Games we played recently & liked a lot – Part 1: ‘Jotun’

Originally, I wanted to cover two games that impressed me recently: Jotun and Hiveswap: Act 1. Two fairly different games, but they have at least one thing in common: a truly beautiful art style! ❤ Now that I’m editing this post I felt like I should cover only one game and instead it would be cool to create a series called Games we played recently. So, there’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to it!

But let’s start at the beginning. This blog hasn’t been updated in a while, which was mostly caused by nursey and me being quite invested in Triple A games (and popular indie games) that don’t need any more blog posts because they have been covered by various magazines/blogs etc already. (some of the games included Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dark Souls 3Wasteland 2, Syberia 2, Night in the Woods and Ruiner) We also played some indie games, but sometimes you just don’t have any idea what to write about them, even if you liked them. For me, these included the visual novels Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness and The Silver Case.

But during the last 2 weeks I played two really interesting games called Jotun and Hiveswap: Act 1 and I thought, these are two games that Screenshot Starday should cover. So here’s what I think!

I’ll start with Jotun as it’s the game I finished most recently. To be accurate: I finished it a few hours ago! It’s a short indie game that focuses on puzzle-solving, exploring multiple areas and fighting bosses (as well as minor enemies sometimes). It features a hand-drawn art style and northern mythology which I found very intriguing. The protagonist is Thora, who died recently and wants to impress the gods to enter Valhalla. (there’s a Valhalla Edition of the game btw) She has an axe which she uses to perform two different attacks (more or less) and she has the ability to dodge. That’s pretty much it – and as she’s moving quite slowly, it’s quite difficult at times to win the battles. To increase the chance of winning, the player can find Ithunn’s apples (which increase hp) and the so-called God Powers that are really helpful, but are only available for 2-3 times during boss fights. So you have to manage them accordingly.

Here are some screenshots I took. The last photo shows one of the bosses, so if you feel like it’s a huge spoiler, just look at the first six pictures and scroll ahead. 🙂

the first area of Jotun
finding a rune
finding a rune
an icy area
one of the doors to a boss after you found the 2 runes to fight them
i liked the colors a lot :3
one of Ithunn’s apples
very notorious boss that took me approximately 2 hours to beat xD

Looking at these screenshots, I think it’s really beautifully drawn and it was a lot of fun exploring the areas, solving the puzzles, fighting against giants, dwarves and nature itself. Sometimes I thought it would be great, if Thora moved quicker as my impression was that it increased the difficulty a lot to not be able to fight in more agile way. But I became used to it (especially as there’s a God Power that lets Thora move and attack quicker for a short time :3 ) and I also liked the challenge.

So if you like the style, northern mythology, fighting boss battles and a good challenge, I can definitely recommend the game. I bought it on sale for 4,50 € (PS4) which was 100% worth it. I’m looking forward to play the next game by Thunder Lotus Games for sure! (They released a game called Sundered in July 2017, but I suck at metroidvania games, so I’m not sure I’ll look into it… (though it looks quite awesome *_* I guess I have to think about it!) But another action-adventure will totally be on my list-to-play, hehe!)


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