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Imagine if Little Red Riding Hood had a robot companion. She would have never lost her grandmother, and the Woodsman wouldn’t have had to sacrifice his tree-lopping quota to rescue a foolish child. The girl in this story does not make the same mistake.

The Girl and the Robot is a third person action/adventure game set in a fantasy world. You play as a young girl trying to escape from a castle ruled by an evil queen. On her way, she meets a mysterious ancient robot who she can control remotely by her magical pendant. Throwing a unique twist on the knight in shining armour fable, together the girl and robot encounter many challenges that test the strength of their newfound friendship.

The gameplay consists of switching between the girl and the robot to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. The Girl and the Robot is heavily inspired by classics like Ico and the Legend of Zelda series. The story behind the game has intentionally been left a mystery for you, the gamer to uncover. The beautiful hand-painted art is styled on classic fairy tales.

The Girl and the Robot is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign from late 2013. It’s developed by Flying Carpets Games who consists of an experienced and diverse team. Members have previously worked on games for EA, Gameloft and Ubisoft, before forming their own studio. Flying Carpet Studios is based in Montreal.

The Girl and the Robot is available now for PC, Mac and Linux with PS4 and Wii U versions expected towards the end of 2016.

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Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane

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