Oknytt

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Oknytt on Steam

MSRP: $4.99

Platform: Windows

Release: 7/8/13

Steam Rating: 95% positive


There were a surprising number of point-n-click adventure games on my list of highly rated Steam games, and although many of them are classics with thousands of reviews, Oknytt is a little indie title with just under 250 reviews, and still managed a 95% positive rating. I had picked it up mostly due to the interesting art style and the fact that it was based on Swedish folklore, which is quite an uncommon influence for games of this style.

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You play as a “seemingly insignificant creature” who just wants to discover who he is and where he belongs – already making this a pretty relatable concept for most of us.  In addition to general point-n-click mechanics, you’re also given four elemental runes, each of which will affect the scenes and are frequently necessary in order to progress.

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Most gamers are likely to need to consult a walkthrough from time to time – the most hardcore point-n-click adventurers may figure out all the puzzles in time, but given Oknytt’s relatively slow pacing, I didn’t find myself being quite so patient. There are a lot – and I do mean A LOT – of inventory puzzles, and you will need to backtrack fairly frequently to collect objects that were for one reason or another, not previously acquirable. I feel like this is typical for the genre, and therefore can’t hold it against this game in particular.

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Despite the lack of color throughout, it’s an exceptionally beautiful game, and the single voice actor really lends to the feeling of being told a bedtime story. Which is to say, it sounds as lovely as it looks. You can expect to spent at least 4-5 hours playing through the story – more if you can resist the siren song of walkthroughs, and so far, it’s shaping up to be an utterly charming experience.

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