PlayStation Plus has become something of a nifty way of introducing indie games to a new audience on PS4, and this month's freebie is Road Not Taken, a roguelike puzzler from Spry Fox -- the studio also responsible for the ludicrously addictive Triple Town.
Road Not Taken, which also released this month on Steam, sees players take on the role of a ranger adventuring through a vast forest in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm. The villagers of a nearby settlement have had a whole bunch of their children go missing, and it's up to you to rescue them and help the kiddies find their way home across a bunch of procedurally-generated levels.
It's a game with a lot of heart and a cutesy art style typical of the studio, with straightforward mechanisms that essentially boil down to shunting objects around a grid and bringing groups of items together. That sounds simple, of course, but the level design swiftly increases in difficulty, and you only get one life before you have to start a completely new run through the fifteen-level story again. It's always fresh, always beguilingly whimsical, and it's always fiendishly challenging.
It's also pretty damn good.
Well, have a review for you soon, but in the meantime, check out the game's opening level after the jump.