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ESGS 2017 Indie Arena | Mayari by Ingenuity Games

The Esports and Gaming Summit 2017 is not just an event for major brands and game publishers, as local independent game developers were also given a spotlight at the convention’s Indie Arena area. One of the games at Indie Arena is Mayari, a story-driven mobile game by local game developers Ingenuity Games.

Mayari is not your typical mobile game played for passing time on-the-go; the title demands your attention. It’s an absolutely beautiful game, both visually and aurally. It’s art and sound design aren’t just for show though, as the game makes use of visual cues and music in its primarily puzzle-based gameplay.

Mayari’s gameplay is also unique, in that there is little to no dialogue. Instead of holding the players hands in-game, Mayari opts to let the player discover how to progress on their own. In lieu of words, Mayari employs an emoji like system, where a smile indicates a step in the right direction, while a frown is a wrong move.

This means that some levels will take some time to get through, but the game’s excellent atmosphere more than makes up for it.

Story-wise, the game follows the journey of Mayari, a girl predestined to be the vessel of her people’s goddess, Idayen. The game is set in a fantastical version of South-East Asia; heavily inspired by Filipino and Mindanoan mythology. The beautiful art of the game complements the setting, as it’s both modern and traditional.

Mayari was playable at the Ingenuity Games’ booth at Indie Arena, and I got a chance to try out the game’s first chapter. While I had a bit of difficulty at first, it was a great experience overall, and is well worth the asking price of only PHP 49.00.

I also got to talk to members of the Mayari development team. They shared their inspirations while making the game, such as the multi-awarded PS3 indie game Journey (they were inspired by the game’s lack of dialogue). The team also mentioned the game Anito: Defend a Land Enraged, a game based in-part on Filipino Mythology.

Mayari is available now on the App Store and Google Play Store. For more info on the game, visit the official website. Also, you can follow Ingenuity Games’s official Facebook page here.

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