On our last day at E3, we were able to meet with developer Polygon Treehouse. They were kind enough to let us play Röki, their current love project. Our impressions and expectations of Röki started to skyrocket after we saw the trailer some time ago. After all this anticipation, we were able to get a hands-on demo along with the developers. Let’s start by saying that Röki doesn’t disappoint and our hype and patience were rewarded with a gorgeous game with deep roots in the emotional department.
A wonderful world
Röki evokes peace and innocence, even though it is based on a Scandinavian folk story about a monster that goes by the name Röki. The story talks about Tove, a girl who dives into the woods to find her brother before Röki does. The premise might sound a bit scary or the main idea for survival horror, but Röki is far from that genre and spins out a truly unique point of view of what we regularly fear through the eyes of innocence of the protagonist.
The game revolves around exploration and puzzle solving. All of your adventures are recorded in your journal, which makes it easier to identify new objectives and also serves as the central hub of all your adventure. Röki is full of details and its art direction is superb. The world you explore has a set camera that allows a myriad of perspectives and truly makes the art direction shine. From the background animations of running squirrels to the guttural sounds of some monsters, it is a delight to watch and hear.
Deep and emotional
From the very beginning, Röki positions itself as a game with substance and an easy going, yet deep narrative. During our demo experience, we were able to encounter one of the other “monsters” that you will find through your adventure. These monsters are the designers’ own version of other creature from the same folk that Röki originates from. Every piece of the story is added to the journal and through there you can start puzzling out the world around you.
Röki doesn’t settle with just the story of a girl looking for his brother. There’s much more than meets the eye. Past experiences from the main character will also be taken into account and add another layer of complexity to the already entertaining narrative. Monsters that are not that monstrous and courage found from lessons and past experiences. There’s a lot to see and experience in Röki.
We are truly excited to see what more Röki has in store when it releases!
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