Old Man’s Journey from Broken Rules is a charming adventure game you definitely need to play on Nintendo Switch. Find out why in our Old Man’s Journey review!
Your adventure begins after you receive a mysterious letter during a sunny day. After reading the letter the old man under your control decides to pack up some stuff to set out on a point and click journey through colorful and charming landscapes and locations as he reminisces over events of ages past.
Along with the pointing and the clicking, which can be done with the left analog stick and the A button when playing in docked, handheld or tabletop mode or by using the Switch’s touchscreen when the console is undocked, you can also manipulate the land to make it possible for the old man to reach the many benches on his path so that he can sit down to admire his surroundings so that he can, perhaps, interact with a sleeping cat or look at a happy couple who is in love. The only rule is that you cannot manipulate the area over which the old man is currently located, but that’s about it.
The game’s story is told without a single word, letting everything unfold visually, thus making this a game that everyone and anyone can enjoy as there is no language barrier to get in the way of your entertainment. Each area you visit and the cutscenes you will witness will tell a story that is perfectly complemented by the game’s relaxing soundtrack – a soundtrack that you can get on Bandcamp for only $7, and which is worth every penny.
The game isn’t very long, so you will be spending a little over two hours playing this one from start to finish at most, which might not seem like enough, but trust me, it’s worth your money. Gameplay is sparse, but that’s just how the developers wanted the game to be so that you can focus on its story and characters – that doesn’t mean gameplay is boring since you will definitely need to think a bit during a handful of the puzzles in the second half of the game.
Old Man’s Journey is a gorgeous game, with an art style that makes it seem as if you are playing a gorgeous storybook come to life. As you travel by land and sea, every area you visit will come to life as you move hills up and down, lower bridges, move cars and trains and take boats into the unknown. It’s a short journey, but every moment is worth it.
This Old Man’s Journey review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Broken Rules.