House of Tales’ point-and-click adventure game released back in 2005 might be old news, but the recent DRM-free release of The Moment of Silence still shows that it has lost none of its political and social themes’ potency.
Martin Ganteföhr is an author who likes controversial topics and even if I haven’t been a big fan of his games, one still has to congratulate him trying to move the genre forwards. Gameplay-wise The Moment of Silence is like any other point-and-clicker with lots of dialogues, even more object combinations and an epic story influenced by sci-fi movies and literature. The story about advertising executive Peter Wright who promotes the Government’s ‘Freedom of Speech’ campaign and discovers a net of corruption and betrayal in the year 2044 might not seem like the most original plot, but the way how it’s executed is still impressive.
The game has all the right ingredients of traveling to different places which are both fantastic and rooted in reality, and a storyline that encapsulates all sorts of paranoid conspirators and everyday people, something only the best of sci-fi stories can provide. With a cinematic score and very good voice acting (at least in the German version that had the voice of Bruce Willis for the lead), this is the gaming equivalent of 1984 with some setpieces and an atmosphere not unlike Total Recall. I remember playing it back in the days and even if it didn’t have such a lasting impression on me due to some pathfinding problems, long walks and even longer dialogues, in contrast to others who praise it more, it’s certainly a title worth going back to or experiencing anew.
The Moment of Silence has been available on Steam by courtesy of Nordic Games, but is now available DRM-free for the first time. To celebrate this, GOG has a 75 % launch discount that will end today, December 6, at 3:59 PM GMT.
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