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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.

    A visual narrative about
    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. Nintendo Force 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: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Aug 23, 2021
    9
    Beautiful charming story! It’s a lesson of life and treasuring what’s important: family. The old man learned it the hard way. But the messageBeautiful charming story! It’s a lesson of life and treasuring what’s important: family. The old man learned it the hard way. But the message was a well presented. Visuals are also beautiful. Relaxing game Expand
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Oct 12, 2021
    7
    This game is somewhat reminiscent of that devastating scene in Up! where the main character's life plays out in a short montage. Here theThis game is somewhat reminiscent of that devastating scene in Up! where the main character's life plays out in a short montage. Here the story is played out over the duration of the (somewhat short) game. You will learn all about this old man and his life, against a backdrop of beautifully drawn and animated art and sound design. But the gameplay itself is somewhat uninspiring: the game was clearly developed for mobile/tablet screens rather than consoles, and little to nothing was done to make it translate to its new home on a console. Having the Switch's touchscreen is useful here, but then of course you are forced to play on the smaller screen. I preferred playing on a larger screen and so had to use a controller which was very awkward. The puzzles weren't especially challenging, apart from in one or two places where it wasn't at all clear what needed to happen. I still enjoyed the game though and glad I got to share this old man's journey. I don't see myself playing it again though. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2021
    6
    The visuals and music are charming and lovely, however the puzzle mechanic became tedious to me after about half way through the game. TheThe visuals and music are charming and lovely, however the puzzle mechanic became tedious to me after about half way through the game. The tedium was reduced somewhat by the addition of a couple of simple, new mechanics, but they eventually wore thin as well.

    You soon realize that the man left his family, so this made me curious about his journey. The ending took a surprising turn which almost made me teary, though I'm pretty sentimental anyway.

    It's a pleasant, brief distraction for casual, calm puzzle-solving and eye candy, though you may tire of the puzzles. Worth it if you can get it on sale.
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  6. Mar 28, 2019
    5
    Other than terrific artwork and serviceable story, Old Man's Journey doesn't have much to offer.
    If you think artwork alone might be worth
    Other than terrific artwork and serviceable story, Old Man's Journey doesn't have much to offer.
    If you think artwork alone might be worth buying this game - get it for HALF the price for Android/Apple.
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  7. May 14, 2021
    2
    The controls are soooo bad in dock mode. It's really strange and the title itself is very boring sadly. very disappointing.

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