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  • Summary: Road Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game about surviving the surprises in life. You assume the role of 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 limitlessRoad Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game about surviving the surprises in life. You assume the role of 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 influence not only your own story, but the stories of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 5, 2014
    90
    A wonderful Roguelike puzzle game that feel unique.
  2. Aug 8, 2014
    80
    Road Not Taken might not have too much in common with the Frost-written poem with which it shares a name, but it does manage to deliver a meditation on the value of choices and the importance of making the right ones, while also offering the player a complex layer of actual game mechanics to explore.
  3. 80
    Road Not Taken proved to be a very unique game for its genre, or genres actually. The interesting marriage of what could feel like a mobile title, with the punishing difficulty and creative narrative of a console indie makes Road Not Taken a great game to have in your PS4 library.
  4. Aug 6, 2014
    70
    An interesting puzzle game, but the roguelike elements does not perfectly match with the gameplay mechanics and the overall structure.
  5. Aug 12, 2014
    70
    It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest of puzzle ideas can turn chaotically complex.
  6. Aug 11, 2014
    70
    A well built puzzle game for PlayStation 4 with beautiful visuals. However, it's quite a short game. It's best asset is the absolutely random system of maps creation.
  7. Sep 1, 2014
    50
    As good as this fairy tale themed game seemed to be, Road Not Taken didn’t feel quite right.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a good game. Just getting into it I wasn't expecting much, but as I played and Forged relationships with the other villagers I realized there is something more to this game from becoming friends with the villagers to adventuring in the frozen wastelands to save the children each year this is a truly endearing game. But please note that this game has an incredible difficulty curve. Expand
  2. Jan 9, 2017
    9
    They updated the game to include a normal mode (which is easy) and a hard mode if you truly want to experience the original version. EitherThey updated the game to include a normal mode (which is easy) and a hard mode if you truly want to experience the original version. Either normal or hard mode can be pick before you began your chess game of finding the kids. Using normal mode to play out this game makes the game interesting and you now really what to explore the mysteries without the cruelty of losing constantly. I find rogue games really have reduce my urge to buy indie games. I usually avoid them now. Simple because I dont have time to sit there in agonizing frustration on the little time i have to game. Developers seem to completely missed this point. But this team decided to add it a mode that allows gamers that have their time competing with work, and family to game too. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After putting in a few more hours of gameplay, I have to lower my score and edit my review. The framework of the game is initially so appealing, as I previously described: ...rogue gameplay where your exploration and strategy take on a real sense of weight, minor RPG inventory and npc relationship building, simple play control, a snowy Grimms fairy tale mixed with Robert Frost story-feel, checkerboard gameplay of challenges and surprises, nothing earth shattering, no beautiful cutscenes or glorious graphics... Which is all well and good but unfortunately the difficulty level is just way too high for sustained enjoyment. It becomes tedious and repetitious, very much to a fault, which causes it to lose its humor and whimsy. And what really solidified this for me was a bug I experienced where I wasn't given credit for a kid I saved, and when that most essential aspect of the game glitched, it really felt like the program was against me. I could forgive a bug that caused me more difficulty if it wasn't already so difficult. If there was more variety or a greater sense of reward then it might feel more worthwhile. A shame because it had such a promising start. Expand
  4. May 6, 2016
    4
    Mixing the puzzle and rouge-like genres is an interesting idea but the actual gameplay is simply too repetitive, and not really interestingMixing the puzzle and rouge-like genres is an interesting idea but the actual gameplay is simply too repetitive, and not really interesting enough, for me to want to replay each level (Year) more than once - and that kind of defeats the purpose of including the rouge-like elements at all. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2014
    3
    Got this free with playstation plus and really didn't enjoy it. Nothing drew me in and the controls were really clunky.

    This game would not
    Got this free with playstation plus and really didn't enjoy it. Nothing drew me in and the controls were really clunky.

    This game would not sell if it wasn't on playstation plus
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  6. Nov 19, 2014
    2
    Had to completely start over when I accidentally skipped a level because I couldn't find a way to go back. Game is seriously lacking inHad to completely start over when I accidentally skipped a level because I couldn't find a way to go back. Game is seriously lacking in direction and after stumbling around for 3 levels I gave up. Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2014
    0
    This game feels like it would be a whole lot better if it weren't so damn hard. I don't feel the drive to further attempt to make my wayThis game feels like it would be a whole lot better if it weren't so damn hard. I don't feel the drive to further attempt to make my way through those insanely busy rooms. Almost every step becomes a chore. Expand

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