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1 Moment of Time: Silentville game

1 Moment of Time: Silentville

Genre: Hidden Object

Save the town from a terrifying curse and reveal all the secrets in new fantastic and unique Hidden Object adventure under the title 1 Moment of Time: Silentville! Go to the mysterious Silentville and figure out the reason of people's disappearing. But not only persons one by one fade away, but the airplanes and birds disappear as well. Break the curse, make everything come back, solve all the puzzles and return home! Download 1 Moment of Time: Silentville totally for free, overcome all the obstacles and save the day. Good luck!




Another cursed town is waiting for its savior in 1 Moment of Time: Silentville, the new Hidden Object Adventure developed by 2 Monkeys and released by Big Fish Games! So, what surprises have the developers prepared for us this time? Let’s see!.. Read more

Despite the promising description, the game’s plot proved to be much less eerie than I expected. The events develop fairly slowly, gradually revealing you the secrets of Silentville, the town with no future, no past and no present. Naturally, to keep track of events, you will have to read the dialogue and monitor your diary each time you encounter something new. Bear in mind that even despite some similarity of their plots, 1 Moment of Time: Silentville and Phenomenon: City of Cyan have completely different mood.

To tell the truth, due to its humorous dialogue, odd music and a complete absence of typical horror background sounds, such as various squeaks and screams, 1 Moment of Time: Silentville is absolutely not scary. Voice acting is present only in cut scenes, while the conversations take place in silence. On the other hand, almost all of the conversations, in which the non-player characters share with you their memories of “that fateful day” are presented in the form of cut scenes that resemble sketches in ink on yellowed paper.

As for the graphics, from the very first scene 1 Moment of Time: Silentville amazes with the plethora of animated and interactive objects. The animation is truly wonderful. In addition, when you move from one location to another, the camera sways slightly up and down, imitating your steps, that adds some more realism to the game and in general looks pretty cool. Unfortunately, the number of interactive objects you encounter is constantly decreasing towards the end of the game.

The backgrounds are pretty good as for color depth, well detailed and generally pleasing to the eye. The contrast is maintained perfectly, but sharpness, alas, is a little lame, especially if you play on the big screen. The hidden objects don’t merge with the background, but the scenes look a bit blurry, as if the game was created a couple of years ago, or was designed for tiny laptops. In addition, some areas seemed to me quite dark, which slightly spoils the gaming experience.

The hidden object scenes are also a little blurry and, surely, littered with all sorts of rubbish, including cigarette butts, dead cockroaches or, say, a skull with eyes. The items within the scenes are quite numerous and very cleverly hidden away. Some hidden objects are disguised as a part of the background, the others are tucked away in drawers. There also are some tiny objects that merge with the background, but they are few, and it is more the exception than the rule.

In addition, there is a rather unusual construction of the hidden object scenes. First of all, in most cases you will be tasked to find a group of objects, or even take some action, for example, “brush a teeth” or “cork a bottle”. As a result, the search of each item on your shopping list turns into a mini-quest, forcing you to thoroughly explore the scene, zoom the active areas, combine various items, use tools, and so on. Believe me, it’s really very difficult and fun simultaneously.

The puzzles are not much easier than the hidden object scenes. If you are an experienced player, you’ve probably already seen them in other games of the category. In 1 Moment of Time: Silentville most mini-games are the same, still with several new spins. For example, there is a standard mini-game, where you have to repair a circuit by rotating its sections around their axis, presented in the form of a broken toy railroad with a train riding on it towards the abyss. Skip takes about a couple of minutes.

Unfortunately, some quests have pretty illogical solutions. It is absolutely unclear, why the main character takes all those useless junk, and what you are supposed to do with, for example, a powder box. In the beginning of the game you can handle with most tasks on your own, but after about forty minutes of play it becomes absolutely impossible to guess what to do next. For example, a couple of times I got stuck, used a hint, and found myself in the room that I have already explored before. As it turned out, I had to delve in those garbage once again to get a new instrument.

By the way, when you use a hint outside the hidden object scene, it doesn’t prompt you where to go, it simply teleports you to the right location, which seriously confuses, especially if you have somehow missed that location, and have no idea how have you got there. Oddly enough, in HOS the Hint button works perfectly and almost immediately recharges.

Besides, there are two game modes, including Casual Mode and Challenging Mode. In Casual Mode, there is no penalty for random clicking, active areas are highlighted, and the diary entries often contain useful tips. In Challenging Mode most tips and hints are turned off, so it is almost unbeatable if playing for the first time and without a Strategy Guide.

There also is a map, which gives a three dimensional view of the city covered in fog. To tell the truth, it looks absolutely stunning, and allows you to jump between the locations you’ve already explored. On the other hand, due to the animated clouds of fog that cover almost the whole city, it gives you no sense of place as you navigate around Silentville.

In general, 1 Moment of Time: Silentville makes a fairly good impression. Combining well rendered, realistic 3D graphics with intriguing plot, excellent sound, creative hidden object scenes and stunning animation, this game, undoubtedly, deserves your attention. Perhaps, 1 Moment of Time: Silentville won’t win your heart because of certain flaws of the gameplay, such as illogical tasks and dull hints, but I’m confident that it will give you a lot of positive moments. Give it a try!