The Frostrune

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The Frostrune

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Developer Grimnir
Publisher Snow Cannon Games
Published 2017-02-01
Platforms Android, iOS, Macintosh, Windows
Genres Adventure, Graphic adventure, Passive puzzle, Puzzle,
Themes Fantasy, Mystery
Distribution Commercial, Freeware

The Frostrune is an graphic adventure puzzle video game developed by Grimnir and published by Snow Cannon Games for Android and iOS on 2017-02-01 and for Macintosh and Windows the next day.

In the game, a Norse ship is sunk in a storm off the coast of Norway in 965 CE. Only a 13-year-old girl survives by swimming to a nearby shore. There is a settlement, but everyone there is either missing or dead from a strange magical ice that has frozen everything. You must unravel the mystery by using the magic of the old ones and your own cunning. The game is free on Android, but still costs money on other platforms.

Personal

Own?No.
Won?Yes.
Finished2020-02-02.

I found this game in the Google store while looking for a new game to play on my phone. The fact that it was free and had very attractive screenshots caused me to download it. I beat it without any hints.

Review

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6 6 9 8 3

Best Version: Android

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The background art is superb! It's all made with hand-paintings that are then manipulated as sprite composites, particle effects, lighting transformations, and transparent layering make it look animated.
  • The game has little formal music, but it does have fantastic ambient sound effects and mood sound. The speech in a foreign language is also wonderful.
  • There is a decent variety of puzzles. Most of them are inventory puzzles, but there are also observational puzzles and auditory puzzles.
  • The game has been translated to several languages.

Bad

  • Items disappear from your inventory after use, even when there is no need for this to occur. For example, early in the game, you obtain a knife which you use to cut a rope, causing the knife to disappear. While I understand why the designers chose this route (to prevent your inventory from filling up with unusable junk), they probably could have come up with an in-game way to handle this. For example, by having the knife break or be dropped into deep water, etc.
  • There were a couple places in the game where the descriptive text should have changed after an event but didn't. For example, early on, after you obtain keys off a corpse, you will still get the message that you can't reach the keys. There were also several spots where clicking on something would give you an empty descriptive box while in the spirit realm.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Videos

Trailer.
Longplay.

Representation

Strong female character?PassThe character you play is a 13-year-old girl who solves many puzzles to save her people.
Bechdel test?PassYou frequently speak to a wise spirit woman about the fate of your people.
Strong person of color character?FailEveryone is white.
Queer character?FailThere are no queer characters.

Links

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