The Thin Silence – Review (PC)
Let me start off saying that The Thin Silence is an emotional game. Along the way, it will present some deep emotions, which some people can relate too. Some of these emotions are depressions, despair, panic, and fear. If you are highly sensitive to these emotions you may want to skip this one. The Thin SIlence is a good game, but when it opens up with this image, you do need to understand what could be presented to you.
The Thin SIlence is a very atmospheric game. It also takes itself very seriously. There are no real enemies, just puzzles, and platforming along your journey. There’s a lot of walking, you can’t jump really high at all, and you don’t have any weapons. The gameplay focuses on items and tools to solve the platforming puzzle and continue on your journey. The puzzles aren’t too hard and are fairly forgiving. There are little checkpoints depending on the length of the puzzle so you don’t need to redo everything which helped a lot.
It had an adventure-like feel with the way items worked. You would pick up items, for example, a hook or boot. You can use these individually or combine them. The hook will allow you to climb some boulders or walls, while the boots allow you to kick things. You can put these together and make climbing boots. The items will not disappear so you can make as many combinations as you like to solve the puzzle.
The characters are simple yet emotional. You never get facial features to see the emotion of the characters, but you can still feel it die to the environment. The backgrounds tell most of the story. crumbled buildings, dark colors, refugees, it really shows off the dire situation. The background and foreground graphics really help absorb you into the story being told.
The soundtrack is pretty good as well. It’s not overpowering but gets adds to the experience and immersing you into the game.
As mentioned before the story is dark. Ezra is in a very dark place. depression, despair, doubt, it’s all there. As you follow the story you start unlocking Erza’s past and understanding how this all came to be. The story is intriguing and pulls you in to want to see where exactly everything is going. I enjoyed the story being told, while it may not be for everyone, I feel it’s a story worth telling.
The Thin Silence will take you about five hours give or take to complete. Depending on if you’re a completionist or just looking for the story, your time may vary. There aren’t any points or multiplayer or anything besides the main story. So once you complete it once or twice, you’re probably going to be done.
The Thin Silence is a dark story which will intrigue you, pull you in, rough up some emotions, and spit you back out…in a good way. Though it may not be for everyone, gamers that enjoy stories over action should enjoy The Thin Silence.
If you are having a hard time mentally, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. I wanted to post the number of the National Suicide Hotline in case someone somewhere could use it. 1-800-273-8255
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Dark engrossing story
+ Challenging yet simple puzzles
+ Fun adventure-like inventory combinations
+ Beautiful backgrounds help with the atmosphere
- Dark story may turn people away
- No action may turn people away
- Story is somewhat thrown in your face, hard to understand at first