There are few indie games that are as beautiful and as raw as Broken Roads by Drop Bear Bytes. Players assume the roles of every day people who need to battle against the gripping reality of a world that’s falling apart. There are broken people, broken machinery, and, of course, broken roads. Everything from the overarching plot to the intricate details of language, color, and location delivers an unforgettable adventure that we can’t wait to play the final version of.
What Is Broken Roads?
Broken Roads is an ARPG by Drop Bear Bytes that tackles the concept of a future where people fight for their lives to survive. You create your character according to a set of questions and character assets that determine your place. The questions themselves place you on a moral compass that determines how others in the world view you as well as how you answer to others. The points on the compass where you can land are Machiavellian, Humanist, Utilitarian, and Nihilist.
Between those four choices, you’re given a wide variety of dialogue options that push the story forward in different, branching ways. You can even shift opinions completely according to the identity you prefer to associate yourself with. In just playing the demo, we noted that there were different ways to handle situations from talking your way out of things to using straight violence. The way that the story is handled is beautifully paired with a detailed environment that brings everything to life. Broken Roads is definitely one of the most complex, stunning, and unique indie games that we’ve played in a while.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia and the voice acting does a great job at mentally putting you there. Once you’ve gotten a chance to play the Broken Roads demo, it becomes impossible not to look for elements of it in other games just to get a taste before it finally releases. But really, we know you’ll just be playing the demo over and over again.
What Features Does Broken Roads Have?
You can expect:
– A rich and engaging narrative.
– An original Moral Compass that determines dialogue options and the story.
– Roleplaying elements and a classless system.
– Customizable gameplay experience.
– Beautifully designed overworld.
– An authentic look at the essence of Western Australia.
Check out the official trailer from the Versus Evil YouTube page: