Zaxis/ Wild River Games
Fimbul combines intense Viking battles with a deep story that unfolds through in-game comics to bring the frozen world of the Norse sagas to life. Immerse yourself in the blistering winter preceding Ragnarok — The Fimbul Winter!
Fimbul uses minimalist design for both the game and the comic book style cutscenes. While the style makes for some beautifully designed backgrounds, the rudimentary style does nothing to make the characters or anything else stand out in a meaningful way.
The biggest flaw with this game is the gameplay itself. The controls on the Switch are clunky, glitch often and are a chore to navigate in combat. The character movements often continue after you’ve taken your hand of the stick, which makes the repetitive stealth missions more annoying.
Combat is clunky to the point of annoyance as well because not only is there no variation in combat, but the character’s shield is absolutely useless when trying to block. The game is frustrating in its attempts to be challenging because it never gets past its own glitchy gameplay.
Fimbul is an interesting premise that never rises above its limitations. The combat is dull when it works and frustrating when it doesn’t. The story is interesting, but nothing about this game lends itself to either fun or desire. Playing the game felt like a chore as you slog along moment to moment with the same gameplay and control issues. Not worth a second play.