after a while decided to actually play it.

    However, despite that overall difficulty/awkwardness I think the game deserves some credit. The game is technically flawless with regards to bugs and the developers should be applauded for that, not often does this happen now that they can just simply release broken and patch later.

    The game really should be around the £5 range though due to its length. I honestly think I could speed run this game in under 20 minutes and that isn't really a selling point.
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  5. Nov 12, 2013
    8
    "Journey of a Roach is a clever anvanture game, which gives you tons of fun
    > and sastisfaction from solving puzzles." Read full review:
    http://swiatgry.pl/recenzja/pc/682,journey_of_a_roach Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2013
    7
    Journey of a Roach is an adventure game that is in my opinion aimed for the more casual players. The game itself is not too long and most puzzles are not very hard, but it is great as light entertainment and a fresh breeze for those who are tired of the conventional scraping for survival post apocalyptic games.
    The game-play is fairly creative being able (and having to) climb up on walls and ceilings to reach certain objects adds a bit of extra flavor to the conventional rub item A to item B mechanics. I am not sure it worth the full price, my price would be no more than 6£ about half of the original. But since I picked it up on a sale I can't complain.
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  7. Nov 27, 2013
    6
    Got this as part of a humble bundle pleasantly surprised...
    The key mechanic is the ability to walk 360 around rooms (on walls ceilings)
    but it's actually a cute little adventure game too!
    And the puzzles make sense (not too random) well worth checking out if on sale!
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