June 8, 2009
The Path – Prologue available now
Tale of Tales releases free demo
of indie horror game
Less than three months after its
initial release, Tale of Tales are adding a new chapter to their introverted
psychological horror trip. "The Path – Prologue" is a standalone application
that is free to download for everyone. As such, it functions as a trial version
of the game, even though it contains content that is not part of the full
Click here to download the
Path Trial Version
The Path is a short horror game
inspired by Little Red Ridinghood. You play six sisters, the Red Girls, who are
sent to their grandmother’s house, one by one, with the explicit command to stay
on the path. But not all young women can resist the seductive allure of the dark
forest along the way. In the new chapter, entitled "The Path – Prologue", you
take control of the mysterious character of the Girl in White, who roams the
forest and can assist the Red Girls in their explorations.
"People who have already finished
The Path will recognize some aspects of the Prologue," admit designers Auriea
Harvey and Michael Samyn. "It is similar to a certain part of the game. But not
the same. A prologue should show what happened before the events in the story.
But in this case, it may seem like it’s showing things that happened after. A
mystery that will make more sense after playing the full game. We didn’t want to
simply give away part of the game as a trial. We wanted to add something to the
story instead. And give everybody something new to play with, including those
who have already played the full game. But it does function as a free demo for
the game: it gives users a taste of the atmosphere and a means to check if their
computer can run our technology."
Since its release on 18 March, The
Path was met with an impressive amount of high praise. And also an, albeit
smaller, amount of passionate rejection. Some claim that the indie title is
pretentious mumbo-jumbo and others see it as a veritable mile stone in the
evolution of the medium. This controversy pleases the designers tremendously.
They’d be worried if suddenly everyone would like their work. Tale of Tales
explores the artistic potential of games technology. Sometimes this requires
leaving behind all known territory and confronting the audience with the
unusual, the unsettling, the sublime.
The Path was created by Auriea
Harvey and Michael Samyn with the help of Jarboe and Kris Force (music), Laura
Raines Smith (character animations), Hans Zantman (technical art) and Marian
Bantjes (logo and calligraphy). Production of The Path was supported by Creative
Capital, the Flemish Authorities, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Design Flanders,
CultuurInvest and Villanella.