Never Alone is a platformer 2D puzzle videogame developed by Upper One Games and published by E-Line Media. It is available for PC and the next-gen consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. When playing, you will become Nuna, a little Iñupiaq girl who wants to save her people from the endless blizzard that is invading her village. Along with a white arctic fox, she undertakes a journey in which you will explore the culture and lives of the Iñupiaqs, a tribe of Alaskan native people.
Visually speaking, Never Alone is minimalistic and cute. The main characters, Nuna and the fox are the focus of all the details, especially in those parts of the adventure in which the camera zooms in and offers a detailed sight of them. The developers have set the backgrounds blurry to make you focus on the characters. A eternal blizzard (the cause of the problems of the tribe) will be present along the major part of the game when our characters are outside. However, even when the backgrounds are blurry, you can see that there are unforgettable scenes such as the Aurora Borealis.
In regards to the sound effects, we are facing a little piece of art. The blizzard, the ice under your feet, the animals you will find, everything has its corresponding sounds and they are very realistic. The electronic music seems to be far away from the style of Never Alone, but nothing could be further from the truth. The chill out music fits with the atmosphere of the game, without sticking out, rather supporting the feel. The typical drum of the Inuit also makes its appearance when the pace of the videogame becomes faster. It is worth mentioning that Never Alone is narrated in Iñupiaq language, but do not worry, it has subtitles.
Never Alone is divided into eight chapters that, depending on your abilities, you will complete in about three hours. As mentioned, once you download Never Alone and start playing, you will control Nuna and the arctic fox. It follows the classic platformer style with some puzzles to solve. Each character has his or her own abilities to solve the puzzles: Nuna has a bola with which she can shoot; she also can climb with ropes and move boxes. The fox is able to jump higher than Nuna, but his special ability is to draw spirits that are close. Those spirits can create platforms with which you can pass or grab.
You will become Nuna, a little Iñupiaq girl who wants to save her people from the endless blizzard that is invading her village
It is possible to play alone, switching from one character to another by pressing a button, or play with a friend in the local co-op. If you play alone, the AI will take control of the characters you are not using, and this can be a bit problematic since the AI is not too good. Sometimes the AI character can die in the most senseless way, dragging you with it. This does not happen too often, but it happens.
The weather and the atmospheric conditions are almost a third character in the game. The wind can hit you and make you fall, for this reason, you must be careful and bend to avoid that. However, you can also take advantage of it and use it to boost you in your jumps. The Aurora Borealis, in this case, are spectral beings that can catch you and defeat you if you are not careful enough. All these facts make this game a complex adventure, even when at first sight it seems to be simple.
Never Alone Full Version Features
In this section, you can read up on the unique features of Never Alone
- Ability to control two different characters, Nuna and the Arctic Fox
- Gorgeous soundtrack that will make you feel like you are in Alaska
- Very artistic backgrounds
- You are free to learn the culture of the Iñupiaqs thanks to the videos and explanations you can unlock
- Several puzzles to solve along the adventure
- You can play the single player mode or the local co-op
You are free to visit the developer’s official website if you want to know more about it before you download it to your PC.
The minimum system requirements that your PC needs to correctly download and play Never Alone are listed below:
- Operating System: Windows 7 or later versions
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600 @ 2.8 GHz or superior
- RAM Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 6570, NVidia GeForce 240 GT or better
- Sound Card: compatible with DirectX 9.0c
- Hard Drive Space: at least 3 GB free on your PC