By Richard Jewell
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on Sept.9th, 2016 on Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Wii U
Developer: Thunder Lotus Games Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
Jotun: Valhalla Edition contains two modes, the main story mode, and Valhalla Mode. In the story mode, you start off in the domain of Jera, the nature Jotun. This basically serves as a tutorial for the game and explains that you must find a rune hidden in each level to access the boss fight with the Jotun in charge of the region. Jera only has one rune to find before you can challenge her. The remaining four regions consist of two levels to explore and a boss fight once the rune in each level has been obtained. More often than not, you will be navigating treacherous and deadly obstacles as opposed to fighting enemies. Some levels don’t even have enemies to fight, so if you think this is just some pure action hack n slash, it is not. The game’s main hub is named Ginnungagap, or simply, the void. From here you access the different regions, and there is also a map of each region etched into the stone floor. This is pretty useful, as it shows points of interest, which can be a collectible of some sort or a special place. Once discovered, the point on the map lights up, allowing you to keep track of what you have collected already. Once the story is completed, Valhalla Mode is unlocked. Valhalla Mode is basically a boss rush mode, only this time, the Jotun are much stronger, and they have new tricks up their giant sleeves.
There are only two issues I can find with this game. One; it’s a little on the short side. Jotun was so good that I was a little disappointed when the credits started rolling, but as they say, all good things must come to an end sometime. Two; the camera pulls the view back in an effort to make you feel the full effect of being a tiny human fighting against giant enemies. It’s a wonderful effect and it is used quite well, however, once in a while it can make you lose track of Thora during some of the crazier boss fights. But if you’re looking for a gorgeous, memorable indie action adventure game experience that won’t break the bank, look no further. Jotun impresses in many ways.
* Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 9/10
+Amazing hand drawn
+Memorable level designs
+The Jotun fights are great
-A little short