It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. It may be called Old Man’s Journey, but this game is really a leisurely stroll through beautiful coastal hills and towns. The story begins with the titular old man receiving a letter in the mail that sends him on his travels, during which we learn the reason behind his solitary, introspective pilgrimage. Your job as the player is to help him navigate the rolling coastal landscapes by bending the terrain so he can break the laws of physics and travel between the hills in the foreground and those in the background. Warning: some story spoilers ahead. The two-dimensional world of Old Man’s Journey looks like it has the depth you’d expect in the real world, but it doesn’t really. Instead, in an M.C. Escher-like way, if one hill crosses another hill, the old man is able to travel between them as if they exist at the same depth even though they don’t appear to. While this sounds a bit confusing to explain, it’s much more intuitive in practice. After making it through a few landscapes / puzzles, the gameplay feels easy enough. As the game progresses, the puzzles don’t get more challenging. Instead, you’ll come up against increasingly clever ideas regarding how you can interact with the… [Read full story]
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