When I began playin this game, i wasn't really sure of what to expect. This was supposedly a decent adventure, sure, but hardly could I expect it to be any different from most titles in the genre. Boy, was i wrong.
Whereas the game mechanics are the same as pretty much every other title in the bunch, what really sets this out of the crowd is the setting: Swedish folklore is undoubtably something you don't come across much in games, or even everyday life, and I did enjoy learning a bit abouth its myths and lore, which the game seems to send you in endless waves of small curiosities and oddities you'll quite easily find yourself looking up either on the internet or the game's library.
Some puzzles are a little bit more complicated than others, but you'll rarely find anything that can escape a reasonable amount of thinking (sometimes linear, sometimes lateral) and the average playtime is well in the average. The story itself begins very slowly, and might sound and look rather dull, but give it a few minutes and the tune will change completely.
The narrator's voice is simply superb, and really adds that little "something" to both immersiveness and charm taht would have you go: "Yeah, you just gotta check this out", as it will lead you hand in hand with this tiny, pathethic little creature, with the warmest, tenderest heart you will encounter in a long while. I won't lie: I shed many a tear as the small creature progressed in its travel towards the ending of the game, and when the game did end... It did leave something behind. I wouldn't go as far as to compare this game to masterpieces of its genre, but it was certaintly an enjoyable, touching and tought provoking gameplay experience.
Summing it up:
- Great story, excellent and immersive narration, peerless voice acting.
- Immersive, interesting and unusual setting.
- Tough, but not frustrating.
- A main character you will likely learn to love, over the course of the adventure.
- Solid, albeit a bit outdated, gameplay mechanics.
If I were to give this game a mark, it'd be a solid 7.5/10, leaning heavily towards an 8.