Burly Men at Sea 9+

A folktale misadventure‪.‬


    • 4.4 • 215 Ratings
    • $4.99


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.

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 folk music of the far north.

No in-app purchases or ads.

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

“Artful interplay of visual minimalism, waggish writing and hilarious but also haunting sound effects generated by gorgeous a cappella voices. 5/5” —TIME

“9/10” —Pocket Gamer

Burly Men at Sea is the second game from married duo Brain&Brain, developed during their own adventures as nomads and erstwhile farmhands.

What’s New

Version 1.4.4

We've rebuilt Burly Men at Sea under the hood to continue running smoothly on the latest iOS devices. Also, we've tweaked the controls of the final scene a bit, for a better experience. Questions, comments, high-fives? Email us at support@brainandbrain.co.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

We’re totally charmed by this eclectic adventure. Inspired by Scandinavian myth, Burly Men at Sea unfolds like an interactive storybook, letting you discover its quirky characters, dreamy music, and colorful artwork at your own pace. Multiple paths offer plenty of surprises we won’t spoil, but this story of mystery and magic is thoughtful fun however many times you play.

marcusdiddle ,

Beautiful, original

I have to laugh. I’ve had this game on my iPhone for months and never got around to playing it. Well, out of nowhere, I finally played through it this morning on my new iPhone Xs Max. And then the app updates this afternoon to be “properly outfitted for the latest iPhone models”. Talk about timing. Guess I’ll have to play through it once more!

Was a lot of fun. Beautifully done, love the artwork and especially the sounds/music. Is this a puzzler or brain teaser in any way? Not really. Just good, clean, whimsical fun. And it’s well worth it. I may even end up ordering a book for my wife’s kindergarten class.

MILLBY 430 ,

A Beautiful Sea-Faring Adventure

Burly Men at Sea is a cut above most of the cobbled-together apps and games you will find in the App Store. It's full of delightful surprises, secret opportunities, careful details and gorgeous art work. If you're wanting to be immersed in ancient Nordic mythology with as a burly, bearded sailor, this is the adventure for you.
Fun for kids, parents, wanderers, explorers, this game offers something for all. You can even have a picture book of your adventure created if you know where to look! Aye aye sailor!

MILLby 4 lyfe

App Privacy

The developer, Brain&Brain, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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