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Never Alone tells the story of a girl determined to save her village from a dangerous blizzard, a story about heroism, friendship and adventure awaits.
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is the first game developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people. Nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members contributed to the development of the game. Play as a young Iñupiat girl “Nuna” 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.
Never Alone is developed by Upper One Games. Upper One Games, a for-profit subsidiary of Cook Inlet Tribal Council and was the first indigenous- owned commercial game company in the United States.
The development team and Alaska Native people working hand-in-hand to deliver a great, meaningful experience.
You can play as both Nuna and the Fox 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 girl’s village.
Never Alone is narrated by a master storyteller in the spoken Iñupiaq language. While you can’t understand what the storyteller is saying( thank god for subtitles) it sounds really good, and adds that extra flavor to the story. Never Alone has a strong story and gameplay mechanics, The levels are cleverly designed and looks just beautiful, it takes you deep into the frozen world of Alaska and even some other locations. You’ll face Polar bears and other enemies while you make it across the frozen tundra, on your heroic quest to save your village.
The style of Never Alone fits the game well, the black and white clips with the background story looks as it came directly out of an storybook. To give these stories an extra special feeling you can unlock a documentary style videos which will give you extra information about the Iñupiat. 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. These videos are one of the best additions in this game and makes the experience of Never Alone even richer then the game would on its own.
The frozen tundra with its icy winds is an traitorous playing field, with blizzards around every corner you’ll have to stop and slowdown in order to move forward. You’ll have to use these blizzards to your own benefit in order to jump further than humanly possible. Never Alone is a great platform puzzler and the fact that you play both as Nuna and the Fox makes for a great variation in gameplay, as Nuna you’ll climb ladders and ropes, move heavy obstacles, and throw her bola at targets to solve puzzles. While you play as the Fox you can fit through small areas that Nuna can’t reach, scramble up walls, and jump to great heights. You’ll have to mix the playstyle of both to reach the end. The Spirits are on your side and will help you guide your way through the tundra, they’ll help you reach greater heights, cross rivers and seas and even climb walls. Reaching the end of the story while you have witnessed an tragic event the Spirits have even more up their sleeves, what that is you’ll have to find out all by yourself while playing Never Alone
Never Alone is a great game with an even greater story, reaching the end of your adventure is rewarding. The added background story through storytelling and interviews add a huge amount of information to the game and makes the experience you’ll have while playing Never Alone even richer.
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