22 June 2024

The adventure titles and heads are designed to challenge the player in a number of ways as your narrative unfolds with each completed task. Röki, produced by the Polygon Treehouse studios, is no exception to this rule, but it leaves a touch of imagination and discovery in a world of Scandinavian folklore in the shoes of Tove, a young woman who seeks to rescue her brother abducted by a mysterious monster.

The mother of these two little characters passed away when she gave birth to Tove’s brother Lars, thus leaving the weight and responsibility of his well-being in the hands of his older sister while helping his father in the housework. Unfortunately, the father is not by far the most present, so things are a little more stressful for little Tove.

One night, a huge creature attacks your home and kidnaps Lars. Without her “present” father, Tove is thus forced to pursue this mysterious creature and ends up in a fantasy world where trees speak and trolls, who live under bridges, are real. These creatures have a human species, but never received another human being in their region, so they know exactly that it is not normal for Tove to have found his way into this world. Thus begins an adventure to exchange experiences and mutual assistance between Tove and these magical creatures. Yes, it’s not just Tove that is having problems in these parts.

This is a title with a surprising depth and, although the main premise is to point and click, it unfolds very well in adventure mechanics and perfectly set in a magical and icy world, over three separate chapters, each with his own scenery that can be explored at your own pace.

It is possible to find a huge variety of items, from objects that can be mixed with each other, such as dishes to cook some type of food or drink to give a specific character, to keys to access new areas. It is not as linear as it appears since there are several items that can pass by while exploring a painfully beautiful landscape. For this, the game itself has a button that creates a kind of shiny effect on the objects that can be picked up.

That said, Röki is not at all a game that pulls too hard for his puzzles. Instead, it takes a more measured approach, providing enough items without overloading our gray matter. There were a few times that I felt “lost”, but even so, these cases were due to my lack of sight/attention to capture such items. That’s why I wear glasses!

One point in favor is, in fact, the possibility that we have to use the points of “quick trip”, exactly and in what way when traveling between different places.

Overall, Röki has a cohesiveness that manages to add an extra feeling towards others. The fact that the gameplay, history, and style of this title intertwine effortlessly overflows in moments of emotion and suspense that makes anyone thirsty for the end of this small, but great story.

[This review is based on a retail build of the game for Steam, provided by United Label.]