Developed by House of Tales (The
Mystery of the Druids
makers), The Moment of Silence is a point-and-click
adventure game about a global conspiracy. The Moment of Silence is set in New
York City in 2044. You play the role of Peter Wright, an advertising executive
currently heading up the Government's Freedom of Speech' campaign. When a
heavily armed SWAT team storms your neighbor's apartment, you must uncover the
truth behind his mysterious disappearance as you become drawn into the deceptive
worlds of corruption and power....
The Moment of Silence is played from an isometric standpoint, and each scene features a static camera which can't be moved. The game uses the traditional point-and-click adventuring approach for character movement. Indeed, everything is managed with the mouse (except for an "H" key for hints and "M" for your friendly Mobile Messenger). Double clicking forces him to, awkwardly, run to his destination while a single click will either offer an examination of the object in question or and interaction with it.Yeah, the pathfinding could really do with some tweaking - Peter will often have to backtrack to a previous "node" to get to an area that you'd think would be a short straight walk. Needless to say it's pretty annoying.
The story is fairly lengthy and will take some time to finish (>15 hours). You will have to talk to more than 30 different characters to unlock the mysteries to why this person was taken into custody. The game's developer, House of Tales, decided to make a great portion of the game entirely dialog-based, so instead of solving complex puzzles or tracking clues you're forced to listen to people talk about things that may or may not be relevant to your adventure - this game would more accurately be described as a dialogue adventure game, because at least 75% of the story and clues comes from people you talk to. Of course, there are some puzzles too. They are integrated into the environments and even the story, so there is a reason for doing what you are doing, most of the time. They are never illogical, but sometimes you will need to combine objects in inventive ways. The puzzles aren't the greatest I've come across, but that said contain a reasonable mix of inventory and logic based elements. They include the traditional item combination and manipulation, fetch quests, and ultimately a few pixel hunts. There are no tile puzzles, no mazes, and you can't die during the game. Many of your inventory actions require exchanges with other characters, with children, hackers, electricians, just about anyone who can help Peter acquire true information.
I wasn't overly impressed with this game, but it was still OK. There is a lot of dialogue to get through, and the game does take a certain amount of patience, but if you are a fan of adventure games, and enjoy a good conspiracy story, then this will be right up your street. However, if you do not enjoy point and click adventures, then this game probably won't convert you.
System Requirements: 1.0 GHz Pentium III or Higher (2.0 GHz recommended), 128MB RAM (256 MB required for XP), 64 MB 3D Video Card (128 MB recommended with DirectX compatible driver), DirectX compatible sound card, 24x CD-ROM drive (24x CD-ROM Drive Recommended), 3.5 GB Hard Disk Space, DirectX 8.1