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.

Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes. Play through once for a single tale, then set sail again to uncover paths to new adventures.

"5/5" —TIME

"9/10" —Pocket Gamer

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

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.

No in-app purchases or ads.

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.

What's New

Version 1.3.3

A quick bug fix. Previously:
Burly Men at Sea now runs beautifully on the new iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.

Questions, worries, high fives?

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
125 Ratings
125 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.

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

Beautiful but boring


I will start by saying this is incredibly beautiful... but I wish they would have taken the time they used to make it pretty to make it interesting.

I love interactive story games and this one is by far the worse! You have very little Choices and the games ends rather quickly. For this price I expected so much more... not even worth $1. I forced myself to get through it to give an honest review but I was left in shock at how it ended so quickly. Really wanted to like it but honestly your are better off selecting another game that will probably save you money and be more interesting.

Incredibly disappointed... don’t waste your money like I did!


Brain&Brain LLC
207 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
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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