The Road Not Taken is a little puzzle game that incorporates some sim-building along with super frustrating puzzles while you strive to save slave children from freezing to death. I’m serious, this town institutes slave labor with the town children, forcing them to pick berries in the middle of blizzards, and well, every year everyone is surprised that some children go missing.
Your job as the ranger is to find all of the children while navigating odd puzzles in the forest. Each time you play, the puzzles are randomly generated, so there is absolutely no learning from your mistakes other than not to screw up the next time. It’s just as easy to give up in frustration as it is to say, “I’ll get further next time…”
VentureBeat has compiled an online strategy guide for the game of sorts. While they haven’t mapped out every single solution for every possible puzzle, they have listed out every single recipe you can create in the game. Sometimes, this is really all you need, the know-how for what things will either destroy obstacles or replenish your energy.
I’m sure someone out there with more time than anyone ever will compile a real strategy guide, but by then, will anyone be around to care about it? We’ll all have another puzzle game we’re beating our heads over.