When we talked with the Cameroon based Kiro’o Games late last year via the Popzara Podcast, we knew something great would come of their Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan RPG they were working on. Now one of the first video games from Africa is here, and for being a kickstarter-based title, it’s one of the most fun games you can play on PC in this African fantasy adventure for all.
The story follows Enzo Kori-Odan, the prince of Zama and his soon to be wife Erine getting ready for their wedding. Not long after being married, Erine’s brother comes along and takes over Zama, exiling the royal couple as they plan a way to retake their kingdom with the help of some allies and learning to use powerful Aurion abilities in their quest. The gameplay flows a lot like an action RPG, as there are times when you can interact with people and objects as you explore the locations you go to, and then there’s the combat that reminded me of a fighting game as you battle. Here you can use different button combinations to attack using combo moves and magic such as throwing fire, and you can dodge, block, and move around. When you block using a magic spear or dodge, it uses a stamina meter that forces you to use them wisely in order to effectively hold off attacks while not just going on the complete defensive.
The Aurion abilities have their own meter as well, and will allow you to use special attacks that makes your character much more powerful than normal, and luckily this meter can be charged back up by holding down on the control stick. Using all of these abilities can be a bit difficult at first, but once you get used to the combat system, you’ll find yourself digging the ebb and flow along with the awesome animations that unfold as you pull off one cool move after another while gaining experience points to level up. Speaking of which, the graphics are pretty good and look to be drawn and animated by hand, giving them a special kind of life of their own while reflecting African culture. The sounds are limited but still quite good as you’ll hear grunts and small amounts of dialogue spoken in an African dialect, but the main story is read with text boxes. The soundtrack is really well done and is sure to keep anyone who plays in the magical world that is Aurion while rivaling the soundtracks of big budget games out there.
If you’re looking for a fun RPG title on PC, you can’t go wrong with Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan. A lot of people were expecting great things from one of the first video games from Africa and it doesn’t disappoint with hand drawn graphics and animations, a great soundtrack, and a good story that will make you want to be part of this historic adventure.