Feast for the eyes
Old Man’s Journey
Lost at sea
Despite being a relatively young medium, video games have been a bedrock for unique storytelling experiences. More often than not, indie developers design their both budgetary and technical Austria-based Broken Rules, for example, has done away with dialog boxes and voice-overs by employing environmental storytelling in Old Man’s Journey. The journey in question takes the titular Old Man through the vast, idyllic French countryside, brought to life by gorgeous hand-painted backdrops that are layered with little animated touches like telephone lines and blades of grass swaying in the wind.
The puzzles in Old Man’s Journey revolve around environment manipulation, which typically involve dragging layers of rolling hills (and the art of sheep herding) to guide the Old Man from one point to another. But there’s one simple rule to follow: you cannot move the ground where the Old Man is standing on. Along the way, vignettes into the Old Man’s past that expertly convey his backstory with the backing of a gentle, melancholy score. All in all, Old Man’s Journey tells an intimate story without overstaying its welcome.