One of Owen’s favorite developers was Simogo, the devs behind such weird classics as Year Walk and Device 6. He followed their every move and forced the rest of us to get as excited as he was about whatever mysterious and bizarre teaser trailer they were using to push their next gig. It must have rubbed off on me a little because very little about The Frostrune would have caught my eye if it weren’t for the Simogo-ness of it all. The trailers are beautiful, yet completely opaque regarding what the hell is actually going on. In other words, it looks pretty great.
The Frostrune is a classic point-and-click adventure game mired in Norse myth and legends. That’s really all I know other than it looks really, really pretty. The game is entirely hand-painted and it jumps off the screen in a way that I can’t remember any other iPad game doing.
Find yourself shipwrecked on an island after a summer storm. Nearby, a recently abandoned settlement shows signs that its inhabitants left in a panic. Surrounding the village is a dark, dense forest filled with ancient rune stones and burial mounds. Among them are hidden relics and other well-kept secrets that will bring you closer to solving the mysteries of the island.
So, it’s Viking Myst, but hopefully the puzzles are a little more logically organized. If I’m playing an organ in a spaceship at any point in The Frostrune, I’ll be pretty upset.
I’m hoping to find enough time to actually play this one over the coming weekend. If my family cooperates, look for a review next week. In the meantime, check out the trailers below.
- The Frostrune for iOS Universal, $5
- The Frostrune for Android, $5
- The Frostrune for Mac via Mac App Store, $14
- The Frostrune for PC/Mac via Steam, $9 (on sale)