Plenty of games have storybook looks, but Paper Trail takes it a step further by letting you manipulate the world itself by bending, folding, or tearing its pages. It’s a novel approach to puzzle-solving which is helped by genuinely beautiful watercolor artwork and an absorbing and haunting soundtrack. Check out the new Paper Trail teaser above, shown at Wholesome Games direct today.
You need to cross a river, but the bridge you’re standing on has a gap in it. So, what exactly do you do? The world is drawn on foldable paper in the puzzle game Paper Trail(opens in new tab), so you grab a corner of the page and fold it over. And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a length of bridge on the opposite side of the paper that precisely fits that gap. You’ve just folded the globe and solved a riddle; now it’s time to cross the bridge, unfold the paper, and continue on your way.
Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he’d stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He’s also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.
You play Paper Trail as the aptly-named Paige, the first person from her village to ever be invited to attend university, but first she has to get there by mastering her folding powers along the way. On your trip through the intriguing foldable world you’ll meet quirky characters, each with their own story, and solve gradually more complex puzzles which include other systems like rotating the world’s pages, moving and pushing objects, and shining lights into dark places. There’s a new demo of Paper Trail on Steam(opens in new tab), but it’s only available for the weekend so you’d better get moving. The full game is planned for early 2023.