Vaesen is a dark fantasy adventure that draws from Swedish folklore and sees you controlling a little gnome on an adventure through the Swedish woods, avoiding anything that is hazardous to a little gnome.
In Vaesen you are a gnome – a good little creature in a world full of evil. You want to survive and explore, but there are some horrifying monsters lurking just beyond your sight. These mythical creatures are terrifying – but even normal animals like snakes can be trouble for you. You must make your way through the world – wading in tall grass or hiding behind large rocks as you avoid anything looking to make you into a meal.
A large sea creature (one that is nothing like a mermaid) is one of your main enemies. Hopping from rock to rock to avoid their large, webbed hands, you need to attempt to make it out of their sight. Timing jumps, running away quickly, and being able to hide are all skills you will need to have to last in this world.
It’s a great looking game that aims to recreate the wonder and fear children have when hearing folktales. The visual design is excellent, showing the beauty of nature and the horror behind the creatures that only existed in your imagination. If you can survive against these creatures, nothing will stop you from exploring the dark fantasy world of Vaesen.