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Video GameRoadwarden Review
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Posted: 8 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Roadwarden is a narrative text-adventure where you work as a sheriff trying to keep the peace (and trade) on the central roads of their community. What you do is similar to other adventure games (explore a dark fantasy world, interact with locals) but unusually you do this by typing words and pictorial observation. The muted retro visual tone and these book-ish interactions make it feel like you are playing inside a detective story.

You are chosen to be the Hovlaven Roadwarden, a sheriff-type peacekeeper assigned to bring together the tribes and settlements on a remote peninsula of the continent in an attempt to encourage trade and commerce. You can play mage, warrior, and scholar, and create a unique backstory. How you craft you character affects how you can approach the different scenarios and how townsfolk react to your presence.

The gameplay is all text-based, with you reading what's happening, looking at the accompanying illustration for clues, and selecting responses or typing in prompts. You patrol the paths, maintain peace and defeat opportunistic thieves and vagabonds. Along with this general housekeeping you take on quests from the characters you meet to gain trust and establish connections.

As you progress you connect the isolated settlements and camps. Along the way you find secrets, complete escort missions or fight off enemies and monsters in combat. This enables you to earn money, which you can use to buy shelter and food, which is required to balance nutrition and health as you progress.

The result is an unusual combination of text adventure, role-playing, exploration and combat, and simulation that offers surprising depth and complexity that allows you to become fully immersed in the rich world created.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/09/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Moral Anxiety (@MoralAnxiety)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. As the game is text-based, players need string reading ability, but there is no need for quick reactions or precise inputs.

CostsCosts

Roadwarden usually costs £8.29.
 

Roadwarden

Steam Store PC £8.29
Steam Store Mac £8.29
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • In-Game Subscription: Subscribe to get regular content or game currency and access to special items.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game lets players watch adverts to unlock additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
  • Trade Items Outside Game: Players can trade or bet items they have earned or purchased, on third-party sites outside the game. These sites usually require confirmation that the player is 18 or over as they offer gambling.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Roadwarden Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
You use the mouse to choose options to advance the story, and use the keyboard to type in specific places, people or details in some cases. There are no time limits to individual actions, and you only ever need to press one button at a time.

By changing the difficulty, you can change how long you have to complete your mission, with the default being 40 (in-game) days. On the lowest difficulty, there isn't a time limit.

Text is quite small at times, but is always high contrast. Your journal allows you to view active quests and remind you of characters, plot points, and important events. The illustrations all use a low-contrast brown colour palette. You can change the speed text appears at.

In the settings you can enable Deaf Support, which transcribes any important audio in greater-than-standard detail, ensuring you don't miss out on important sound-only clues. You can also choose to disable (enabled by default) the indicator of a character's attitude.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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