A Journey of a Roach is a 3D puzzle adventure game developed by Kobold Games and published by Daedalic Entertainment. It is available on PC and Mac through Steam for USD16.99
My first impression of the game was fantastic. I loved the graphics, the cute voices and the dynamic nature of the game. I really felt like a cockroach running around a pipe. The game is set in a post nuclear holocaust world and only the most resilient of life forms remain- insects. The story begins with two cockroaches playing around and
one makes the mistake of falling into a hole and landing into a spiders nest. The entire game is set on the premise of rescuing this friend of yours that seems to find himself in deeper trouble every time you come close to rescuing him.
Gameplay and Puzzles
Basic controls were WASD and you point and click to interact with objects. The objective of the game is to solve the puzzles to achieve the objective. For instance, a door has to be opened and the key is held by an ant who wants a burger. You need to somehow find this mofo a burger in a nuclear holocaust so that he drops the key ergo FIND BURGER.
The first puzzle was fun. I enjoyed looking for different ways to get the baby spiders to go back into their nest but the subsequent puzzles became harder and more complicated. It took me so many hours of banging my head against the table to figure out the last puzzle. They were quite the challenge and the satisfaction of figuring something out was worth it. That being said, some of the puzzles are not that intuitive. It’s as if the game somehow thinks you’ll understand what it wants and that by combining SPONGE + SHOE + GREEN TISSUE = BURGER cries
Roach had to eventually pretend to be an ant to get into their compound to rescue our friend. He managed to dye himself black and actually looked like an ant for the majority of the game. In fact, I actually believed he turned into an ant until the last puzzle when his cover was blown. This was quite entertaining.
Graphics and Music
The graphics of the game was beautifully done and I loved it. If this game turns into a cartoon show, it would be a hit. That’s how awesome the graphics are. The game does not convey its story through words, in fact there is no English dialogue in the entire game. Pictographs are used to convey meaning and to explain what an item does. Sometimes they are intuitive- other times not so much. The voice acting was excellent though and I loved seeing the interaction between insects.
HOWEVER, I am prone to motion sickness and the first time I played it I had to pop an Advil because the constant spinning of the screen gave me a headache. The world spins when you’re a roach.
I liked the game and the puzzles were fun but they were quite challenging at times. The game is not that long and can be played in a couple of hours. So if you are a fan of puzzle games, enjoy aesthetically pleasing cartoon graphics and have a couple of hours to go, try out A Journey of a Roach and see how you will fair in a post apocalyptic world.
- Difficulty: Medium
- Gameplay Score: 3.5/5 – The puzzles were fun but I often got frustrated since the pictographs were not very helpful.
- Graphics Score: 5/5
- Music: 2.5/5