When point-and-click adventure game The Silent Age first came out, it made quite the splash. Here was a game that appeared out of nowhere, but drew praises for its clever gameplay, stylish art, and great execution overall. Unfortunately the game wasn’t fully completed — hence the Episode One in the title — and fans had to wait quite some time for the sequel.
More than a year later, we’re finally here. The Silent Age: Episode Two was released last weekend, and it’s a great conclusion to a great game.
Little has changed in terms of gameplay. You still control Joe, an ordinary janitor from the 1972, who was entrusted with a time machine and a task to prevent the end of the world from happening by a dying man from the future.
Using the items you find along the way, and the ability to bounce back and forth between a groovy 1972 and a desolate future, you solve various puzzles to move Joe forward. For example, the first scene will have you draining water from a motor boat with an abandoned trophy, so you can use it to cross a lake.
The story, however, has propelled forward. It picks up where Episode One left off, with Joe arriving at Lake Chrichton to find the mysterious time traveler as a young man. Many questions will be answered, and by the end of the game you’ll find a satisfying conclusion to Joe’s time-hopping trip.
Those who complained about the brevity of Episode One should be happy to know that Episode Two is noticeably longer, with extended dialogs and more locations to explore. It also introduces subtle enhancements in the visual department while maintaining its sharp artistic style. For example, Joe will fix his hair instead of simply standing still if you’re idle for too long.
As for the puzzles themselves, overall they are quite well done. Perhaps not the most challenging for the seasoned gamer, but then again extreme difficulty is not the main point of the game. That said, hopping between years is always a treat in itself.
You Need to Know
Firs things first: if you haven’t yet played The Silent Age: Episode One, you should read our review here.
If you’re interested in playing Episode Two, it is currently only available as an in-app purchase after installing Episode One. However, Episode One is free, so if you’re unsure you can play it first to have a taste of what’s to come.
Things I Like
Fans of The Silent Age should be happy to know that Episode Two is an overall enjoyable treat. It is more polished, and best of all it ties up all loose ends to provide a good, albeit somewhat cliché, wrap-up.
Gameplay-wise, it includes some clever, well-designed puzzles. While it never gets truly difficult, it does require keen observation. My only disappointment is that it could have incorporated the time-hopping mechanic more, as it is where the game truly shines.
One of my favorite puzzles from Episode One was where you had to kill a young plant in the past to prevent it from becoming an obstacle in the future. Episode Two doesn’t have many puzzles like this, so it didn’t give as much oomph as it should.
A nice feature that remains, however, is Joe’s humorous commentaries. You could tap on random objects or try desperate combinations, and Joe would leave various comments. For example, trying to use a wet cloth on an electronic equipment would prompt him to recall the time when he ended up in the emergency ward after washing his radio in the sink.
The much anticipated sequel finally arrives! The Silent Age: Episode Two delivers a satisfying conclusion to Joe’s time-traveling adventure, all while maintaining the unique gameplay and styling that Episode One received acclaims for. The wait was long, but it was worth it.
App was purchased by us.