Welcome to this week’s installment of F2P Friday, where we highlight our favorite Free-2-Play games. The video game market is oversaturated and sometimes hidden gems can fall through the cracks. This is where we do all the digging for you and feature a new F2P game every week that we know you will enjoy. Let’s dive in!
Way To Yaatra
Way To Yaatra is a Steam platformer from indie developers finishing their degree U-TAD University. The 2d adventure platformer follows the journey of a young pilgrim. When called upon by the gods to save his village, he travels to mount Itkinkalla to gain their power.
The gameplay is similar to Limbo and Inside where the world itself feels like one large puzzle. Early on the game introduces spears that can be used in many different ways. The most obvious is as a means to reach higher places by creating a shelf to jump onto first. The real challenge lies in the fact that the player can only use three spears, so once a fourth is thrown a previous one disappears.
Never during my playthrough of Way to Yaatra did I feel that the game was overly challenging or far too easy. It finds a way to balance itself almost perfectly in the middle. The puzzles themselves rise in difficulty at a steady level and constantly introduce new ways to use the mechanics. When you think you have the spears down, you learn of buffs that will power the spears in different ways. In the end, the tie between gameplay and the story is what really makes the journey worth the playthrough.
Why You Should Play
Unlike many of the games that make the F2P Friday list, Way To Yaatra is not a quick playthrough. In the end, I spent four hours exploring my way through this game. It by no means feels like a grind to get through. Puzzles presented are a test of the mind and when completed feels rewarding. Aside from a few animation errors, it is nearly impossible to tell that this game was created by students.
Fans of platformers like Inside and Limbo will find this to be a nice alternative to the dark atmosphere found in those. The story is lighthearted but still carries a level of depth to it. It also features one of the most beautiful game soundtracks to play with. From beginning to end you will find yourself questioning just what could possibly come next. When it comes to the hundreds of free platforms that are available, Way To Yaatra is by far one of the best.
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