The Frostrune (iOS) Review

By Joe DeAndrea 05.02.2017

Review for The Frostrune on iOS

The Frostrune is a game rich in lore, and perhaps one of its selling points is the fact that there isn't much competition when it comes to mythical Viking tales. Developer Grimnir dishes out its newest offering - a delightful point-and-click puzzle game that will awe in the looks department, and it will keep the player engaged when it comes to the gameplay, too. After taking a look at the PC release, Cubed3 now delves into the iOS version.

Kicking off with a brief cut-scene, The Frostrune wastes no time getting straight into the action. As the main character becomes shipwrecked following a storm, there are deeper secrets to be uncovered about the mysterious settlement they have found themselves in.

The game itself is fairly simple, as its controls only consist of tapping certain parts of the screen to add items into an inventory and progress (or backtrack) throughout the environment. It may have a lot of familiar elements, but a fresh sense of ambition makes it worth the price of admission.

Screenshot for The Frostrune on iOS

Puzzle-wise, there are unique instances of using an ability called "spirit vision." This displays things in the world that can't be seen normally, so sometimes it's necessary to use it to solve something. As a result, this essentially eliminates the monotony of a typical drag-and-drop formula and adds to its high points. However, for those who aren't in the mood to use any thinking for the puzzles - and, at times, they can be a little confusing - there's a handy "Hints" option in the menu that will pretty much say how to do everything. With seamless transitions between frames, it's effortless to backtrack to a previous area to collect something that may have been missed. Overall, it's a classic point-and-clicker, but the true beauty here lies in the graphics and presentation, even more so than the mechanics.

From the second it's booted up, it's an experience to take in the visuals. Everything shown is carefully crafted to implement an atmospheric environment, and it's absolutely nailed to perfection. Whether it's a cinematic or a gameplay scenario, the setting just looks and feels astonishing for what it is, with a watercolour-esque style. To add to its authenticity, there's also voice acting in Old Norse, so the playthrough will be entirely in subtitles with a myriad of unknown tongues available. As a game that's available on iOS, it packs a ton into the small space that it's working with, and it makes for a great on-the-go companion.

Screenshot for The Frostrune on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

There's a whole lot of heart put into The Frostrune, and for something that will only take about an hour or so to complete, it's evident from the very beginning. Grimnir clearly has this style and world on lock, and perhaps the most exciting part about the title as a whole is wondering how much further it can take the lore in future games to come.

Developer

Grimnir

Publisher

Snow Cannon Games

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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