Old Man's Journey

Broken Rules




This app was last updated on: Jun 02, 2017
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New in version 1.2

+ Dramatically reduced file size, especially on iPhones
+ Fixed a bug at start of train level
+ Various improvements & bug fixes

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******* Apple Design Award Winner ********
A story game about life’s precious moments, broken dreams, and changed plans.

"A gorgeous experience" - TouchArcade (10/10)
"Got me to cry" - Kotaku
"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


iPad Screenshots
Great artwork, otherwise dull game
kiwi191 on 7/19/2017
Very nice scenery and unique game mechanics but not particularly interesting.
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?
A real gem
NovaSTL on 7/11/2017
Though very short, this is well-worth playing. Some games can struggle for hours to get you emotionally engaged (if you even stick around that long). This one had me within minutes. Gorgeous art, lovely well-told story, unique gameplay, this game has a style all its own. Good for adults, good for kids, though they might need help with a couple of the puzzles. I recommend playing this game slowly, savoring it like a fine wine, a sip at a time.
Posey007 on 7/10/2017
Beautiful story, beautiful art, beautiful design.
Really great game
la2161 on 7/5/2017
Really, really enjoy this game...beautiful graphics. Developers did a lot with this game - graphics, storyline, etc., and its definitely worth the money, unlike many other games in the App Store.
I'm not crying
Lala6644 on 7/4/2017
You're crying. It's not about the destination it's about The Journey. The Old Mans Journey is not about the game, but about the experience. Lovely💕💕💕
Good story....over priced.
buck550 on 7/4/2017
I enjoyed this games or story rather for the emotional content it embodied. As far as length from beginning to end I completed all the levels in under 2 hrs. VERY SHORT for something that's priced as such...guess I expected more for what I paid.
Wonderful Games
kearneygirl on 7/3/2017
This is a very beautiful game, filled with brain teasers which, by the way, are not too difficult to conquer. I appreciate that thought of the developers, since children will have fun playing it, too. Very cute story line, beautiful art, and yes, this is one of the few games that made me weep, just a little.
Love it. Thank you for an intriguing pleasant experience
Im Not my own on 7/3/2017
This game is beautiful and interesting. I love how it plays. Part of the puzzle is figuring out how to play it. Smooth and peaceful flowing game that is entertaining and relaxing. It would be wonderful to see Extensions to this game. I got to the part of the game where the old man travels in the truck. It was the Final scene with the rolling hills and occasional mountain in the back ground while traveling down the road. I found no way out of it. I turn the game off and back on. It restarted me at that same level. And ended the same way. How does this get fixed? Thank you
Don't waste your money or time
bear34638 on 7/1/2017
This was the most boring game ever and I have p,ayes many games.
A person who likes it on 7/1/2017
This game is beautiful! It's nice to enjoy a game where you move through it silently- no words, just the images you see. Everything was pure eye candy! The colors popped! I personally enjoyed the story. I even got a few tears in my eyes...
Old Man's Journey
Carmelvin on 6/29/2017
thankyou. a very beautiful and moving story. the art for the memories was exquisite. It was a story, not really a game, and it made me want to mend my relationships.
theladymie on 6/29/2017
A very captivating and picturesque look. It's a fairly easy gameplay...although what I had found most difficult was getting through the darn sheep! 🐑 Uplifting and poignant moments leaving you wondering why there isn't more to the story.
I love it but....
Mcgoran on 6/27/2017
It's awesome! I just need a little help... I bought the game but it has no sound. I deleted it then got it again but it still had no sound. All my other apps have sound.
Very boring
Danny Hartono on 6/27/2017
Well,, if I could turn back time I WOULDN'T HAVE bought this game... The gameplay is super boring and repetitive. The story and design itself doesn't justify the price... Waaayyy overrated
Beautiful and groundbreaking
Jim&Sheldon on 6/26/2017
Not since Monument Valley have I seen a game so fresh and unique that I am only playing one chapter per day so the experience will last longer. I hope they introduce more chapters and characters and the journey continues indefinitely. Brilliant.
Love This Game!!
deneseann on 6/25/2017
So very different and enchanting with whimsical music and animations!! Delightfully charming and not so hard as to be frustrating!! Could hardly put it down!! Please make more!!!
Powerfully Heartfelt
DavidAtNight on 6/25/2017
This game artfully paints the dynamic of a man rehashing his regret in the waning years of his life. The player joins in on the quest to heal old wounds and repair what he can. Powerful and poignant, this game teaches a powerful lesson.
Best game ever in the App Store
baamilad on 6/25/2017
I cant stop playing and loving this game. Best game ever in the app store.
Absolutely amazing!
Uneek-Tech on 6/24/2017
You have once again crafted a truly beautiful masterpiece. Enjoyed the experience from beginning to end.
So lovely!
Pandora1573 on 6/24/2017
This game was such a pleasure to play. Beautiful animation and soundtrack. Moderately challenging, what a nice journey!
Sh,gfrckmimky on 6/23/2017
Don't have a clue on how this works. Cant get past the second frame I keep coming back to it but no luck. I would like my $5 back
Old Man's Journey
pvoot on 6/22/2017
Really enjoyed playing this game. So looking forward to the next adventure. Wait... could not let this review stand as written... Thank you for developing a game that IS the most enjoyable game I have ever played on any mobile device. The story is compelling, the game play challenging, without leaving one totally frustrated. And then there is the music.... haunting at times, or playful as the situation calls for. The graphics, both in design and execution are pleasing to the eye and flawless in use. Please, please do not let this be a "one hit wonder" so to speak, and thanks once again and congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment! pvoot
What a lovely game
--mapster-- on 6/21/2017
Beautiful scenery, soothing music, puzzles to keep you engaged, and a story line that keeps your attention. It was a lovely game and I am sad that it has ended. I highly recommend it.
A Delight
ThunderBunny275 on 6/21/2017
This is craftsmanship, pure and simple. Lovely and moving, the gameplay takes a backseat to the story and art - and that's not a bad thing.
Won't download!
desirebleu1 on 6/20/2017
I was looking forward to exploring this app, but it won't download. I can't even delete the 1/2 downloaded version. It's just taking up space with nothing to show for it. After shutting down and restarting was finally able to get it to work. It's had a few snags - freezing etc - wish it worked smoothly
Amazingly beautiful!
Cs247 on 6/20/2017
If you are looking for a conventional game, this is not for you. This game is slow paced, and beautiful. It's more of a story than a game and I enjoyed watching the old man's life journey! Man I hated for it to end!
Lovely and bittersweet
perafolio on 6/19/2017
Unintentionally (and coincidentally) started playing it on Father's Day. I was able to complete the game in a day, playing on-and-off throughout, so it's pretty short. I didn't feel cheated out of my money, though. Personally, I think the experience paid for itself. The animation and length made the game seem like an interactive short film, and the music is gorgeous and fits the artwork well. The level of difficulty isn't too high, but challenging enough to make you think. Not recommended for people who are looking for intense brain teasers, but highly recommended for people who like a good adventure, beautiful art, and a good dose of wanderlust.
Awesome game
swiss909p on 6/18/2017
Beautifully designed game with a pretty good story line. Only wish is that it would've lasted longer. So addictive that i didn't realize that I was playing for 6 straight hours. Lol. Nice way to spend my day off. PURCHASE THE GAME!!!
MS2054 on 6/17/2017
It's amazing design
A Beautiful Game & Story
jhechotek on 6/16/2017
I've never written any game reviews, and I don't spend much time playing games but a friend recommended this so I thought I'd check it out. I'm so glad I did! The graphics (art) as well as the sound (music) are splendid; the storyline is heart-wrenching & a bit suspenseful. I played the entire game from start-to-finish in less than 4 hours...the puzzles aren't too hard and the game flows nicely from one scenario to the next. I played it on my Apple iPad Pro 9.7" without any hiccups at all.
Great game
insomniacbrew on 6/16/2017
A very nice, beautiful, short and calming game to play.
Beautiful game!
Why do I need I nick name? on 6/16/2017
I loved the art, music, story, and the game play! Everything about it was great! I'm so glad a found this game. Some people are saying it was to short, but I see why. People who got the game would not be happy if they wanted to see the end of the story, but the game just kept dragging on and on. I personally liked the games length, just because the story was so intriguing. Overall, this is a wonderful game, and I would love to see other games like this one!
De-stress yourself with this story!
Lauralmil27 on 6/15/2017
It took a sec for me to figure it out but I was up to the challenge.
Beautiful game
tshandess on 6/15/2017
Beautifully designed puzzle game, really wish it lasted longer though. Finished it in a night :)
acrobinson on 6/14/2017
This game exceeded my expectations, it was too short! Put on your favorite headphones and get immersed in this beautiful game. 11/10
Too short for a price.
Wigme on 6/14/2017
I just played the whole game in 15 mins or less.
Love it
Rbuck282 on 6/14/2017
Love this game, the story, the graphics, the overall feel of it. Thank you for creating it.
buddacat on 6/14/2017
Quiet whimsy. Peaceful explorations draw you in.
Thoroughly Enjoyed It
BostonGirl1053 on 6/13/2017
I like adventure games. They are strong on story and when well done very intuitive. This felt like a mini adventure and it was well done. I didn't feel the lack of a tutorial at all. In fact I was glad there wasn't one. I dislike hand holding in my games. For a game with no conversation it was filled with communication. The old man's body language at the very beginning of the game was all that was needed to start off. I won't say more. Everyone playing should experience the delight of discovery the way I did. I am happy to support developers who so obviously lovingly craft products like these. I will look out for more from them. Thanks for the lovely little game.
A sad story about a dysfunctional old man...
DrBilly on 6/13/2017
Lots of effort went into this, only to produce a sad (depressing) story about a dysfunctional old man who failed — even at the end — to learn anything from his mistakes. I gave it 2-stars for effort, but frankly had I known beforehand what I was in for I would have never invested the price — let alone the time it took to find, all over again, that the Apple Editor's Pick is something to stay far away from. How in the world does such a thing rate the special attention of Apple's "Editor"?
The goldenknight369180 on 6/13/2017
The story in this game made me laugh and cry and made me seek out my grandparents so I could be with them.
Creative and thoughtful.
Gr8fun! on 6/12/2017
I really enjoyed this game and fell in love! Stunning graphics, endearing characters and a heart warming story. The people who made it put great attention into the details, especially how the music and artwork changed from level to level.
A great game
Pixiechickie on 6/12/2017
This reminded me of a game that I was totally addicted to years ago; Lemmings. What I like is the puzzle solving element, not shooting things, not speed based, but using your brain. I would like to recommend a primer including a couple of practice levels. I didn't know until I read reviews that you can't move anything that the old man is standing on and that it often takes some moving of obstacles so he can proceed or using items to destroy walls. Once I caught on I enjoyed the game a lot more but before I understood the basics, I was really frustrated. It would be good if it were a little longer. I went to the end in two days in my spare time. Looking forward to more from this developer.
Just awful!
virbach on 6/12/2017
What's the point? Can't get past the second screen! No instructions!I want my money back!
Step Into a Mural
wildleopardheart on 6/12/2017
Like walking through a Thomas Hart Benton landscape. Great story well told.
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Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH
  • Category: Games
  • Released: May 17, 2017
  • Current Version Released: Jun 02, 2017
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 1735.3 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,
  • Supported Languages: English;