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Chapter 004 - The Frostrune


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My Overall Score 6.6/10:

Overall Frostrune is a pretty decent short game to pass an evening or two with, with pleasant graphics and decent music. It's not very interesting in the game mechanics and gameplay departments though.

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Synopsis&Official Site Link: Frostrune

Unravel a mystery inspired by Viking myth and legend in The Frostrune, a classic point-and-click adventure based on ancient Norse culture and environments.

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Find yourself shipwrecked on an island after a summer storm. Nearby, a recently abandoned settlement shows signs that its inhabitants left in a panick. Surrounding the village is a dark, dense forest filled with ancient rune stones and burial mounds. Among them are hidden relics and other well-kept secrets that will bring you closer to solving the mysteries of the island.

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Story Score: 6/10

We start our adventure on a beach, surrounded by what appears to be a shipwreck. Without much to do and see in such a place we move inland hoping to make sense of the situation we found ourselves in. We soon notice weird frost covering everything and a seemingly abandoned village...

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First of all, the story in The Frostrune is unveiled in a linear fashion, with no bonus or otherwise additional content whatsoever. As is typical for point&click genre, it also seems to progress along with the scenes we encounter during the gameplay.

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The scenes themselves, albeit mostly beautifully painted, offer little in terms of content, with just a few things scattered around in each of them. Even though there are many of those scenes, the further we progress with the game and the more of them we find, the less content they add to the story.

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Therefore, if one expects to be drawn into the world of Frostrune, what awaits is a great start, slow decreasement in interest, ultimately ending in a bitter disappointment. The only saving grace being the story setting, scenes and references to Nordic mythology, and the music befitting said setting.

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Music&Sound Effects Score: 7/10

Music in The Frostrune is a typical Nordic music, fully befitting of the game and story settings. There is not much to say about the music itself. It is for the most part good, and capable of setting the general mood of the situation.

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Unfortunately, although it is good, it does not stand out in any way. For the better or worse, it keeps that level throughout the few tracks present in the game, making it difficult to say anything more about it.

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Game Mechanics Score: 7/10

Game mechanics in Frostrune are typical for point&click games. Nothing new or unique to find here. Find objects of interest, and pick them up or interact with them. Nothing more and nothing less.

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Even the few puzzles present in the game work on the same basis.

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Gameplay Score: 5/10

Gameplay in Frostrune is simple, typical, and frustrating at times. Each scene we enter contains very few interactibles we could possibly do anything with. While the scenes oftentimes interweave and allow for relative freedom of movement, the progress stays linear.

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The amount of scenes, coupled with the scarciness of interactibles turns this game quickly into something more resembling running errands all around the island, rather than an enjoyable experience of following the story while solving some puzzles often found in similar games.

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The fact that many of the events require one to go through the entirety of the island, often not just once, in order to continue with the game only adds up to the frustration.

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Last, but not least, are notes and puzzle hints, also scattered all over the place, which, for whatever reason, are unpickable by our character. This adds to the difficulty of this rather short and simple game. Not in a positive manner, however. The player can either keep on backtracking to the notes, take a screenshot of them and check with it on the go, or memorize the hints in their entirety.

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Overall the gameplay can be said to be mostly okayish and at times frustratingly unamusing and resembling a chore.

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Graphics Score: 8/10

There is not much to say about graphics in a point&click game. All of the scenes are painted, giving the game a pretty artistic look. They also fit the general mood of the game, as well as fit the themes present, be they historical or referencing Nordic mythology.

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Overall, they are simply pleasant to look at, not much more, nothing less.

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