Try-It Tuesday: BURLY MEN AT SEA

Alright, I’ll be brutally honest, the title is what got my attention. BURLY MEN AT SEA. Actually, I got as far as “Burly Men” and I was in.

BURLY MEN AT SEA is not what this dirty old lady had hoped, but that’s okay. It’s a sweet little pick-a-path point-and-click adventure game, released in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Brain&Brain, available for PC/Mac, mobile, PS4/Vita, and Switch, rated “E-10+” for “Everyone 10 and up.”

A band of bearded brothers embark upon journeys that include whales, nymphs, mermaids, seals, giant jellyfish and meeting Death himself. BURLY MEN AT SEA is a storybook come to life, with bright, simple graphics and human-generated sound effects, as if the tale were being told by a loving parent to a child.

One of TIME’s top 10 games of the year, this charming adventure reminded me a bit of Flower and Journey. And if anyone is wondering, my favorite is Brave Beard, the burly one with red hair.

~ J.L. Hilton

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