Friday, January 20, 2012

The Path (PC)

Little girls, this seems to say,
Never stop upon your way.
Never trust a stranger-friend;
No one knows how it will end.
As you’re pretty, so be wise;
Wolves may lurk in every guise.
Handsome they may be, and kind,
Gay, or charming never mind!
Now, as then, ‘tis simple truth—
Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth!

Charles Perrault





'Go to Grandmother's House and Stay on The Path' is the only prompt you're given when you begin the game. Follow the game's sole instruction, arrive at Grandma's house in one piece and what greets you? A fail screen. Okay...

What The Path actually tasks you with, directly influenced by the original tales of Red Riding Hood, is guiding six very different, very individual girls/young women through the forbidden forest, away from the eponymous path, in search of not only themselves, but the fated Wolf. Six girls, six wolves, not all of which are literal. Still with me?

I think I've well navigated anti-spoiler territory, but there are other bits of note, such as the score, which will soundtrack your descent into slight nightmares and heartbreak, coupled with the exploration of the forest and its inherent sense of melancholy, that'd be familiar to gamers who've experience with the Team Ico titles, leaves a package that, for whatever faults may be found, will never quite leave you.

For the curious and the brave, The Path is available here.