The Silent Age: Episode Two making noise on iOS and Android

The first taste may be free, but once you're hooked it's going to cost you. No, we're not pushing drugs here, just describing the marketing tactics of House on Fire's The Silent Age series, which launched free to great acclaim last year. Now the series returns with its second and final installment, but this time there's a price tag attached.

The Silent Age casts players in the role of an "average Joe", a custodian whose encounter with a dying man thrusts him into a time-traveling adventure to help save an imminent apocalypse. In the first game, Joe found himself shifting back and forth between his present day 1972 and 40 years later, a future in which everyone is already dead, the world eerily silent. The second installment promises to conclude Joe's "quest to save mankind from a hellish demise."

Like its predecessor, Episode Two will feature an "eerie soundtrack and stylistic visuals that will keep you in suspense as you solve mind-bending puzzles." Along the way, you'll explore over 60 new locations and interact with new characters using an "optimized interface" for touch devices. The sequel also boasts of including an improved dialogue system, dynamic new animations, and enhanced graphic effects.

If you missed out on Episode One the first time around, it is still available free of charge for both iPhone and iPad and Android devices. If you like what you see, the sequel is now available for $4.99 as an in-app purchase on all devices.

Details on The Silent Age

Adventure games by House on Fire

The Silent Age  2014

In an adventure moving back and forth between present day 1972 and an unsettling future in 2011, players control a suitably named average 'Joe'.