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Jotun (2015) is a fighting game where you prove yourself to the Norse gods by defeating mythical beasts. You forge your way to each beast's lair, then take them on, armed with only your axe and the magical abilities you're granted. These larger-than-life battles, that challenge both your skill and perseverance, feel like they've been plucked straight out of an ancient poem.

You play Thora, a deadly Viking warrior who dies outside of battle. Missing out on a warrior's death, to gain entrance into Valhalla, you must enter purgatory and gain the gods' favour by defeating the Jotun, legendary beasts with immense power. You travel the entire land to find the runes that summon the Jotun, growing more powerful with each one you defeat and the ability you uncover.

Play involves traversing the world, forging new paths by cutting trees and finding hidden routes. You then solve a puzzle, such as making a particular star constellation from beams of light, to obtain a rune that summons one of the Jotun. Combat is fast-paced and sees you attacking the Jotun with your axe and magical abilities, dodging out of the way of devastating blows, and defeating small minions sent to hamper your efforts. As you play, explore, and defeat more enemies, you unlock and discover new abilities that increase your combat ability.

The result is a game that feels like a Norse myth come to life. The Icelandic voiceover, artefacts and monsters from real mythology, and the overwhelming odds you must overcome make for a novel, immersive, and deeply rich gameplay experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Jotun a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Action, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete. The fights are really hard and require lots of skill and precision, so depending on your familiarity with the genre you may need to spend lots of time attempting each fight before you succeed.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Violence. Violence consists of Thora smashing foes with her double-bladed axe. Blood and injuries are not shown but some enemies fall into body parts upon defeat while the bodies of others remain on the battlefield.

Skill Level

9+ 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. You need to quickly dodge out of the way of huge attacks and then use your axe and magical abilities to quickly do damage, requiring exact timings and precision. Determination and perseverance are needed as many of the fights are very hard and require several attempts.


Jotun usually costs £12.79.

Jotun: Valhalla Edition

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79


XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Valhalla Edition is the updated version of the game, which includes Valhalla Mode where you can fight all the bosses one after the other. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/09/2015, updated in 2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Action, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Thunder Lotus (@ThunderLotus)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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