Path Out is the autobiographical narrative adventure by Syrian refugee Abdullah Karam. In the game, players experience Abdullah’s escape from the Syrian civil war, a conflict that forced approximately 12 million people to leave their homes. At key moments throughout Abdullah’s dangerous journey to the Turkish border, he speaks to the player through YouTube-style commentary videos and gives insights into his monumental escape.
“I think autobiographical games are not as common as films or books but as a big gamer it just felt like the right way to tell my story”, says Abdullah Karam, writer and graphic artist of Path Out. “Hopefully players will appreciate seeing the start of the war in Syria from another perspective and understand better what it was like to escape your home as a young man.”
“I used to be an average kid – going to school, listening to music, and playing video games. Lots of video games”, says Abdullah Karam, writer and graphic designer of Path Out. “When my home turned into a war zone and during my escape, I suddenly had to deal with very different circumstances … like spotting landmines or surviving a river ride in an oil barrel while crossing a border. I’m looking forward to being able to share the beginning of my story in Path Out with players around the world”.
A prototype of Path Out was available for a limited time on itch.io, with a full version for Steam available now. Possible later instalments of the Path Out series could take the player on Abdullah’s journey through Turkey, Greece and the Balkans until he finally arrives at his destination and current whereabouts in Central Europe.