Call us jaded game reviewers, but we get tired of the same game worlds, over and over. When you’ve seen an apocalyptic wasteland, you’ve seen them all. So, when a game brings you something genuinely new, telling stories that you’ve never encountered before – well, you tend to take notice and get a little excited. So it goes with Raji: An Ancient Epic, which brings the world of ancient Indian folklore to life. Raji: An Ancient Epic launches today on Xbox One, PS4 and PC via Steam. The Nintendo Switch has had the pleasure of Raji’s company for a month now.
This isn’t just an original-sounding game – it’s a beautiful one. Check the trailer if you don’t believe us. The sun-kissed, traditional Pahari art style is sensational, and reminds us – just a little – of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris game in terms of perspective and gameplay. Undoubtedly it’s its own thing, however, as the creatures of Hindu and Balinese mythology jump from the page and swing a sword at you.
This is very much a platform and combat one-two, with a variety of weapons on hand, including the Trishul and Sharanga bows, both gifts of the gods. You’ll need them, as it seems you’ll be playing as a brother and sister caught in the midst of a battle between gods and demons. The gods favour you, and choose you as their champion, but that means locking horns with an army full of demons. Sometimes you just wish the gods would leave you alone.
Features of Raji: An Ancient Epic include:
- Rich Storytelling: Experience a story of siblings. Brother and sister, Raji and Golu, separated by the attacking demonic hordes, now find themselves in the middle of a great war. Raji has taken it upon herself to find her brother and put an end to this reckless conflict.
- Stunning Artwork: Inspired by ancient Indian mythology and medieval architecture, the game brings a refreshing new style to the genre. Every corner of the game’s environment is drawn in the Pahari art style and combines hand-painted textures, rendered in 3D.
- Exciting and Challenging Combat: Choose from a variety of powerful weapons, including the traditional Trishul and Sharanga bow, all gifted to Raji by the Gods
- Explore a Memorable Universe: For the very first time, experience a game set in ancient India and infused with Hindu and Balinese mythology.
Reviews have been encouraging on this one, praising the art and design, if not the length of the game, sitting merrily at 69 on Metacritic for the Switch release. But what do other publications know? If you want the real lowdown, expect a review of the Xbox One version of Raji: An Ancient Epic on TheXboxHub soon. After all, a short game is perfectly fine sometimes.
Raji: An Ancient Epic is out now on Xbox One and will cost you £20.99. It’s also out on PS4, Switch and PC via Steam.
In Raji: an Ancient Epic, developer Nodding Heads Games utilizes a traditional Pahari art style to bring the world of ancient Indian folklore to life. This beautifully crafted action-adventure thrusts players into a deadly war between gods and demons, with two siblings caught in the middle. The human race is in peril but just when hope seems lost, the gods choose Raji — a young girl — to be their champion. The gods may be on your side, but players must rely on their wits to traverse and survive this stunning, yet deadly, world!