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Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree (2023) is a traversal narrative game set in a Norse-inspired world where combat is a rhythm rather than a reaction challenge. You explore the world as Estra a young warrior on a quest through Midgard to discover the truth behind her father’s death. It stands out for its branching story, rhythm-action combat and an inviting world to explore.

The Gods have abandoned Midgard, a once prosperous land that is now tainted by unknown forces. Worse, the sacred life-giving Elder Tree is under attack. As you journey to save the tree you discover characters who slowly reveal your family's past and the looming darkness spreading across the land. Each interaction offers decisions that affect the course of your journey and the branching story. Not everyone is honest so you need to discern fact from fiction and decide the right path.

As you progress there are puzzles to solve that grant you new abilities and reveal hidden passageways. You need to take care as making too many mistakes can close off a direction of progress permanently. Although you can often avoid violence there are battles you need to take on. These are played out as a rhythm-action sequence where timing your interactions result in attacks.

The result is a game that invites exploration and multiple play-throughs. You are aware your choices and success in puzzles affect the options you have in future situations. This and the unusual rhythm-based combat make this an ideal way to get started with an action adventure.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 15 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Brain Game game with Action, Communication, Narrative, Rhythm and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. Some players take longer to discover everything. There's also an arena mode that extends playtime.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be happy to do a lot of reading. There's a story mode that means you can always pass the rhythm-action fights.


Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree usually costs £12.79 to £13.49.

Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree

Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £12.79
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Was previously on Apple Arcade, but no longer available on iOS. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/01/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game (Action, Communication, Narrative, Rhythm and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Wildboy Studios (@WildboyStudios)

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