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  • Summary: Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Impress the Gods.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Nov 18, 2015
    100
    Jotun makes a strong impact early on and the hits keep rolling as the game lurches forward with each heavy axe swing.
  2. 90
    Jotun promised a lot with its Kickstarter campaign, but it has delivered on all fronts. A wonderfully crafted adventure based on Norse mythology, players will find themselves engrossed in the world of Jotun from start to finish. The art style is gorgeous, the soundtrack is epic, and the boss battles are tense. A few flaws crop up, but enough is done elsewhere to make up for it in the end.
  3. Sep 30, 2015
    83
    If you’re looking for a beautiful world to explore and great boss battles to be had you can’t go wrong with Jotun. For $15.00 on Steam you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. It won’t be easy to earn the gods' favor, but it’s something you’ll be playing again and again in order to do it.
  4. Sep 30, 2015
    80
    Despite very minor frame rate dips and the occasional glitchy element, the beauty and wonder of Jotun unfolds like a storybook and deserves attention.
  5. Oct 13, 2015
    80
    It’s a wonderful, dazzling little world Thunder Lotus created, and you just might learn something while you’re playing.
  6. Oct 16, 2016
    75
    Ultimately, there's nothing in Jotun that would have even been hailed as original if you'd seen it in Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion, but fun is timeless.
  7. Sep 29, 2015
    60
    Overall, Jotun is a very visual game with a very memorable art style that offers a well rounded combat system in a setting that does its best to stay true to its real-life inspirations but finds itself lacking in the plot department which is a genuine shame because it's clear that Thunder Lotus Games put a lot of time and passion into this kick-starter funded project.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Jan 10, 2017
    10
    Jotun is a fantastic game, with beautifully draw graphics and an amazingly interesting story. It is one of those games you can say its notJotun is a fantastic game, with beautifully draw graphics and an amazingly interesting story. It is one of those games you can say its not only about fun but learning as well.

    It is a relatively short game but that is not a negative point. The challenge is average and it provides insight and tactic combat.

    I would love RPGs creators to take ideas used in Jotun, like the graphics and animations. This is one of the art that I keep missing from recent titles. A cartoon animation fits this game wonderfully.

    By means if you enjoy hand drawn graphics and action/adventure games, Jotun is one of those titles that you would remember for some time.
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  2. Feb 19, 2018
    8
    Jotun is a great game but has a steep learning curve. The hero does not attack or move as quickly as expected, so the first few hours of playJotun is a great game but has a steep learning curve. The hero does not attack or move as quickly as expected, so the first few hours of play were adjusting to the controls. However, once adjusted, the game is fun and rewarding.

    Boss fights constitute the main gameplay of Jotun and they are very well designed. You must learn each bosses' patterns and adjust your play accordingly. It is very hard at first but becomes so rewarding when you start earning achievements that you initially thought impossible. A combination of 2 special abilities makes every fight much easier. The game is perfect for speed running.

    Main game took 6 hours, but replaying bosses for achievements took 17 hours. Highly recommended, only worth $5 due to length.
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  3. Oct 3, 2015
    8
    Absolutely Charming and Wonderful experience. I want deeper story, and more lovable main character, but the overall experience is worth teAbsolutely Charming and Wonderful experience. I want deeper story, and more lovable main character, but the overall experience is worth te full price of the game. The animation is unique and fantastic, the music and sound is good, the game-play is little slow but smooth, and the Boss fights are memorable. Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2018
    7
    Set in Norse mythology, Jotun spans sprawling regions of various weather types, landscapes, and architecture. You play as Thora, a VikingSet in Norse mythology, Jotun spans sprawling regions of various weather types, landscapes, and architecture. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior who dies an inglorious death and gets a second chance to prove her might to the gods and enter Valhalla, the equivalent of Norse heaven. In your quest to achieve the thumbs up from the gods, you search for hidden runes across the game to awaken the five Jotuns, giant Norse elementals, in which you battle for glory. If you enjoy Norse mythology or mediums that implement this rich history, then Jotun will feel like your childhood dream coming to life. Voiceovers are spoken in Icelandic, allowing your experience as Thora to feel richly authentic and vibrant.

    Navigating through Jotun is an absolutely gorgeous expedition. You enter Yggdrasil, the connector of the nine worlds, aka the nine zones, in which you spend your journey exploring. The hand-drawn animations are incredibly detailed, from Thora’s cloak waving behind as you run around, to the top-down view of the environment below. Every detail is executed with finesse and is seamlessly attractive to watch; like little screen shakes as Thora smashes her axe to the ground or subtle flashes when a Jotun receives damage. Each of the nine worlds feels distinct and unique, able to hold its own beauty. I enjoyed running through lush twigs and giant mushrooms, or carefully tiptoeing around glowing red cracks that bubbled with lava underneath. There is always something new to discover in Jotun‘s rich world and is worth staring at with awe. These subtle details also stress urgency when highly stressful situations arise; like a shadow looming from the thin ice below and suddenly, a giant sea serpent smashes through the ice. Shadows are also cleverly used throughout Jotun to indicate safe zones or the size and width of the Jotun’s attack, making combat especially easier to plan. As you wander around, I notice that Thora is very small in scale in comparison to the rest of her world. This reminds me that there is a universe far bigger than ourselves. It’s refreshing to be able to surrender your control to the forces of nature. Plus, Jotun does a great job of adding the David versus Goliath element throughout your gameplay.

    But despite its attention to visual detail and its smooth animations, I struggled with Jotun‘s lack of clear level objectives. Yes, searching for the hidden runes are made known thanks to the early narration in the game, but even as I marvel at the world around me, each zone feels slow and unmotivating. This could be due to a very obtuse map, which took me a couple of zones to figure out what each legend means and where my location corresponds with the map’s design. I spent most of Jotun aimlessly running around trying to find a landmark that would indicate some vague idea of my whereabouts. Thankfully, you can explore each of the nine worlds in any order you choose, so I was able to leave and enter as I pleased. It made my exploration feel a little less repetitive, and if one zone felt too tedious, I could easily access another zone. One of the major landmarks to locate are statues dedicated to different Norse gods, and when discovered, you gain a special ability or a ‘blessing’ to use in your brawls against the Jotuns. There are also golden apples lying around that when consumed, extends your health bar. Despite such bait for upgrades, Jotun feels like a sluggish tenth round of hide-and-seek and takes some time to get used to.

    Jotun is a visual masterpiece, flaunting its fluidity through humble hand-drawn animations and sweeping palettes. Its combat is one of the most exciting I’ve played through, leaving me with memorable victories and a sense of pride that’s sure to last. Jotun poetically combines the rich and ancient history of Norse mythology and the creativity of somehow allowing this mythology to be your own. Despite some issues with pacing and an unclear map, Jotun offers players a satisfying journey, a call to impress the gods and enter Valhalla for yourself – an achievement worth dying for.
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  5. May 26, 2021
    7
    + Красивая, мультяшная графика и приятный саунд.
    - Игре просто не хватает масштаба и глубины проработки.
    + Красивая, мультяшная графика и приятный саунд.
    - Игре просто не хватает масштаба и глубины проработки.
  6. Jul 9, 2017
    4
    nice artstyle and compelling story, also good voiceacting but boring music, slow paced fights and terrible movement, User Inferace isnice artstyle and compelling story, also good voiceacting but boring music, slow paced fights and terrible movement, User Inferace is confusing as well as the map which fails to give a sense to where you are and where you are going Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2020
    0
    La jolie petite daubé indé que voilà ! elle est mimi avec ses 16 couleurs et il paraît même que c'est dessiné "à la main"... et roulé sous lesLa jolie petite daubé indé que voilà ! elle est mimi avec ses 16 couleurs et il paraît même que c'est dessiné "à la main"... et roulé sous les aisselles aussi. Et ça se "voit". Putain que c'est moche et affreux et... moche. C'est la "quintessence" du jeu indépendant, quoi !

    En 2D donc, en 16 couleurs (voire beaucoup moins) et sa petite bonne femme qu'on dirige dans ce euh... quoi déjà ? ah oui, un jeu très frais, il paraît. On tape sur des ennemis et on meurt, on ressuscite, on s'ennuie, on se fait chier, on avance sur un fond vert, un fond marron et ainsi de suite... (attention, pas de jeu de mot avec marron, on reste digne devant un tél étron. Quand même).

    Bon voilà, enfin... "bon", façon de parler parce que c'est tout sauf "bon" en fait. Même que c'est tout le contraire, cette misérable daube sous une couche de peinture viking en solde chez Ikéa.
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