This weekend, I’ll be playing Never Alone, aka Kisima Ingitchuna. This game is the first from developer Upper One Games in conjunction with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska. Never Alone is one of the first games I know of that delves into the rich history of Alaskan folklore. You play as a young Iñupiat 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.
Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that features something rare these days, local co-op multiplayer. You can play the game on your own or with a friend locally. That’s rare these days as most games now only feature online multiplayer. What is particularly interesting though is the story and the fact that it deals with the Iñupiaq, a subject not often explored in gaming. The entire game is even narrated by a master storyteller in the spoken Iñupiaq language.
For a small taste of what you’ll discover in Never Alone, check out our little 10 minute preview of the beginning of the game. It doesn’t give away much, but I hope it gives away enough to get you interested.