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  • Summary: Röki is an adventure game inspired by Scandinavian folklore - a dark, contemporary fairy tale underpinned by a touching narrative, an alluring art style, ancient puzzles and atmospheric exploration.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 26, 2020
    90
    Röki blends the mythic with painfully real, the supernatural with the human to tell a story of reconciliation that’s spellbinding for its entire 12 hour length. A few foibles with its point and click roots are the only blemishes on an otherwise exemplary and accessible adventure that’s one of the best you’ll play this year.
  2. Oct 28, 2020
    85
    All in all, Röki is one of the most surprising indie experiences I've had on the Nintendo Switch in quite a while. It has all the usual trappings of an indie darling — mainly its consistently wholesome nature — but manages to do more than I ever would have expected. A very special story, imaginative use of folklore, simple but effective game mechanics, and a gorgeous art-style and soundtrack mean that Röki goes far beyond what indie adventure games usually do in terms of polish, but also just never stops being lovely.
  3. Oct 29, 2020
    85
    Röki is a wonderful fairy tale adventure with an affecting story, delicately told. It's a shame that this Switch version doesn't take advantage of the unique console features, but it does nothing to diminish this lovely, warm point and click adventure.
  4. 75
    Even though some of the character designs are a little off-putting, the overall art style is quite attractive. Despite not really bringing anything new to the table, Röki provides a solid puzzle-adventure experience that only drags a little towards the end.
  5. Oct 30, 2020
    70
    Incredible art and animation lift Röki up even without any particularly exciting mechanical design present (though what is there is very good). If you don’t enjoy point and click adventures you might find Röki lacking, but otherwise, this is an enjoyable and touching tale.
  6. Nov 18, 2020
    70
    It's obvious that Röki has a certain ability to touch plyers in their souls and that's clear from the very beginning. With a plot and development that feel anguishing, solitary, but also comforting and reassuring at times, this point and click adventure may not be the most ambitious production ever made in the history of gaming but this shadowy fairytale earned its place on the collections of Nintendo Switch owners.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Nov 16, 2020
    10
    Gorgeous, soothing and challenging at times. Lovely to get stuck in this forest with its endearing themes and widely set up puzzles.
  2. Oct 18, 2020
    10
    Played it on PC and loved it there - this version is even more slick - feels right at home on console! It's a pleasure to relive this amazing story.
  3. Nov 2, 2020
    10
    Clearly this game has had a lot of thought towards the direction and style. Everything sounds and looks stunning which makes the satisfyingClearly this game has had a lot of thought towards the direction and style. Everything sounds and looks stunning which makes the satisfying gameplay all the more enticing.

    Perfect game for a lazy Sunday afternoon!
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  4. Oct 18, 2020
    9
    I’m absolutely loving this game. I love a puzzle adventure and there are lots to keep you hooked. I like that there is the options to seeI’m absolutely loving this game. I love a puzzle adventure and there are lots to keep you hooked. I like that there is the options to see which objects can be interacted with, but then you find little items in the same area that can be scrapbooked that weren’t highlighted before. There’s lots of checkpoints and badges to collect which I love, because it allows me to check out every aspect of the area I’m in and really explore the layout. To top it all off, I’m slowly learning a new language! Can’t praise this enough. Polygon treehouse have done an exceptional job for their first release. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store! Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2020
    9
    Röki is a fantastic fantasy adventure exploring love and loss in a beautifully animated world. It is very reminiscent of the classic point andRöki is a fantastic fantasy adventure exploring love and loss in a beautifully animated world. It is very reminiscent of the classic point and click adventure games but bought up to date for a modern audience. It made me realise how much I love this genre of game. You will be exploring areas, meeting wonderful characters and solving puzzles in the form of finding and using items in order to find your younger brother, who was taken by a mysterious monster. It has a nice pace to it and the puzzles are not too difficult that some younger player might struggle, yet challenging enough to test your brain.

    For me there were strong Simon the Sorcerer and The Secret of Monkey Island vibes. If you like those games, you will love this. If you are younger and haven’t ever played those games, give this a try anyway. It’s a great title for the Switch and a great addition to your game collection.
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  6. Oct 26, 2020
    9
    I've always been a fan of the classic point & click adventure games of old including the Monkey Island & Broken Sword series of games. It's aI've always been a fan of the classic point & click adventure games of old including the Monkey Island & Broken Sword series of games. It's a genre we don't often see many new games in but when I was at EGX a couple of years ago, Röki caught my eye & I've been following it's progress ever since. With the Nintendo Switch release it was an instant purchase & l'm incredibly happy to say the game is an absolute delight! The story is the real highlight weaving a surprisingly deep & heartfelt story with Scandinavian folklore & it is completely engrossing.

    The game mechanics work incredibly well & thankfully the puzzles & solutions are not too ridiculous which you often find within this genre & only a couple of times were i truly stuck & that was down to me not exploring properly & missing an area i could investigate.

    I'll also add that the visuals are gorgeous too, almost like a painting coming to life & i loved the little touches such as mushrooms popping back into the ground when you get too close. It really made the forest feel very alive.

    Too conclude, this is easily one of the best indie game releases of this year, with plenty of game on offer too. It's a must have for the Nintendo Switch & I hope we see this genre continue to make a rivival. I very much look forward to what the team creates next!
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  7. Apr 25, 2021
    6
    I bought this game because of the stellar reviews, and I am disappointed.

    The mechanics are awkward. Moving around feels slow, and
    I bought this game because of the stellar reviews, and I am disappointed.

    The mechanics are awkward. Moving around feels slow, and sometimes things that should work don't, till you try them again. The style of the game is back and forth and back and forth to get a new item which enables you to get another item, run over here, run over there, run back here again. It got old pretty fast for me. This became almost tedious in the second phase of the game. Also, some of the puzzles have weird solutions (as opposed to clever). However, the mechanics shift a bit in the third phase of the game, and I enjoyed that much more.

    OTOH, I do appreciate the overall story and the graphics.

    The gameplay style and level of the puzzles, and even the fairytale quality of this lend itself to playing with kids (or a game FOR kids), but... there are some scary parts that would not be good for some kids, including monsters that come after you.

    I finished this in a day, FWIW, though it was a longish day.

    Update: I've thought about this more and here's a relevant facet for me about not quite enjoying the game. I tend to prefer an adventure game when there are different sorts of tasks that you can work on when you're in a different mood. In a lot of games, you can run around gathering things, or you can focus on leveling up, or there are sometimes "big tasks" and "little tasks". This game is mostly the running around little tasks, to my mind (and the puzzles are not especially fun), and that's my issue here.
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