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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. 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. 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. It's totally no fun. It's interesting, but there isn't a fun bone in its mopey body. But I've paid to go into modern art galleries. I've paid for really oddball, minimalist art films. I've gone to gigs where music is divorced from any physical reaction and raised to some cerebral, abstract place - and plenty of gigs where most sane human beings would consider there was nothing actually musical going on. I haven't, but could pay for experimental theatre tickets. Lots of poetry. Whatever.
  7. 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: 20 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Dec 29, 2012
    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 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. May 27, 2011
    A wonderful artistic game that shows how impactful a game can be. The demo is horrible, showing off none of the highlights of the game while showing off all of the tedium. While very slow to play and rather simple, it makes a very heavy statement on each play-through that had me fighting to complete as much of the game as possible. Worth a play but very dark, brooding, tedious, and depressing much of the time. Expand
  3. May 26, 2011
    Beautiful, 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. Dec 29, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Please note that The Path may not be everyone's cup of tea. It's not what some would consider a "game", but more of a story shrouded by symbolism and is incredibly artsy. If you hate games that are almost purely story driven and more of an experience, then you might want to look elsewhere.

    For a person like me, The Path is just the type of thing I love. Not only is there dark and mature themes, but the symbolism is absolutely brilliant if you notice them. I also enjoyed the "Red Riding Hood" theme the game had going for it. After replaying a few times and discussing the story with others, I realized the game is actually very open for a lot of interpretation. More so than I anticipated. The ideas that many have come up with have only enriched the experience for me.

    Basically, you have several sisters, each very different from each other, and their goal is to get to grandmothers house to deliver some goods. The rule is to not stray from the path, but it has to be broken in order for the girls to encounter the wolf. If you do not want to be spoiled or have my opinion on the wolves and their interpretation with each girl, please skip the next paragraph.

    In my opinion, each girl represents a stage of life. The wolves are an experience that one must go through to grow up. These experiences may be harmful or scarring, but like in the game, the girls get up, wounded, and make their way back to grandma's house. The whole story is about growing up. Letting your curiosity getting the better of you, getting wounded, but growing up a little. The path is a safe life without exploration. There is no harm, but neither do you learn anything. That is why you get a failure screen when you do not encounter the wolf.

    As for it's length, if you just buzz through the main task at hand, it is very short and you also miss a lot of added story. Each girl has items and unlockables. There is also 144 "flower coins" to collect if you so chose. In my opinion, the replay value only lasts as long as there is something that you missed, which just to note that the forest is randomly generated each time so finding everything will be a challenge if you switch girls or start over. Unless you are the type that enjoys resetting the game and starting fresh repeatedly, you probably will complete the game once and rarely touch it again.
  5. Jun 30, 2013
    The Path in an arthouse exploration/horror game where you control one of six girls as they make the trek to grandmother's house. You're told to stay on the path and avoid the wolf, but if you do what you're told, you don't get to experience anything this game has to offer.

    The Path is a mystery that needs to be unraveled. As you explore, you find more things and learn more about each of the girls, and you may bump into the "wolf". For each of the girls, meeting the wolf is a life-changing experience.

    The game is a very interesting mystery and an engaging metaphor, but when held to the normal standards for a video game, The Path is severely lacking. The controls are completely awful. The aesthetic is nice, but the actual graphic quality is pretty poor. The sound is odd, which is fitting for this game. The gameplay is slow. Really, really slow. You'll need a lot of patience.

    The game description on Steam should be taken seriously. This game is not for children.

    The Path is definitely not for everyone. Pick it up if an arthouse title with difficult metaphors interests you, but if you're looking for a fun game, this is not it. $10 is probably a bit much; wait for it to go on sale.
  6. Apr 8, 2013
    This is pretty much an unintentional parody of indie games.

    If you're the most pretentious person at your Hop Topic and want to experience
    the most convoluted adventure game logic this side of Sierra and also hate yourself I strongly recommend this game. Expand
  7. Vas
    Jun 29, 2014
    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 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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