pax west 2016

Relive The Past In The Charming Adventure Game Old Man's Journey

by Javy Gwaltney on Sep 03, 2016 at 05:17 PM

During PAX West, I had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with a charming puzzler-adventure called Old Man's Journey. The game casts you as the eponymous old man, backpacking through a colorful country in search of...well, something. What that is will, according to developer Broken Rules, is eventually revealed during the course of the game.

I was able to play through a series of sequences that had our protagonist making his way across grassy hills, small towns, and across bodies of water. The main puzzle mechanic is centered around shifting the ground around the old man so he can jump from hill to hill in order to progress through levels.

I found these puzzles to actually be pretty challenging, especially later on in the demo when a switch mechanic was thrown into the mix, but the rewards for overcoming these obstacles were numerous, including beautiful still flashbacks that showed snippets of the man's past, including him being with what appears to be his wife.

Old Man's Journey won me over with its cleverness and I look forward to playing the full release in 2017. You can find more details about the game on its official website here.