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Burly Men at Sea
Genre: Adventure
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Burly Men at Sea now has a release date and Steam page!
We've been Greenlit!
Release date: Late 2015
Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.

Set in early 20th-century Scandinavia, the story branches through discovery in a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as the storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around the characters through interaction with their environment.

Gameplay also centers around the use of storybook-style vignettes, which are dragged to direct character movement and to uncover—or sometimes create—a path forward.


  • Bright, clean art style influenced by Scandinavian illustration.
  • Branching storyline, reliant on exploration and discovery.
  • Storybook-style narrative.
  • Traditional frame-by-frame character animation.
  • Different adventure with each subsequent playthrough.


Burly Men at Sea is the second game by husband-and-wife team Brain&Brain, creators of point-and-click adventure Doggins[]. Doggins was released in early 2014 and was nominated for the SXSW Gamer's Voice Award and Indie Prize Best Mobile Game.


"Likely to be the beardiest game of the year, it’s an adventure game about exactly what it says – large gentlemen exploring the ocean."

"The most pleasant surprise for me from the entire convention…The simplistic controls along with crisp art style and luscious soundtrack help lend to a story that I'm ready to get lost in!"
– Crunchyroll

"Its colours are light and friendly, its graphics are curvy, and it's actually quite cute-looking."


August 28–31, 2015

The MIX Showcase @ SIGGRAPH
August 9–13, 2015


Popular Discussions View All (1)
Aug 7, 2015 @ 7:18pm
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ORÇUN Apr 4, 2016 @ 12:02am 
Really Good Game :steamhappy:
Kitterz_Actual Aug 21, 2015 @ 1:00pm 
Played the game at SIGGRAPH. Beautiful art and a story well told.
Turkinator Aug 19, 2015 @ 12:08pm 
Got a preview of this game at GDC, really looking forward to seeing the finished product.
theintersect629 Aug 19, 2015 @ 10:05am 
Can't wait to play the final game! Up vote all the way!
SonjasRevenge Aug 17, 2015 @ 4:54pm 
Really curious and excited to see what this game holds! The art style in particular - and of course the promise of fantastic beards - has me hooked!
thedwans Aug 17, 2015 @ 6:50am 
Was lucky enough to play at SIGGRAPH. Intriguing story, gorgeous visuals, charming music. Can't wait to play more!
bsd_u Aug 12, 2015 @ 2:41am 
The art style is adorable and kinda got me intrigued, very much looking for the full product.
Brain&Brain  [author] Aug 11, 2015 @ 11:01pm 
@Earl of Pumpkins: Thanks for coming by the booth at Siggraph!
[BomBoy] 🐈 Violet Aug 11, 2015 @ 5:37pm 
Saw you at SIGGRAPH, great game with a wonderful art direction, charming characters, and engaging story. Looking forward to the full game!
voidchild Aug 11, 2015 @ 11:07am 
I'm intrigued by the viewport mechanic. Count me in!