Posts Tagged ‘Old Man’s Journey’

State of the Art: Old Man’s Journey

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Old Man’s Journey [official site] caught my attention before release entirely on the strength of its aesthetic. It reminded me of board game illustrations, of children’s books, of a particular Courbet painting, and of colour palettes remembered from trips to the sun-baked south of France. The game itself offered a touching tale told through environment and memory as an elderly man strapped on his rucksack and headed off.

The landscapes you encounter are both the setting for the game and the game itself because you play by raising and lowering the layers of scenery. Where the curves of two layers intersect the old man can hop between them, dodging obstacles and navigating around errant sheep. I sat down with Clemens Scott, the game’s art director, earlier this year to find out more about how he made the hillscapes work:

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Podcast: The RPS Electronic Wireless Show returns! Listen to us talk Far Cry 5, Prey and Old Man’s Journey

Hark! It’s the sound of our sweet voices taking up an hour of your precious time. The RPS podcast of old, the Electronic Wireless Show, has returned in a fresh new body. We’ve got news, interviews and silly features, as well as some of the traditional idle chat.

This week, Pip, Adam and I are chatting about Far Cry 5‘s “Last Supper” image, the recent layoffs at Hitman developer IO Interactive, and enjoying a jaunt through melancholy puzzler Old Man’s Journey. There’s also some Quickfire Questions with the developers of survival puzzler Rain World, news from Paradox Con and lots more.
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Wot I Think: Old Man’s Journey

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Old Man’s Journey [official site] is a beautiful and thoughtful mild landscape puzzler which is at its best when it focuses on tiny details or on strange delights. The interaction can meander into dullness but there are moments of melancholy beauty to be found and which are arresting enough that it makes the whole thing worthwhile. Here’s Wot I Think: Read the rest of this entry »

Old Man’s Journey sets out on May 18th

Even though I work with Alec and John and hear their tales daily, I still want to play Old Man’s Journey [official site]. Unlike the mundane travels of those creaking codgers, who are no longer my employers and so can no longer fire me, this old man’s journey is a wonderful journey of reflection through a beautiful landscape. It’s a gentle story-o-puzzler with a picturebook style, where we’ll need to pull on bits of the world to reshape it and solve puzzles so he can continue on his journey. Today a pleasant little trailer announces its release date: May 18th. Read the rest of this entry »

Hill-raiser: Old Man’s Journey demonstrates how to deform gorgeous terrain

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Old Man’s Journey [official site] is one of those games which caught my eye entirely because of the artwork. It reminded me of some boardgame artists I really like, as well as some charming French children’s book illustrations I half-remember from my childhood. BUT! There’s now an official gameplay trailer showing how you raise and lower hills to let the elderly man explore new parts of the landscape: Read the rest of this entry »

Wizened Wanderer: Old Man’s Journey

How I long for a tourist simulator (Pokemon Go doesn’t quite count) and with Old Man’s Journey [official site], Vienna-based Broken Rules may be making just that. Announced late yesterday, it’s a game about wandering “sun-drenched, rolling hills” and it looks absolutely gorgeous, as you can see in the trailer below.

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