Finding poetry in motion in the Road Not Taken
By Matthew O’Mara
Road Not Taken is poetry is motion, quite literally.
Developed by Spry Fox, Road Not Taken is a puzzle game about life and loss, that features randomly generated levels and permadeath. Similar to games like Shiren the Wanderer, players move along a grid attempting to traverse forest after forest as the game’s story unfolds.
Invoking the famous poem by Robert Frost, the title speaks volumes about what players can expect in a game of isolation and difficult choices. Something happened a long time ago in Road Not Taken and the player has to take a road less travelled in Spry Fox’s game to uncover the truth.
But as David Edery, co-founder of Spry Fox — and an English major by training — explained, Mr. Frost’s oft-quoted poem is one of the most misunderstood poems in the history of American poetry.
“The first thing I should say is that it’s pretty clear this poem means different things to different people,” Mr. Edery said.
“It’s been pretty interesting watching debates flare up about the meaning of the poem as a result of our game’s announcement. People are having arguments that quickly segue in directions that have nothing to do with Spry Fox or this game.”