The Way

A two-dimensional science-fiction platform game modeled after the genre classics. The game was developed by PlayWay studio, known mostly for many farming simulators. In the game the player assumes the role of a young scientist who cannot accept the death of his beloved. During one of his missions the protagonist finds ancient inscriptions from which he learns that there exists a way to obtain eternal life. Full of hope, he decides to go back to the hostile planet in order to examine the sources of the ancient knowledge. The gameplay mechanics are similar as in the cult classic, Flashback. While playing, the player will be exploring, solving riddles and conquering various obstacles. One will also fight hostile inhabitants of the planet. Main character’s special abilities, obtained thanks to the alien’s magic artifact, will help the player throughout the game. The Way is a tribute to classic platform games and it references to them in its graphics style as well.

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PC / Windows
Game The Way (PC) Cover
The Way

The Way | PC

Arcade, science fiction, platform, 2D, Polish, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for The Way

Puzzling Dream | game developer

PlayWay | publisher  

The Way release date for PC:

game language:
English

20 May 2016 | Worldwide

20 May 2016 | Europe

20 May 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.9 / 10 calculated out of 58 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 5.6 / 10 calculated out of 29 players' votes.  

The Way for PC / Windows is a two-dimensional science-fiction platform game the style of which refers to classic games such as Heart of Darkness, Another World and Flashback. The game was developed by PlayWay studio, creators of such titles like Professional Farmer 2014 and Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. The game was completed thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Plot

The main protagonist of the game is a young scientist who is a member of a crew that explores space. He lost his beloved recently and he cannot accept that. During one of the missions he discovers ancient notes according to which there exist a way to have eternal life. Hoping to bring his beloved back to life, the protagonist decides to return to one of the previously visited planets in order to examine the source of the ancient knowledge more thoroughly. However, the place, inhabited by an ancient civilization, hides much more secrets and dangers the determined scientist will have to face.

Mechanics

The mechanics of the game are very similar to the cult Flashback game developed by studio Delphine Software. The main part of the game consists of exploration combined with riddle solving and defeating various obstacles. One will also face hostile inhabitants of the planet. Luckily, the protagonist can use alien’s ancient artifact which gives him various special powers such as telekinesis, teleportation and the ability to deflect bullets.

Technical aspects

The Way for PC / Windows was created mostly in order to fill the gap of the once-popular genre of platform games. It is a tribute to classic productions. The game refers to classics in its old school, pixel art graphics and in its level design clearly inspired by works of Éric Chachi. The developers from PlayWay studio focused on the atmosphere of the game and emotions felt by players during the game – in their opinion, many modern games are lacking in these aspects.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce GT 8800 or better, 300 MB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista/7/8
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 8600 GT or better, 300 MB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista/7/8

The Way trailer #2

The Way trailer #2 | 1:34

Zwiastun The Way, dwuwymiarowej platformówki w klimatach science fiction. Wcielamy się w postać młodego badacza kosmosu, który wyrusza na niebezpieczną planetę, by zbadać źródło starożytnej wiedzy i przywrócić życie ukochanej.

The Way Review – revive your love in pixel art

Review 03 June 2016 15:54

Drawing inspiration from cult classics such as Another World or Flashback is a commendable thing to do. Still, is this simply a marketing ploy or did the creators actually succeed at bringing back the spirit of these great ‘90s games?