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The Pathless Review
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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, and unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.

It's unusual because movement and shooting is super simple. Rather than precise targeting the game focuses on timing and fluidity of movement, drawing on the developers previous game, Abzu. Similar to the connection to underwater creatures in that game, here you also forge a close bond with your eagle companion as you hunt corrupted spirits.

The game stays committed to the focus on character and exploration throughout. There is no map to the large world, so you must gain knowledge and "sight" of the land by reaching vantage points. There's also no game over. Instead of the frustration about losing your progress if the cursed spirits get the better of you, they will knock your crystals out of you, hampering your progress towards future flap upgrades.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Giant Squidology (@GiantSquidology)

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

The Pathless usually costs £29.99.
 

The Pathless

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 12+ for Moderate Violence.

In the US, ESRB state: As players explore a mysterious island, they forge a bond with an eagle companion, traverse landscapes, solve puzzles, and engage in a handful of boss battles with fantasy creatures (e.g., cursed animal spirits, hydra-like monsters). Boss battles can be frenetic, with players shooting arrows, and enemies spewing fireballs, energy blasts, and lava. Combat is highlighted by impact sounds, cries of pain, and screen-shaking effects.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game can be played via touch screen on iOS devices. You can use a controller on these devices, or opt to play with a controller on console or PC. You can adjust the location of the interface on the touch screen.
 
Our The Pathless Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:

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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