‘No Straight Roads’ is a video game developed by a Malaysian indie studio Metronomik. It was published by Sold Out and managed to come out on the PC with the help of the Epic Games Store. No Straight Roads was released on August 25 after it was postponed multiple times. It is now accessible on major platforms besides the Epic Games Store. Steven Universe, as well as Scott Pilgrim, can be said to be the chief driving force in the origin of it. The reason for deriving influence from them was their nature of being delightful, pleasing, and lyrical in nature.
In the game, we see a whole different kind of world that seems to function with the help of music solely. Besides that, we also come across a pair who have a rock band of them. We as individuals either play as Mayday, who is a guitarist in the band or as Zuke, who plays the role of a Drummer in the band. They are quite dedicated in bringing the essence of rock and roll in the city of Vinyl. But the city’s inflexible council of judges seems to oppose this culture. They were dubbed by NSR.
Their decision enrages the duo who go on and instigate a fire on their musical instruments and go around fighting with the whole group of wicked musicians. Although the outline of the game is not long but the clever dialogues in it are highly interesting. Moreover, it displays the personality of Zuke as ‘take it easy’ kind while Mayday in contrast being ‘headstrong’.
What is interesting about No Straight Roads?
What drives one to play the game is its synchronization. Every time when there is some kind of action on the screen, the music plays at the exact same time. In fact, we also find the enemies swinging with the music while giving the players a hint as to when they will attack. In the fight, the players either try to swerve when they are attacked so that they can go back to their beats. In fact, with perfect timings, they can actually counter their enemies. This will lead the players to gain bonus points.
The best part about the game is it can be played by a single person or even two. The ones who play single-handedly are given the opportunity to transport between Zuke and Mayday with only a press of a button. In some aspects, one feels that the game would have been better off as a cartoon. However, the cool graphics and its resilient characters are some things that pull one to play it. This makes it at best, a weekend getaway. Have you played it yet? If yes, how did you find it?