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  • Summary: 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.

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    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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 23, 2018
    90
    Broken Rules’ Old Man’s Journey is a memorable adventure game with a few puzzles that has you take control of an old man and experience an emotional story.
  2. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    Old Man's Journey is an interesting work with a captivating plot and a magnificent visual component that will immerse its players in a unique experience. Its lifespan may feel too short but the quality of the game's design and the challenges presented will be more than welcome by the players and make Old Man's Journey a game that has gained its place in the growing catalog of the Nintendo Switch.
  3. NF Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    80
    One of the most accessible, pleasant and comforting games to ever hit a Nintendo console. [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 23]
  4. Feb 15, 2018
    75
    An outstanding story in contrast with slightly repetitive gameplay and its short duration, but that makes it good to recommend for those looking for a relaxed and deep game.
  5. Mar 26, 2018
    70
    Old Man’s Journey takes form as a simple and short point and click adventure, which doesn’t offer much variety when it comes to gameplay or puzzle design. Still, if a superb art style and poignant narrative is enough to keep you interested, then it’s definitely a worth acquisition.
  6. Feb 17, 2018
    70
    If you’re looking for something substantial in the gameplay department, Old Man’s Journey probably isn’t for you. Its main mechanic is neat, but it doesn’t build upon it and due to the lack of any surrounding substance, you’ll be left feeling short changed. But for those that connect with it, Old Man’s Journey will offer up a memorable experience that comes equipped with a meaningful message and a stunning graphical palette.
  7. Feb 20, 2018
    40
    Old Man's Journey is not as emotionally charged as its developer wants you to believe it is, but at least the landscapes that said old man will tread through are beautiful and fit like a glove with the vibe of each moment encountered. Unfortunately, what could be a nice and easy-going, if not a little forgettable, experience, turns into an hour and a half of boredom, due to the needless, and simplistic, puzzle-solving included.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 26, 2018
    8
    All in all, Old Man’s Journey is a fantastic game that I thought would be a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch. Broken Rules heard my prayersAll in all, Old Man’s Journey is a fantastic game that I thought would be a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch. Broken Rules heard my prayers and brought their beautiful game to a new platform and did an excellent job of adapting their mobile gem to the Nintendo Switch. The game is stunning! Never have I ever cried out in joy at the sight of a video game before, nevertheless, Old Man’s Journey made me do it (the first boat scene above). Sure it may be short, but for me that wasn’t a problem. It has a wonderful art style, a beautiful story and deceiving music making it well worth its price tag.

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  2. May 31, 2018
    7
    Old Mans Journey
    A heart wrenching tale
    Old Mans Journey is an about hr and a half long puzzle game where you play as a man who gets a
    Old Mans Journey
    A heart wrenching tale
    Old Mans Journey is an about hr and a half long puzzle game where you play as a man who gets a letter.. you don’t know what this letter says but as the game continues and the story goes on you begin to understand..
    you see where its going and you just never want it to get there..
    but to get there as the name suggests you have to go on a bit of a journey.. this is where the puzzle comes into place..
    its all about pulling different land masts to different heights so oyu can hop from one place to another and proceed to the next area or chapter…
    every chapter rewarding you with a still of this mans past..
    I didn’t quite find anything to be done interesting here with the game mechanics.. but I definitely enjoyed my experience with this game.. the art is beautiful, the story made me cry…
    there were moments of fun.. but most of it was mild irritation of trying to figure out the a puzzle..
    the game and the old man is not consistently responsive either… I would click to a spot on the screen and he would start walking in a different direction to a different point..
    there was also a moment or two where I broke the game..
    id click to a spot and the old man walked off screen to the past area and wouldn’t go back to the area I was supposed to be in, resulting in me having to back out and come back in..
    frustrations aside though, this is an overall beautiful game that’s worth picking up for the heartstring pulling alone.
    I give Old Mans Journey
    a 7/10
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  3. Mar 3, 2018
    7
    A beautiful eye-candy voyage of a regretful father seeking to make amends with his wife and daughter.

    POSITIVE Gorgeous hand-drawn art.
    A beautiful eye-candy voyage of a regretful father seeking to make amends with his wife and daughter.

    POSITIVE
    Gorgeous hand-drawn art.
    Soothing background scenarios and animations.
    Touching story to teach us that we can repair the sins of our youth.
    Interesting puzzle mechanic.

    NEGATIVE
    Core mechanics never evolve or present any change through the game.
    Short with no replay-value.
    Too little interactions with the environment.

    Old Man's Journey is a heartwarming story-driven tale where you need to connect with it to really enjoy this game. Sadly, gameplay wise, there won't be much to keep you hooked if this connection with the story and art does not happen.
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  4. Jun 22, 2018
    6
    Old Man's Journey is a game worth checking out for the artwork and lovely soundtrack, but the hohum, somewhat tedious gameplay and incrediblyOld Man's Journey is a game worth checking out for the artwork and lovely soundtrack, but the hohum, somewhat tedious gameplay and incredibly simple puzzle solving that verges into "guess what I'm thinking" territory won't make you eager to return to it.

    An old man wanders back home to make amends with the daughter and wife he left behind in order to pursue a life of excitement and adventure. On the way he reflects upon his life, and we see the tragedy of his life unfold as he regrets the moment he left his family behind.

    It's tragic subject matter that ends with a sweet moment of redemption, and it's apparent the developer was looking to pull heart strings, but I never needed to reach for a box of tissues.

    It's an okay game, I won't dissuade anyone from checking it out.
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