Children of Silentown
|a game by||Elf Games Works|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Point-and-Click Quests, Tim Burton's Style Games|
Since the release of Day Of The Tentacle or Escape from Monkey Island, there has always been a curiosity surrounding point and click adventures and occasionally, a decent one finds it’s way into the mainstream gaming sphere. As modern visuals and gameplay go from strength to strength, it’s sometimes refreshing to go back to basics and let puzzles, narrative and discovery lead the way. From the looks of things, that seems like The Children Of Silentown is aiming to do.
This game plays rather like old point and click adventures such as Grim Fandango or other Tim Schafer creations. However, there is an inherent sense of creepiness about this one. It has a real Tim Burton style and feel to the presentation and does more than enough to intrigue players that aren’t the least bit interested in point and click games.
Silent but deadly
First, let’s talk about the overall presentation of this game. The art direction is sublime, to say the least. The title mixes cartoon style, Tim Burton inspired character models and structures with hand drawn realistic environments and backgrounds. All of which culminate to give diverse and beautifully imagined surroundings for the player to explore.
Couple this with an outstanding soundtrack that captures all the themes of the narrative in real time. When the story requires tension, you’ll have it in spades. When the story wants the player to feel melancholy, it achieves it with ease. Then if the intensity cranks up to eleven, then so does the fantastic musical score.
Not to mention how they incorporate the protagonist, Lucy’s singing voice into the gameplay. Its a mechanic that was seen in popular indie title Transistor, with great results. Presentation is clearly something that was very important to the developers for this game and it shows.
A marvellous mystery
The game has a narrative that really draws the player in from the moment you begin this adventure. The concept is rather simple yet it hits a series of notes that will have you feeling a range of emotions throughout the story. The characters are also very well written and you can really empathise with the struggles that the inhabitants of this town have to go through.
Keep your eyes peeled!
There isn’t much else we can truly say about this one without getting our hands on the full release of this title. This one was set for release in May of this year but due to the global pandemic, we are still yet to see this one in its full form. It seems like one that will truly be one of the most intriguing, creepy and unsettling games of 2020. So at this one to your steam watch list and prepare for one of the most interesting point and click adventures to date.
Download Children of Silentown
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP