Road to India: Between Hell and Nirvana

aka: Cesta do Indie, Doroga v Indiju, Droga do Indii, Nirvana: The Road to India, Road to India: Entre el infierno y el Nirvana, Road to India: Entre mystère, rêve et réalité, Road to India: Sacrificio alla Dea Kali, Road to India: Zwischen Hölle und Nirvana
Moby ID: 4912

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This adventure games takes place in India. You are an American student named Fred Reynolds. You have only three days to find your girlfriend who was kidnapped by the Thugs - a Hindu sect known already during the days when India was a British colony. You will visit New Delhi, the great palace Taj Mahal and other exotic places while trying to save the woman you love.

This is a 3D adventure with 360 degree rotation. Its gameplay is similar to that of Atlantis.

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  • Дорога в Индию - Russian spelling

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Average score: 63% (based on 22 ratings)

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Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 11 ratings with 1 reviews)

An easy-going game with a good measure of mystery

The Good
I really enjoyed Road to India. It is the story of young man’s quest to find his kidnapped sweetheart in a foreign country. The game starts out as Fred, your hero, takes a nap aboard his airplane flight to India, holding his fiancee’s “dear John” letter in his grip. Fred dreams of the Taj Mahal and, in his dream, he sees his girlfriend in the clutches of an unknown assailant. Little does he know that he will be visiting the Taj Mahal, and other places from his dreams, in reality as he searches for his beloved Anusha.

Anusha’s parents live in New Delhi, so this is Fred’s destination. Upon arrival at their front door, Fred watches a real captor push Anusha into a sleek black car and speed away. Somehow he must find out where she has been taken and by whom … and why.

You play Fred in first-person perspective. He is an ordinary looking fellow with a nice voice and a sense of humor. You’ll move him about the streets of New Delhi, explore the Taj Mahal inside and out as well as the ancient and mysterious Temple of Kali. He’ll find clues to Anusha’s disappearance by talking to other characters, finding objects and solving puzzles.

Road to India played flawlessly on my system, something I wish could be said about some other games I’ve played recently. The basic interface is so nice and clean, it was a pleasure to play. There is no disk swapping and it doesn’t matter which disk is loaded in your tray when you start. Ample save-game slots and a simple inventory management system are other pluses. I liked the non-traditional way pictures, books and other reading materials were handled. Rather than go into inventory, they went into a separate area called Notes. From there they could be viewed and read. This was also the place to view Fred’s own diary which was updated at the end of each chapter.

Graphics are very nicely done, although I wish there could have been more going on in the streets of New Delhi. The characters are realistically drawn and voice acting is excellent. The cut scenes made the entire plot come together and were very well done. The music was there for background only and, although it was adequate, it added nothing to the mood for the most part.

All of the puzzles in Road to India were integrated very well into the plot. None of them can be considered hard. In fact, they were all quite easy. You’ll find a good measure of inventory-based puzzles, a locked puzzle box, a maze, and several other puzzle types, all of which move the story farther along.


The Bad
Besides the shortness of the game itself, there are very few things to find fault with. More characters to talk to could have made the game longer and more interesting. Adding subtitles to the inventory items would have been nice, although they weren’t necessary for most items.

The Bottom Line
Take your time and enjoy this one. Using a walkthrough could actually ruin it for you. Road to India is easy enough for children, too, although there is a bit of violence (but no blood and gore or action segments), so use your own judgment. If you’re an adventure gamer, like me, I think this game would be an excellent addition to your collection. It is not the best of the genre, but it rates at least a solid silver star, in my opinion.

Windows · by Jeanne (75367) · 2002

Trivia

The Thugs, which are the bad guys of the game, were a sect that worshiped the goddess Kali, sacrificing people to her. The sect's origin is of the 13-th century, but it became famous mostly during the time of the British colonization, in 19-th century. Both Moslems and Hindus belonged to the members of the sect. "Road to India" follows a popular tradition of picturing this dark and demonic cult - the most famous example is probably the movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".

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Game added by Unicorn Lynx.

Additional contributors: Jeanne, phlux, JRK, Sciere, qbert, Ghost Pirate, Jordi Vilalta Prat.

Game added August 31st, 2001. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.