Forgoing the typical adventure tendency towards humor, Silentown instead sprinkles in a sense of foreboding that’s refreshing
It’s quite remarkable to witness the point-and-click adventure renaissance that has taken place in conjunction with the success of the Switch. It really does seem like the portable nature of the console really lends itself well to the genre, and there have been quite a number of terrific releases over the course of its lifespan. This, of course, raises the bar for what it takes to make a splash on the system, but thankfully Children of Silentown comes to the table with its own distinctly creepy look and feel to help differentiate itself right out of the gate. There’s something sinister afoot in your small and isolated town, and a mixture of children disappearing and horrible sounds in the night have everyone a bit on edge. Your adventure will involve figuring out how to enlist help and try to work out the mystery behind it all, with a nicely varied set of puzzles standing in your way. Some will involve people, some will be more traditional oddball challenges, and some will also require you to make use of a number of songs you’ll be able to master as you find new notes in your adventure. This mix of elements is simply refreshing, and in a genre where it’s a bit too common to note similar beats between titles, Silentown seems determined to forge its own path its own way. If you’re a fan of the genre, or just looking for a nice and somewhat creepy yarn, this is a trip worth taking.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.4]