Oknytt is a point-and-click adventure game where the player takes the role of a small, seemingly insignificant creature, leading it through a dark world riddled with obstacles to help it find a place to belong. The game takes place in a Norse medieval world and contains a number of beings and areas inspired by Swedish folklore.
Oknytt's gameplay is comprised of classic point-and-click puzzle solving combined with the usage of four runes located at the bottom of the screen. These runes can be activated at any time to trigger various changes and events in the area around the protagonist. Each rune has a specific element tied to it which have different areas of use depending on what can currently be seen in the environment.
Figuring out what the runes can be used for and how to utilise their affect on the environment together with the items at your disposal is key to you being able to progress through the game world.
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Although some people consider adventure games long dead, I must disagree. Especially now that many great adventure games come not only from the big brands, but often from indie developers. And I don't mean any action adventures, but traditional point-and-click adventures. Oknytt is one of them.
Instead of resorting to digitally rendered graphics, the authors chose to go with traditional drawn/painted background artwork for their game. The whole game is accompanied by very limited palette of muted and dark colors, which are perfectly fitting! You control a small creature, and try to solve puzzles and pursue quests in the best point-and-click manner. But there's a twist that sets the game apart from many others - you can use a few weird runes, which have mysterious functions. Each of them alters the world in some way and is somehow related to one element: fire, water, earth and air. If you are a fan of adventure games, you should not ignore this title.