While I still have a lot of catching up to do in regards to the copious amount of robust, open-world games that came out on the Switch in 2017, I’m more than happy to play some smaller, more intimate experiences in between making sure the word “backlog” cross my mind at any point. Thankfully it looks like the front half of 2018 will be loaded with ports which, while great for the system and those games that were missed because of Wii U’s small install base, don’t give me much of a thrill as I already have them on Nintendo’s misunderstood little gem.
In between trying to finish stuff like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or the Champions Ballad in Breath of the Wild, I’d like to squeeze in quite a few smaller games to cleanse the palette on. Using the word “smaller” is something of a misnomer, because I’m not the type of person who ascribes to length being indicative of quality or worth. While perhaps they can be experienced in just a few hours, I don’t think that independent games are any less impactful.
I can’t believe I just used the word “impactful.”
I also can’t believe that spell check isn’t underlining it with a red squiggle right now either.
But I digress.
Point being, I’m ready for literally anything this year. Thankfully, something I’ve been very curious about, Broken Rules’ Old Man’s Journey, is finding its way to my favorite hybrid console this year. Beyond the trailer I know next to nothing about it other than it’s a “puzzle-driven story game about life’s precious moments, broken dreams and changed plans.” The titular elderly gentleman in question receives a missive of some sort, to which he responds by leaving his humble cottage and venturing out into the world. Quite frankly, the less I know beyond that the better off I probably am.
I’m not typically spoiler averse, but all I wanted to know is what I’ve seen – namely that it’s a beautiful interactive narrative that oozes charm and wit that tells a contemplative and reflective tale. Knowing that something has piqued the old man to where he’s willing to go trekking out into the world is all I need to go off of. I want the rest to be a surprise.
Vagueness is probably not the best conveyor or excitement but regardless I’m ready to put in my ear buds, zone out and see where this tired old man’s walking shoes take him.