The GWJ Adventure Game Club - Game 17: Silence

Silence (2017)

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Silence has received numerous awards, and it seems pretty obvious why. Gorgeously rendered 2D backgrounds, a poignant story about sibling love, war and suffering and fascinating characters.

You can find the wikipedia page here, usual spoiler warning apply (though there isn't much to go on there, for once). How Long to Beat estimates about 6 hours to completion. Available on PS4, PC, Xbox One, Mac, Linux.

You can find the main thread over this way. We'll be playing Silence through February 2020, with an extra month should you require it.

I started this tonight! It's a replay for me, but I'm happy to say that I'm enjoying it as much as I did the first time. Anyone else had a chance to try it yet?

i'm trying REALLY hard to stick to my "one game at a time" rule and am currently still working through Children of Morta, but i'm going to add this to the list for afterwards. A short-ish adventure game might be a nice palate cleanser after I'm done with the rogue-lite.

With the GOTD, and being sick, I haven't had time to start it up yet, but I definitely will! Either tonight if my voice clears up a bit, or this weekend. I'm really, really looking forward to it.

I will be playing this, but I have a similar problem than @pyxistyx.

Children of morta is down! I've moved in to simulacra 2, but then I'll probably jump into silence

I started in on this last night! In the month of the club even! Feels pretty solidly Daedalic, which I'm good with. Renie is a delight, hoping maybe Noah just takes a bit to come into his own?

Noah is... An interesting character. I felt like he took awhile to develop, and the direction they take his character really surprised me.

Renie is adorable, and her voice actor is so charming. Super barf juice!

That's such great news! It's really been far too long since I've played a Daedalic game, and I do really enjoy them (Memoria <3). Looking forward to wrapping up the GOTD so I can start this, will definitely be streaming the first part, at the very least.

I finished this evening.

On a replay, I found it a bit more uneven than I remembered. Mostly, it feels like there are some little gaps in some scenes where the build-up doesn't quite happen as well as it could before the scene climaxes. It's hard for me to describe, but there were just a few places where I felt like conversations needed just a few more beats to fill them out properly.

But it's still a story filled with some powerful and devastating moments:

Spoiler:

Sadwick's naked resentment at not being the center of the story.

Kyra becoming an enemy.

Turning the prayer wheel that represents Death at the end of the story about the creation of Silence. (Edit: Ha! Apparently you can end that story with any wheel. It must say something about me that I thought you could only end it with Death.)

The conversation with the False Queen and the end. I chose to break the mirror, same as the last time I played. I meant to take a different path this time but couldn't.

I just finished the game, first time I've ever played it.

I thought that the art was really stunning, especially in the background designs. Voice acting was pretty good too. The Seekers definitely feel inspired by Studio Ghibli characters. I enjoyed the story, that was definitely what kept me going. The puzzles were very weak, though. The balance minigame is cool once or twice, but it is overused. I also lost count of how many times I used Spot as a bridge. And I solved the puzzle of turning the snakes into the ladder completely by accident.

I was totally fine with the short length, and I'm curious about what happens if you make different choices. I'm not sure I'd recommend this game for point n' click lovers who are really into puzzles, but definitely a really nice adventure game that I'm glad I played.

Also, what exactly is the relationship between this game and The Whispered World?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
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Turning the prayer wheel that represents Death at the end of the story about the creation of Silence. (Edit: Ha! Apparently you can end that story with any wheel. It must say something about me that I thought you could only end it with Death.)

The conversation with the False Queen and the end. I chose to break the mirror, same as the last time I played. I meant to take a different path this time but couldn't.

I made the same choices in my playthrough. I wonder why it seemed clear to me that I was supposed to finish the prayer wheel puzzle that way.

Okay, so I'm very, very late to the party, but I finally started playing Silence and it's GORGEOUS. Very cute. It's all super fresh, so my thoughts are jumbled, but I can already sense that this game is very special.

Well.... I brute forced the prayer wheel puzzle, so I had no idea what I was picking at the ending (just redoing it until it clicked).
... I realize that's very inelegant.

I just wrapped it up tonight, and wow. There isn't much to say without being spoilerific about the ending, but this game is definitely going on my list of GOTY potentials. The art is amazing, the voice actors are wonderful, and the story is poignant. That's all I'll say about the later without spoiler tags.
Spot is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS! And reminded me a lot of Boogle from Torin's Passage. I wonder if that's just me.

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That last act totally wrecked me. I thought Spot really was back, and I didn't even think it would be a dream. What a cruel thing to do, game!
And then there's the end. I felt that I couldn't trust Shadow Renie and that living in a dreamworld - essentially in denial - isn't healthy (though I do own a summer home there!). So I smashed the mirror.
And naive as I am, I was still hoping for a happy ending, I was still hoping for Noah to wake up. Didn't help that I thought I saw his chest move as if he was breathing, but it was probably just a graphical thing.

In short: go play this game.

Eleima wrote:

Spot is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS! And reminded me a lot fo Boogle from Torin's Passage. I wonder if that's just me

It's not just you! I hadn't put that together, but the comparison is a good one.

so you're saying i should get off my butt and get around to playing this then

Despite dragging this out as I most wanted to play it on nights I was too tired to attend for long, I finished last night. I felt there was a certain disjointedness where the scenes didn't always flow into one another, leaving me occasionally feeling that I'd missed something. Or maybe it was just micro-sleeps. It seemed not entirely out of keeping with the dream logic of Silence anyway, so I didn't really feel like it detracted much.

Overall, it was a beautiful journey and ever so charming, and the brutal moments felt well-earned. Very glad I participated this month.

pyxistyx wrote:

so you're saying i should get off my butt and get around to playing this then

Yes please. It’s not too bad of a commitment too, about six hours, you could easily finish it in two sittings, three tops.

Benign, I’m so glad you managed to play it, despite being so tired. Please remember to take care of yourself too!!!
So tell us what you picked there at the end!

Eleima wrote:

So tell us what you picked there at the end! :)

While I did "cheat" and go back for the other ending,

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my first pick was mending the mirror. My take was that maybe Shadow Renie was whatever bit of her conscious mind was actually aware of what was happening with her in the "real" world, and if all she wanted was to let go of that life...current life circumstances with a very ill family member are probably coloring that read significantly though.

That said, I think Noah is alive in both endings. In the broken mirror one, his hand gives a slight but distinct twitch at the end.

Just started this tonight with Mr. Dragon watching. At the first scene with Reenie and Sam he remarked, "This is like the strangest buddy cop comedy."

It's pretty cute so far, a bit over an hour in. Some of the voice acting is a little off to where I can't tell if they're being sarcastic but overall it's still well put together. Looking forward to the rest.

Finished this a few nights ago, really enjoyed it. Even with some weird rigging moments, it's a beautiful game. We adore Reenie's walk animation, it's too perfect.

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Caught on pretty early that this was Reenie's dream. The switch of Noah to Sadwick was interesting, and Kyra turning on us was heartbreaking, as was having to leave Spot behind. The slow shedding of party members was hard.

I ultimately chose to fix the mirror. (I also chose Dream to end the prayer wheel story.) Part of me didn't trust Sadwick's relating of events. Maybe him breaking the mirror wasn't the right choice after all. Part of me just didn't want to send a little girl back into cold, harsh reality. It wasn't an easy choice. We went back to watch the broken mirror ending as well, since that's what Mr. Dragon would have picked. There's something to picking life over a dream world, the chance that Noah isn't dead over Sadwick, but I still don't know which one is "right."

On a lighter note, I adored the talking stones. We keep occasionally breaking out "Stones. Stones!" and then falling over laughing.

benign1 wrote:
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That said, I think Noah is alive in both endings. In the broken mirror one, his hand gives a slight but distinct twitch at the end.

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I watched for this, having read the spoilers before going back to the second ending. And just didn't see it. My takeaway was that he's actually gone. Though there was a post-credits shot of his eyes opening? I wasn't sure what to make of that. Is he back in Silence? I don't trust anything anymore. :-P

Oh delightful! I'm so glad you were able to play it together!! Thrilled to hear about the "stones" giggling!

And for the record, regarding the ending:

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As I was streaming, I thought I saw Noah move at the end. But I'm not sure how much of that is true and how much of it is wishful thinking...