ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree

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ATONE is a Norse mythology-inspired, hand-drawn game that blends interactive storytelling and complex puzzles with a rhythm game combat system. Inherit the role of a young warrior named Estra as she journeys through Midgard 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 mankind’s last great leader.
With a heavy emphasis on narrative, Estra’s journey through Midgard is filled with Nordic lore, mysterious twists, and consequential decisions. Players will converse with a variety of characters and share in Estra’s discoveries as she learns more about her family’s past and the looming darkness spreading across the realm.

Interactive Story

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’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’s music and sound design are composed by Australian artist, Luminist (a.k.a. James Shuar), who blends a synth-heavy score with the digitally corrupted sounds of period-specific instruments.

ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree Ratings & Reviews

  • 67%
    Critics Recommend
  • 73
    Top Critic Average
  • Fair
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by Mark Isaacson
8.5 / 10
ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree sets out to do a lot in a short space of time and manages to pull it off impressively, even though I wanted to spend even more time within its take on Midgard compared to what it holds.
God is a Geek
by Sean Smith
7 / 10
Issues with the combat aside, there is much to enjoy in what Untold Tales have served up with Atone.
by Miles Thompson
8 / 10
Wildboy Studios’ Norse-inspired rhythm combat RPG is captivating thanks to a bright art style juxtoposed against a dark, deep and loss-filled narrative. While fun, the combat, puzzling and exploration don’t quite reach the same levels, but have more than enough to be worthy of your time. No atonement required, Estra’s journey needs no redemption to be recommended.
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ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree System Requirements



OS versionWindows 7+ (64-bit)
OS versionWindows 7+ (64-bit)
CPUIntel Core i3 3217U 1.8 GHZ Dual Core
CPUIntel Core i3 3217U 1.8 GHZ Dual Core
GPUNvidia GT 730M / Radeon R7 M270
GPUNvidia GT 730M / Radeon R7 M270
DirectXDirectX 11
Languages Supported
  • Audio: English
  • Text: Turkish, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), Russian, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), French, Dutch, German, Italian
2022 Developed by Wildboy Studios. Published by Untold Tales.