Road to Guangdong is a road trip simulator with Chinese story elements. Developed by Just Add Oil Games, the game’s main characters are Sunny and her aunt Guu Ma, who have to travel across China to visit their relatives and save their family restaurant, while keeping their old, beat-up car up and running.
The gameplay consists of two sections – driving and talking – all done in a cutesy, cartoon art style that is light on details but heavy on charm. The colourful visuals match the whimsical tone of the game quite well.
The driving is very slow, so don’t expect Forza-type racing – but this gives the player enough time to enjoy the sights while also keeping an eye on the dashboard. You need to watch this as you also have to take care of the tyres and keep the car in running order by buying petrol and spare parts. That way you will be able to head off any potential problems early and manage the wear and tear on the beloved and battered car (affectionately named “Sandy”).
Failing to keep your car running smoothly means an expensive phone call to get a tow – and if you run out of money, it’s game over.
The plot and characters are firmly in the slice-of-life genre, and the player interacts with the game mostly through dialogue. If you dislike exposition via text, simple puzzles, and piecing the plot together little by little, the slow pacing of this game may bore you.
Where the game shines is in giving the player a road trip experience where they simply lean back and enjoy the scenes. It features scenery changes, day and night driving, lots of eye-catching sights, and great music.
Road to Guangdong makes it very clear exactly what kind of game it is – if you like to just drive around sightseeing or if you like to read stories about regular people, this is the game for you.
This review is based on an early access review copy provided to Young Post by the publisher Excalibur Games, with only partial game content progression
Road to Guangdong will be released on June 6.