The great thing about games is that they can deal with various topics in any form the developers see fit, so creating an adventure game based on Mexican mythology can work. Just like Never Alone – Arctic Collection, it’s a title that entertains as much as it educates, i.e. one learns about the Sierra Tarahumara, a powerful and dangerous tribe of northern Mexico. Playing as the Sukurúame, a shaman, one tries to fight back all sorts of evil creatures with the help of demigods, so it’s much more action-focused than the platforming adventures of the girl with the fox who went against the Arctic weather and spirits. However, as all these beasts refer to the region’s mythology, it’s more rooted in tradition than in fantasy.
Maybe the best way to describe the game would be to think of the PS2 classic action-adventure Okami, as it’s similar in aesthetics (except that it has a low number of polygons, which isn’t necessarily a bad, as the visuals still look great) and also gameplay, although one doesn’t play an animal, but a man. However, one can transform into various beasts, and while there’s a lot of fighting going on, puzzle solving and brewing potions is just as important. Even if the game might not be as inventive in terms of game mechanics, the way how Tarahuara culture is represented with narration in the indigenous language and unique Mexican music makes this an important game for the industry.
The game has been out for a month on various consoles and PC. The soundtrack can’t be bought separately on Steam or GOG, but one can listen to it on Lienzo’s Soundcloud and YouTube channels. One should also check out the Behind Mulaka documentary series that can be watched on YouTube as well.
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the Nintendo eShop
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