A branching folktale adventure about a trio of large, bearded fishermen in early 20th-century Scandinavia.
User reviews:
Mixed (11 reviews) - 54% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (50 reviews) - 74% of the 50 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2016

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February 13

Achievements! Italian! SALE?!

Ever since our beardy fellas received that honorable mention for IGF's Excellence in Narrative award, they've been clamoring for some way to keep track of their achievements. And something about a quit button. Fine.

Today's update adds the following:

  • Achievements
  • Italian localization
  • Steam Controller config
  • Steam Cloud support
  • Quit button
  • Bug fixes and polish

AND for the first time, Burly Men at Sea is 30% off!

*chaos of celebration*

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

“It’s a tiny-but-then-not-tiny, lovely thing with so much character and a wonderful sense of adventure.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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

About This Game

One of TIME’s top ten games of 2016, Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.

Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes. Play through once for a single tale, then set sail again to uncover paths to new adventures.


  • 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 the game’s Scandinavian setting.


Burly Men at Sea is the second game from husband-and-wife team Brain&Brain, developed during their own adventures as nomads and erstwhile farmhands.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 225 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 275 MB available space
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