By Nathan Grayson on July 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am.
Well, a journey is coming to PC. Journey of a Roach, specifically. I’m sorry. I know you hate me now, and I’m fully prepared to accept the shoulder-straining burden of your lodestone of loathing. I just couldn’t help myself. The idea crept into my mind, and I knew it would never die no matter how much I tried to poison, stomp, or nuke it – much like, well, a roach. I had to sweep it out of my brain chambers once and for all. So. Here we are. Anyway, Journey of a Roach. It’s a point-and-click adventure from Swiss developer Koboldgames about two roaches named Jim and Bud. There’s apparently no dialogue whatsoever, which could be quite interesting! There is also no sand surfing, majestically billowing scarves, or profound, wordless heart-to-hearts with other human beings. Again, sorry.
Roach adventures do have a history of greatness, though. There’s the exceedingly Kafka-inspired Bad Mojo and… ummmm. Well, there is that. Journey of a Roach doesn’t sound quite as unsettlingly grotesque, for better or worse.
“Roach Jim and his sidekick Bud are out and about to find their way from a deserted vault to the Earth’s surface. Players steer them through classic point & click adventure game puzzles. Certain challenges can be overcome by using the roach’s natural features, though: Being roaches, Jim and Bud have the ability to crawl up walls and on ceilings, as well as on items. Players use the third-insect-perspective to guide Jim and Bud through the 3D comic world. There will be no written or spoken dialogues in Journey of a Roach, by the way, as the insects are using their very own, easily understandable signal language.”
So yes, it’s about roaches after the apocalypse, which could be a fun plot setup – or a super bog-standard one depending on where Koboldgames goes with it. Also, the roaches can do roach things, and who doesn’t love doing roach things? I kind of doubt we’ll be doing much human-horrifying, though, seeing as most apocalypses vaporize our frail, non-carapaced skin long before that of hardier insects like roaches, scorpions, and Twinkies.
I do like that they refer to their main character as Roach Jim, though. I think I’m going to start calling ours Human Jim. Or maybe Dreary Stereotypical British Countryside Robot Jim. Perhaps DSBCRJ (pronounced “Disbickraj”) for short. But what about you, dearest readers? How do you label the most important Jims in your lives?
Oh, er, right: Journey of a Roach will be out in November. Anyway, BACK TO JIMTALK.