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Little Orpheus Review
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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Little Orpheus is a running and jumping game set in 1962 where you play Ivan Ivanovich as he explores lost civilisations, undersea kingdoms and prehistoric jungles. The game is played in retrospect as you explain your adventures to a general suspicious of your loss of the atomic power source from your shuttle.

Inspired by classic movies like Flash Gordon, Sinbad and The Land that Time Forgot, you play through eight bitesize episodes as you try and escape to your craft (the Little Orpheus). Interactions are designed with a touch screen in mind, and keep things simple while still requiring good timing. Adding a bluetooth controller extends the experience with more precision.

Along with the puzzles and platform the game works hard at the narrative and voice acting. It's unusual because it commits to the cold war setting -- both the absurdity and humanity of it. Novelty is extended by pitting us as the Russian explorer who is suspected of defecting. As you work to clear your name, you can't help but connect with Ivan.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)


Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Little Orpheus

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. A free additional (ninth) episode was added after launch. Ivan is travelling back to the surface of the Earth through the magical sky city of Perun, but something is not right in this once idyllic land.

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Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on Apple Arcade.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Little Orpheus Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@ChineseRoom) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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