A branching folktale adventure about a trio of large, bearded fishermen in early 20th-century Scandinavia.
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Mostly Positive (77) - 75% of the 77 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 29, 2016

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Includes 2 items: Burly Men at Sea, Burly Men at Sea - Original Soundtrack



“…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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