Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules
Genre: Adventure | Indie
Release Date: 18th May 2017
Gifted to me on Steam
Synopsis: Old Man’s Journey, a soul-searching puzzle adventure, tells a story of life, loss, reconciliation, and hope. Entrenched in a beautifully sunkissed and handcrafted world, embark on a heartfelt journey interwoven with lighthearted and pressure-free puzzle solving.
A visual narrative about life’s precious moments, broken dreams, and changed plans, uncover stories of the old man’s life told through beautiful vignettes of his memories. Interacting with the serene and whimsical environment, solve playful puzzles by shaping the landscape, growing the hills to create the old man’s path forward.
During this compact gameplay experience, you’ll be transported to a vibrant and wishful world, exploring life’s complexities through the old man’s eyes. Meditatively delightful and reflective, Old Man’s Journey invites you to immerse yourself in quiet and inquisitive puzzles, and experience the old man’s heartache, regret, and hope.
On Books and Tea we have a video game channel and a Lena mentioned they had a copy of this they were happy to gift to someone.
As I hadn’t hear dof it I checked out the Steam page I realised this would be something I was interested in, so thank you Lena for passing this to me as I did really enjoy it.
What originally made me pick it up was deifnitely the art, the style is something I’m a big fan of. Its very lovely!
As the title says Old Man’s Journey is about an old man and his journey which he starts after being handed a letter.
You click around the screen to guide him where to go, and often you have to move the landscape to make the path accessable to him. The further you progress in the game the more they become like little puzzles.
Every now and then he’ll take a seat to wait for a mode of transport, to pass the time, and each time he stops he reflects on his past. Here we get told his full story of how he fell in love, got married, had a child, but grew distant from them as his need to always be on a journey caused them to seperate.
These bits of the story are told through full screen paintings and as each one is revealed you get to piece together a little more it.
Once the old man reaches the end, we get a few images to finish up the story that is very emotional; both sad and happy. Leaving us with an important message on the importance of family and keeping connections with those we love.
I really enjoyed this game, and I played it in one sitting actually. The game itself is probably an hour – hour and a half long but I’ve left it running for 2 hours to make sure I get all the card drops.
(Some Steam games have badges that can be crafted if you have each of the cards to do so – and many of players will trade cards)
The elf girl is my DnD character which my lovely friend Jenny drew.