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Metacritic: 84/100
Release: Dec 2012
Reviewed on: iOS

The Silent Age

Site Score
8.0
Good: Time travel – Well-polished – Unique story and setting
Bad: Won’t provide a huge challenge
User Score
8.6
(27 votes)
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The Silent Age delivers a great blend of stylish, simple and solid gameplay fundamentals that make for an enjoyable adventure experience. In the game you’ll take control of Joe, a perfectly average janitor and help him save the world through a side scrolling puzzle adventure that involves some time travel elements.

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Joe is literally as average as it gets and the opening game sequence shows some of Joe’s mediocre life up until the year that the game begins (1972). Joe has worked his way up through a number of crumby jobs and now finds himself at the peak of his career as janitor for a security firm.

After a brief tutorial that involves the changing of a light bulb and an awkward conversation with the secretary (who’s job appears to be smoking at her desk) players follow a trail of blood to find themselves talking to an old stranger who is severely injured. This stranger hands you his time travel device and gives you the mission that he couldn’t complete which is necessary to the world’s survival.

As the game is based in reality a lot of the puzzle goals are fairly straight forward and won’t require the player to think too far outside the box. The game is more about the experience of exploring the various time zones that the player jumps between and sometimes the empty world left behind by the cataclysmic event.

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Puzzles also rely heavily on the time travel element with the most obvious example being a locked door in 1972 that has become run down in 2011 that players can get inside. Thinking about how the passage of time (or its reversal) will change your current setting will almost become second nature by the end of the game.

The Silent Age is a beautifully crafted game with simple but also challenging puzzles, especially once you get your head around the time travel element.

Summary:

  • A side scrolling puzzler.
  • Incorporates elements of time travel into its gameplay.
  • Humorous dialogue elements will give you a chuckle.
  • Jump between your home era of 1972 and the broke future of 2011.
  • More realistic than other games which helps to immerse you.

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The Silent Age, 8.6 out of 10 based on 27 ratings
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1 Comment

  1. Trish
    January 28, 2014

    A clever game jumping back and fourth through time. I don’t understand any bad reviews on this. It’s a great game! I played through the whole first episode in one night. The graphics may seem like it has left something to be desired at first, but after playing it for a bit I realized it’s just the style. Think of it like Zelda Windwaker, purposely designed in a cut-out style. Try not to judge it too quickly. At least get to the first time jump and then make up your mind.


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