Old Man's Journey

Broken Rules

Games Puzzle Adventure
This version of the app is not recommended   
Current Version (37)
All time (371)
App last updated Nov 01, 2017
New in version 1.5

- All our levels now work on the gorgeous screen of the iPhone X
- Minor improvements and various bug fixes


*** Apple Design Award 2017 ***

A story game about life’s precious moments, broken dreams, and changed plans.

"A gorgeous experience" - TouchArcade (10/10)
"An absolute joy to look at and play" - The Guardian
"A whimsical poem" - Polygon - (8/10)

Immerse yourself in a visual narrative as you uncover stories of the old man’s life told through beautiful vignettes of his memories. Interact with the serene, whimsical environment as you solve playful puzzles and shape the landscape around you, growing the hills to create the old man’s path forward.

Explore life’s complexities through the old man’s eyes as you experience his heartache, regret, and hope.

- Designed for touch
- A powerful and emotional narrative told only through imagery
- Gorgeously whimsical landscapes with hand-drawn art and animations
- Handcrafted, pressure-free puzzles
- Unique landscape-shaping mechanic
- A compact game experience perfect for a wanderlust-evoking escape
- Original and emotionally compelling soundtrack by SCNTFC
- Crisp drawings designed to look beautiful on your iPhone and iPad

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Pretty, but won’t save progress or let you skip.
Jjjjjjjjjjiiiijjjiiijjiijij on 11/19/2017
Why is it forcing me to play from the beginning all over again? I would like to skip ahead to where I was before, which was more than halfway done I think. :(
Good but Short Story
cdkii on 11/16/2017
‘Old Man’s Journey’ is a decent app (I wouldn’t really call it a game so much as an interactive story?), but I really don’t know why it received an Apple Design Award (particularly considering it had barely released when it received one). It’s insanely short and offers essentially no replay value. That said, it is beautifully rendered, and is way better than the freemium games that plague the App Store.
Old Man’s Journey - I will never know his journey
Darrylx77 on 11/16/2017
The crashes as soon as I try to start it up! I was so excited at the prospects of playing the game!! Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I want my money back!!!!!!!!!
Such a thoughtful and beautiful game
Simon Narode on 11/12/2017
It warmed my heart. Reminds us all how precious our lives are, and how much we should cherish the time we have with those we love.
Old Man’s Journey
GMarie@@33 on 11/11/2017
This game was beautiful. I played a little each day and reached the end this evening. It would have been great if it were longer. I highly recommend it.
Good story, hard to play
VinnL on 11/9/2017
The story is pretty touching. BUT it’s super difficult to play; there is no tutorials or guide, so all you can do it tap tap tap and drag drag drag so finally you can get it right. Maybe add a tutorial video in the beginning?
Amazing Experience
HaloGod2012 on 11/6/2017
Very beautiful game with relaxing gameplay and puzzle solving. Looks amazing on the iPhone X too. Good job devs, and thanks for making a premium title and not some free to play garbage like 99.9 percent of the other mobile games out there
Short and simple but well executed
Lane189 on 11/6/2017
Beautiful game, which is why I bought it. However, it is a bit simplistic and way too short. I understand the pricing being $5 but I feel like they put all of their money into the graphics.
A touching interactive experience
Kdausman on 11/5/2017
More than anything else, this is a story. There are game-like elements related to controlling the old man’s navigation as he winds his way along a memory-laden path, and those elements are quite novel. They are not explained in-game, nor are they particularly difficult, so if you are looking for a challenge, or for the game-aspect to make in-game sense, this is the wrong app for you. But taken as a fun diversion while exploring the old man’s memories, the resulting experience is quite touching. It only takes about an hour to complete the game, but I am happy to have played it.
Peyton MacAnanny on 11/4/2017
I bought this expecting an exceptional game, and I hated it. It was definitely not worth the money!!! You just drag hills to where the guy can walk around to the next level. I hated it! I would've liked it if it weren't so darn expensive. If you like boredom and wasting your money, this game is for you. 😡
Old Man's Journey
SusHou on 11/4/2017
Amazing animation-sweet story line. Glad I purchased this !
themerrill on 10/13/2017
A child might like this game, but a lot of adults will find it repetitive and boring. The authors had a pretty good idea and executed it well, but it’s really only a part of a game. There are more interesting and challenging ones out there.
One of the most beautiful games I've played
FairyFantasy on 10/11/2017
The pacing was slow and calming, with amazing music, graphics, and storyline. Ending was so beautiful I ended up tearing up a bit. I would say that for this game, players definitely needs a certain type of mature mindset to be able to follow through and enjoy.
No sound
laguinaga on 9/30/2017
I keep redownloading but I have no sound. Will change rating after this issue is fixed.
Beautiful and emotion producing, yet...
Ronaldaoates on 9/24/2017
The art work was beautiful and the storyline evoked some emotion but I would have enjoyed some more content to extend the game play. It was over too quickly so it left me wanting more.
Not really a game...
8uc3ph4lus on 9/24/2017
This game is like that super artsy movie that your hipster friends are always raving about and bugging you to watch, and when you do, go don’t know what the hubbub was about. It’s pretty. It’s artsy. It tells the story of an... old man... who ... goes places and reminisces about his youth. You manipulate the environment like a bored God to help him reach places so that you can watch him remember yet another thing from 1956. The fact that hills and forests and lakes are terraformed before his very eyes doesn’t phase him. Nothing phases him, actually- he can’t get hurt, you can’t lose, “winning” I assume means you made it to the end? I never did. Overall, it’s slightly less involved and interactive than reading your Kindle. This game is an $11.99 avocado toast. A 6 hour college “performing art” piece that your friend dragged you to on your one day off. No doubt critics will *love* it. It has *just* the right amount of pretentiousness to make you feel as is there’s some kind of hidden message, a revelation about the meaning of life, some kind of pseudo-intellectual... something... that I never got. I’m giving it two stars because it’s not horrible. Just vastly overrated.
Beautiful game
Raysel on 9/24/2017
I found this game to be calmly amusing. I’ve played the first few levels and they aren’t too hard. Quite simple really. I expect the difficulty will increase as the game progresses. What really made me give this game 5 stars is the story line and animation. I appreciate the slow pace of the game as well. This game does require a certain adult mind set to appreciate. I would not get this game for children. Not that I’ve found any content objectionable, it’s just they won’t be able to keep interested.
Braxton0109 on 9/24/2017
This game is so boring. when i saw it was 5 dollars i thought it has to be good. there’s got to be something good about this game and there just isn’t. All you do is move mountains and click. super boring.
Now Requires iOS 10!
MyTakeOnTheMatter on 9/23/2017
Dont update.
Truly beautiful!
Fahad Jafarullah on 9/23/2017
The art, colors, style and everything about this game was just beautiful. I just wanted to keep on going. Sure, the game is short but I felt as if it was just the right amount. Not too long where it gets boring and not too short where it felt incomplete, just perfect in my opinion. A lot of people complaining saying it’s not worth it... well, I rather pay $5 and have a beautiful experience than have a game with ad pop-ups or micro-transaction. I think the developers of this game deserves every penny of it for creating this beautiful masterpiece.
Unplayable on iPad 3
Feline Muse on 9/22/2017
Crashes before starting up. On new iPad it works. Will review after I play. Could have been a cute story but the game play is dull. Same thing over and over and over.
I & my 5yo son both love it
zzencz on 9/21/2017
I played this enthusiastically until the end (which I _loved_, so great to see that not all endings are cheesy all-good, but dare to be more complex and bittersweet). I then handed the game down to my 5 year old son, who finished it in roughly a week of occasional playing. The visuals and story kept him hooked the whole time. The ending wasn’t a problem - it was a great opportunity to discuss that in life we sometimes face tough choices. Overall easily my top3 this year.
Nice game but...
MegaraHercules on 9/21/2017
A really beautiful game and great story line, but too short. If you wanna pay five dollars for a game you can finish in a week, go for it. But in my opinion; not worth the money.
Will Not Load
S(c)i-Fi on 9/18/2017
Crashes before it fully loads. Will wait a couple of days for an update.
Waste of $
Jaxyz on 9/16/2017
For all intents and purposes, I paid $5 for a tap game... 😪
We loved it!
mkfitz on 9/16/2017
This is a wonderful little game with great art. The puzzles are not super difficult, but then the puzzles are not what the game is about. It's the story that unfolds during the game. The old man gets a letter and sets out on a journey that the player does not get to see. You gradually learn during his journey through snippets of memories that he recalls, what happened in his past life and why he is making this journey. It does not take long to complete the game (two to three hours), but the ending is worth the journey. Enjoy.
Lovely game
jaegersmum on 9/15/2017
Beautiful visuals, very calm puzzle game. Difficult enough to challenge you, not so difficult that it becomes an unpleasant undertaking. We actually finished the game in a few hours and that too was satisfying. Highly recommend - family approved! :-)
an incredibly beautiful experience.
sgbgrace on 9/14/2017
an incredibly beautiful experience. so creative and evoking human tenderness. we need more games that celebrate our humaness and care for each other. grace
I loved it!
UhmNoooooooo on 9/10/2017
It a pretty dope game
Beautiful and boring
BlodgettBlodgett on 9/8/2017
This game is truly beautiful. But that's pretty much the only good thing I can say about it. It's slow. The puzzles aren't actually puzzling. And it's really just the same puzzle over and over. I wouldn't even call them puzzles. If you like games about sitting and walking slowly, you may enjoy this. If you like some sort of challenge, look elsewhere.
Continual crashing-unplayable
a non-emouse on 9/2/2017
The game crashes frequently, game progress is thus lost. After closing the game some processes continue to run in the background exhausting the iPhone battery. Useless and overpriced.
Steitel555 on 8/13/2017
Intuitive controls, gorgeous visuals, and a beautiful story. Not super difficult or long, but that isn't really the point. This game is more about the art and the story than the puzzles. Simply amazing.
Fantastic Game
pnkflyd100 on 8/13/2017
You get what you pay for and I think this was worth every penny and then some. Beautiful, touching, and fun! Nicely done.
Amazing Game
hello its Beat on 8/8/2017
This is a great game! The music was relaxing and nice. While the animations were great. This is a fun game. At certain points it could become a little challenging but then you always come over it. It is quite short but I don't think I wasted my money!!
Lovely and Sad Game
Game Revenant on 8/8/2017
What a beautiful game! The story should serve as a warning to young people about their priorities in life. Great graphics, aesthetics, and narrative. Why not 5 stars? The little jiggle the mountains do drives me insane! It made the main mechanic of the game frustrating... other than that, I really enjoyed it.
touching story
like mama on 8/6/2017
Thank you so much for this story, I'm not real young and don't play video games, when i saw this and read it was the journey of the elderly man, I wanted to go through with him. It took me a little bit to figure out how to help him along, but it really isn't difficult and the animation is beautiful, I love all the details! This is a sad but happy tale! Thank you!!
Frustrated just getting started
Zipgirl on 8/2/2017
How the heck do you play this game? No instructions anywhere? Googled the game and found you tap the screen to get the old guy to move, so he hops to a bar and just sits there. Can't move on, and when I leave the game to go find help I have to start all over and watch him get that stupid letter over and over and over again. Deleting app now.
Too pricey
Jennymaffey on 7/28/2017
I was looking for a fun new game to play. I don't mind paying for a good game every now and again. This game was visually very nicely done. The storyline was sad and the puzzle element itself was extremely repetitive. The whole thing can be beat in a couple of hours. I was disappointed over all. It's priced too high for the value. 1.99 or .99 would have been more on the money.
Not enough...
Salomun on 7/27/2017
Thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay that was present. Art work was amazing, story was amazing, and the music was excellent. However, there just was not enough to it. This game had such potential to be far more interesting. Envelope though the puzzle were simple (which was the idea) they could have thrown in few more elements to not be so repetitive while maintaining its simplicity. Also, they could have extended the storyline to make the game last longer. Again, great game, but for the price verse amount of gameplay I would be hard pressed to recommend it.
dmichl on 7/25/2017
This is the kind of game I love, it's beautiful, and story based. The interaction with the land is fun, not too hard or clever. The game is enjoyable and fun! Great storytelling too
Interesting game
Depaul111 on 7/25/2017
How can i say about this game, it is such wonderful game. No wonder i can see 5 stars rating among peoples who plays the game. I Like the game so much..but i need more!!
chaostheory on 7/24/2017
Given the length, story, replay value, and gameplay it shouldn't have been more than a dollar
What the heck?
Enthused fan on 7/23/2017
Paid good money for this game. Got stuck immediately. Made me feel completely stupid. Not the experience I was hoping for.
Gas3155 on 7/23/2017
Too easy and too boring. Definitely not worth the money. Looking pretty only gets you so far.
Loved it!
Jojed on 7/21/2017
The only complaint is that there aren't more levels. Other than that, it's a beautiful story, a fun game and I liked the challenges. Make more levels please!!
Great if you are 6 years old
Sheldon9 on 7/14/2017
Unfortunately I am not a child, so found this hardly a 'game' and mostly boring.
Life's Regrets
inktek on 7/14/2017
Such great story telling about life's regrets wrapped around a game. You will want to solve the puzzles just to see the next part of the story. I consider myself a "tough guy" but I must admit I teared up near the end. The only game in my life to have had such an effect. Great job Guys!
Amazing game, but...
OMG so annoying 👎🏻 on 7/14/2017
This is an amazing game with creative puzzles and beautiful graphics. However, I did not like how the level starts over when I turned my phone off or closed out of the app. I also experienced some crashing in the middle of some of the levels. I think that this should be fixed soon. But all in all, this is a great and beautiful game.
Great game, too short
KrisssyTeeena on 7/13/2017
A wonderful game to play during a commute. It's very quiet and peaceful. But way too short. If you're commute is as long as mine, you'll be done in a week and craving so much more.
Cute but boring. Finished in what... half hour?
Todd.B on 7/12/2017
See title. Thanks for the "reply". Did Kellyanne Conway craft that for you?
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH
  • Category: Games
  • Released: May 17, 2017
  • Current Version Released: Nov 01, 2017
  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 1862.2 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Devices: iPhone5-iPhone5, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX,
  • Supported Languages: English;