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  • Summary: Lie, blackmail, and steal your way down The Low Road. Rookie agent Noomi Kovacs must navigate her way through the world of corporate espionage in this dark spy comedy set in the 1970s.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 24, 2018
    85
    The Low Road is one of the better point ‘n’ click throwbacks I’ve played in a while. Sure, the game has a few rough edges, but its unique world, likable characters, engaging story, and varied puzzles ought to get fans of retro adventure games properly revved up.
  2. Aug 21, 2017
    80
    The Low Road’s tale of espionage is told in a fun, quirky fashion that manages to hold your attention and keep a smile on your face throughout its short playtime. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel and falters slightly on occasion, it is a lovely experience that is definitely worth your time.
  3. Sep 7, 2018
    68
    The Low Road tells a wonderful story in a really clumsy way. Its point-and-click controls are very much lost in translation between the PC and the Switch. Touch controls would have solved the problem in a big way and tell that story more easily. Alas no such controls exist, and the game suffers as a result. It’s not all bad though, as there are some interesting puzzles and story twists that kept me engaged. Only the most patient players should take the long haul down The Low Road. If nothing else this game might start the argument for keyboard/mouse support on Switch…nah, maybe not.
  4. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2019
    65
    I feel that with a larger budget and bigger experience XGen Studios could offer us a real treat, but what I got instead was just a snack that left me hungry. [11/2018, p.77]
  5. Dec 14, 2017
    60
    Ultimately, The Low Road can be summed up with the phrase "what could have been.” The wonderful art style and soundtrack, great writing, memorable characters, and occasional moments of engaging espionage-themed gameplay all demonstrate what a unique, fun title it could have ended up being. Unfortunately, this promise is drowned out by bland, repetitive adventure game puzzles and it all ends way too soon for a game worth roughly £15. Pick it up when it’s on sale.
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  1. The result is a game that despite such lovely art, really splendid voice acting from the two leads, and an amazing score, just doesn’t hold together. It’s annoying more than it’s funny, it’s frustrating more than it’s clever, and it’s just so damned incohesive.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 5, 2018
    8
    I’m not always a fan of point and click games but when they have a good story or are in a genre I like then I can start to enjoy them more.I’m not always a fan of point and click games but when they have a good story or are in a genre I like then I can start to enjoy them more. The Low Road being basically a point and click version of No One Lives Forever did it for me. It doesn’t have the shooting but a very similar spy comedy feel to it.

    The jokes were good, the story was good, the soundtrack was awesome and the puzzles were decent. I thought the addition of the dialogue choices were a good way to break up the puzzles. It didn’t overstay it’s welcome either. The game clocked in at just under five and a half hours for me which is a good length for a point and click game in my eyes. The game does support manually saving whenever you want aside from during puzzles and when in conversations. I applaud that. The game also supports frame rates above 60, it ran at 144 FPS constant for me. Not that a point and click game will benefit from higher frame rates but I will give them credit regardless as I would rather have the support and not need it than the other way around.

    As for the parts that could have been better there were a few minor gripes I had. The voice acting for the character of Horace was horrible. Not just the performance but the quality of the audio. It’s like the actor send in his lines over a bad Skype connection rather than sounding professionally done. It was really strange because the audio quality was great aside from that. The audio in general was a tad loud for me, it’s the only game, at least of recent memory, that I had to set my headphones to about a quarter volume before entering the game. That leads me into my next gripe: there were no options in game at all. When you’re launching the game you can choose resolution and one graphics option but there is nothing in game for graphics, audio, controls or anything else aside from language. Having to exit the game to adjust anything is a little dumb in 2018. The Steam achievments seemed to be broken for me as I didn’t get a single one but that’s a non issue for me as I don’t care about achievments. Still, a bug is a bug. My only other gripe was that the dialogue choices often weren’t really choices as there were correct and incorrect answers. I will say though that when you screwed up and got a bad ending that they were usually hilarious.

    Overall my gripes are all minor and the gameplay, soundtrack and story more than make up for it. Any fans of point and click games or those who enjoy spy games that don’t take themselves seriously should enjoy The Low Road. I got it on sale for $3.75 CAD but wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to people at it’s current full price of $16.99 CAD.

    I played the game on Linux and had a great time. The game didn’t crash on me once, I ran into no glitches or bugs and the performance was fantastic.

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | EVGA CLC 240 | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 18.1.6 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming | Corsair AX1200 | InWin 303 White | Solus 3 | Kernel 4.18.5-90.current | AOC G2460P @1920*1080 144hz

    My Score: 8.5/10
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  2. Aug 9, 2017
    4
    Well, it's not terrible, but it's not really an adventure game either. The story develops way too fast and the puzzles are too easy. I reallyWell, it's not terrible, but it's not really an adventure game either. The story develops way too fast and the puzzles are too easy. I really liked the music though. Expand