Google’s new adventure game takes a top-down trip through ancient Mesoamerica

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The Descent of the Serpent is simply a Zelda-like crippled that’s chock afloat of existent history.

Sep 23, 2022, 12:16 AM UTC|

In a screenshot from The Descent of the Serpent, a quality  disguised arsenic  a wolf is lasting  successful  a upland  environment.
I emotion the cute characters successful the game.

Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

Google’s Arts & Culture part has released a charming caller acquisition game each astir past Mesoamerica. The game, The Descent of the Serpent, is disposable to play close present in your browser oregon via the Google Arts & Culture iOS and Android apps.

There’s a airy crippled to Descent of the Serpent, shown successful a abbreviated video that plays astatine the opening of the game. While exploring a museum, a ample artifact is stolen by Tezcatlipoca, the Lord of the Smoking Mirror, and a surviving statue asks for your assistance to retrieve 20 icons included connected the artifact to forestall floods from taking implicit the world. You, naturally, agree, and the statue says they’ll nonstop you backmost successful clip to past Mesoamerica.

You’ll beryllium capable to prime from 1 of 4 adorable carnal “disguises” for your characters that each person roots successful Mesoamerican culture. I picked Huitzilopochtli, represented by the wolf, but you tin besides play arsenic Xolotl (the dog), Xbalanque (the jaguar), and Mictlantecuhtli (the owl).

The 4  playable characters successful  Google’s Descent of the Serpent. A cartoon quality  is successful  a disguise of each   carnal  — a wolf, a dog, a jaguar, and an owl.

It’s pugnacious to prime which is the champion one, but it’s decidedly the wolf.

Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

The game, which was made successful concern with Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology, plays benignant of similar a simplified top-down The Legend of Zelda title. You’ll roam lush (though small) environments to cod the missing icons, which amusement up arsenic golden coins. When you prime up 1 of the icons, the crippled volition contiguous a small spot of past astir what it is and constituent you to an grounds connected the Google Arts & Culture website if you privation to larn more.

While exploring the satellite successful Descent of the Serpent, you’ll besides person to dodge elemental obstacles similar roaming crocodiles and monkeys throwing things astatine you. On the game’s easier difficulty, getting deed conscionable stuns you for a abbreviated while. But connected the “challenge” mode, you’re connected a timer and get sent backmost to the opening of the level aft taking 5 hits, truthful you’ll person to beryllium careful. I’d urge astir radical conscionable instrumentality with the modular trouble — I don’t cognize if this is simply a crippled that is overmuch amended by being immoderate tougher.

More games are being utilized to thatch history

Descent of the Serpent is conscionable the latest acquisition web acquisition from Google’s Arts & Culture group, which has already made things similar a collaborative jigsaw puzzle app and the awe-inspiring blob opera. And Descent of the Serpent is besides portion of a inclination of games being utilized to thatch history, similar Ubisoft’s educational versions of Assassin’s Creed and Take Two’s CivilizationEDU.

I’m lone partway done The Descent of the Serpent, but I precise good whitethorn decorativeness the crippled connected my ain sometime soon. It’s been a amusive mode to larn much astir a civilization I’m not precise acquainted with, and I truly privation to walk immoderate much clip with my wolf buddy. After I’m done, I mightiness person to play a circular of Google’s pétanque — oregon marque a opus with the blob opera.

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