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  • Summary: Hitchhike your way to freedom in this crazy procedurally generated road trip made by renowned indie creators. No one's road is the same!

    Summer 1996, Today is the day! You hit the road. Adventure. Freedom. Escape. Run. Flee the Regime. Try to survive. On this risky road trip to the
    Hitchhike your way to freedom in this crazy procedurally generated road trip made by renowned indie creators. No one's road is the same!

    Summer 1996, Today is the day!

    You hit the road. Adventure. Freedom. Escape. Run. Flee the Regime. Try to survive.

    On this risky road trip to the border, you’ll meet incredible characters, and discover their intertwined stories and secrets in an ever-evolving adventure.

    But every mile opens up a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet, maybe even change the world.

    There are thousands of roads across the authoritarian nation of Petria.

    Which one will you take?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Sep 21, 2021
    90
    Road 96 is a fantastic coming-of-age and socio-political tale, told in an interesting way that only video games can deliver. Stick your thumb out and hitch a ride with this fantastic adventure, and make sure to turn the music up loud.
  2. Aug 18, 2021
    85
    ROAD 96 is so much more than an indie point-and-click. It’s a solid recommendation despite its obvious limits. This small world created by Yoan Fanise and DigixArt, suggests that there is still a lot to see from the Indie scene. What else can I say about this game? Perhaps whoever has lived it will understand, because for me ROAD 96 is Jeremy by Pearl Jam; Something in the Way by Nirvana; Nutshell by Alice in Chains; Firestarter by The Prodigy and 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins, all at the same time and made into video game form.
  3. Aug 16, 2021
    80
    Road 96 is an adventure game that’s stuffed with fascinating characters. Everybody has a story, and the game does an excellent job at weaving those stories together in an interesting way. The use of music and the game’s art style also helps to elevate the experience. Road 96 is a bit bogged down by some UI issues and framerate drops, but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying the complete product.
  4. Sep 10, 2021
    80
    Road 96 takes us on a tough journey that makes us reflect and that engages us with every decision we make. And it does so with a remarkable narrative game where each story is different. Its graphics can be improved, but its story will make you soon forget about its weak points.
  5. Aug 16, 2021
    75
    The icing on the cake: the whole thing is accompanied by a very nice artistic direction and a nice soundtrack (repetitive in the long run). A great success.
  6. Sep 3, 2021
    70
    Road 96 is an engaging and timely adventure, but the title's poor performance on the Nintendo Switch makes it a rougher go than it should be.
  7. Aug 17, 2021
    50
    Road 96 offers a non-Manichean adventure on the roads, looking for a brighter future on the other side of the border. Despite some uneven mini-games and some brutal cuts in its narration, the game still offers some interesting cast and landscapes, carried by a strong soundtrack with delightful 90's vibes. Too bad this Switch port suffers from such a big downgrade once grabbed on the go.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Aug 22, 2021
    10
    Great game, I like the storytelling way and soundtrack. I am enjoying the journey in this game.
  2. Aug 19, 2021
    9
    Road 96 is a great game that will keep you entertained the whole time with highly likeable characters and a great soundtrack.
  3. Jan 8, 2022
    9
    Road 96 is a fantastic game with a fantastic story. If you are a fan of games story driven games where you make a lot of choices like Life isRoad 96 is a fantastic game with a fantastic story. If you are a fan of games story driven games where you make a lot of choices like Life is Strange and Telltale games, this game may be for you. And if you have had trouble getting into those types of games, this one may still be worth giving a try as it's much more interactive than those types of games usually are.

    Each segment usually has you making a few choices, interacting with a different character and playing a few "minigames," as one might call them. At one point this involves playing air hockey against one of the other characters and another one of them has you helping a character find the right broadcast signals for their TV by moving the antenna around. These types of interactions really help liven up the game a bit, making it more interactive than your typical "interactive movie" style game. In fact, even though it's a choice driven game, I'd have trouble referring to it as an "interactive movie," because there is so much actual gameplay involved.

    The characters are easy to connect to, with a lot of strange personalities and humor. You take several trips across the country that the game takes place in and each trip is completely random. You'll never take the same trip twice. This sounds more impressive than it actually is however, as it's mostly pulling from the same 80 or so scenes and putting them in a random order, however the randomness of that order can affect how those scenes progress, giving more reason to come back and replay the game. There's also several endings and I have at this point replayed the story of this game four times trying to get every ending. There is a lot of replay ability here. The story itself is also quite interesting and I find myself intrigued by the political aspects, which are quite heavy within the story.

    And it would be wrong of me to not mention the soundtrack. I'm not usually one to notice sound tracks in video games but this one is particularly good. I find myself humming the tunes in every day life, even when I'm not playing the game. However, when it comes to the graphics, there's not much particularly impressive. Some of the environments are pretty and nice to look at, but there's a lot of pop-in and the textures, while certainly not horrible, aren't particularly impressive either. Graphically, this almost looks like something out of the Wii/PS3/360 era. I however did not notice any issues with frame rate or performance and it seemed to do quite well on the Switch.

    All in all, I was impressed that such an amazing game could have been made by such a small team and this game is the perfect example of how good an indie game can be. The main story is probably about 10-15 hours, but there's so many reasons to go back and at this point I've probably spent closer to 30-40 hours on the game. Would strongly recommend to almost anyone.
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  4. Aug 27, 2021
    8
    Overall, a pretty captivating package. Some stutters and bumps in the road, but nothing to get up in arms over. Plays much better in dockedOverall, a pretty captivating package. Some stutters and bumps in the road, but nothing to get up in arms over. Plays much better in docked mode than handheld. Fairly interesting story lines across all main characters. Replay value is pretty high. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2021
    8
    Great game with a super story, some rogue-like experiences, nice and memorable characters. You can expect that every journey you make isGreat game with a super story, some rogue-like experiences, nice and memorable characters. You can expect that every journey you make is different. But the graphic quality on the switch was not really the best. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2021
    7
    If you are into narrative style games, this is one to check. Graphics is a bit rough around the edges and the frame rate dips can be quiteIf you are into narrative style games, this is one to check. Graphics is a bit rough around the edges and the frame rate dips can be quite annoying and distracting. But overall, it does enough to keep you hooked for at least a few journeys. Expand
  7. Mar 31, 2022
    0
    ringrazio tutti i ragazzi della Digixart,questa perla è frutto di tanto amore e passione,tantissimi minigiochi contestualizzati,una storiaringrazio tutti i ragazzi della Digixart,questa perla è frutto di tanto amore e passione,tantissimi minigiochi contestualizzati,una storia lineare,ma ricca di personaggi che rimarranno nel cuore di molti,musiche Fantastiche.. Grazie grazie grazie! Expand

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