"It looks like a cute fairy tale, but this is a turn-based game that's thorny with challenge and packed with an incredible number of gameplay secrets."
Should you play this game: YES – Kotaku
"Road Not Taken is the cutest catalyst for an existential crisis I've ever encountered"
4.5 out of 5 – Joystiq
"It's as mean as life, as cruel as the universe, and it still manages to be one of the most intriguing and moving titles released this year."
90 out of 100 – GamesBeat
About This Game:
Road Not Taken is a puzzle game about surviving life's surprises. You play as 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 will influence not only your own story, but that of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home.
Each time you play Road Not Taken, you're likely to experience a very different story. The paths you take will change; the relationships you pursue will twist in ways you did not expect. Which, as it happens, is just like real life.
The villagers of Road Not Taken believe that there is an optimal path through life: a good person gets a job, falls in love and has children. You won't follow this path. Can you find your own unique way through a life?
No path leads to the same destination in Road Not Taken. The trails you take will change, the relationships you pursue will twist in ways you might not expect, and the narrative you create with every action will be yours to decide. Every playthrough offers new and unusual creatures to encounter, secrets and items to discover, townsfolk to build relationships with, and devilish, hand-crafted puzzle rooms to solve.
Brains, Not Brawn:
Your character has the magical ability to levitate and move objects. You must figure out how to use your talents and tactics to circumvent or defeat a wide variety of dangerous creatures, obstacles, and boss encounters.
Get Lost in the Wild:
Road Not Taken is brought to life with gorgeous 2D artwork, expressively charming sprite design, and an evocative, atmospheric soundtrack. Every puzzle is a challenge of exploration and strategy, testing players to think before taking each step forward.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
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Ratings and Reviews
Rarely does a game throw us like Road Not Taken did—but in a good way. Its fairy-tale visuals made us think haunting adventure game, and that’s in there. The gameplay has puzzler-style matching, tough roguelike random levels and a town hub where you sweet-talk someone into marrying you. Unique, right? It takes a little getting used to, but we ended up fascinated by how it all comes together so beautifully.
I really enjoy this game — controls could be better
I’ve had this game for years now and downloaded it pretty much when it came out. I played it on my phone but have more recently been playing it on my iPad, which I find I prefer since the screen is bigger.
I really enjoy the game overall, and how you can build on past iterations of the Ranger and explore different scenarios. I also really like puzzle crafting games and this perfectly scratches that itch.
My only complaint is that the controls can be frustrating at times—it’s an onscreen arrow pad and oftentimes I’ll find that I’ve not been precise enough when I’m using it and I’ll end up going the wrong direction or going further than I wanted which then means I usually get attacked or lose some health. This might just be an iPad issue, though. Similarly, the game crashes on occasion when I’m using my iPad.
Learn as you go puzzle game
I first played Road Not Taken on Steam over a year ago and had a lot of fun with it. I think this is a good port to mobile, and a steal for a dollar in comparison.
This is a puzzle game where the mechanic you use is picking up everything in the four tiles adjacent to you, and drop them, which will shove those objects to the farthest tiles in their directions until they hit another object or the forest wall. The challenge is figuring out how to minimize the moves you make to conserve energy, with a main goal to reunite children to mothers per "room" of the forest. Sometimes instead of children, you have to group objects together to open doors to the next room(s). And of course there are more enemies/obstacles as you progress that you have to plan around.
A lot of people think this game is hard at first, and so did I. But then you really get into it once you start learning what objects and enemies do through experience. It does take some patience in that respect. But it is a really fun game for puzzle lovers, and would be great to take on-the-go.
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- Spry Fox LLC
- 274.9 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Apple TV
- Requires tvOS 9.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2016 Spry Fox LLC
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.