Most adventure games rely on brains over brawn, but indie French developer Ernestine's newly released isometric puzzler An Interesting Journey of Monsieur PAF will require a whole lot of both: you supply the intelligence, and the titular hero will provide the muscle.
There isn't much in the way of story interfering with gameplay, but when the titular protagonist becomes "trapped in an ancient temple during an archeological expedition" in a remote jungle, players will need to guide this "archeologist like no other" through its depths, performing some light platforming and solving myriad puzzles left behind by a "forgotten civilization." Only by doing so can you hope to escape, though you may just find it's more fun to stay and solve some more.
Presented in a cartoony art style with an isometric perspective, Monsieur PAF shares "similar mechanics with Sokoban," but attempts to "revisit the genre using 3D verticality in magnificent homemade, two-dimensional environments." Numerous obstacles will block your path, but when all else fails, remember that "nothing can stop you" as you "lift, move or break elements around you with your strong muscles." There's no time pressure or fear of death, so players are encouraged to explore at their leisure and "just have fun."
An Interesting Journey of Monsieur PAF is available now on Steam, and if you'd like to try before you buy, you can do that too by downloading the demo for Windows, Mac and Linux.