PC - Windows
Away: Journey to the Unexpected
About this game
Developer: Aurelien Regard
Content Rating: Teen
AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected is a colorful first person adventure game that combines action, negotiation and rogue-lite elements. Progress through the levels and the story, choose your path, but above all, recruit allies. All the strange characters you meet in game can be played in first person, and it’s up to you to find the right answers to get them to join your team!
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Away is a pretty short game, clocking in at about 3-4 hours, most of which is spent reloading in order to go to different zones to unlock new friends. It’s also really easy once you figure the characters out as well. Overall, it’s an enjoyable experience, albeit one that could use some more gameplay, even if through additional game modes.
Even if Away: Journey to the Unexpected weren't a roguelike, it still has issues that would put it in mediocre territory. The main melee combat would be awful, the level designs would be boring, and the boss fights wouldn't be exciting. While some people may be fine with that, the forced repetitive nature of the roguelike makes Away feel unnecessarily padded, especially since parts of the title are too forgiving for the genre. It may look nice most of the time, and the story is so off the wall that it's endearing, but Away should only be on your radar if you can purchase it on sale and don't mind its baggage.
In our brief time with Away, since the game is with us less than five hours overall, there's a lot of variety and a lot to take in, especially when it comes to the visuals. It's not perfect and the combat's a little clunky, but it's an easily digestible roguelite with some extra elements sprinkled in that you'll struggle to find elsewhere. After all, where else can you play as a murderous living tree that applies a sepia filter to the entire game?