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Roots of Pacha (2023) is a role-play game where you play a member of a Stone Age tribe working to grow your community. As you play, you create a settlement, build houses and farms, domesticate animals, get to know people, and go on adventures in the wilderness. It stands out not only for the unique prehistoric setting and the animals of the time, but also for the strong focus on community and the interactions you have with the members of your tribe.

You play a member of a Stone Age tribe and must work to build yourself a home. Play involves exploring the world, gathering resources, taming animals, and interacting with the other tribe members. Some actions, such as fishing and domesticating animals, are done through small minigames, such as keeping the cursor above a moving target or playing the right notes on an instrument. As you explore the world, you find seeds you're able to use to create farms. Gathering more resources lets you slowly build a home, decorations, and useful tools and machines that aid in your development, such as waterways waterwheels for crop irrigation, cooking fires, and musical instruments used to let small animals join you.

The other side to the game is your tribal community. When you first meet new characters, you learn their ancestry and how it relates to yours. You participate in rituals and festivals celebrating nature, welcome members of other tribes to join you, and build new connections (you can even fall in love). Many people you meet tell you of their ideas, which you can help them realise by giving them the necessary resources. Once they have what they need, they can create helpful new items you can use, strengthening community ties and letting you advance more easily.

The result is a game where your tribal community is at the heart of everything you do, from helping the people of the tribe realise their ideas to participating in festivals and celebrations. Paired with prehistoric farming and adventuring, it makes for a novel experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Roots of Pacha 7 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Collecting, Communication, Narrative, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. You can play with other people online, working together to create a place to live, get to know your neighbours, tame animals, and go on adventures.

Cross-Play: Play across all platforms.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 100 hours to complete. As the game is open-ended and enables you to continue expanding your village and growing community ties, the time you spend playing the game varies greatly, and can be over 100 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The game is simple to grasp and doesn't rely on quick reactions or precise timings (or they are only in optional activities). Additionally, the semi-historical setting enables the start of conversations about the stone age and human development across the millennia.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

Roots of Pacha usually costs £19.99 to £21.99.
 

Roots of Pacha

Switch Store Switch £21.99
Steam Store PC £21.99
Steam Store Mac £21.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/04/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Collecting, Communication, Narrative, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels

Developer: Roots Of Pacha (@RootsOfPacha)


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