A weird blending of a storytelling adventure with randomized events.
Road 96 is like nothing else, well kind of. As you play Road 96, you’ll probably think it’s an interesting visual novel with a choose-your-own-adventure style where the player is trying to escape a totalitarian government, and it is that. It gives whiffs of a Telltale-style game where you go through an adventure as the developer dictates, and tells a good story as you do.
But that will change once you escape the nation or die. Instead of telling you that you’ve won, the game starts again and lets you choose a different character. From there you’re again escaping the country, the stories continue and you’ll get more great storytelling. But the one piece that Road 96 didn’t make fully clear, is that this is a randomized game. My first scene of driving a car while a hacker sits next to me working on a game, probably won’t be yours. There is a progression to some of the scenes, but the order is random, and you’ll earn abilities as you go along that will open up new options which will make a replay a little more interesting at times.
Pick this up if you like storytelling. The central idea of a choices matter game with a totalitarian government is something that’s seen entirely too many times, but the writing of the individual scenes and characters, as well as how they play out at times makes this a must-play. It’s an excellently told story that feels unique, and that’s a great reason to check this one out.
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