Röki is a dark and delightful puzzle adventure game inspired by Scandinavian folklore. Developed by Polygon Treehouse and published by United Label Games, Röki offers a magical and immersive gaming experience where the player takes on the role of Tove, a young girl who ventures into the snowy woods to rescue her brother (Lars), who is abducted by a monster from the pages of a fairytale.
Often in video games, solving tedious puzzles and hunting for tiny clues can detract the player from the main narrative. Yet, despite belonging to the point-and-click genre, the puzzles in Röki richly and cohesively add to the interactive storytelling. Awakening the guardians of an enchanted forest, pacifying the troll under the bridge, freeing the spirit of a drowned girl, and breaching an ancient castle- Tove’s sense of wonder and her growing desperation are very infectious. At the same time, Tove must confront her inner demons, including the horror of her mother’s untimely death, in order to move on from the past.
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Towards the end, the player must switch between two points-of-view- Tove and her father (Henrik) to save Lars from the clutches of the Raven- a wonderful collaborative experience vaguely reminiscent of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons that is a reminder of how the protagonists of folktales must rely on the help and goodwill of others to complete their quests. And if you’re the sort who loves collecting trinkets while on an epic adventure, Tove’s Journal allows you to pick up interesting items in the environment and record them in a scrapbook.
Overall, the game feels like a cross between Fran Bow and Child of Light, gloriously blending Scandinavian myth into a relatable story about family, loyalty, and belonging. Like a well-written fairytale, Röki at once feels both contemporary and timeless, promising gamers a gratifying and engaging experience.
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