Little Red Riding Hood is a tale that's been buried beneath saccharine layers of denial over time, but the original fairy tale was dark and grisly. At it's core it's a story about a little girl who gets eaten by a wolf. If you'd forgotten about the brutality and despair of the tale, don't worry. The Path reminds you in short order.
It's a beautiful, innocent game with suffocating fear lurking underneath every surface. Screenshots and descriptions do not do this game justice; you really have to see it in motion to appreciate the atmosphere the artistic style brings to the table. Screen filters cover the game screen with mysterious markings like an old photograph that's cracked and aged with time. Running along the path to Grandma's house is serene, but disturbing. The innocent and haunting music keeps you constantly on edge, but off the path, it gets even worse. Of course, you're not supposed to stray from The Path …
The game amazingly subverts gameplay traditions, twisting the typical staples to keep you afraid of what's in the woods, yet insanely curious. To say anything more would cheapen it. It's not the most complicated and bulletpoint-featured game out there, but its mysterious nature makes it one hell of an experience.
If you're at all curious by now, just play it. It's $10 on Steam. Skip the McDonalds a couple of times and treat yourself to a gem. Just don't expect to get a good night's sleep afterwards.
Why You Should Check This Out: Mysterious, brutal and beautiful, this game tells a childhood story so dark it truly delivers the original spirit of the fairy tales, in all its grisly glory. It's a wonderful experience, full of the thrill of the unknown and the fear of the dark recesses that exist off the beaten path. If David Lynch made videogames, he'd start with something like The Path.