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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Arctico (2022) is a meditative, exploration and base-building game where you play a lone scientist on a quest to continue your mentor's legacy and grow food in the arctic. You explore the vast frigid wilds of the island of Arctico with your sledge dogs, create your research base and uncover the secrets left behind by other scientists. It's a 7 year labour of love by the developer, that now offers a unique way to both discover the arctic and what it means for the hopes of humanity.

After the world has run out of room for farming, a scientist heads out to the arctic island of Arctico in the hopes of cultivating food there. After this scientist, your mentor, passes away, you try and continue her work and complete her research. Through letters and objects you find, you gain an insight into her life, and uncover her many unfinished inventions and ideas.

You explore the vast, icy landscape on your sledge, with the help of your dogs, and can also travel by boat, plane and foot. In many ways like Subnautica, you can collect resources that you use to build tools and facilities, which you can move them and decorate them as you please. You can fish, go hunting for clues, uncover new crops which you can sell, or simply sit back and relax in the vast tundra unspoiled by human activity.

It's a unique game that balances exploration with narrative and discovery to create a novel and low-pressure game.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Arctico 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy and Traversal game with Collecting, Narrative and Role-Play elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game. You can play with another player over LAN, who can use their own sleigh to help you with exploration and building.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Arctico usually costs £7.99. 


Steam StoreSALE PC £7.99 £1.59 until 20/07/2024
Steam StoreSALE Mac £7.99 £1.59 until 20/07/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/02/2022

Price: 80% off

Out Now: Mac and PC

Players: 1 (2 online)

Genres: Strategy, Traversal (Collecting, Narrative and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Claudio Tulio (@Claudio_Tulio)

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