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  • Summary: Developed in partnership with the Alaska Native community, Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that explores the harsh and dynamic world of Alaska Native stories. Delve deeply into the traditional lore of the Inupiat people of the Arctic.

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E3 2014: Never Alone Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Dec 10, 2014
    90
    Never Alone is a glimpse into the real lives of Alaska Natives, and it's a peek at a different kind of fairy tale.
  2. Dec 18, 2014
    84
    Half-platform, half-documentary Never Alone uses videogames as an expressive medium to get us in touch with a civilization that has been dealing with nature's hardships for centuries. If you choose to ignore its short duration, you will find that you will learn a valuable lesson or two from its simple yet effective storytelling.
  3. Dec 3, 2014
    80
    Never Alone is quite a short game, but its charm, coupled with the opportunity to explore a culture you might not know much about, makes it utterly captivating.
  4. Nov 30, 2014
    72
    A jump and run with puzzles. Average gameplay, but great story and atmosphere.
  5. Dec 21, 2014
    70
    A nice and interesting experiment, even though it's a bit expensive.
  6. Nov 20, 2014
    70
    With a game like Never Alone, the grade system has its limits. Anyone who will be transported by this timeless story, escaped from a storybook, will probably forgive the various gameplay issues... the others probably won't.
  7. Nov 20, 2014
    40
    Frequent and infrequent players alike should avoid it, for no amount of narrative sincerity makes up for this exercise in mechanical frustration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jan 1, 2015
    8
    It's a cute little puzzle solving platformer. It's pretty simple game play and has a few bugs but it is a great game to pick up for your kid.It's a cute little puzzle solving platformer. It's pretty simple game play and has a few bugs but it is a great game to pick up for your kid. The characters are cute and the game has little videos educating about the culture. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2014
    8
    Great way of telling a unique story and give information about a culture. While the gameplay is a bit of standard, the way of givingGreat way of telling a unique story and give information about a culture. While the gameplay is a bit of standard, the way of giving information is wonderful. Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2015
    7
    Bugs,Poor Controls makes it difficult to play & proceed -1
    otherwise an easy game
    Great Platformer +1 game is good I finished it anyway
    Bugs,Poor Controls makes it difficult to play & proceed -1
    otherwise an easy game
    Great Platformer +1
    game is good I finished it anyway
    Narration -1
    Story +1

    7/10
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  4. Jun 19, 2016
    6
    Not good still not bad either.

    Mechanics are interesting, concept and story are inspired and enjoyable but there are two strong flaws in my
    Not good still not bad either.

    Mechanics are interesting, concept and story are inspired and enjoyable but there are two strong flaws in my opinion: graphics, which are ok but devs could have done much better with very little effort and the difficulty of the game.
    About this last one, if you make a game entirely story-driven everyone should be able to appreciate the story, even people that just like to relax and watch/listen while moving their characters on the screen. Towards the end I died 3,4 even five time per "puzzle" disrupting completely the flow of the plot.
    So, well, the game was too hard for a game with this concept; I don't know if it was done to reach the 3h average gameplay time or what (the game lasts from little less than 2h to little more than 3h total), but that in my opinion was a huge mistake, mostly because, again, it disrupted the pace of the story-telling.

    In the end the game is still nice and aside from the difficulty, everything else is very interesting, especially the (huge) section of cultural descriptions and insights.
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  5. Sep 7, 2015
    6
    Interesting story and nice graphics, but that's all there is to it. The puzzles are too easy and the whole game is just a walk in the park. InInteresting story and nice graphics, but that's all there is to it. The puzzles are too easy and the whole game is just a walk in the park. In fact, the only think difficult about are the controls which respond slowly and sometimes do not react at all. For a game that requires some really precise jumps, this is a major drawback. I mostly played the co-op mode and often the game wouldn't pick up which player used keyboard vs controller the next time it is started. Sometimes I had to close and restart the game 4-5 times until the right order of plugging in the controller and pressing in-game buttons would work. One of the rare games that made me rage quit 3-4 times. And I finally gave up. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2016
    4
    Well quite frankly, this game should have been awesome: it's beautiful, the cultural insight is interesting and the girl/fox relationship isWell quite frankly, this game should have been awesome: it's beautiful, the cultural insight is interesting and the girl/fox relationship is lovely. The game mechanism borrows a little from "Brother - A Tale Of Two Sons" as you have to collaborate to solve puzzles.
    Unfortunately, it becomes quickly a (really bad) platformer, riddled with bugs. It was clearly not coded by people with gaming experience and you end up failing at simple jumps to restart more and more frustrated every time.
    The living forest level is a deal breaker and, even if I passed it because I'm stubborn, I was simply not enjoying the game anymore. A game has to be entertaining above all. When the fun goes away, the conclusion comes forward: it's a bad game. End of story.
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  7. Jan 9, 2015
    2
    This "game" could possibly be better if it was just a movie or an animation. The only challenge in this game is poor controls and unintuitiveThis "game" could possibly be better if it was just a movie or an animation. The only challenge in this game is poor controls and unintuitive puzzles, which often make no sense. The 2 points are only for pretty visauls and movie clips, which are somewhat interesting. Other than that the game itself is zero. Expand

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