Alpha Polaris is an oldschool adventure game focusing on slow-burning character driven horror and environmental themes. It draws inspiration from such sources as Inuit legends and Cthulhu mythos.
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Release Date: Oct 21, 2015

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“In the meantime, if you’re jonesing for some adventuring, this is the most fun I’ve had in the traditional wing of the genre in a long time.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Turmoil’s Finns have created a game that is ambitious, adult, and genuinely scary. Drawing inspiration from old sources — Native American myths, 80′s horror movies, and 90′s adventure games — they have created a game that is modern in its storytelling sensibilities and brash originality.”
GameFront

“...despite being in a niche genre, Alpha Polaris is my pick for the best horror game of 2011 so far, largely due to the story, voice acting and ambience.”
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About This Game

In the midst of the snowfields of Greenland lies Alpha Polaris, an American oil research station. High above, the ion storm of the century is gathering, bringing about a strange intermixing of reality and night terrors...

Alpha Polaris is an old-school adventure game focusing on character-driven horror and environmental themes. Previously released worldwide in retail, the game features professional voice-acted dialogues, hand-drawn dialogue portraits and an original soundtrack.

Alpha Polaris was developed by Turmoil Games, an indie game studio situated in Finnish Lapland, making the game an authentic Arctic production. Developed during two long and dark Finnish winters, inspiration for the game was drawn from such sources as inuit legends, Cthulhu mythos and the very real blight polar bears face today.

The Steam edition includes:
* Expanded resolution support (MINIMUM RESOLUTION 1280x768)
* Steam achievements & trading cards
* Minor tweaks & bug fixes, tweaked dialogues
* English voice acting, ingame texts available in English, Russian, German and Polish

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Intel P4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: MINIMUM RESOLUTION 1280*768
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Usagi
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Alpha Polaris : A Horror Adventure Game is a game that I bought on sale as a whim because I enjoy point and click games. It looked promising -an element of horror you say? Well, sure! I also did something that I rarely do, I played the game soon after I bought it because I was very excited to try it out. What I got, however, was a rather mediocre game that while fun didn’t live up to my expectations. That being said, I don’t regret the purchase and do think it has good points to enjoy.

First and foremost, my biggest complaint: This game doesn’t instill any sense of horror in me. I was never scared during the game, perhaps a bit disturbed but never scared. This was a bummer but I just learned to live with it because I was interested in the story.

You play a lad named Rune who likes polar bears, you’re a tree hugger working on an oil researching facility. You’re there gathering research on the polar bears while also being preachy about the environment. I love nature as well but no one else at the station cares, aside maybe Nova who is your love interest. She’s very in touch with her Inuit heritage and is a well of useful information, I’m also rather certain she’s a feminist but thankfully not too preachy. Two other characters are at the station; Tully, a rude and crude guy and also Al who just wants to find oil and make money. To sum the story up, Al finds oil but also some ancient artifacts, he brings them back to the station and then it becomes haunted. Everyone starts having horrible nightmares and then the bodies hit the floor. I found the build-up to the scary parts a bit slow, you spend the first half of the game pretty much doing mundane things like heal a polar bear. When things begin to reeve up it doesn’t last very long because the game ends, it’s not very long. Overall it wasn’t a bad story but the characters could have used more fleshing out and the horror part needed some work.

As the genre suggests, you play the game entirely with your mouse by pointing and clicking things. It’s how you grab objects, solve puzzles and interact with people. Some puzzles require you to also type in answers with your keyboard. The gameplay is a bit clunky, I found myself confused a lot of times because there wasn’t always much direction on what I should do next. Clicking on Rune gives you a bit of a hint but sometimes it was enough. Some of the tasks and puzzles were also dull, like making a birthday cake. And the times where you have to input and answer sometimes just resulted in guessing or using a guide. One thing I did like is that Rune would not pick up objects he didn’t need at the time, like when you first find the maple syrup he just comments on it, you can only pick it up later to bake the cake.

The graphics in the game are ok, but dated, and the cut scenes look worse than the ingame artwork. Compounding the lack of a horror element, anything remotely scary in the game didn’t really come off as such due to the artwork and mediocre cutscenes. When characters talk you get speech bubbles with a 2D representation of them which I enjoyed. The music is fine and fits everything that is going on. The game is also fully-voiced in English. I personally had no issues with it, and thought the cast did well.

Pros

  • Overall presentation looks good.
  • Decent graphics and creepy music.
  • Interesting facts about Inuit culture.
  • It has trading cards and achievements.

Cons

  • Short and a bit pricey.
  • No real horror element in the game.
  • Needs more character development.

While Alpha Polaris : A Horror Adventure Game isn’t perfect and not much of a horror game, I still enjoyed playing it. The story was good but the ending was underwhelming. The game has Steam trading cards and challenging achievements so it’s a good title if you enjoy those things. The original price tag of the game seems a bit steep and I would not buy it for that price. I’m glad that I picked it up on sale and do recommend you do the same when it’s at a good price.

Usagi’s Rating

  • Must buy.
  • A good game to buy.
  • Only buy if on sale.
  • Mediocre.
  • Avoid at all costs.

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Lexman187
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Just completed this game, as it was recommended to me numerous times and has so many positive reviews.
And it's horrible. You see, games like this one - they do not offer much in the gameplay department, so they have to have either a good story, good puzzles, or both. This one has neither. The puzzles are not hard - just tedious, and the story is a big mess of boring characters and failed attempts at horror.

Oh, and there is also an environmental message stuck in there somewhere, which sounds basically like 'Oh, you found oil? YOU ARE KILLING THIS PLANET!' Yup, the writing is THAT bad and pretentious. When an antogonist tries to lure you to the darkside by promising you will be able to 'save bears', and it's not even campy but tries to sound serious and dramatic... I mean how can you make somethig like that NOT sound funny? This game made me facepalm so hard I broke my nose and knocked out 3 of my teeth.
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visibleartifice
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Bad graphics combined with mediocre dialogue (surprise suprise it was made by a Finnish company), bad puzzles, sorta clunky controls, a weak story, and not a whole lot of places to explore makes this a dull 4 hour point and click game. I have played better flash point and click games that were free.

The graphics remind me of those ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 3D porn ads that you sometimes see with some stupid JRPG overlays when you talk to people.

Don't waste your money and go play The Wolf Among Us or something.
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!-R4ptor-!
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
I'm playing adventures since the 80s and here is my opinion regarding Alpha Polaris:

Short and solid point and click adventure. I was lured to it by the premise of a Cthulhu mythos inspired story which is a bit of a stretch but I still wasn't disappointed. Mostly because I like storys involving polar regions.

+ Neat backgrounds and detailed 3D model characters
+ Good voiceactors
+ Good story
+ Hard but logical puzzles
+ Mostly not trial and error

- Cutscenes look worse than ingame gfx
- Short (4 hours)
- only 1280x800 resolution

All in all an impressive first work for an independent studio. I hope you'll do another one! Would be an instabuy for me!
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Vinnie
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
If you're a fan of classic point and click games you're in the right place, unless you want to solve every riddle without consulting a walkthrough. Why? Because the way some things work in Alpha Polaris are ridiculous. From the way triangulation works (stand in the correct spot to click on a compass multitool and get proper coordinates) to guessing words for the parser riddles, there are moments where you might wonder why it's done that way. On the other hand you get riddles where you pretty much get the step by step instructions on what to do, like with the Bombe Alaska recipe for Nova.

If you don't mind the unbalanced riddles or perhaps you're a worker on the Arctic and know exactly how to triangulate an escaped polar bear's location, playing Alpha Polaris can turn out to be a great experience for you. Even though I was a bit disappointed with having to look up a walkthrough I did enjoy this game a lot.

Since I like point and click adventure games very much, I found this to be a very nice title, especially when there's not that many quality games in this genre which are more recent. Alpha Polaris is a 2011 game, and if you're a fan of games like Grey Matter or Black Mirror, you shouldn't be dissapointed.

As for the graphics, they are amazing when it comes for the locations and in-dialogue characters, and not so much for the 3D model of Rune.

The main heroes and story are pretty interesting, especially the main hero, the Norwegian Rune, with his slight accent.

I recommend this game especially to people who are looking for a fun and exceptional point and click adventure game.
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One Man Army
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
What I think makes Alpha Polaris a very good adventure game is that it has a lot more to offer than a story. Its story is based on genuine Greenland culture. We get to learn a lot about the job of an arctic biologist and prospection and esquimaux. Even the puzzles are tailored to the story, allowing us to immerse in the game even further.

I highly recommend this game made by a few folks from Greenland that took this project from an idea to a fun game :)
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Moonshadow
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This game will not run in full screen only a small centre window, and I mean small.
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Heavy Weapons Something
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
As a horror game it never really hits that feeling of impending dread, and doesn't even have any jump scares to fall back on. Characters are just kinda there. They have personality, but you never really connect with them in a really meaningful way, so when one of them dies it feels more like a plot development than a tragedy.

The puzzle difficulty is really inconsistent. Most of them are easy, but a few of them are just maddeningly cryptic, with the text-parsing puzzles being the worst of them all. Most of the time you'll either be reduced to randomly trying every word mentioned in the game hoping for a hit, or just looking for a walk-through, either one of which is enough to break immersion and sink any buildup of tension.

Voice acting ranges from average to below-average.

Oh yeah, the only female character in the game gets damsel'd near the end, because of course she does.

All in all, the game is just way too mediocre on every level to really be worth it, unless you get it super-cheap and are really hard-up for a point-and-click adventure.

EDIT: On retrospect, this game does ONE thing that I so desperately wish more point-and-click games did, by having you be able to double-click on an exit point and skip the tedious walking animation to get where you want to go and just instantly move to the next screen. The absolute tedium of waiting for a character to cross a large area to get to the next location is one of the many things that very quickly killed any desire I had to play Deponia, and it's such an obvious move to pad the time out, so it's a breath of fresh air to see a dev buck that trend.
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Guzmicz
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
This game has an amazing atmosphere. First day is little bit boring, but it's necessary become familiar with environment and all characters. Game mechanics is classical point and click adventure. Puzzle solving is enjoyable and sometimes you have to consider all options, that leads you to spend more time with the game. This game has only two disadvantages, it's really short and the end of the story wasn't satisfying for me.

It's an interesting experience and I recommend it for everyone who love puzzles and like to be scared.
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Alexander Mirdzveli
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who yearns for good old adventures with great spirit and hard puzzles. Using word-based puzzles (like the one involving deciphering ancient writing) was a risky move for a modern game, but I personally liked it very much. Nothing can compare with the sound of hard nut cracking (especially after an hour of fruitless attempts).
There was one thing that I found ridiculous - the puzzle with the key. I had to resort to the walkthrough to solve it, but even after that I had no idea why the combination was the door opener.
Overally, the game is a great piece of art. Do not miss it.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I'm playing adventures since the 80s and here is my opinion regarding Alpha Polaris:

Short and solid point and click adventure. I was lured to it by the premise of a Cthulhu mythos inspired story which is a bit of a stretch but I still wasn't disappointed. Mostly because I like storys involving polar regions.

+ Neat backgrounds and detailed 3D model characters
+ Good voiceactors
+ Good story
+ Hard but logical puzzles
+ Mostly not trial and error

- Cutscenes look worse than ingame gfx
- Short (4 hours)
- only 1280x800 resolution

All in all an impressive first work for an independent studio. I hope you'll do another one! Would be an instabuy for me!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Alpha Polaris : A Horror Adventure Game is a game that I bought on sale as a whim because I enjoy point and click games. It looked promising -an element of horror you say? Well, sure! I also did something that I rarely do, I played the game soon after I bought it because I was very excited to try it out. What I got, however, was a rather mediocre game that while fun didn’t live up to my expectations. That being said, I don’t regret the purchase and do think it has good points to enjoy.

First and foremost, my biggest complaint: This game doesn’t instill any sense of horror in me. I was never scared during the game, perhaps a bit disturbed but never scared. This was a bummer but I just learned to live with it because I was interested in the story.

You play a lad named Rune who likes polar bears, you’re a tree hugger working on an oil researching facility. You’re there gathering research on the polar bears while also being preachy about the environment. I love nature as well but no one else at the station cares, aside maybe Nova who is your love interest. She’s very in touch with her Inuit heritage and is a well of useful information, I’m also rather certain she’s a feminist but thankfully not too preachy. Two other characters are at the station; Tully, a rude and crude guy and also Al who just wants to find oil and make money. To sum the story up, Al finds oil but also some ancient artifacts, he brings them back to the station and then it becomes haunted. Everyone starts having horrible nightmares and then the bodies hit the floor. I found the build-up to the scary parts a bit slow, you spend the first half of the game pretty much doing mundane things like heal a polar bear. When things begin to reeve up it doesn’t last very long because the game ends, it’s not very long. Overall it wasn’t a bad story but the characters could have used more fleshing out and the horror part needed some work.

As the genre suggests, you play the game entirely with your mouse by pointing and clicking things. It’s how you grab objects, solve puzzles and interact with people. Some puzzles require you to also type in answers with your keyboard. The gameplay is a bit clunky, I found myself confused a lot of times because there wasn’t always much direction on what I should do next. Clicking on Rune gives you a bit of a hint but sometimes it was enough. Some of the tasks and puzzles were also dull, like making a birthday cake. And the times where you have to input and answer sometimes just resulted in guessing or using a guide. One thing I did like is that Rune would not pick up objects he didn’t need at the time, like when you first find the maple syrup he just comments on it, you can only pick it up later to bake the cake.

The graphics in the game are ok, but dated, and the cut scenes look worse than the ingame artwork. Compounding the lack of a horror element, anything remotely scary in the game didn’t really come off as such due to the artwork and mediocre cutscenes. When characters talk you get speech bubbles with a 2D representation of them which I enjoyed. The music is fine and fits everything that is going on. The game is also fully-voiced in English. I personally had no issues with it, and thought the cast did well.

Pros

  • Overall presentation looks good.
  • Decent graphics and creepy music.
  • Interesting facts about Inuit culture.
  • It has trading cards and achievements.

Cons

  • Short and a bit pricey.
  • No real horror element in the game.
  • Needs more character development.

While Alpha Polaris : A Horror Adventure Game isn’t perfect and not much of a horror game, I still enjoyed playing it. The story was good but the ending was underwhelming. The game has Steam trading cards and challenging achievements so it’s a good title if you enjoy those things. The original price tag of the game seems a bit steep and I would not buy it for that price. I’m glad that I picked it up on sale and do recommend you do the same when it’s at a good price.

Usagi’s Rating

  • Must buy.
  • A good game to buy.
  • Only buy if on sale.
  • Mediocre.
  • Avoid at all costs.

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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
Atmospheric psychological horror point-and-click adventure with beautiful enviroments, good voice acting, fitting music, likeable characters and for the most part great and imaginative puzzle design. Even have old school text parser type puzzles in it.

Classic point-and-click adventure fans should feel right at home here. Saddly you only have 1280x800 resolution but even still game looks fine. Faces on 3D character models may sometimes look like wax figures but huge hand-drawn portraits in dialogue window are very beautiful indeed. Enviroments are especially beautiful and night sequences with northern lights are breathtaking and eerie.

Perhaps notepad could have used little bit more. I really love natural looking notes, books and magazine cutouts in my adventure games, it just makes it feel so much more lifelike enviroment and luckily what they have feels very authentic, giving great backstory and making it feel like real place where real people might live. I guess it's bit nitpicky thing to say but notes in Syberia series were huge reason why I fell in love with it back in the day as well.

One of my all time favourite point-and-click adventures and really hoping to see new game by Turmoil Games someday.


...also remember polar bears get bored too.

Final verdict: 9 well fed and happy polar bears out of 10
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
+ nice humor
+ great atmosphere
+ great voice overs
+ great audio
+ great dialogues

* Character art can be bit quirky at times

Good fun for about 5h maybe more when you want to solve everything yourself.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
If you are in the mood for a short horror adventure, that is inspired by Cthulhu & The Thing, you can't go wrong with this one.

The voice acting is good and the graphics are neat with 3D renditions mixed with 2D comic book arts. A nice departure of the current indie trend with rough pixels.

The only downside is the games short length, which is about 4 hours. Beyond that I liked it.
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36 of 52 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
Alpha Polaris, is a interesting Point and click adventure with some horror elements set on the snowfields of Greenland.

Characters dialogue has voiceover which is nice. and even if its a game made on a old engine with only 1280x800 resolution it, looks ok.
Puzzles are fun and challenging. its Worth a buy if you want a good adventure game.

https://youtu.be/dgk_PHiAAZs
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
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Alpha Polaris is a single player point-to-click horror adventure type of game in the Arctic region. The original game has already been published in 2010, which is made of old Wintemute Game Engine, an engine limit due to the game resolution remains only 1280x800 resolution.

The main character of the game occurs Rune Knudsen Norwegian biology, which studies polar bears in the Arctic region. As the game progresses the game starts to happen strange things that players need to start investigating. The player can find out, for example, like a dictionary puzzlegames.

The game has been designed by Finnish really small Turmoil Games called honest indie game company, with a low standby power has been very visually appealing and carefully executed adventure game which is easy to follow the story and high quality voice acting, as well as play music. Raises hat-makers.

A classic video game that gives a different gameplay experience. A good addition to the game collection, a testimonial!

Visual quality 9/10
Story 8/10
Sound World 8/10
Music 8/10

IGN 8.6 / 10


FIN:


Alpha Polaris on yksinpelattava point-to-click tyyppinen kauhu seikkailu peli arktisella alueella. Alkuperäinen peli on jo julkaistu vuonna 2010 joka on tehty vanhalla Wintemute peli enginellä jonka engine rajoituksen vuoksi pelin resoluutio jää vain 1280x800 resoluutioon.

Pelin päähenkilönä esiintyy Rune Knudsen Norjalainen Biologisti, joka tutkii jääkarhuja arktisella alueella. Pelin edetessä pelissä alkaa tapahtua kummallisia asioita joita pelaajan täytyy alkaa selvittämään. Pelaaja pääsee selvittää esimerkiksi erillaisia puzzleja.

Peliä on on suunnitellut suomalainen todella pieni Turmoil Games niminen rehellinen indie peliyritys, jonka pienellä voimavaralla on saatu todella visuaalisesti ja huolellisesti toteutettu seikkailupeli jossa on helposti seurattava tarina ja korkea laatuinen ääninäyttely sekä pelimusiikki. Nostaa hattua tekijöille.

Klassikko videopeli joka tarjoaa erilaisen peli kokemuksen. Hyvä lisä peli kokoelmaasi, suositteluni!

Visuaalinen laatu 9/10
Tarina 8/10
Äänimaailma 8/10
Musiikki 8/10

IGN 8.6 / 10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Small & nice point & click adventure game.
Story about what can go WRONG on polar station in a very bizzare way.

I was very suprised by parser riddles and articles, how much information you need to analize to make right guess. For me all that text puzzles was not hard. I like that game has very significant touch on mythology of northern tribes. Also it's was not bad portraying everyday life of each member of station and their voiceacting. And dating with only one female person on station was not bad (also it's optional in progress, you can miss it if you want) idea at all.

But some logic puzzles....was really troublsome. Among them of them was a master key riddle, cause I dont even imagine what "Master key" is, only information what I gets through the game was not enough for me and Triangulation task (cause I really terrible in geometry). Only minus of this game I found only in clues to solving thoose two quest (I used walkthrough to complete them), all others was not hard.

I must admit that game have it's charm. And wont thumb down on this game despite my troubles with walkthrough, cause I hope the Devs will create something even more bigger & more fascinating.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 24, 2015
Brillant game has everything you need to keep you glued to this game. horror, ice, great sound track and oh yes pola bears lol This game twist and turns in a blink of an eye, well worth getting this game as quick as you can and you will soon be in another world trying to find out who you can trust and who you cant, love it and cant recommend it enough go get it.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
This game has everything I love - point and click, a bit of horror, and a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend it to any point and click lover.
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