Playing Oknytt can be an enjoyable experience even when using a walkthrough guide right from the very start, as I did. Using such a guide might in fact be recommended, as it helped me avoid the frustration and the tediousness typical to this kind of point-and-click puzzle games. Since there were no more headaches caused by having to find certain items, discover specific combinations, and so on, I could fully focus on the enjoyable parts of the game: the art style, the stories, the exploration (and the discovery of new characters, stories, levels), etc.
I'd say the gameplay isn't exactly Oknytt's strong point, but only unless you're not a fan of solving point-and-click challenges, as some of the item combinations are quite intuitive (unlike other similar games) and it's also got some gameplay originality in the addition of some "elemental runes".
Anyway, I personally enjoyed everything else about this little game, not the gameplay.
Its main theme is truly original, as it's inspired from the Swedish folklore. And not just barely, remotely inspired, but deeply rooted and connected to Swedish folklore, from the very start to the very ending.
The main story isn't very intricate but the many secondary characters that the main protagonist encounters during its journey are all interesting and unique. The ending was rather abrupt and quite ambiguous for my taste, but not bad enough to cause me any real disappointment.
The visuals aren't sophisticated, but they're charming. In a very dark tone at all times, the game feels immersive and captivating. The voice acting and the sounds are also top-notch. Even if there's one single voice actor for all characters, that guy is clearly hugely talented and does a great job.
As for the game's length and value for money, considering its low full price, Oknytt gets another plus in my book.
- strongly inspired from Swedish folklore, making it original and even a bit educational
- nice visuals and art styles
- top notch voice acting and sound effects
- it's inexpensive, simple, lightweight, neat, and really enjoyable
- gameplay based on typical point-and-click elements. Without a guide, it may take a lot more hours to complete, not to mention the unavoidable frustration coming along the way.