You have to cross a river, but there is a breach in the bridge you are standing on. What are you doing? In the Paper Trail puzzle game (opens in a new tab), the world is drawn on folding paper, so you grab the corner of the page and fold it over. And wouldn’t you know, on the other side of the paper, there’s a length of bridge that fills that gap perfectly. You have just folded the world and solved a puzzle, and now you can cross the bridge, unfold the page and continue your journey.
Many games look like a storybook, 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 fresh take on puzzle solving that’s aided by some really beautiful watercolor artwork and an absorbing, haunting soundtrack. Check out the new Paper Trail teaser above, shown at Wholesome Games directly today.
You play as Paper Trail as the aptly named Paige, the first person from her village to be invited to attend college, but she must first get there by mastering her bending powers along the way. As you journey through the intriguing bendable world, you’ll meet quirky characters, each with their own story, and solve progressively more complex puzzles that include other systems like world page rotation, moving, and pushing objects and shining light in dark places.
There’s a new Paper Trail demo on Steam (opens in a new tab), but it’s only available on weekends, so you better get moving. The full game is scheduled for early 2023.