Join Noah and Renie on their exciting journey through Silence where an emotionally gripping story of contrasts between serenity and danger unfolds. Meet fascinating and likeable characters like Spot, the magical caterpillar who helps Noah and Renie on their way through Silence. Is Silence a game worth shouting about? Read our review to find out..
Daedalic Entertainment breathes new life into the hauntingly beautiful yet somber Silence, the world between life and death. Noah has told stories of a young clown, Sadwick, and his adventures in Silence to his younger sister, Renie, as a source of comfort following tragedy. After an air strike on the bunker where the siblings are taking shelter, Noah awakens to find himself once again in Silence where he must reunite with Renie and together return home.
Silence: The Whispered World 2 wastes no time gripping hold of players’ heart strings and giving them a tug, introducing us to Noah and Renie through a beautifully gut wrenching cut scene that explains how the pair of siblings came to be orphans as a result of an air strike. Noah and Renie, discontent with life in an orphanage, return to hide in their bunker together. Through a point and click puzzle, Noah re-enacts the events of The Whispered World in order to calm Renie, providing the player with backstory. Noah tells the tale of Sadwick, a little clown that doesn’t want to be laughed at, and his trusty sidekick, Spot, as they journey through Silence to save the King. During the re-enactment, there is another air strike and a bomb hits the bunker the siblings are hiding in.
Following the blast, Noah awakens in the bunker to discover he has been separated from Renie. While searching desperately for his sister, Noah finds an egg he believes contains Spot, Sadwick’s magic caterpillar. Upon crawling out of the bunker’s remains, Noah discovers he has in fact been returned to Silence and that the world is now war torn as a result of Sadwick’s journey in The Whispered World. He meets Kyra, a member of the rebellion hunting for a shard from a magic mirror that can lead her to the Throne Room where she may destroy the False Queen, and learns of the dark creatures known as Seekers that are looking for the shard so that the mirror may be repaired.
Silence: The Whispered World 2 combines point and click adventuring with native, intuitive puzzles against the backdrop of a beautifully destroyed world. Noah and Renie’s interactions with the world never feel forced or coerced. Noah may react to frustration by kicking the object he’s irritated by, for example. Renie is an absolute joy to explore Silence with. Her childish wanderlust means she’s often finding adventure and excitement in every thing from wet, squishy moss to licking mushrooms, some times leading to humorous side effects. Silence excels at presenting puzzles that feel natural for the child aged protagonists to sort out while presenting them in a way that is not dull for players.
While Renie and Spot often provide little moments of comedic relief it is all too often bittersweet, with the fact that the siblings are trapped in a state of limbo always lingering in the air. Daedalic does an exceptional job with blending the story of The Whispered World into Silence: The Whispered World 2 providing enough backstory to bring new players of the series into the fold, never making them feel left behind in a world they don’t understand, while also keeping fans of the series from feeling bored by the constant re-telling of a story they’re familiar with. The carefully crafted story keeps players emotionally invested in the world of Silence and results in a variety of endings that are made all the more poignant as a result of the player’s decisions.
The emotional storytelling, intuitive puzzles, and stunning beauty of the world of Silence makes it easy to see why Daedalic has won multiple awards for this game. Silence: The Whispered World 2 is easily one of the best titles to come out of the ID@Xbox program this year and should not be missed.