Play It Now – The Path

play-it-now Six girls from nine to nineteen. One forest. One errand.

A dual mandate.

Go to grandmother’s house. Stay on the path.

It’s about growing up. It’s about horror. It’s about obedience and disobedience. It’s about the wolf, who rarely goes on four legs.

It’s about terrible things.

The PATH —– Launch Trailer from Tale of Tales on Vimeo.

The Path isn’t a conventional sort of game. Controls are minimal, and the goal is unclear. Indeed, the goal is to discover the game and the story, and figuring out how to play is a part of that. The work itself mocks traditional conventions of gaming, even when it may utilize them for a space.

PathViewer-Prologue 2009-06-09 23-34-59-03 Your girl begins on the path, with a simple stricture (stay on the path). The only way to fail to proceed is to obey it.

Obey, or disobey as you choose. There are consequences. Dire consequences. Tragic, and perhaps heartbreaking consequences.

If you’re looking for a quick and satisfying game, turn away. This one isn’t for you. Ditto for the easily bored. If you’re looking for a conventional game, this just plain isn’t one. If you’re looking for a skillfully told narrative, this isn’t that either.

But it is an interesting experience. A series of character studies given creepy flesh and form. Granny’s house is so darn creepy, that the forest seems almost inviting by comparison. That kind of reminds me of my own granny, actually.

PathViewer-Prologue 2009-06-10 00-22-27-25 Granny’s house has more than a few surprises of its own, but getting there, they say, is half the fun.

It’s hard to talk about The Path without spoiling it, but … girls, wolves, terrible things.

PathViewer-Prologue 2009-06-09 23-41-03-59 There’s a demo/prologue available that will give you some of the feel and the controls, but not really get you in on the story, per se.

You can get that from the Web-site or via Steam.

Is it art? Quite probably, yes.

4 thoughts on “Play It Now – The Path”

  1. First time I played The Path, I sat there mesmerized for over 3 hours.

    It is quite the experience.

  2. This seems like a very interesting game; I love experimental, arty stuff like this. Unfortunately, like most 3D games, it gives me simulator sickness (dizziness, nausea, etc.) after playing for a few minutes, so I can’t really enjoy it. :(

    But I might buy a copy anyway, just to support the creators.

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