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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 4 weeks 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

Release Date: 12/06/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Platform (Narrative and Puzzle)

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)




Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on Apple Arcade.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You could play this game as a really young player although to appreciate the retro move aesthetic some maturity does help. Understanding the cold war setting isn't completely necessary as the game has great narrative, but this does add to the appreciation.


Little Orpheus usually costs £9.99.

Little Orpheus

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
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. 


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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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