Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. May 28, 2019
    Draugen didn’t make me a fan of walking simulators overall, as its excellent insight is more exceptional than a norm. However, it made me a fan of Edward and Lissie and the particular brand of storytelling designed around them. I was happy and most curious when the ending credits promised that the dynamic duo will return.
  2. Jun 3, 2019
    Intense and emotional journey into the past, carried by lively dialogue and interesting characters.
  3. May 29, 2019
    There’s Norway you won’t be engrossed in this beautifully crafted and well written Scandinavian mystery.
  4. Jun 28, 2019
    A haunting game that will haunt you for a while after you finish it.
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    A psychological mystery meets the scenic fjords of Norway to bring you a new genre of fjord noir. Join Edward Charles Harden and his ward Lissie in their search for Edward's lost sister and unravel the mystery of the village of Graavik.
  6. Jun 17, 2019
    In summary, for anyone who is looking for a quick and easy game with beautiful Norwegian scenery, this is a must. I do hope that the developers add more aspects of the storyline down the track, but it was a good play overall and worth a try if you have a few hours to kill.
  7. Jun 3, 2019
    With peerless aesthetics and creative-yet-simple gameplay, Draugen provides a thrilling tale of intrigue and tragedy that is sure to satisfy the curiosity of gamers the world across.
  8. Jun 3, 2019
    Draugen is an enthralling series of mysteries wrapped in a beautiful, haunting landscape. Although some of the game might leave you stumbling around or questioning its direction, it's hard not to play it to the end to find out what happened.
  9. May 31, 2019
    Draugen is not a revolutionary game, but it is a smart one. The story teeters between being overly explanatory and too ambiguous but never manages to succumb to either. Additionally, the two lead characters feel deftly crafted and relatable. The short length and a lack of replay value may deter some, but Draugen is a mystery worth losing yourself in.
  10. May 30, 2019
    The game is positively gorgeous, the music is extremely engaging, and while not everyone might like the slow pace of this game genre, those of you who do will take part in an adventure that will leave you staring into nothingness, to the point where you may experience memories you never actually thought you had. All in all, it is definitely a game that deserves a place in any adventurous gamer's digital library.
  11. 80
    Whereas a more compelling introduction could have better grabbed the player’s attention, Draugen’s plot and design decisions are mostly done for good reason. Typically not one to rush through a game, I nonetheless eagerly consumed it in a single sitting. By the time the credits rolled, I had no regrets about letting myself be absorbed in this quaint rural locale and its captivating tale for a scant few hours of my time.
  12. Jun 7, 2019
    I am convinced by the lovable figures of Draugen, so much so that I did not need the turn at the end. They work for themselves, are versatile, charming and simply alive.
  13. May 28, 2019
    Draugen tells a story of isolation and silent desperation. It's not only a journey in a Norwegian village, it's a journey into a broken and sick conscience.
  14. Jul 9, 2019
    Draugen may not be the best game of this type but it's actually a beautiful experience that has it's own charm. you can definitely fall in love with this game.
  15. Jun 25, 2019
    Draugen gameplay is flat and poor and sometimes the storytelling pace is undeniably flawed. Nevertheless the story of Edward and Lissie is absolutely enjoyable and deeper than expected thanks to two great main character that someday will definitely return.
  16. Jun 6, 2019
    Although a short and not providing all the answers to the questions it raises, Draugen, with its intoxicating atmosphere and the taste of Norwegian countryside, offers us a good time in the company of the protagonists with their charming relationships. Soaked with a soundtrack that seduces us from the very first notes, the story, in which our role will consist in following, without being able to influence it, like a spectator, has in any case kept us on our toes.
  17. Jun 6, 2019
    The idea of companion gives some personality in a genre that is not renowned by the inclusion of secondary characters. We miss more cohesion between the different plots, especially in the final part.
  18. Jun 6, 2019
    Draugen is a pleasant vacation from the world of mainstream gaming. Its protagonist is not a hero, but a man traumatized by his past. Its pacing is leisurely rather than hurried. Its mysteries court the mundane more than the spectacular.
  19. May 31, 2019
    Draugen's engaging story, wonderful characters, solid voice acting and beautiful environments could have made it an unforgettable experience, only if the developers have pushed harder through some limits and answered more story-related questions.
  20. May 28, 2019
    The puzzle pieces of the central mysteries you can slot together are satisfying, and the picture they begin to create is truly captivating, even if you are left wishing you could see just a bit more of it.
  21. May 28, 2019
    Simple mechanically, yet sophisticated in its story, Draugen is a brief exploration of grief, trauma, and mental illness wrapped in a compelling mystery that only occasionally drops the ball.
  22. May 28, 2019
    As with their previous work on Dreamfall Chapters, developers have provided players with a breathtaking, interesting world to explore that is set in a historical era and location that is little seen in games today. Wandering through the world is a visual and aural treat that is somewhat let down by two divergent mysteries that are never adequately explored or resolved.
  23. May 28, 2019
    Draugen weaves an interesting, short story about Edward and his ward, the young, energetic Lissie. The search for his little sister takes the pairing to Graavik, a remote village in rural Norway. But the mystery is far bigger than they know. It is a short, concentrated and well executed story based game.
  24. Jun 25, 2019
    I wanted to get behind Draugen so much, as someone who loves walking simulators, and loves Norway. But I just didn’t find it gripping — while the setting is unique and captures the beauty of Norway, what I experienced of the central mystery felt cliched, and the two central characters, especially Lissie, felt like 1920s caricatures. I think perhaps an opportunity was missed in giving the game Norwegian characters. If you like walking simulators, and mysteries, you may get a kick out of Draugen, worth a look-up in either case.
  25. Jun 5, 2019
    Draugen is a frustratingly creative attempt from Red Thread Games that some will appreciate, while others brush it aside without much thought.
  26. Jun 7, 2019
    While Draugen never reaches the promised story quality and world building we have come to expect from Ragnar Tornquist, there is still charm and beauty to be found is this secret Norwegian corner of the world.
  27. Jun 5, 2019
    Despite its narrative shortcomings, Draugen still has plenty to offer. Graavik has no shortage of beautiful views and stunningly detailed locations. In under three hours, Draugen pulls off a series of well-composed shots that are worth the entry price alone. Teddy and Lissie's story never reaches its full potential, but there are worse ways to spend a few hours than exploring a wind-swept fjord.
  28. Jun 3, 2019
    Draugen is a lovely walking sim about a mystery in a small Norwegian village. It has a cool atmosphere, though the story is too much about the twists that are just a bit too predictable.
  29. Jun 24, 2019
    This psychological “fjord-noir” adventure is well made, but let down by its overblown ambition, far too great for a short game of this nature.
  30. Jun 17, 2019
    Draugen is not bad, just disappointingly... mediocre-to-decent, when it could be so much more. The whole noir mystery narrated by an unreliable protagonist thing definitely manages to spark some interest, but this never really becomes the engrossing tale it wants to be. Forget the marvellously rendered Norwegian landscape, and the magical music that keeps it company. What lies underneath is just an okay-ish, walking simulator.
  31. Jun 7, 2019
    Draugen offers plenty of shocks and chills set against a unique, scenic backdrop of rural Norway, but is sadly let down by some jarring dialogue and a confusing conclusion.
  32. May 29, 2019
    The game forsakes worldbuilding as it increasingly gives itself over to making the most digressive of statements.
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  1. Teddy and Lissie are still very inviting characters, who obviously have a backstory that is distinct and known to their writers, and are the best reason to play this game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 96
  2. Negative: 17 out of 96
  1. May 31, 2019
    I'm giving this game 10/10 just because people're giving this game 1 point because they still think this is a horror. Normally I'd give thisI'm giving this game 10/10 just because people're giving this game 1 point because they still think this is a horror. Normally I'd give this game 9/10 but honestly. I can't leave metacritic with 4,5/10. This game deserves better Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2019
    Is this a horror game or walking simulator ? Terrible.. I just deleted the game before i finished it.. What a waste of time.. Stay away fromIs this a horror game or walking simulator ? Terrible.. I just deleted the game before i finished it.. What a waste of time.. Stay away from this game! Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2019
    Biggest disappointment ever. Most mysteries remain unsolved and the plot looks like the authors wanted to make the game so unusual that endedBiggest disappointment ever. Most mysteries remain unsolved and the plot looks like the authors wanted to make the game so unusual that ended up plain, boring and unsatisfying. The gameplay is plain too - you don’t solve any puzzles or affect the story or at least shape the character’s personality (usually in adventures you do at least one of the three). You just keep walking round the location, reading letters and listening to the main characters’ conversations and that’s it. The visuals and music are beautiful but that’s the only two advantages. Full Review »