The Silent Age, Episode 1

I’ve just finished playing Episode 1 of The Silent Age, an amazingly cool point and click adventure with a really straightforward interface, simple but distinctive art design, and interestingly mysterious story.

I love this artwork: stylish, simple, emotive.
I love this artwork: stylish, simple, emotive.

It is made by House on Fire, a Danish indie studio. What is the game about? In their words,  The Silent Age is a minimalistic 2-D point-and-click adventure game for smartphones, and especially tablets, in which you use time travel to solve puzzles. The adventure takes you back and forth between present day 1972 and an unsettling future in 2012. Based on my play through, that’s a good summary. Without wanting to give away too much, the time travel mechanic is what makes this game really stand out. If a problem can’t be solved in the here and now, then maybe it can be solved in a different time.

The inventory is simple and intuitive.
The inventory is simple and intuitive.

As someone who loves point and click adventure games, and who wants to make his own, I was really inspired by The Silent Age Episode 1. I love that the story is ominous and important, but the player character is still filled with humour. The art style is detailed enough to be distinctive, but simple enough to never get in the way of the story. The music is atmospheric. It’s a joy to play.

You can find out more about the game at its blog here. I’m really impressed that the blog includes a detailed interview with the author and screenwriter Anders. If you’re interested in how a game like this is put together, then you should check it out. The first episode is free, and Episode 2 will be out in early 2014. I can’t wait.

The Silent Age, Ep 1 is available via the Android and iOS app stores. Order via the game’s site here. 

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