Never Alone is a cooperative platforming game based on the stories of a native Alaskan tribe.
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Story & Themes
Based on a legend of the Inupiat tribe, Never Alone follows the story of Nuna, a girl who ventures out into the tundra during a nasty blizzard that has caused her people to shelter indoors rather than hunt or gather food. Because of this her village is starving. Nuna is determined to find the cause of the blizzard in order to save her village. Soon after she leaves her home, she’s greeted by an arctic fox who accompanies her on her journey and helps bring to life various animal spirits to aid in her quest. Along the way Nuna comes up against a hungry polar bear, an evil man who seeks a magical artifact at any price, evil spirits of the Aurora Borealis, and even the weather itself. The story is told by a narrator in the native language of the Inupiat and occasional scrimshaw style cutscenes that give insight into the culture of the tribe.
The game autosaves frequently, easily allowing players to pick up where they left off without losing much progress.
The game is not inherently difficult, but the actions of computer-controlled characters can add frustration to the gameplay.
Violence An evil man who wants to steal a bola from Nuna throws fireballs at her and “kills” her if he gets close enough, but no blood is ever shown. The most disturbing violence comes when the the man catches the fox midway through the game and snaps his neck before throwing him at Nuna’s feet.
Scary Imagery The scene where the man snaps the fox's neck could be upsetting to younger kids and could be shocking to anyone who plays the game.
Discrimination Never Alone was specifically designed to educate people about the Inupiat tribe and their culture. The game contains snippets of video that give you insight into the tribe, hopefully providing a learning opportunity for kids and adults alike.
- How do Nuna and the fox help each other throughout the game?
- How much does the game teach you about the Inupiat people?
- How does the harsh weather affect the characters in the game and the Inupiat people?