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1428:
Shadows over Silesia

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1428: Shadows over Silesia (2022) is a historical adventure where you explore 15th-century Europe through the eyes of two characters intertwined at the outbreak of war. You fight opponents, sneak around enemy sites, and solve puzzles to progress through the world. It's notable not only for its unique historical setting within the Hussite Wars in Silesia but also for its design to be playable using only audio, without sight.

It's 1428, and the Hussite movement of Bohemia (the west of the modern-day Czech republic) is embroiled in a war in Silesia (modern-day western Poland, north-eastern Germany and the north-eastern Czech Republic). In this conflict, you play Hynek, a Hussite commander, and Lothar, a member of the order of the Knights Hospitaller. Both have their own worldviews and allegiances, but when a greater threat emerges, they must try and put down their weapons and forge an alliance to face it.

Gameplay is a mix of combat, exploration, character interaction, stealth mission, and puzzles. Fights are challenging with a focus on realism. You must study your opponent to find weaknesses and openings to then advance and deal damage. You explore the world, talking to characters and reading notes and messages to figure out what to do next. Sometimes, you infiltrate enemy encampments and bases, where you must avoid being spotted by the guards; careful and slow advancement is essential. Puzzles range from rearranging statues to solving codes, and all rely on careful observation of the world around you.

The result is a deep dive into an oft-forgotten part of European history. There's a challenging mix of gameplay mechanics, from combat to stealth to puzzles. Most impressive is the depth of discovery here (reading books, decyphering letters and so on) that makes the world a rewarding place to explore.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked 1428: Shadows over Silesia 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play, Stealth and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 25 hours to complete. Although the gameplay is fairly linear, depending on what you choose to do and how quickly you do it, the time to beat can vary significantly.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 18.

The developer provides the following mature Content Description on Steam: "The game includes nudity, rude speech, extreme violence, sexual acts, sexual content, non-consensual sex, suicide and alcohol".

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The fights require precise timing and careful study of your opponents to find openings to attack. Sometimes you can die repeatedly, which can be frustrating.

CostsCosts

1428: Shadows over Silesia usually costs £16.99.
 

1428: Shadows over Silesia

Steam Store PC £16.99
Steam Store PC £16.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
There is a Deluxe Edition of the game which contains 2 PDF stories exclusive to the edition. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/10/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play, Stealth and Strategy)

Accessibility: 43 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: KUBI Games (@KUBIGames)


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