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“Road Not Taken” Means Different Things to Different People

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Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken is quite a misunderstood poem, but Spry Fox is hoping to bring some interpretation of the poem with its game.

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.”

And just like all good poems, he hopes that Spry Fox’s Road Not Taken challenges players to find their own interpretation and meaning within the work.


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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