You need to cross a river, but there is a gap in the bridge you are on. What do you do? In the puzzle game paper trail (opens in new tab), the world is drawn on folding paper, so you take the corner of the page and fold it. And don’t you know it, on the other side of the paper is a piece of bridge that perfectly fills that gap. You’ve just folded the world and solved a puzzle, and now you can cross the bridge, unfold the page, and continue your journey.
Many games have a storybook feel, but Paper Trail takes it a step further, letting you manipulate the world itself by folding, folding, or tearing its pages. It’s a fresh approach to puzzle solving that’s aided by genuinely beautiful watercolor artwork and an absorbing, haunting soundtrack. Check out the new Paper Trail teaser above, shown directly on Wholesome Games today.
You play Paper Trail as the aptly named Paige, the first person from her village to be invited to attend university, but first she has to get there by mastering her bending powers along the way. On your journey through the intriguing folding world, you’ll meet quirky characters, each with their own story, and solve gradually more complex puzzles that include other systems, such as turning the world’s pages, moving and pushing objects, and lighting up dark places.
There is a new demonstration of Paper trail on Steam (opens in new tab), but it’s only available for the weekend, so you better get moving. The full game is planned for early 2023.