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Road to Guangdong

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchAug 28, 2020
Xbox OneAug 28, 2020
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020

Developer: Just Add Oil

Publisher: Excalibur Games

Genres: Adventure, Simulation

Sunny’s life is at a crossroads. She knows everything’s about to change. She just doesn’t know how yet. She glances again at the contract. The good news is she’s now the proud owner of her family‘s cherished restaurant. The bad news? It’s seen better days. A tap at the door announces the arrival of her aunt, Guu Ma. Yep, everything’s about to change alright. But the “how” part will be decided by a bunch of strangers she’s only seen in faded photographs. EMBARK ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY On a mission to revive their struggling family restaurant, Sunny and Guu Ma must visit long-lost relatives in search of secrets that will bring diners flooding back. But it won’t be easy. The long trip with her ageing aunt will truly test their relationship as cultural differences bubble to the surface. Only by making tough choices along the way will Sunny discover what fate has in store for her. KEEP YOUR CAR ON THE ROAD A treasured part of her family for longer than Sunny can remember, Sandy has carried her loved ones through many a crisis. But her beloved car is falling apart and she’ll need a helping hand to respond to this latest emergency. Only careful driving and regular checks under the bonnet will enable her to carry Sunny to the climax of her quest. KEY FEATURES - Penned by author Yen Ooi, this captivating coming-of-age tale is set against the evocative backdrop of 90s China. - Play your part in a touching interactive story where your decisions decide Sunny’s fate. - Explore the sights and sounds of Guangdong through vibrant animations and a memorable soundtrack. - Fall in love with a colourful cast of characters, each with unique personalities and rich backstories. - Maintain your car by keeping tabs on fuel consumption, tyre wear and engine condition. - Keep the mechanics away by topping up oil and fuel levels and repairing and replacing worn out parts.

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The frequent lulls of its road trip, coupled with a monotonous roster of characters, means this driving sim should be left in the dust.

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If you're looking for a sophisticated car sim, you won't find it in Road to Guangdong. What will keep you going over its short duration however is a wonderfully authentic exploration of Chinese/Cantonese culture through two very universal subjects: family and food.

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Whilst Road to Guangdong does suffer from various gameplay issues and a laborious process of managing the upkeep of your car, its story is engaging and uplifting.

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Road to Guangdong is a tough one to score, because what it does right – the character interaction and small-scale personal dramas – are engaging enough to be worth praise. It's just that the mechanical glue holding it all together is close to disastrous at times. As a result, we can't give it a recommendation without enough caveats to make it sound like a warning. You might like Road to Guangdong, but even if you do, you'll like it despite it doing its level best to push you away.

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