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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 30, 2014
    89
    An evocative work, telling us an old Iñupiaq tale through a dynamic and touching story and an all-beautiful adventure rich of symbolism and significance, with two outstandingly characterized main characters. It will win your love.
  2. Nov 30, 2014
    80
    Never Alone offers a good insight in the position of folklore within the Iñupiat community, that lives in parts of Alaska. As a puzzle platformer it made an impression by using blizzards and melting ice platforms as part of the gameplay. The AI and puzzles are a bit less impressive.
  3. Dec 7, 2014
    80
    Never Alone is a beautiful puzzle game about the Iñupiat people that focuses on a young girl and her fox that is beautifully told through story.
  4. Dec 1, 2014
    60
    There’s a land of wondrous play and exploration somewhere in this premise, but Never Alone isn’t it.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jan 6, 2015
    60
    We can't wholly recommend its gameplay, but as a vessel for an endangered culture, it's a worthy project. [Jan 2015, p.88]
  6. Nov 26, 2014
    50
    Never Alone isn’t without its merits. Telling an interesting story of a dying culture, it’s a hugely flawed game that manages to conjure warmth in the icy cold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Dec 3, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I purchased Never Alone because I wanted to introduce my two young daughters to video games. So of course, once I got home, I played it, and I liked it. But once I passed the controllers over to my 10 year-old and 7 year-old daughters, the real fun began!

    First off, my girls loved Nuna, the main character of the game. I decided to let my 7 year old play as Nuna and for the most part she could handle the controls (in the beginning, just basically jumping from one platform to the next). My 10 year-old then took on the role as the fox.

    For the next hour, as a family, we had an absolute blast playing, but also watching the videos about the Inupiat people that are embedded into the game. We especially liked the one about the Arctic Fox.

    It was very rewarding to watch the two of them work together to solve the puzzles that the game presented. Soon enough, we were mimicking the noise Nuna makes when the fox "dies", and of course we needed to sing "What Does the Fox Say?".

    I will say though, that the polar bear and the "fireman" were a bit scary to them. We would try to lessen the scariness of the "fireman" by mimicking what he does when he "catches up" with Nuna (he reaches down, grabs her bola and thrusts it powerfully into the air).

    Probably my daughters favorite part of the game was watching Nuna and the Fox swim, or (SPOILER ALERT) watching the boy fox fly.

    If there are parents out there searching for a game to buy their young daughters, they should look no further than Never Alone. It's really kid friendly, it teaches cooperation and teamwork and patience, as well as educating them about the Inupiat people.
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  2. Jan 1, 2015
    10
    This game is excellent! Yes it's not the longest but it is possibly the most interesting game that i played in 2014. Really enjoyed this andThis game is excellent! Yes it's not the longest but it is possibly the most interesting game that i played in 2014. Really enjoyed this and was fun to play local co-op. Final point: this is the first game I've wrote a review for, that's how good it is. You should play this. Expand
  3. May 5, 2016
    9
    Never Alone is a visually appealing puzzle-platform game with a well crafted story based on Alaskan indigenous folklore. The game follows theNever Alone is a visually appealing puzzle-platform game with a well crafted story based on Alaskan indigenous folklore. The game follows the harrowing journey across the harsh Alaskan tundra by the Inupiaq girl Nuna and her befriended Arctic fox. The game offers interesting cultural insights in the form of short documentary videos that accompany Nuna's adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and felt entertained and better educated after completion. Proceeds generated go to funding educational outreach of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council. Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2015
    7
    Really enjoyed this game at first but as time went on the animation bugs started to get on my nerves, and the story seems to just run out ofReally enjoyed this game at first but as time went on the animation bugs started to get on my nerves, and the story seems to just run out of ideas and the ending was quite sudden. the controls of using both characters turns into mayhem towards the end. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2016
    7
    Unique indie eskimo game, good for two players and it also have expansion named Foxtales.
    Puzzled platforming side scroller where you need to
    Unique indie eskimo game, good for two players and it also have expansion named Foxtales.
    Puzzled platforming side scroller where you need to use your head few times.
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  6. Nov 6, 2015
    6
    I can not deny that its plot is interesting, considering the rich folklore of the Inupiaq people (Alaska natives), even with a good storylineI can not deny that its plot is interesting, considering the rich folklore of the Inupiaq people (Alaska natives), even with a good storyline the game not nearly as engaging, nor moving (expected more), with countless problems the gameplay, making the game frustrating in many moments, with its slow mechanical and uninteresting characters, but features a beautiful soundtrack and a very cute artistic part. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2018
    0
    L'indé foiré du jour est un bidule qui défile avec une Esquimau (ou assimilée) et un petit renard blanc pour découvrir l'origine du blizzardL'indé foiré du jour est un bidule qui défile avec une Esquimau (ou assimilée) et un petit renard blanc pour découvrir l'origine du blizzard qui sévit dans ce nord de l'Alaska : il y a du vent, de la neige et des tas de trucs à sauter parce qu'il faut sauter pour sauver le monde, c'est comme ça. Mais heureusement les esprits sont là, si, si.

    Sous couvert de gentil documentaire sur cette tribu, il n'était pas nécessaire de sortir un jeu (?) aussi gnangnan et simpliste, aussi ennuyeux et mal fait. Faites plutôt un vrai documentaire mais sans le jeu de merde autour, jeu qui n'en a que le nom d'ailleurs et qu'on s'empressera de balancer sous la banquise pour qu'il aille rejoindre son pote, le Titanic.
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