The Frostrune is a point-and-click adventure game that is based on Norse mythology.
It is played similarly to ‘hidden object’ games but without the timers and has a greater focus on strategy. This makes it a mobile game that players would either love or hate based on their preferences – with no in-between.
The game does not try to be ambitious, as it’s a short story about a girl who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck and finds herself in a deserted town with many mysteries.
The developers have emphasized the fact that the game is historically accurate to Norse culture, which is an exciting claim to read.
The gameplay of The Frostrune can be described in two ways:
Firstly, we have the controls which are very simple as all you have to do is tap on the screen. Both movement and interaction are controlled with simple taps.
Secondly, the game is essentially about exploration and collecting items. You will find yourself going back and forth in the game world to collect things and use them in the right places.
Aside from that, you’ll also run into several puzzles. Some of them are easy enough to be completed by tapping at random, while others need more attention and preciseness.
Despite the ability to go anywhere, the game is quite linear.
And that makes sense since the game is not particularly ambitious and has very few areas to explore. So, this is more of an experience where you follow a story rather than make your own adventure.
While the game has limitations and makes you backtrack often, it’s still entertaining to play if it’s something that does not go against your preferences for a video game.
The pay-off to some of the items you collect and use feels great, and if you’re into Norse mythology you’ll be excited to see what comes next in the game as everything leads to an interesting piece of the story sooner or later.
It’s a bit conflicting to comment on The Frostrune’s story because it has both strengths and weaknesses.
Starting with the strengths, the game has great dialogue that immerses you into the historic Norse culture and reminds you of why people love it so much. The setting, the characters, and the things that you do all represent something from the beloved mythology and as the developers claim, it’s all very accurate too.
The weakness comes in the fact that it’s too short, too linear, and very start-to-finish in terms of simplicity as there are no twists and you know what you’ll be doing rather early on.
This does not take away from the game in terms of enjoyment but does leave you wanting more in what could have been a very compelling tale.
The Frostrune has hand-drawn art for everything in the game and it looks gorgeous.
Whether it’s the environment, the characters, the items, or even the animations – everything looks beautiful and is aesthetically pleasing to look at. They couldn’t have done a better job in this department and given that this is a historically accurate game, an art style like this is exactly what it needed.
The UI of the game is very simple but it does not need to be more than that. Everything is exactly where it should be and it blends in perfectly with the rest of the game.
The polish is excellent as I did not run into any issues whatsoever and everything flowed very smoothly. The game even offers free hints for every part of the game and it doesn’t spoil the story but just lets you know what you’re supposed to do next.
The sound design of The Frostrune is some of the best that I’ve ever heard in a mobile game. It has a very beautiful soundtrack full of high-quality Norse-based songs and background music, which greatly increases the immersion factor.
The sound effects are great too and there’s something present for almost everything that you see and interact with – which ascends the game higher than the usual mobile games in terms of sound design.
The Frostrune is an excellent point-and-click adventure that will satisfy fans of the genre and enthusiasts of Norse mythology.
It could have been a bit longer and offered more places to explore, but there’s no crime in knowing your limits and keeping the experience grounded – which ultimately allows the effort to be put in all the right places.