August 16th, 2012 | By Charles Ferrendelli
How this game went under my radar for so long baffles me. I recently discovered The Silent Age: Episode 1 via The Indie Game Magazine’s forums, and was blown away by what I saw. The Silent Age: Episode 1 is a minimalistic 2-D point-and-click adventure game being developed for smartphones and tablets. Originally announced back in April 2011 as Future, The Silent Age has gone through much more than just a name change and has a brand new trailer to boot!
The year is 1972 and you play as Joe, an average man with nothing particularly unique about him, outside of how average he truly is. Joe, satisfied with his dead end attendant job, one day comes across a dying man who essentially appeared out of nowhere. Before dying, he tells Joe that something is about to go wrong and will have catastrophic influences in the future. He hands Joe a portable time travel device before passing away, putting the fate of humanity in Joe’s hands.
The gameplay very much revolves around this time travel device as Joe uses it to travel 40 years into the future, 2012. While Joe uses the device, he stays in the same location, but must solve puzzles in the future and present as he is aided by the ability to transport objects across time with him.
Immediately present is how beautiful the game looks. We often associate post-apocalyptic games with dark browns and grays, but The Silent Age manages to keep the desolate atmosphere while additionally providing the player with vibrant, clean colors.
Developer House on Fire, located out of Copenhagen, Denmark, are getting close to submitting The Silent Age to the App Store, all that’s left is some polishing until you’ll be able to help Joe save humanity. Follow House on Fire on Twitter, Facebook, and their personal blog to stay up to date on the development of The Silent Age: Episode 1. For all of House on Fire’s projects visit their website and try out some of their previous games such as Neon Zone and SNOT! Don’t forget to check out the trailer and screenshots for The Silent Age: Episode 1 below.