Percentile Rank

Old Man’s Journey is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 33 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 18, 2017

Old Man's Journey is a game with all of these prickles of delight but where the interstitial matter often feels humdrum. It's short enough that you can still pick those delights out even if you're not satisfied with the rest of the interactions, but you can't help but wonder, what if it had found a way to make the whole thing shine?

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
May 19, 2017

This ruminative travel game is beautiful, poised, and a little predictable.

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GuyLogicGaming
Unscored
Unscored
May 16, 2017
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Buttons and Mash
Liked
Liked
Feb 24, 2018

Due to the short duration and lack of replayability, it's definitely a hard sell but it is highly recommended for people looking for a serene adventure with beautiful moments.

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Scored Reviews

SquareXO
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

In short, Old Man’s Journey is a pleasant meander through an old man’s life and the town he lives in. It’s a masterclass in visual storytelling one which draws out emotion from every player. This touching tale is a path that deserves to be trodden by all gamers.

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Zoomg
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 28, 2017

Old Man's Journey is one of the few games that after you finished it, The sweet taste of it will remain with you for a long time. The creators used creative ideas to implement the puzzles and tell a story. I just wish that the game was a bit longer.

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Game News Plus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

If you don't believe that a game with such mesmerizing graphics can't shatter your heart to pieces, you should give Old Man's Journey a chance. With the unique landscape-shaping mechanic, creative puzzles, heart-breaking story and gorgeous art design; this old man offers you the journey of your life. Walk beside him hence he does not deserve walking this path alone.

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PS3Blog.net
90%
90%
Mar 14, 2018

Old Man's Journey is a brilliant game that I definitely recommend you play on Switch. It's a gorgeous release with clever puzzles that are easy to solve and an overall interesting story that will keep you interested until the end. I'm glad that Broken Rules decided to bring this game to Nintendo's console and I look forward to seeing what the studio will bring us next.

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GaminGuardian
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

An emotional and original puzzle game that will offer you an unique experience.

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GamePitt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2018

Old Man’s Journey is an emotional, narrative-less experience in which you must guide an ‘Old Man’ as he embarks on a trip based on the mysterious letter he received in the post. Although the game has one core mechanic – the raising and lowering of hills – the game changes things around by introducing hazards and various other mechanics which will make you think. The whole game looks and sounds beautiful with an amazing art style and a pleasant soundtrack which combinate into an emotional story of discovery, loss, and regret.

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Explosion Network
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 18, 2018

Old Man’s Journey is a heartwarming, sad, and intriguing story unfolding in a world that feels magical with its always eye-opening impressive visuals. A journey well worth your time.

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SECTOR.sk
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2018

Old Man's life story is short but deep. It is unique experience with handcrafted, pressure-free puzzles.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 19, 2018

Old Man's Journey is a gorgeous game, with an art style that makes it seem as if you are playing a gorgeous storybook come to life.

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Expansive
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

Old Man’s Journey is a stunning game and one of the most pleasurable reviewing experiences I’ve had in some time.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2018

Enjoy the colorful adventure of Broken Rules. A story about life, friendship, love, pain, passion and loss. A sensory trip that you should not miss.

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Paste Magazine
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
May 22, 2017

Old Man's Journey is a small, quiet game that you can tell was a work of passion. Sometimes the best way to get someone to listen to you is to whisper. In a just world, this spare kaleidoscope of memories and manipulated hillsides will garner as much attention as bigger games beset with earth-shaking explosions. As we all learn in time, it's often the smaller chance encounters that make the most impact on us. Especially when we look back.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 18, 2017

Old Man's Journey is sweet and undemanding

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 31, 2017

Though Old Man's Journey is a short adventure, it's a gorgeous and memorable one thanks to its heartfelt storytelling and intriguing puzzles.

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

A short and charming adventure. A lifetime journey through regrets. Two points of view on the same story, and each of them has every right to exist. One of the most beautiful games of the year is paradoxical. On the one hand, it is notably lacking in detail and depth — at least give us the names of the characters. On the other hand, it is a perfectly coherent statement, all details of which perfectly complement each other.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

I’d say the moral of Old Man’s Journey relates well in a somewhat tangential way to my review thoughts. Your time is precious, so be sure to make the most of it and try not to give yourself things to regret. The further along in your own life and experiences you are the easier it is to recommend it wholeheartedly as its story will likely hit you quite a few ways right in the feels. The younger you are it is probably harder to justify since that shifts more responsibility to the adequate-but-not-incredble puzzle aspects of it. Old Man’s Journey fits well into the Switch library with its own distinct story to tell complemented by outstanding art and satisfying puzzles.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 11, 2018

Old Man's Journey proposes a unique experience that features an interesting plot, a magnificent visual component and a series of challenges that will quickly conquer the player. While its lifespan my feel short and its price a bit too steep, Old Man's Journey is another game that is more than worthy of an opportunity and which deserves its place within the Nintendo Switch.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

Simplicity is the biggest strength of Old Man's Journey. It doesn't require you to be a genius or a master gamer, but to have a penchant for something more oft-kilter. That it manages to be a satisfying experience all without saying a single word is remarkable and definitely worth a look.

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Switching Worlds
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2018

Old Man's Journey is without a doubt quite the charming game with emotional undertones and stunning artwork. The memories alone are worth seeing. This is the type of game that anyone can play and relate to even if some the events shown aren't any that one has gone through personally. It's about 2 hours, but depending on how you view that, it's the price of movie ticket, but you also get to keep the game in your library. It's a good one to play with family and friends just about anywhere and the art alone is worth to keep. I would love to see another type of this game expanded on in the future.

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VGProfessional
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2018

A beautiful journey to reflect on life and the consequences of your adult choices, Old Man's Journey is a fabulously well drawn and animated interactive novel from Broken Rules studios. It might be too easy, and lacks on the gameplay front to justify the buy for some, but it's still a sweet, yet short-lived experience.

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VGN
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

An emotional journey that, despite its short duration, will make you experience a memorable story that you won't forget.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

Some puzzles are found along the way, but finding the gentleman's true purpose is what the journey is truly about. If it clicks with you, you will likely walk with the same appreciation I did. The message is truly wonderful, and that left me a little satisfied at the very least.

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SwitchWatch
70%
70%
Feb 19, 2018

Visually breathtaking with a story which will make you reflect on life itself and the journey we are all on. This is an emotional adventure which will make you think once the credits roll. Buy this game when you have a couple of hours to spare and want something of a more relaxing nature. I do have an issue with the price and if you're looking for lots of gameplay action and challenge then look elsewhere as this will not offer you that. Some brief puzzles yes but that's as far as it goes. As a visual novel, this is short, compact and certainly does not outstay it's welcome. In that regard a resounding success.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 17, 2018

If you're looking for something substantial in the gameplay department, Old Man's Journey probably isn't for you. Its main mechanic is neat, but it doesn't build upon it and due to the lack of any surrounding substance, you'll be left feeling short changed. But for those that connect with it, Old Man's Journey will offer up a memorable experience that comes equipped with a meaningful message and a stunning graphical palette.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 15, 2018

Within these images, we see the steps of life being laid out. A man meeting a girl. Surprising her with a boat trip. Nothing in these images is interactive, but they each encapsulate a sense of wonder and nostalgia. They reward exploration and intrigue in the scenes. Small mannerisms and gestures from the central character, before and after these images are shown, add a wealth of personality to his two-dimensional form and go a long way to creating a rounded persona, and experience, that is entirely endearing.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Jan 1, 2018

Old Man's Journey is an unbelievably sweet game that can make you think and ends sooner than you'd start getting bored with it.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

6 / 10
Mar 12, 2018

Old Man's Journey is such a gorgeous looking title, complete with a beautiful soundtrack. Those aspects are then draped over a moderately engaging puzzle idea, and comes with a story that aims to be touching, but will leave many feeling either apathetic to the theme, or actually frustrated by the progression of the old man's life and foolish choices. It also ends extremely quickly with nothing to come back to after. It will pass and fade away quicker than it should, but deserves to receive an expanded sequel (or prequel, perhaps?).

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VGChartz
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 17, 2018

It deserves to be in an art museum, where it would fare much better and receive more acclaim.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

4 / 10
Feb 17, 2018

Old Man's Journey is not as emotionally charged as its developer wants you to believe it is, but at least the landscapes that said old man will tread through are beautiful and fit like a glove with the vibe of each moment encountered. Unfortunately, what could be a nice and easy-going, if not a little forgettable, experience, turns into an hour and a half of boredom, due to the needless, and simplistic, puzzle-solving included.

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