Old Man's Journey

Broken Rules

Games Puzzle Adventure
This version of the app is not recommended   
Current Version (134)
All time (540)
App last updated Dec 18, 2017
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New in version 1.8

- Fixed startup error with iCloud. Syncing works now. Sorry for the inconvenience!
- Added a hint at start of the game.

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Description

*** Game of the Year on iPad 2017 ***
*** 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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Underwhelming
Nicknamebro on 2/13/2018
I’m afraid to go back and see if I actually paid $4.99 for this “game”. I was fooled by the 5 star reviews it received and purchased it without reading too much into it. Big mistake. This is a poor excuse for a puzzle game. If anything, it is a linear walking simulator. You click where you want the old man to walk super slowly and have to move the landscape around to progress further. I guess that’s the “puzzle” part but I would hardly call that a puzzle because it isn’t challenging at all. I had a harder time trying to figure out where the pause button was in the game. The story tries to be over emotional but with no dialogue and tedious gameplay it failed to make me care. One thing is the visuals are pretty and colorful but if it didn’t have that then, well, it would be worth 0 stars.
Masterpiece
plantyisherexd on 2/10/2018
Really good, should buy
Great game
Rickwakemanscape on 2/9/2018
The game is amazing, the art style is stunning and there is nothing you could do to make it better(in my opinion) other than to keep up the good work!!!
Love it!
Leaandmike on 2/1/2018
This is a good game I don’t like the end sad story about his wife and seeing his flash backs good then bad. Still a good game.
A different kind of “game”
jmariekay on 1/27/2018
I’m a pretty big gamer but this game is of an entirely different breed. It tells a story while you move the landscape enabling him to make his journey. I absolutely loved it but certainly not for everyone. The beautifully simplistic art and soundtrack along with the small interactions really make you feel as though you’re apart of the journey
A beautiful game
/matt on 1/21/2018
On par with the game Brothers, it tells an old man’s story with no dialogue or tutorial. I almost quit playing because the first couple minutes didn’t hook me in, but I was so glad I gave it another chance. This is a game that would definitely appeal to an older (30+) fanbase. Younger gamers might not like the slow pace that emphasizes plot and scenery.
Boring..
oguzhulagu on 1/21/2018
Don’t waste your money!
‼️🆒THANK YOU
lil.tyke on 1/15/2018
I wish you guys could create more apps! I adore this and others that are similar. Thank you for all your time and efforts and abilities!
Old Man's Journey
KeMaWe on 1/13/2018
Very expensive for the experience you get. Although beautifully done, just not that engaging or much of a game per se for that matter. A fair price would be around $2.
Overpriced Unfulfilling Copy of Monument Valley
Parent_of_kids on 1/11/2018
Wow?! $5 for this? Do not buy. I purchased based on the awards. Very bad decision. Total game play is maybe an hour and it’s only because the old man walks slow. (Not that I have anything against old men or walking slow.) I envisioned puzzles or something thought provoking. Nothing, just beautiful pictures and redundancy. This game was clearly inspired by the novel and intriguing game Monument Valley. However that game includes story and thoughtful challenges. The Old Man includes no real challenge. Once you learn to click and move a hill it’s just work. No fun.
Great graphics, where is the story
qkriel on 1/9/2018
I am sorry, I don’t get this. The graphics are great but where is the story or gameplay. Just wondering around changing the landscape, that would be fine but I don’t see where the story is. Even free I am not sure this is worth it, sorry I really wanted to like it and I paid for it.
Eyegasm
DW65 on 1/7/2018
Playing on my iPad with the brightness maxed just put a grin on my ugly mug the whole time I played. I truly enjoyed this, it is part game, part story, and part gorgeous colorful art all of which kept me engaged. I hope to see more chapters added, thank you for such a different relaxing experience. Fantastic job on the visuals, it just sucked me in like a canvas come to life. So original and a true work of art with warmth.
Blah
Tyrone McTrump on 1/4/2018
Great game maybe for an 8 year old girl. I’m glad it ended when it did because I was already bored to death with it and about to delete it.
Relaxing. Just what I was looking for, yet unexpected.
closertofine on 1/1/2018
Amazing game. I’m not a gamer, not have a ton of time or patience. Was surprised how easy this was to pick up, but maintain some challenge. And the I was also caught off guard with the amazing graphics and emotional story that played out. Highly recommend.
Strong atmosphere, weak gameplay
A Nonymous on 1/1/2018
The atmosphere in this game is very well attained, with the right combination of graphics, colors, and music. This is hardly a game, however; it’s more of a mildly interactive short story. When I say short, I mean over in a couple hours. Although it’s technically a puzzle game, the puzzles are not hard, and the type of challenge is very repetitive. Not worth paying more than $1.
Over before it starts
jazdm'n on 12/30/2017
Beautiful graphics, yes, but the gameplay is so simple, and the story even simpler. And, with only 15 "scenes". this game was finished in less than an hour. Not worth the price, even when it was on sale. Don't waste your money, or your time.
Old Man’s Journey
Banana92114 on 12/29/2017
Definitely 100% worth the price. I am currently about to cry! This game was beautifully made. The music really brings out the emotions of the game and the design is purely flawless. I will definitely be replaying this game and showing it to my friends and family. I definitely recommend purchasing and playing this game!!
Amazing!
rusty pumpkin on 12/29/2017
Really liked the story and especially the art. Sure probably not worth the $5 but that’s what sales are for. I spread out the game over a week and didn’t get bored of it at all.
Old Man Walking Simulator
chellllllllllle on 12/28/2017
Found this game lacking. The story, at least to me, wasn’t very clear. *spoiler* didn’t know if the women with the red hair at the end was his wife or daughter. Then he suddenly gets married and has a kid with the nurse of the dying patient? *end spoiler* Seemed a bit too much like “Hey I know what happened was awful, but imma replace you.” If I got the story completely wrong it wasn’t on me. It was on the developers for not making the story clear enough.
Beautiful
HOT PINK IS EPIC on 12/28/2017
The graphics are stunning and the story is very in depth
Amazing
ningapinga11223344NICK on 12/27/2017
This game is unbelievable in its simplicity yet oh so moving. Just try it for yourself :-)
It’s bad
Fdkjbdfk on 12/26/2017
I’m not going to lie, this game is awful. I would not recommend buying it at all. The graphics are pretty good, but other than that it’s just boring. I expected something more action packed and was extremely disappointed with what I got. Unless you are content with a pointless game, don’t waste your money. It’s not worth it.
Great picture quality
Fdcisdcnfgdkcvkd on 12/25/2017
The game is so calming and creative, I love the idea of just playing the game without being interrupted by ads, being asked to rate the game, or micro-transactions. The art style is so original as well. :)
Good but...
Opal the fusion on 12/25/2017
This game needs a little more to it. For starters this game is really short. There are only 15 levels and there is no pause button. The gameplay is super easy and even though it gets a little more difficult it still isn’t much of a challenge. The music and animation is nice but the story is lacking. I do like how the environment is effected by what is going on in the story. The landscape is pretty too. Honestly I think this game needs more to it.
Glad I got it on sale...
Chrisations on 12/24/2017
... because this game is boring. I like the story idea, however where the little baby cake from at the end of it? Weird... Anyway, the puzzles are so so simple. It literally took me an hour to finish! Waste on money. Graphics are pretty cool and dramatic, but again there’s no challenge to pass this game. Waaaay to easy. I would like to get my money back.
Not challenging
Icefiremonkeyhat on 12/24/2017
I wish I had read more reviews before purchasing. I did not find the game very exciting at all and the puzzles didn’t seem like much when all you do is move the ground. The only nice part was the graphics. My expectations were different so I felt disappointed.
The game doesn’t work for me
Cupcakes 😀😀😀😀😀😀 on 12/24/2017
At the part where I need to pass to get to the next level the doing coin shaped stone just wouldn’t break the wall no matter how I change the shape of the land.The developers how to so how change it.Other than that, the game is creative and interesting to see how it plays out.
Wonderful, artistic and heart warming.
ARIAofNY on 12/24/2017
I was a game player but for long time I have stopped playing video games because they all have more or less the same style. I downloaded Old Man’s Journey out of curiosity, because as an artist I was interested in the graphic and design. Yes, it’s not the most complicated game ever and if you are looking for something very challenging perhaps this will not be so exciting... but it is a wonder low stress game, that allows you to immerse yourself in a wonderful natural world, full of wonderful sounds and colors. It will warm your heart because the purpose of this game is not survival, but something very unusual and new. It’s worth trying.
Beautiful game
MinaMonster88 on 12/24/2017
The visuals in this were beautiful. The puzzles themselves weren’t very difficult but still made you think. I loved the storyline and being able to watch it all unravel. However I wish the game had been a bit longer.
Buy. Now.
MrsPinhunter on 12/23/2017
It took me a couple of levels before I understood the game, but once I did...obsessed! Wonderful graphics and storyline. Game play is relaxed. I usually play time management games, so it was nice to take this game slowly and strategize at each level. Love it! Looking forward to more!
It’s really nice but..
TNTSoulPatches on 12/23/2017
I love the art style,animation, and story but it was really short. I’d really love it if it was a bit longer.
Amazing
ReelDeal on 12/23/2017
What a wonderful adventure! The hand drawn art is straight out of a fairytale book. Thanks for that experience.
Puzzle Game?
Egemenokte on 12/23/2017
I do not understand how the rating for this game could be so high. This is not a puzzle game. If it is, it is incredibly easy and frankly very boring.
Extremely boring gameplay
sassytrash on 12/22/2017
I’ve had this game on my wishlist forever. Let’s just say I’m glad I bought it on sale fir $.99 and not at the full $4.99 price. I found myself SO unbelievably bored throughout the entire game. I wouldn’t call it puzzles or even so much a game. It’s just a story with an old man that walks around remembering his life and getting divorced. It’s odd and not fun at all. The graphics are incredibly stunning which is the only reason I even gave it 2 stars but you just drag the ground to make him hop from one area to another. Sometimes you have to move some sheep out of the way or crash something through a rock fence to let him walk through but I wouldn’t call it fun or challenging, it’s kind of annoying. I mean really, who thought this was an exciting game?? I’m more annoyed that I even spent $.99 on it. Not worth it. Beautiful graphics but horrible “game”.
AMAZING GAME
Table10 on 12/22/2017
Oh how I love this game, it makes me happy with good pain. I’ll always love this app, as it’s story is on my lap.
i’m too dumb to finish
iq2 on 12/21/2017
i like it but i’m stuck following the cat onto the roof or wherever. that’s really early in the game and i was an honors student in school so...huh. i like the graphics and the easy pace. but i touched every point i could find, went up and down and back and forth several times and ... ah well. people! don’t let me discourage you. take it as a challenge! beat the honors kid!
More journey!!!!
pjj33 on 12/18/2017
Amazing and beautiful and relaxing. More please!!!!
A story book in app form
Doomish on 12/11/2017
Less an enthralling game and more a quiet meditation on life with incredible art. As long as you know what you’re getting into it’s a superb experience.
Absolutely Stunning
Hi_It's_Joe on 12/11/2017
Great story, great puzzles, and great aesthetic. The game’s pleasing graphics only add to this great game. A story about loss and regret that not only is realistic, but sad in a way that is oddly pleasing and sympathetic. An old man who got divorced and has to live on his own, adventuring the world. The puzzles seem to focus mainly on showcasing game aspects such as hot-air balloon riding and falling through waterfalls. I wish there was a second game that not only tells a completely new story, but doesn’t just showcase game mechanics. The game also felt kind of short. If there were to be a second game, making it longer and still keeping all of the previously listed things all of the way through would turn this review into a five star.
Very boring
Darthgumby on 12/10/2017
All you do is click and watch the smiley old man walk across the screen to some music. I expected more, like puzzles or hidden objects or collecting things or something. Nope. Looks nice though.
Nice looking game when it’s working
locustyears on 12/6/2017
Game looks great. Really looking forward to seeing where it goes. But for now I can’t because it crashes every time it goes to the second flashback.
Not hiding the home indicator on iPhone X ruins the game
Keithlee002 on 12/2/2017
Please hide the indicator as it is ruins the immersion of the game
Help!
muttley mom on 11/28/2017
So far I really like it but I think my game is stuck. *spoiler* I can’t get the boat to raise. The guy tries but nothing happens and he just goes back to eating his sandwich. I’ve restarted the level and tried dozens of times. What gives?
Pretty, but won’t save progress or let you skip.
sunsunhada 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
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH
  • Category: Games
  • Released: May 17, 2017
  • Current Version Released: Dec 18, 2017
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 1864.2 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Languages: English;