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  • Summary: Gather close and I will tell you an unipkaaq, a story that has been passed to me from generations past. I learned this tale from Nasruk many years ago. He told me that there is great wisdom in listening for those who are willing to hear. Remember, when you are part of the Inupiat people, youGather close and I will tell you an unipkaaq, a story that has been passed to me from generations past. I learned this tale from Nasruk many years ago. He told me that there is great wisdom in listening for those who are willing to hear. Remember, when you are part of the Inupiat people, you are never alone. This is a story inspired by Kunuuksaayuka. The story of an endless blizzard that threatens the survival of our people. A story of a dangerous and cold journey at the top of the world. A story of bravery and true friendship. Come play my story. You are Girl and Fox, crossing dangerous lands, facing icy peril. Meet fantastic creatures and visit lost villages. Discover the mysteries and beauty of the helping spirits that are hidden in the world around us. Work together to overcome the challenges and obstacles that Nature will throw against you. Alone you cannot survive. But together you just might - if you can use each others strengths wisely and you refuse to surrender to the wind and snow and dangers that stalk the frozen North. Succeed and you will restore balance to the land. Fail and all will be lost.

    Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer for 1- or 2-players built in partnership with the Alaska Native community. It delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Inupiat people of the Arctic to present a game experience like no other.
    -Play as both Girl and Fox - switch between the two characters at any time. Girl and Fox must work together to overcome challenges and puzzles as each has unique skills and abilities. A second player can join at any time for local co-op play.
    -Explore perilous Arctic environments, from tundra to coastal villages, from ice floes to a mysterious forest.
    -Brace yourself against gale-force winds and blizzards; face treacherous mountains.
    -Meet fascinating characters from Inupiaq folklore - Manslayer, the Little People, Helping Spirits, Blizzard Man and more. Never Alone was crafted in partnership with Alaska Native elders and storytellers for true authenticity.
    -Hear the story of Kunuuksaayuka as told by a master Inupiat storyteller in the spoken Inupiaq language -- a first for a commercial video game.
    -Unlock special video Insights recorded with the Inupiaq community to share their wisdom, stories and perspective. The downloadable version of this game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean.
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Never Alone - Wii U Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 90
    I can’t recommend it to everyone: the game is short, and it doesn’t really include much challenge in either puzzles nor platforming. But if you can look past that, you’ll find a stunning, unique game that uses the medium to deliver a beautiful story and an incredible world – and that’s worth experiencing.
  2. 70
    Despite the game’s AI issues, Never Alone is definitely worth playing—maybe with another person. It’s a very short game and can be finished in two or three sessions. But it’s the educational aspect that I appreciated most, and I imagine you will, too.
  3. Aug 18, 2015
    70
    Never Alone offers an average experience as a platformer with puzzles to solve but it's the game's narrative and tribute to the Inupiat people that makes it stand out as a unique experience. A perfect choice of artwork and use of cultural traits contribute to make Never Alone an insightful work which can also be enjoyed as a game.
  4. Jun 24, 2015
    50
    If you've got enough patience you'll probably be able to mine for the diamonds in the rough - but the easily frustrated should steer far clear.
  5. Jul 12, 2015
    50
    It has a lot going for it with its gorgeous aesthetics and authentic presentation. It even has a couch co-op mode, and the few times the game does have things to do in it, there is some legitimate involvement. Too bad these moments are too far apart, and the more vulgar qualities of Never Alone are the most apparent, such as the buggy AI, barren level design and lacking gameplay.
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  1. Mar 31, 2017
    8
    Me gusta el juego, me gusta la historia, me gusta como mecha con hechos reales... pero el juego es muy corto... creo que podrían haber echoMe gusta el juego, me gusta la historia, me gusta como mecha con hechos reales... pero el juego es muy corto... creo que podrían haber echo varios capítulos ya que el mismo pueblo te menciona que es rico en leyendas y que cada leyenda podría haber sido un capitulo de la historia. Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2015
    5
    The unique and interesting narrative is undermined by a game that is relentlessly mediocre. The game play largely revolves around easyThe unique and interesting narrative is undermined by a game that is relentlessly mediocre. The game play largely revolves around easy puzzles and platforming elements that usually involve a frustrating number of deaths - especially given the controls can be awkward. And while it is very well drawn, the world is essentially ice floes in a blizzard, resulting in a dreary, depressing environment. Expand