Road 96 is just the last of my long list of adventure games that I get to write about. Frankly, there’s no shortage of action/adventure games here at IndieGala. Deponia was one hell of an adventure that I got to indulge. You can read all about my adventures with the game here. On the other side of the spectrum, Aquanox Deep Descent took us on an underwater adventure. And yes. We’re bloody proud of all of these titles. But Road 96 is a kinda special one I must say. For one it’s Digixart’s latest pride and joy. Secondly, it’s unlike anything we’ve ever had before, a road adventure. And last but certainly not least… It inspired us to dig into the road trip movies vault. But more on that later.
What’s Road 96 About You Might Ask?
Developed and published by Digixart, Road 96 is one hell of an action-adventure set in the mid-’90s. Road 96 is a crazy, beautiful road trip. The discovery of exciting places, and unusual people on your journey to freedom.
An ever-evolving story-driven adventure inspired by Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, and Bong Joon-ho. Made by the award-winning creators of Valiant Hearts and Memories Retold. Announced as part of the OMEN Presents initiative from HP Inc. Moments of action, exploration, contemplative melancholy, human encounters and wacky situations. Set against a backdrop of authoritarian rule and oppression.
On this risky road trip to the border, you’ll meet incredible characters, and discover their intertwined stories and secrets in an ever-evolving adventure. But every mile opens up a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet, maybe even change the world.
And what are some of the Steam comments saying about the game?
*What a game. Finished it in one sitting due to being absolutely hooked. says Nesbitt.
*While Mark I DJ adds: I highly recommended this game if you’re into LiS-like adventure games or just games with excellent and varied storytelling. Or if you like games in general. What I mean is: go play it!
And Which Movies Go Well With Road 96?
Well, road movies of course. They blend well with the game and give us a nice way to explore adventures. Through different countries and different decades. Granted some of the movies on this list are older. Some of them are darker in tone. While some have just a bunch of actors in the cast, others do have a larger list of actors. Yes, there are 6 movies on this list, and we hope that you can expand it with some more. Feel free to share some of your favorite road movies with us. Hit that comment section and let us know.
Let’s begin, shall we?
While you may have heard about the other 5 movies on this list, I guarantee that you probably never even heard of Interstate 60. I don’t blame you. I didn’t until the dreaded year of 2020. And if you try to do a Google search about movies similar to this one… Good luck. You’ll probably won’t find any. This is one very unique movie that you will either love or hate. There’s no in-between here. And it does have a fantastic list of actors in it. James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Amy Smart, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Cooper and Kurt Russell just to name a few. Here James Marsden’s character travels through the non-existing Interstate 60 highway and along the way, meets a colorful bunch of characters. Very interesting characters indeed. Watch it and let me know if you like it. I think you will.
Fun fact: This film marks the first time Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox have been in the same movie since Back to the Future Part III (1990).
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine is an endearing, funny, touching and all-around wonderful movie. Again, with an impressive list of actors in it, but the script is what you should be praised as well. It didn’t win an Oscar for nothing. But yeah. Little Miss Sunshine is about one family’s road trip. The youngest child of the Hoover Family (played by Abigail Breslin) needs to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. So the rest of the family will hop into a yellow van and head down to California. However, things will not go smoothly along the way. Alan Arkin is just incredible, and so is Breslin’s performance. But pretty much everyone else is top-notch as well. It’s a must-watch movie.
Fun fact: Michael Arndt had to quit his job as Matthew Broderick’s assistant to write Little Miss Sunshine.
Thelma & Louise
Believe it or not, Thelma & Louise is the oldest movie on this list. But one of the best I might add. And a movie that also won the Oscar for best original screenplay. But over here Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are in the titular roles. Two best friends who turn their road trip into a crime-riddled chase with the law enforcement. This is one of Ridley Scott’s finest movies and yes. It’s considered a cult movie today, 30 years after the premiere. Oh, and this is the movie that got the audience talking about one very handsome actor. Brad Pitt.
Fun fact: Sir Ridley Scott watched Badlands (1973) for inspiration for the look of the film.
Long before Todd Phillips did the Hangover trilogy and Joker… He did Road Trip. One of my guilty pleasures and one of the most hilarious movies you’ll ever watch. In fact, this is Phillip’s film debut. After a college student sends the wrong tape to his long-distance girlfriend… he and his friends must change the tape before she’ll get a chance to watch it. A road movie is born and the name is Road Trip. Breckin Meyer, Sean William Scott and Paulo Costanzo are in the leads… But this is a movie filled with great actors. It’s a must-watch.
Fun fact: Todd Phillip is the toe-licking pervert on the bus.
Y Tu Mama Tambien
One of Alfonso Cuaron’s finest movies to date. A road movie and a coming-of-age story about two teenagers from Mexico. Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal play Tenoch and Julio. Sex-obsessed teenagers who befriend a lonely woman and agree to take her to a secluded beach. She carries a lot more secrets with her, but the journey will prove to be a lot more interesting for the two boys. This is a wonderful movie and you need to put it on your road movie list. Regardless if you’re a fan of Cuaron or not.
Fun fact: The ending scene where they talk while having a coffee was the first scene filmed.
Into The Wild
Directed by Sean Penn, Into The Wild is the only biopic road movie on this list. It’s a wonderful movie nonetheless. And yes, it’s about the ill-fated journey that Christopher McCandless took in rural Alaska. We get to witness his journey of self-discovery, his trials and tribulations in the harsh environment. And of course his eventual death. Filled with great actors and even greater performances. But Into The While is mesmerizing us with the wonderful soundtrack from Eddie Vedder as well. It’s a must-watch movie as well.
Are You Enjoying Road 96?
Let us know if you are. And feel free to share some of your favorite road movies as well. We’d love to know all about them.