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  • Summary: The Path is a short horror game inspired by older versions of Little Red Ridinghood, 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. EveryThe Path is a short horror game inspired by older versions of Little Red Ridinghood, 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. 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 tempations of the forest? Will they stay clear of danger? Can they prevent the ancient tale from being retold? [Tale of Tales] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. It will be years before a game made by the big budget software houses like Ubisoft or EA is brave enough to attempt anything remotely similar, but The Path shows promising signs that gaming is starting to grow up.
  2. An experience like no other, The Path is as unique and engaging as it is unnerving.
  3. PC Format
    90
    Now play it, because I desperately need to talk to someone about it. [June 2009, p.100]
  4. It is simple to play, but incredibly deep in its execution. It’s mystical, often perplexing, and more disturbing than pleasant. Think of it as an interactive fairy tale, and you’ll find it much less stupefying and maybe even a bit marvelous.
  5. 77
    One thing's for sure, regardless of whether you love or hate The Path, you won't forget it.
  6. Selecting whether you play as the depressed emo girl or the teenage slut might add some replayability, but only if you enjoy the game’s generally sluggish and strange presentation. If it sounds like your cup of tea, you need only shell out ten dollars to walk The Path.
  7. PC Zone UK
    69
    If you have a lot of patience, follow The Path. If not, bugger off and pick up an FPS. [Aug 2009, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 14 out of 35
  1. Dec 29, 2012
    10
    Beautiful and darker. Is not a videogame, neither an interactive story. It's an experience, a trip into your soul and your mind. Walk into theBeautiful and darker. Is not a videogame, neither an interactive story. It's an experience, a trip into your soul and your mind. Walk into the world created for this "game" and ask yourself WHAT you REALLY seek and see. Another person would see the same thing you have seen? Expand
  2. GuillermoL
    May 23, 2009
    10
    Half way through the game I'd already been moved to near tears and laughter at the same time. The game is wonderful. The music and Half way through the game I'd already been moved to near tears and laughter at the same time. The game is wonderful. The music and atmosphere make me want to own the soundtrack if that's possible, too. Yes it's a short game (can be easily played in half a day). But for ten bucks it gives more reward than most movies made. I hope to see more from these people and if possible something epic along the fallout 3 magnitude for size. Expand
  3. May 26, 2011
    10
    Beautiful, bug free, captivating, and oh so indie. This game is, amazingly, only 488mb large.. and given the amount of moving, interactingBeautiful, bug free, captivating, and oh so indie. This game is, amazingly, only 488mb large.. and given the amount of moving, interacting art in this game, I'd say that alone is a huge accomplishment. For those with a creative mind, give this game a try! You can't solve any of this game's goals with an MP5, it requires thought and the payoff is a dark and thoughtful twist on an old tale reborn. Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2012
    8
    In terms of the recent crop of interactive-computer-art (Esther, Fatale, The Graveyard), this certainly comes out best in betterIn terms of the recent crop of interactive-computer-art (Esther, Fatale, The Graveyard), this certainly comes out best in better interactivity, better use of one's own imagination, less linearity (though still there), and interesting music. Think of it as going to see a modern art piece, liking it, and buying your own copy to interact with at home. It does fall slightly in terms of controls (what's with the running change of angle, or just walking through things), but overall, taken in small 10-15 minute doses, a different way to spend one's time and imagination. Quite good. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2015
    4
    Sorry, I just can't recommend this. I wondered around slowly in the forest for a while, picking up objects for no reason that I couldSorry, I just can't recommend this. I wondered around slowly in the forest for a while, picking up objects for no reason that I could discern, found locations triggering events that didn't make much sense. I understand from other reviews that there's likely a story here, but nothing compelled me to keep playing beyond my first couple of tries. Normally I like world exploration, but this was not rewarding.

    I'm glad I played through it a couple of times in effort to understand what folks were saying about the game, but I just found it slow and unengaging. I liked games like Dear Esther, Gone Home, and Lifeless Planet, so I thought I'd like this. The Path, however, just didn't do much for me.
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  6. MartijnSlagman
    May 6, 2009
    2
    Poor game.

    It doesnt keep you into the game, after walking for half hour you will get extremely bored. There is nothing artistic about this
    Poor game.

    It doesnt keep you into the game, after walking for half hour you will get extremely bored. There is nothing artistic about this game. With weird sound(Chains etc.) they try to create a horror scene with some macabre scenery.

    Yes it's only
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  7. Vas
    Jun 29, 2014
    0
    I never, ever, rate a game a zero. I will likely never rate another game a zero again either. This game shouldn't even be available onI never, ever, rate a game a zero. I will likely never rate another game a zero again either. This game shouldn't even be available on steam. Freaking psychopaths made this game.

    The first time I played, I obeyed the rules, and stayed on the path. It takes an extremely long time to get to your objective, and then the game ends and you get an F for obeying the rules.

    The second time I played, I went off the path, found a guy burying a dead guy, I think I got raped (a little kid girl got raped) but you didn't see that, you were knocked out. I got back to my objective point (grandmother's house) only to have this house turn all funky and then my head was smashed between a wall and a giant piece of metal. A little girl's head, smashed between 2 objects. Oh and I got a C+ that time. You get a better grade based on how horribly you kill these little girls? No. No.. This game isn't right. No.
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