Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is an award winning indie game published by E-Line Media and developed within the Native Alaskan community. This game is unique in that it’s built around telling native story, ‘Kunuuksaayuk‘, in a completely new way.
What we know so far:
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is about a young Iñupiat girl (Nanu) who enjoys hunting. One day while she is away from home a storm hits and her people are unable to hunt and find enough food to survive. As Nanu wonders back towards her village, the imminent danger she faces pushes her to form a unique relationship with an arctic fox.
With the help of guiding spirits, Nanu and Fox must travel across land and sea to save her people from starvation and total devastation.
So far Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuma) has been nothing short of amazing. This game has offered unique and astonishing game play in a challenging manner that offers the player an endless wealth of information and immersion into the history of the Native Alaskan community. This culturally rich experience even allows the players to listen to the native language, which I personally find to be an honor. Not to mention how incredible the graphics transitions from game play to story are.
With a broad range of exciting and interesting characters, the game play mechanics have proven to be challenging to say the least, in the best way. Players are in charge of the actions of both Nanu and Fox. Although the AI is programmed to follow the player, Nanu and Fox have a different set of skills that helps the player solve puzzles throughout the game. What makes this more challenging is that some of the puzzles are timed in that players may need to escape a situation while navigating between Nanu and Fox.
Needless to say, I was mostly speechless for this first game play episode due to the level of story immersion and sheer concentration needed for this one of a kind fast paced historical puzzle game.
Check out part one of Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) on Unmedicated and Dysfunctional and let me know what you think!