Rokiby Aethyna Jul 24, 2020 | 1 Votes | 23 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Tove's world was turned upside-down when her home was destroyed, her father possibly killed and her beloved brother was kidnapped by a monster and brought into a mythical world. Regardless of the dangers she might face, she steeled herself and went after the monster in hopes of rescuing her brother before it's too late! Play Now Similar Games Played
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Roki is a story-driven point-and-click adventure where you’re playing as Tove, the eldest kid in the family who takes care of her younger brother, Lars, and her depressed and constantly-intoxicated single father. Her world was turned upside-down when a monster destroyed their home, possibly killed their father, and kidnapped Lars, bring him to a mythical world where Scandinavian myths come alive. This doesn’t stop her though – she is determined to save her brother and to do that, she will need to awaken the great Guardians of the realm.
The normal day-to-day at the Scandinavian countryside turned into a nightmare for siblings, Tove and her younger brother, Lars, when one night, a monstrous creature destroyed their home, forcing them to leave their trapped father behind and flee into the forest.
However, the monster managed to kidnap Lars and brought him to an alternate world where mythical creatures live. Tove tracked down the monster and dove head-first into the portal to the alternate world to go after the only family she has left (she assumed her father died as their home was burned down).
This sets her on an epic adventure where she’ll need to awaken and rally the mythical Scandinavian Guardians, the Wolf, the Bear and the Stag, against their sister, the Raven.
Roki is, in essence, a story-driven point-and-click adventure where you’re playing as Tove, the eldest kid in the family who takes care of her younger brother, Lars, and her depressed and constantly-intoxicated father. Their mom died years ago, possibly during childbirth.
However, what’s a normal day for them turned into a nightmare when a monster seemingly kidnapped Lars and brought him to an alternate, mythical world where Scandinavian myths come alive. Tove isn’t losing her little “Tomte” that easy and bravely dive into the portal and went after the monster.
Saving her brother from the monster or getting both of them back to the real world aren’t that easy, however. She’ll need the help of the Guardians, namely the Wolf, the Bear and the Stag, to defeat the Raven who has nefarious plans for Lars, and re-open a portal so they could return home.
The point-and-click aspect of the game is pretty typical here. You’ll need to find things that you can pick up – there’s a nice “scanning” feature that you can use to identify things in a scene that you can interact with – and you can combine items with other items, whether they are in your inventory or in the environment, to solve various puzzles.
There are also some pretty generic puzzles that you might be very familiar with if you are an avid fan of hidden object adventure games. The puzzles are relatively easy to figure out, even without the few hints you can glean via the journal, and Tove’s comments. In the first part of the game at least, you can sometimes get extra hints by talking with the other characters in the game, especially the Tree of Many.
Personally, as an adult player, the only difficult part in the game for me is to spot all the items I can pick up in my first run of the place. Some of the items you could interact with can be very well tucked away and if you’re not paying attention or being observant enough, you might miss it.
The game also requires you to backtrack quite a bit, revisiting locations when you have the necessary items to solve a puzzle or unlock something new. This can feel a bit annoying at times, but thankfully, the game has a “teleportation” system embedded into the game’s lore that’s called the rootways where you can quickly travel to certain areas in the game to complete a puzzle that can now be completed.
I should also point out that although Roki is a game that’s designed to be played using a controller, it can be played using good old keyboard and mouse too – it’s just that it’d likely feel rather awkward at times.
Roki is a single-player adventure game so there aren’t any social features. However, you could always drop by the game’s forums on Steam and discuss the game (and its story) with your fellow players.
The hand-drawn art and graphics here are simply gorgeous! The music is fantastic too, so is the ambience and the sounds the characters make from time to time, despite not having any full voice acting. Due to this the atmosphere and the immersion is truly amazing here. You’ll also spot some Swedish words here and there in the dialogues including the ever popular “hej”, thanks to Ikea!
For someone with little knowledge of Scandinavian myths (though I do know a lot about Nordic gods, thanks to Marvel), Roki is truly and eye-opener. The game has a story that I daresay rival that of Narnia, albeit a much shorter version, and is filled with interesting creatures and characters. As an elder sister with a younger brother whom I adore to bits, I can also fully relate with what Tove is going through when she lost her brother to a monster and diving head-first into a portal not knowing whether or not she will make it back, only caring to rescue Lars and protect him.
So, in short, not only does Roki have a fun and casual point-and-click gameplay that is perfect for the entire family, the game can be educational even and has an emotional component that anyone who has a younger sibling whom they love could relate to.