Burly Men at Sea

4.2
73 reviews
1K+
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Teacher Approved
Content rating
Everyone
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About this game

Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.

With gameplay halfway between a visual novel and a point-and-click adventure, the branching story carries its ungainly heroes into waters where lurk creatures from Scandinavian folklore and other misadventures. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping a custom tale that begins again where it ends.

BRANCHING STORY: Play through multiple choice-driven adventures, each designed to be completed in a single sitting.

INNOVATIVE CONTROLS: Shape the narrative through a unique, draggable viewport and your interactions within it.

PLAYFUL AESTHETIC: Colorful art style with handcrafted animation, set to a whimsical original soundtrack inspired by folk music of the far north.

No in-app purchases or ads.



"9/10" —Pocket Gamer

"Artful interplay of visual minimalism, waggish writing and hilarious but also haunting sound effects generated by gorgeous a cappella voices. 5/5" —TIME

“The closest thing I’ve played to an interactive fairy-tale.” —The Telegraph



Burly Men at Sea is the second game from married duo Brain&Brain, developed during their own adventures as nomads and erstwhile farmhands.
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Mar 13, 2020

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4.2
73 reviews
A Google user
March 13, 2019
Lovely art and sound design, deeply disappointing implementation of the branched narrative gameplay. Each of the "different" endings is nearly identical; the dialogue in each IS identical, until the final ending, which only varies ~6 lines. You don't affect the world or other characters. The characters in the village are unchanging set dressing. And you only make ~3 choices each loop; the ending cinematic can take longer to play out than a game loop. Ultimately, every choice feels irrelevant.
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A Google user
March 19, 2019
disappointed. this is more of an animated children's story rather than a game. the graphics are pretty, the music is nice, but the story is very repetitive and simple. there's hardly any choices, no skills or thinking or even luck required. it shouldn't be advertised as a game. definitely wouldn't have paid £5 had I known that this is a kids story with hipster desigh rather than a game :-(
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A Google user
March 31, 2020
Less a game and more of an interactive story, which is fine. It's a fun, charming little game. I have hit a glitch though, so I can't progress any further. A quick Google showed it is a common one on other consoles. I can't fix it on the phone so I can't play it any more 😒
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