A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Melancholy message about self-sacrifice, giving up dreams to face reality isn't very uplifting.
Positive Role Models
One of the two heroes is brave, pure; the other is crabby, selfish.
Ease of Play
Puzzle solutions mostly make sense; hint system helps when you get stuck.
Violence & Scariness
References to children being "blown to pieces," blood on a window implies death of a child.
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Occasional profanity like "crap," "s--t," "bastards," "goddammit."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One sequence shows heroine getting loopy after licking mushrooms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that Silence is the downloadable sequel to the point-and-click adventure game, The Whispered World. It references children being "blown to pieces," and implies the bombing death of one child by blood on a window. The story features occasional profanity like "bastard," "crap," "s--t," and "goddammit," as well as crude toilet humor. Characters are shown licking mushrooms and having hallucinatory drug trips.
Is It Any Good?
Though shorter than it could be and more depressing than its predecessor, this adventure is still a worthy sequel to 2010's The Whispered World. Developer Daedalic makes the jump to 3D with this one, to great aesthetic effect. With gorgeously-illustrated backgrounds, cool character models, and great music and voice acting, the game enchants you with its delicate, dreamlike beauty, then keeps you spellbound with its clever, emotionally-charged gameplay. Silence is, in many ways, a traditional adventure, but breaks new ground in the way it handles interactivity. Rather than simple clicks, actions -- like balancing, climbing, or lifting -- are completed through directional mouse movements. This adds an element of skill to the mix, making exploration more interesting. Like its predecessor, Silence has an often wicked sense of humor that's more sophisticated (despite the fart jokes) than its kids' book illustration style might suggest, and exhibits a surprising degree of emotional depth. Though that's definitely a plus, its language, drug references, and realistic depiction of grief and loss could be too much for younger players. Still, even with its depressing message, it easily claims its spot among the best, most tightly-constructed adventure games.
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