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  • Summary: From the creators of ABZÛ, The Pathless is a mythic adventure game about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. Become the Hunter, a master of archery who travels to a mystical island to dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world. Forge a connection with your eagle companion as youFrom the creators of ABZÛ, The Pathless is a mythic adventure game about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. Become the Hunter, a master of archery who travels to a mystical island to dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world. Forge a connection with your eagle companion as you hunt corrupted spirits, but be careful not to become the hunted yourself. Explore misty forests full of secrets, solve puzzles in ancient ruins, and test your skill in epic battles. The bond with your eagle and the fate of the world hang in the balance. [Giant Squid] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Nov 26, 2020
    90
    A fascinating adventure with a beautiful side in his visuals and great playability. His taste it's like an old-school game, but makes great points in the adventure genre with captivating music and a unique world.
  2. Nov 10, 2020
    90
    In short, Giant Squid succeeds in the most difficult task, that of starting from the groove left by the greats, but in the end to trace a new trajectory, leaving a profound and unforgettable mark on the panorama of independent development, and beyond.
  3. Nov 20, 2020
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Nov 12, 2020
    80
    A hugely entertaining open world puzzler where simply getting from A to B is more entertaining than most games in their entirety.
  5. Feb 8, 2021
    75
    The Pathless is a really entertaining game from the creators of Abzû. The game lets you explore a vast world with a huntress and her eagle. Saving the world is no terrible job since the world is truly amazing, but the lack of enemies and the lack of unlockables don't really invite you to do. Where everything in the game is balanced really good from the puzzles to the boss fights, you get the feeling something is missing eventually. The game is great but could be much, much more than this.
  6. Nov 11, 2020
    75
    An enthralling mini-epic that unfolds like a combat-free cross between “Journey” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Giant Squid's latest strives to make good on the open-ended promise of its title.
  7. Nov 23, 2020
    50
    There are a number of clever puzzles in The Pathless. Alas, I found little reward in solving them as I wasn’t invested in the game’s world or its characters. Solving archery puzzles spread across a wide barren environment just wasn’t for me.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Nov 26, 2021
    10
    A really good game! The history is amazing, the exploration is amazing and really the game is amazing. You will enjoy this game a lot.
  2. Nov 29, 2020
    10
    IMPORTANT NOTE: I strongly recommend using a controller for this game. The way the mechanics are designed makes a controller the ideal inputIMPORTANT NOTE: I strongly recommend using a controller for this game. The way the mechanics are designed makes a controller the ideal input method. Your bow and arrow autolocks on to targets and it feels extremely fluid and natural with a controller. This fluidity doesn't translate well to keyboard (at least in my opinion).

    This is one of the greatest games I've ever played, and I don't say that lightly. A few brief things before I get into specifics. The traversal mechanic feels so good and is so fun to master. The boss fights are some of the absolute coolest I've ever played. Don't miss out on this game. It's well worth the price of admission. Story took me ~8 hours but I'm going for 100% (which I never do) so I have a good 4 or so hours ahead of me at least. And on top of that I plan to replay it for my own enjoyment.

    The gameplay loop revolves around solving environmental puzzles to get runes to initiate a boss fight before moving on to the next area. These puzzles are very well designed, scattered evenly, and are up to you to find with minimal guidance.

    Boss fights are 15-30 minute ventures that go through multiple stages/environments. They're a spectical but also a blast to play.

    I'll leave it there, but The Pathless subverts a lot of usual gameplay tropes and generic mechanics to provide a wholly unique experience.

    Strongly recommended.
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  3. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    Best indie game with Hades this year, beautiful soundtrack. great puzzles and the movement is soo good
  4. Mar 2, 2021
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Pathless puts you in a world that is a joy to traverse and constantly rewards your curiosity. The attention to detail puts the experience over the top, with the score, visual style, game design, lore, and controller haptics creating an immersive and refreshing take on the open-world genre.
    The story pacing is incredible, but left me scratching my head at the very end, making me wish there was just a little bit more closure to tie the bow on the whole thing, if you'll forgive the pun :)
    All in all, this game is outstanding and an experience worth having.
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  5. Dec 20, 2020
    8
    What a wonderful little adventure. This really doesn’t take up too much time (took me 6 hours to finish and did some exploring in there). IWhat a wonderful little adventure. This really doesn’t take up too much time (took me 6 hours to finish and did some exploring in there). I still fully intend to go through the game getting all the collectables and going for that sweet platinum trophy. The gameplay is smooth, fantastic boss fights in a gorgeous world. The music is some of the best I’ve heard in a game all year too and shouldn’t go unmentioned.
    A really relaxing experience that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.
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  6. Aug 29, 2021
    8
    beautiful and breath taking game that is nice relaxing to play, the feeling of running around in shooting gliding and All The movementbeautiful and breath taking game that is nice relaxing to play, the feeling of running around in shooting gliding and All The movement mechanics makes it nice and relaxing to play. The game is movement puzzles and puzzle puzzle So you are gonna have very good experience , and it's very easy to Platinum So Very enjoyable Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2020
    0
    Although it looks nice, it’s all been done before nothing new or exciting about any of the puzzles I just found it boring.

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