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Jotun

Jotun

  • Publisher
    Thunder Lotus Games
  • Developer
    Thunder Lotus Games
  • Release date
    29 Sep 2015

Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who has died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla.

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AGM score 80%
IGN 8
GameSpot 8
single-player only
2.5d
unity engine
fantasy
action-adventure
female protagonist
e3 2016
norse mythology
viking
battle axe
bangsian fantasy
kickstarter funded
crowd funded
pax west 2016
the afterlife
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About Jotun

Jotun is released by Thunder Lotus Games in 29 Sep 2015. The game is designed by Thunder Lotus Games. Jotun is a typical representative of the Adventure genre. Playing Jotun is a pleasure. It does not matter whether it is the first or a millionth hour in Adventure, there will always be room for something new and interesting. Thrilling levels and gameplay Jotun will not leave anyone indifferent. The complexity of gameplay increases with each new level and does not let any player get bored.

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Jotun is versatile and does not stand still, but it is never too late to start playing. The game, like many Adventure games has a full immersion in gaming. AllGame staff continues to play it.

Jotun is perfect for playing alone or with friends.

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Jotun: Valhalla Edition - Analysis

Author: Albert Manjón
Date: 2020-07-30 16:26:14
After a year of war on PC, the Canadian Thunder Lotus Games make the natural leap to the trident of desktop consoles of the current generation. After a quickly funded campaign on Kickstarter last 2014, the game landed on Steam, garnering good reviews from both the press and users.

As we already told you in our analysis of the PC version, Jotun puts us in the shoes of Thora , a Viking who has to surprise the gods to earn her place in Valhalla . References to Norse mythology are one of the pillars of Jotun. The references are constant, starting with the Ginnungagap, from which we will delve into each and every one of the scenarios that will take us face to face against the Jotun, those gigantic creatures of superhuman strength, whose defeat will guarantee us a place in Valhalla at side of the Gods.

Throughout the labyrinthine scenarios we will have to get their respective runes to access the boss of each area. And although the battles against the Jotun are the main incentive of the game, and in this extended version, we must not underestimate the mythological content that awaits us on stage . We will walk through the leaves of the Yggdrasil, the tree of life and where we can meet the falcon that crowns its crown, Vedrfolnir. Or dodge in the Niflheim the onslaught of Jörmundgander, the huge snake that would end Thor in the final battle upon arrival of the Rägnarok.

As you can see, it is a structure very similar to that of games from past generations . A central stage that works as a catwalk, the different levels and the bosses. Jotun is distributed in a total of 5 scenarios. Each one including mini puzzles, hidden objects or secret abilities that will motivate us to explore its labyrinthine scenarios. The map that is provided to us serves perfectly to locate us despite not indicating the exact position of Thora.

From the moment we arrive at the Ginnungagap we will have total freedom to explore the vast scenarios at our whim, being able to choose and progress through the different levels at our own pace. Each setting exudes history, moments reminiscent of the, for many, unknown Norse mythology. It is a luxury to walk around relaxed, and with an iota of curiosity, those scenarios full of characters and places that will take you to Wikipedia with the intention of knowing more . A wonderful mix of sensations between Shadow of the Colossus , Titan Souls or even the melancholic loneliness of Journey .

And if in any aspect Jotun hits hard, that is the visual aspect . In times where one part of the video game industry greedily craves realism, another part decides to take alternative paths. It takes a moment of play to realize that the game is artistically superb. Each stage, character or Jotun, could be walked without any lack by many animated films. It is true that special care is noted in the Jotun by Thunder Lotus Games, where the animations are specially worked and move without losing a single drop of fluidity . The feeling of being in front of a movie in many moments will be total, especially in the final battles.

Where fluidity is lost is in everything regarding the playable aspect . Thora has two movements, a quick but weak blow and a strong but slow, simple one. The limitations that this presents both in the scenarios and in the battles considerably weigh down their aggressive beauty . The battles against the Jotun are spectacular, without a doubt, but the success or failure in them does not lie on our ability with the command, but on the memorization of a series of attack patterns . Let's not be fooled by the size of the Jotun, let's not expect to witness the agility, the skill required of the player, or the frenzy we are used to in battles against the bosses of From Software titles.

And what brings us this Valhalla Edition again? The Thunder Lotus Games colleagues know that the main pillar of their game, in aesthetic terms, are the battles against the bosses, the main difference between the version released a year ago for PC and the current one focuses entirely on this last aspect. The Valhalla mode presents us, again, the battles against the Jotun but this time in a Rush mode that brings together all the battles one after another. It also includes a new level of difficulty much higher .

Enough? Debatable. We do not consider it a sufficient incentive , far from it, for those who have already played the PC version of the game. But it can be a good time for all those who have a PS4 , Xbox One or Wii U.

So the question we ask ourselves is whether this Valhalla Edition has taken the correct orientation . We are left with a sense of missed opportunity. One year is enough time to have offered content with a better orientation to justify the investment. New scenarios that would extend the current 4-5 hours? New bosses? New skills for Thora? Or a new playable character? All of the additional content has been geared towards battles against the Jotun, but for this to have made sense, the gameplay of them should have been improved first.

Being strictly quantitative, this Valhalla Edition has no greater justification than its launch on consoles, but let's not lose focus . Jotun is a beautiful story, a tale worth telling . It could have been a story printed on paper or an APP for the smartphone or tablet, but Thunder Lotus Games chose the video game as a format to convey the story of Thora. We accept Jotun for what it is, a wonderful story that deserves to be seen, told and enjoyed.

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