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The Path

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Tale of Tales
Release Date: March 18, 2009

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'The Path' Reveals Third Playable Character

by Rainier on Sept. 5, 2008 @ 5:14 a.m. PDT

The Path is a short horror story inspired by fairy tales examining the dark side things. What really happened to Little Red Riding Hood in those dark and scary woods?

There's something wrong with the forest. No matter how bright the sun shines, it remains dark and foggy. It smells like something died. Strange noises fill the rusty air. Squeaks and screeches. The dull thump of someone chopping trees. The wind playing eerie melodies on ghostlike flutes.

Shivers run down her spine.

She just left the city. Cars can't drive here anymore. Mother told her to go visit grandmother. The old lady lives all alone at the other side of the forest. Quite a walk from here. It's probably best if she stays on the path...

The Path is a short horror game loosely based on the fairy tale of Little Red Ridinghood but set in modern times. It's especially the earlier versions of the tale that inspire Belgian developer Tale of Tales. Combined with a more contemporary psychological interpretation. In essence, The Path is a very sad and cruel game. It's about growing up. But it's far less optimistic than most such stories. It's about making choices. Choices that are unfair. Choices that inevitably lead to (self-)destruction. There is one rule in the game. And it needs to be broken. There is one goal. And when you attain it, you die.

In The Path you get to play not one, but six incarnations of the famous female protagonist called the Red Girls, sisters, each of a different age and with a distinct personality. Each destined for devastation.

Today, Tale of Tales are revealing one of the older sisters: Rose.

Rose is mature for her age. But there is a certain air of innocence about her that is charming and disconcerting at the same time. Barely a teenager -Rose is eleven-, she is discovering the world around her with fresh eyes. And all is beautiful! The wind in the trees, the birds in the air, the flowers along the path. Rose is taking it in voraciously. So much so that she will defend even nature's smallest creatures against anyone who might wish them harm.

But who will protect sweet Rose herself, when she is lured off the path? With a promise of unearthly bliss, of light in abundance where no sun will ever shine? You're just a little girl, Rose! Just a fragile little girl...

Features :

  • play six different avatars with distinct personalities
  • interact with autonomous characters driven by Drama Princess technology
  • unique free-form gameplay: do what you want when you want it
  • mix the music in realtime through in-game activity
  • lose yourself in an endless forest filled with attractions and attrocities

In her Livejournal, Rose will be talking about her life as a young woman. A life that just got interesting. A life that is about to end.


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