Coming from a country not known for its videogames, The Legend of Vraz looks to lead an era of Indian gaming. Lewis Anderson picks apart what could be a new dawn…
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy braves a world of cheeky monkeys and flying platforms to prove his love for her. A classic tale, retold in The Legend of Vraz, an indie game from Indian developer Zatun. It depicts a day in the life of the eponymous Prince Vraz as he quests for the hand in marriage of a princess he meets serendipitously one day in a jungle.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA
Described as “Mario meets Prince of Persia in India”, the lattermost part is certainly true. Sitars ring out in the background as Vraz wanders about bright, ornate landscapes clothed in traditional gear. It’s quite a surreal Indian experience, made doubly surreal by the bizarre way nothing in the game casts a shadow.
Although looking bright and attractive, flawed game mechanics make it less enjoyable than it could be. Nonetheless, it’s at least a mildly entertaining romp through a unique world, and deserves some credit for taking inspiration from a culture videogames rarely visit.
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