I don’t play nearly as many indie games as I should be playing, but I try to check them out as often as I can. Every once in a while one comes along that just looks stunning, and, for me, today that game is Never Alone from Upper One Games.
The game was made in collaboration Alaska’s native IÃ±upiat people. You play as a girl and an arctic fox as they seek the source of a nasty blizzard, which threatens to decimate everything.
You can read a full rundown of what the game has to offer and watch the trailer below.
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is the first game developed in collaboration with the IÃ±upiat, an Alaska Native people. Nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members contributed to the development of the game. Play as a young IÃ±upiat girl and an arctic fox as they set out to find the source of the eternal blizzard which threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.
Guide both characters in single-player mode or play cooperatively with a friend or family member as you trek through frozen tundra, leap across treacherous ice floes, swim through underwater ice caverns, and face numerous enemies both strange and familiar in the journey to save the girlâ€™s village.
In this atmospheric puzzle platformer, you will explore awe-inspiring environments, perform heroic deeds, and meet legendary characters from IÃ±upiaq stories â€” all narrated by a master storyteller in the spoken IÃ±upiaq language.
Play as both Nuna and Fox â€” Switch between the two companions at any time with one button press, or play side by side in local co-op mode, as you rely on the unique skills of each character to succeed in your quest. Nuna can climb ladders and ropes, move heavy obstacles, and throw her bola at targets to solve puzzles. Fox can fit through small areas that Nuna canâ€™t reach, scramble up walls, and jump to great heights.
Brave the harsh world of the Arctic â€” Run under, through, and atop the unstable structures of an abandoned coastal village. Explore the eerily quiet treetops of a mysterious, iced-over forest. Brave the fierce winds of the eternal blizzard. Only with the aid of Helping Spirits will Nuna and Fox have any chance of survival in a land where survival is impossible.
Unlock fascinating video insights â€” Elders, storytellers, and other members of the Alaska Native community share stories and wisdom about their culture, values and the amazing Arctic world encountered by players in over 30 minutes of interviews.
Never Alone leverages the power of videogames to share, celebrate and extend culture. These World Games will empower indigenous communities around the world to share their stories in an authentic, engaging, and entertaining way.
Never Alone is currently available for download on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.