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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Hannah Robertson, @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @GrowingUpGamers.

OverviewOverview

Road 96 is a narrative adventure where you play a teenager trying to escape an oppressive, authoritarian country by reaching the border. Through a series of vignettes, you experience the most important and poignant parts on an epic road trip through a dangerous landscape. If you don’t make it to the border, you start again as a new teenager desperate for a way out, but the ramifications of your previous character choices persist. With thousands of possible paths, the decisions you make will have ripples that affect the world of Petria, creating a unique story of your journey towards freedom.

Play involves clicking to explore adventure scenes that range from walking around an area to riding in a vehicle. As you travel you encounter a colourful characters along the road, each with their own complex and compelling stories. You make decisions and advance the story by interacting with these people.

Unusually, these characters have a depth that takes multiple encounters to reveal. When you start as a new teenager, you can meet people from a fresh point of view and in completely different contexts which gives you a chance to talk about different topics and learn new information and perspectives.

The result is a fascinating experience where no two road trips are the same. Each trip, the scenes and characters you encounter are procedurally generated. The way you choose to make your way across Petria, and the friends you make along the way, nudge the various political and social factors in this tense, politically-charged society. As you do this you influence the world and everyone in it.

Each trip is an unforgettable journey of discovery and adventure. As you make your way down one of over 148,000 possible paths toward 20 endings you build the story one conversation, one action, one decision at a time.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Digix Art (@DigixArt)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete. A run takes about an hour for each character. The game doesn't actually end until you play through all 8 kids' runs to the border. How these go determines the ending (politically, socially, what happens to the other characters) so takes a variable amount of time.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence and prominent use of alcohol. Much of the game's violence is implied, with any violence taking place just outside the player's view. However, there are some depictions of realistic violence, including a man being pushed off a roof and a man falling to the floor after being shot. His body remains on the floor afterwards. In another scene, the police open fire on a protest, after which a teenage character is seen falling to the ground after the guns have been fired. There is a scene in which the player's character is offered an alcoholic drink in a bar. The player is able to accept the drink and consume it, shown from the player's point of view. The game also features use of bad language, including '*!@?*', 'screw you', '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and 'goddamn', as well as disguised bad language such as 'Mofo', 'WTF', 'F#!k off', 'F me', 'F-in' and 'M F'er'. There are some threatening scenes, including the player's character being told the van they're in is about to be set alight and the a person being threatened with a gun.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Drug Reference, Language, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco and Violence. This is an adventure game in which players assume the role of a runaway teenager attempting to escape an authoritarian nation. From a first-person perspective, players traverse the road, interact with characters, and make various dialogue and action choices, some of which can lead to instances of violence: a character shot off-screen; a character shoved off a rooftop; a protestor beaten by an officer; protestors shot and killed off-screen. Players can also engage in various mini games, such as avoiding oncoming traffic and shooting other vehicles. One sequence depicts some red blood splatters in the trunk of a vehicle. The game contains some suggestive material: players walking upon a motel door, with a couple inside discussing their affair; dialogue such as "...both dressed like they were into S and M roleplaying...” and "It's their foreplay." As players progress through the game, they can encounter young characters drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. In one sequence, players' character can choose to consume alcohol at a bar, resulting in the teenager collapsing and passing out. The game includes a brief sequence in which it is heavily implied that a motel guest is a drug dealer. The word “sh*t” is heard in the game.

CostsCosts

Road 96 usually costs £15.99 to £16.96.
 

Road 96

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Road 96 Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
The game saves automatically at the beginning of each scene and there is no manual save option. You are not able to replay a scene, and if your character becomes unplayable you will be moved along to a new character and a fresh run. If you exit the game during a scene you will restart at the beginning of that scene the next time you play.

Selecting items in the menu requires use of an analogue cursor. Adjusting sliders in the menu requires additional holding button along with the cursor movement. Selecting items in the game also requires use of an analogue cursor, and must target options that move around slightly.

However there are settings to mitigate this fine motor control to some extent. You can adjust the size of menu and choice text. You are also able to customize the size of your interaction cursor. There is an option for selection speed that can slow the camera while pointed at choices and aids precision. There is also a run speed factor offers a more stable camera movement while running, which can reduce the feeling of motion sickness in susceptible individuals.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

 
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