Gaming · Reviews

Silence | Switch Review

I love a good story, and Silence definitely delivers one hell of a narrative. A point-and-click adventure game, you play as siblings Noah and Renie. The two run to a bunker to protect themselves from an air raid, and after their hideout is hit, they find themselves transported to Silence. Silence is a magical world that Noah created for Renie, and they have to use the knowledge he came up with to find their way back to the real world. The journey back isn’t without peril, though…

Silence71

The visuals in Silence are absolutely stunning. It feels like playing a watercolor painting, and I wanted to constantly take screenshots of the environments. The voice work is iffy, with the main characters being a little grating to listen to. The ambient noises are delightful, though, and the supporting characters bring a breath of fresh air with their lines. I also loved the mythical story and the relationship between Noah and Renie. It did feel like it couldn’t decide which audience to cater itself to, though: older children or adults. There is some coarse language and scary creatures, but the overall tone seems aimed at a younger audience.

silence

The controls are easy to learn and master, and are intuitive. You only use the joysticks and one action button for two characters, while one other playable character requires the use of the shoulder buttons on console. Occasionally I would have trouble lining myself up to interact with an object, but it wasn’t game breaking. The puzzles in the game are pretty easy, but the game gives you an option to turn hints on or off if you want more or less of a challenge. Also, the loading times are atrocious. Whenever you traverse to another area or backtrack, you’re stuck with a loading screen that can last up to ten seconds. It broke the immersion.

Silence_Noah_Ship_1

I enjoyed my four hours with Silence, warts and all. I adored the overarching story and the familial overtones, the controls were simple and intuitive, and the puzzles were delightful and simple. The loading times, inconsistent tone, and weak voice acting bring it down a little, but if you enjoy point-and-click adventure games, this may be right up your alley.

VERDICT: 7/10

PROS:

-Delightful story

-Simple controls

-Beautiful visuals

-Excellent ambient sound

CONS: 

-Long loading times

-Inconsistent tone

-Voice acting is a mixed bag

Silence is available to purchase on Switch for $39.99, Xbox One and PS4 for $29.99, and on PC for $19.99

*Review code provided by Daedalic Entertainment

*All images and video courtesy of Daedelic Entertainment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s