Starting off our EGX rundown, we come to the Road to Guangdong, which is currently in early access on Steam at the moment. The game plays and looks fairly similar to the game Jalopy, that was also on show at EGX, and this isn’t quite surprising when you realise it comes from the same publisher.
While that game had a backstory of sorts, it fundamentally was a simulation game. Road to Guangdong is a bit more story focused and character-driven with a backdrop of China in the 1990s. You play as Sunny, a young art graduate who has acquired a restaurant from her father, which is struggling. So, in an attempt to revitalize the business Sunny and her aunt Guu Ma will go on a road trip to visit long lost relatives and pick up some family recipes to help the restaurant.
To help you in your journey is Sandy – the old family car that has seen better days. Just like in Jalopy, you have to keep on top of maintaining the car itself from tyres to oil and more. It was a change from the kind of driving I tend to do in video games. I usually play games as drive it like you stole it, but this game forces you to drive smooth and complete regular checks.
I do very much like the art style and the soundtrack, and more so that it was a change of pace from what I’m used to – It was a welcome step out of a comfort zone.
Road to Guangdong is currently on Steam Early Access, but is due to be on Xbox in early 2020.