Journey of a Roach



Genre:   Adventure

Developer:   Kobold Games

Publisher:  Daedalic Entertainment


PC Requirements:  

  • OS : Windows XP/Vista/7/8

  • CPU: 2.5 GHz+

  • RAM: 256 MB, Open GL 2.0

  • HDD: 2500 MB

  • DirectX: 9.0c

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by flotsam


Journey of a Roach

Daedalic Entertainment

It’s been a long time, too long perhaps, since I could choose to be a roach (real life not included). Bad Mojo remains the pinnacle (in a very small field) but some interesting perspectives and roachy capabilities make this worth a look.

FYI, if you have never played Bad Mojo you really really should. Nothing else like it. Play the redux version and get down and grotty.

By comparison, this is clean and neat and tidy. It’s also a whole lot shorter and a whole lot cuter. Which wouldn’t be hard (the cuter bit).

A friend and a flower are the driving impetuses in this post-apocalyptic world. True to form, the roaches survived, and Jim will do his best to triumph. His best is necessary, given the somewhat overly complicated  obstacles in his way. By which I mean the puzzles. Which probably need to be so, given the length of the journey – 3 hours max probably, but easily less than 1 if you know the “answers”.

It is quite charming, and those roach capabilities I mentioned before make it a whole lot more interesting than it might have been. Walls and ceilings are no obstacle – just put the best of your 6 legs forward and up you go. The scene then rotates so that the wall/ceiling/other wall is the floor, as least as far as the perspective goes. Which as I intimated makes puzzle solving a little more interesting, as the solution could well be (literally) above you.

Find things, combine things, pull things and walk up walls. Plus play some kinda mini-games that are a lot more interesting and integrated than many games (the fly catching is a case in point).

Jim doesn’t speak and nor does anybody else. Or at least they don’t speak English. They chitter away in much the same way as the Sims did/do (it never occurred to me that the Sims spoke Roach) and little picture bubbles help the translation.

It isn’t a hard game, unless you miss the item you need, but (and hands up if you have heard this/read this here before) some tried and true do all sorts of everything anywhere was required (the pop up picture hints notwithstanding). It could of course just be my 52 year old  overloaded adventure brain, but that’s a call you will have to make yourself.

The music suits the feel, and if this review is somewhat short, well that suits too.

A gentle, charming outing (and who ever thought you could say that about a roach, even one called Jim).

Grade: B

I played on:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: Intel i7-3820 4GHz

RAM: 12GB Ripjaw DDR3 2133 Mhz

Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7800 2048MB


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