Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, MAC
- Publisher: Nikidu Games Inc.
- Developer: TwoPM Studios
- Release Date: Apr 27, 2018
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://twopm.studio/the-thin-silence
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The Thin Silence is a pretty simple game to explain. Players guide Ezra across various landscapes. Along the way there will be story elements seen from Erza’s past as well as numerous trials and tribulations to go through in the form of puzzles to solve. The Thin Silence does the story elements perfectly well with an ending that truly made us almost tear up and look towards our own personal battles in life. However, the gameplay for The Thin Silence does have some good points and some equally weak points. Let us first talk about what makes The Thin Silence so good and save the bad for last.
First let’s discuss the visuals and music for The Thin Silence. While The Thin Silence goes for a very simple art design, we didn’t think it was weak in the slightest. The environments for The Thin Silence pop with strong definitions and setting pieces that carry the story well. Likewise, The Thin Silence has an excellent soundtrack that keeps every dark moment and intense sequence stronger with fitting ambiance and musical tracks. The Thin Silence might not win best graphics for 2018 but likewise, it’s a charming design that works well to not distract from the exploration and story.
Speaking about that, the exploration and puzzle solving for The Thin Silence is incredible for the most part. The Thin Silence is a 2D exploration title where players move either left or right to get from one end of the screen to the other. Along the way, you’ll encounter lifts that need to be recharged or strange blocks in the road. Players can’t do much with Ezra as he’s almost incapable of jumping a centimeter high and can’t interact with most things without a tool in his hand. Here is where The Thin Silence gets interesting; across the game’s world are numerous items like boots, hooks, ropes and other random items. These items can be combined together via a simple three-point item wheel that can even allow already combined items to be combined with even more things. These tools will then be used to either grab far off platforms or climb ledges. When you get further into The Thin Silence there will be more puzzles to solve—even some rather simple computer puzzles that are fun but tedious—where you will need to figure out what set of tools will help you proceed the best.
What also helps The Thin Silence is that for the majority of the game, puzzles stay fresh and exciting. Often, we here at Honey’s Anime HQ had to stop and think what our next move would be. There is a reset button that will allow players who might have made a mistake with moving a boulder in the wrong area or such that makes messing up not feel too painful. The worst part will be when you have to reset in the later areas of The Thin Silence as some of these places can be huge areas to re-trek through. That though leads to several issues we came across while playing The Thin Silence. The late game puzzles and the fact that The Thin Silence lacks a run button.
We understand that The Thin Silence wants players to breathe in Erza’s world. The idea is that you experience both his moments of weakness and his rare moments of strength fully which would be lost if you just ran through each area. However, The Thin Silence is a bit overly slow as everything from lifts to climbing takes a considerable amount of time to accomplish. Add to this the fact that later puzzles—which become repetitive and tedious—often have you moving around in a room for several minutes and you’ll see that The Thin Silence should have had at least made movement slightly faster for Ezra and the puzzles around him.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Strong narrative that has a lot of real world emotional themes and concepts
- Clever crafting system that truly makes for some unique puzzles
- Wonderful soundtrack that captures each moment perfectly
- Simple but solid art style
- Can be very hard for those of weak spirits as it states in the beginning
- Really needed a run button to speed things up
- Repetitive puzzles towards the endgame