"There’s never been a game quite like this, but I hope this won’t be the last". -IGN
ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree is a story-driven puzzle game inspired by Norse Mythology and set in a 2D world comprised entirely of hand-drawn angular art. Players inherit the journey of a young warrior named Estra, solving puzzles and surviving rhythm game battle sequences as she ventures to unveil the truth behind her father’s death.
The Gods have abandoned Midgard. Once a prosperous land teeming with mythical beasts and beings, it now rots from the inside, tainted by unknown forces. Odin’s chosen guardians of the realm are gone. In their absence, the sacred Elder Tree they swore to protect is exposed to abuse and manipulation. Now, the only remnants of hope reside in Estra, the daughter of humankind’s last great leader.
Estra’s path is fraught with difficult decisions and untrustworthy characters that can lead her astray. Her story is intertwined with the player’s ability to discern fact from fiction and to decide right from wrong. Avoid battle, help companions, save your people, but remember that the consequences are Estra’s to bear.
Along the way, players must solve incrementally challenging puzzles that reveal insightful secrets, fantastical abilities, and hidden passageways. While trial and error is useful, patience is necessary. Not every problem allows for multiple mistakes and failure is most certainly an option. The answers you seek may be lost if you make the wrong decision.
Violence isn’t always necessary, but, when push comes to shove, ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree’s combat is a delicate dance of sword and axe. Combat is grounded in the rhythm game genre and the mechanics of titles like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution. Music is a crucial component, with each fight receiving its very own song.
ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree's music and sound design blend a synth-heavy score with the digitally corrupted sounds of period-specific instruments.
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