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PAX East 2016: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan

Always been a big fan of RPGs, and I love the art style of this game. The combat and action of this game will feel very familiar, but unique enough that you won’t get that feeling of repetition.

For those that don’t know Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is being made by the first ever game company in Central Africa. Kiro’o Games is being led by Olivier Madiba, and they are working on creating this game despite many challenging situations in Cameroon. Dealing with power shutdowns, limited internet access, among other things would halt development on the games. The game and the team however, have an awesome and really great story about how it all came together.

The game came from an idea in 2002 from students that wanted to make a game highlighting African heritage. After a successful kickstarter last year they have been cruising along while making their game. A team of about 20 Cameroonians, none of which that had any education in games outside of Universities in Cameroon, goes to show how their dedication and drive to create this game should be noted. 

As described on the Kickstarter page:

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is a 2D African Fantasy Action-RPG which seeks to innovate in this genre. The dynamic gameplay partly inspired by the old school ‘Tales of’ series, focuses on 2D real-time combat sequences while the narration and its environment both draw deeply from African culture, myths and lores.

It should have been a perfect day for Enzo Kori-Odan, Prince of Zama. He was scheduled to marry his lifelong love Erine Evou and be crowned the new King. Little did he know that Ngarba Evou, his new brother-in-law, plotted to overthrow him.

Through thrillingly executed, combo-heavy action sequences, Erine and Enzo will redefine their bond, rescue the land from its villains, and restore their legacy. Luckily, Enzo can call on the Aurion, a powerful collective energy channelled from past ancestors that can unlock devastating fighting abilities and combos to help him beat his foes.

Final Thoughts: I played the game and was really blown away by the depth in the character animations, and just how nicely everything meshed together. It plays nicely as a side-scroller RPG and the transition into battle environments has a great flow to it. Combat was fun, fast, and almost felt like a sort of mini fighting game, aside from the fact that your characters have health, strength, and power attributes that allow you to create powerful combos when attacking enemies. The attention to detail on the movement in attacks and special attacks was really nice and I enjoyed it a lot. If you’re at all an RPG fan, I think you should consider this.

It’s available on Steam right now for $19.99

Source: Kiro’o Games

-Written by Andrew(@SoAfterISaid)