One of TIME’s top ten games of the year, Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.

With gameplay halfway between a visual novel and a point-and-click adventure, the branching story carries its ungainly heroes into waters where lurk creatures from Scandinavian folklore and other misadventures. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping a custom tale that begins again where it ends.

“The closest thing I’ve played to an interactive fairy-tale.” —The Telegraph

“It’s whimsical and charming; a real breath of fresh air.” —Paste Magazine

"5/5" —TIME

BRANCHING STORY: Play through multiple choice-driven adventures, each designed to be completed in a single sitting.

INNOVATIVE CONTROLS: Shape the narrative through a unique, draggable viewport and your interactions within it.

PLAYFUL AESTHETIC: Colorful art style with handcrafted animation, set to a whimsical original soundtrack inspired by the game’s Scandinavian setting.

Burly Men at Sea is the second game from husband-and-wife team Brain&Brain, developed during their own adventures as nomads and erstwhile farmhands.

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Ratings and Reviews

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gamecurmudgeon ,

Scary slow

Game is so slow it appears to lock the screen. There are no instructions with the game and I thought for a while it had crashed my computer as it just sat there and did nothing for way too long. I wish this weren’t true because the graphics and sound are charming.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry to hear the game is running slowly! Contact us at and we'll do our best to help. Thanks!

ScribblersInk ,

Love this Game!

It’s not often you find a game that has it all, but this one certaily does! If you’re looking for a game that you can lose track of time with, look no further. You’ll quickly be caught in the net of the Brothers Beard, journeying with them on the adventure of a lifetime to places unknown. Along the journey, you’ll be struck with the creativity, storytelling, and humor of the game, as well as the gorgeous artwork and the innovative interface Brain & Brain have come up with. The one of a kind soundtrack is totally amazing as well. Creativity, great storytelling, humor, fantastic artwork, innovation, music, and the ability to replay with different discoveries each time - like I said, this game has it all!

joviko ,

Maybe I’m missing something...

This might be a nice app for people with small children. It is fairly linear and moves at a slow pace. There is no violence, and the burly men survive all their adventures. Often the only action required from you is waiting. Some of the background animals and objects will react to being clicked on.

The adventures do have a simple storybook quality to them. The graphics are pretty but very sparse. The game can be charming at times, but I found myself impatiently thinking “Aaaannnnddd…?” more than once.

The music is cute and folksy but not remarkable.

There is some humor. It is of the warm friendly variety rather than being especially clever or witty.

I read several 5-star reviews before purchasing the game. I honestly have no idea what it is that makes some reviewers think it is a top-tier game. It’s fun to a degree, it’s mildy entertaining, and I could see it being a favorite game of small kids. But for adult players, it’s a bit slow and simplistic.


Brain&Brain LLC
121.4 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2016 Brain&Brain LLC


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