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  • Summary: 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.
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  1. Nov 2, 2017
    80
    Burly Men at Sea will definitely charm you though. And although it can get repetitive if you try to get all the endings for the game, the stories are all well written and it’s exciting to see what happens next. Lots of color, fun music and sound, and witty writing bring this to a very well rounded game that is likely to please most people.
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  1. Nov 27, 2018
    8
    Very interesting game with several mini-stories that combined in a journey of three men. On every stage of the journey you can change the wayVery interesting game with several mini-stories that combined in a journey of three men. On every stage of the journey you can change the way you will act to see what happens next. There is almost no gameplay or any puzzles. You just select the way you want to see the journey and waiting for the next episode. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    5
    It's very beautiful, but the game is determined to not tell me what's going on or what I'm trying to achieve. It seems there are mini games,It's very beautiful, but the game is determined to not tell me what's going on or what I'm trying to achieve. It seems there are mini games, but it's so hard to control the pointer that I apparently always fail them and die. That wears thin very quickly. Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2019
    5
    Total playtime: 1-2 hours (at max)

    It's basically a visual novel-like game, with the difference that instead of the typical VN-format with
    Total playtime: 1-2 hours (at max)

    It's basically a visual novel-like game, with the difference that instead of the typical VN-format with a fixed text box and choices as buttons, it's a more free form of story-telling and choices are selected by the way you interact with stuff on the screen.

    Controls:
    They aren't very good. You have to press one button to widen your limited viewfield in one direction, which after a time causes the characters to move in that direction. Feels little weird. Even worse is the click control, where you navigate a cursor to specific regions to click them. Probably works well on mobile phones and PC, but on PS4, it's quite a bad control. They should have added some snapping or something similar.

    Story & Gameplay:
    The story is fine, but nothing great. Bearded men go on an adventure and meet certain mythical creatures and other strange occurances. It sounds cool, and it is, but it is too short (one adventure, or playthrough takes about 10-15 minutes at max). What also sucks is that every adventure basically ends the same way with the travelers returning to the starting point. There are no bad ends in that sense, no deaths or other permanent consequences of the choices taken, since it always loops from the beginning. Some choices don't even really matter (except for trophies), since the outcome is basically the same in both cases. Also, when going for another playthrough to see the other missed choices, you always have to repeat the whole thing. So skipping, no in-between saves to speed up the consequent runs. You gotta do the whole thing again. Since a run is just 10-15 mins, this is kinda ok, but still a waste of time and I wish they added a better way for further runs. At least the dialogue changes a bit depending on what choices were taken the last time, but that doesn't really excuse anything.

    Music & Art:
    The best thing about the game is the soundtrack, imo, which has lots of acapella voice sounds (reminded me of Botanicula) and sounds really nice. The art is pretty minimalistic, but consistent, and fits really well with the soundtrack and the dialogue. This all gives a consistent look and feel and atmosphere to the game, which is probably why one could overlook the flaws of the game listed earlier.

    Conclusion:
    It's not a great game, but it has its charme. Very short playtime, but you get a very easy platin-trophy, in case you care. I wouldn't recommend paying money for it though. There's simply too less content for that. I personally got it from PS+.
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  4. May 10, 2019
    3
    Having found a map inside a bottle floating in the sea three fisherman hop onboard their boat and set off in search off adventure. Burly MenHaving found a map inside a bottle floating in the sea three fisherman hop onboard their boat and set off in search off adventure. Burly Men at Sea is essentially an interactive story in which the player can make decisions to effect the narrative. The minimalist graphical style looks good but the amount of player interaction is minimal, and the story isn't all that interesting, meaning that I couldn’t even stick it out for a half an hour before giving up... Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2019
    2
    joguinho podre,história e gameplay horriveis...pelomenos é fácil de platinar,recomendo para quem busca platina.
  6. Feb 5, 2019
    0
    An absolute rubbish of a game. It would be an instant delete for me but it had one of the fastest and easiest PlayStation platinum trophiesAn absolute rubbish of a game. It would be an instant delete for me but it had one of the fastest and easiest PlayStation platinum trophies out there so i played for a bout 40 mins got my plat and deleted it forever with pleasure . simply avoid by all means Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2018
    0
    This is just a cynical and brazen attempt to get you to buy the makers' laughable "book of the game," which costs $30 I think. They want youThis is just a cynical and brazen attempt to get you to buy the makers' laughable "book of the game," which costs $30 I think. They want you to buy multiple copies, too. Granted, trophy hounds can be masochistic and stick with a turgid, vacuous, repetitive, charmless, lazy, brainless waste of time like this to the bitter end for that all-important Platinum. If you seek a modicum of enjoyment from your games, however, then turning off your Playstation and sitting staring at it, motionless, for two hours will provide you with better gameplay, a deeper story and a greater sense of achievement than going anywhere near the extended book commercial that you're expected to pay for that is The Burly Sea Men.

    "The smell of gloom and eternal despair" is clearly one that the makers of this drivel have wafting around their studio while working.

    Also, the racist blacksmith is just offensive. Change it.

    Morally bankrupt. 0/10.
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