The Road Less Travelled
HWM Singapore|March 2021
Raji: An Ancient Epic
Kenneth Ang

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER Nodding Head Games

PUBLISHER Super.com

GENRE Action, Adventure

PLATFORM PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

PLAYERS Single

As far as mythological fantasy games are concerned, I think we’ve already seen enough of the usual candidates. We’ve been to Greece and Norway with God of War, explored Egypt with Assassin’s Creed: Origins and even paid Japan a visit with NiOh 2.

Raji: An Ancient Epic brings a real breath of fresh air into this beloved subset of gaming as Nodding Heads Games’ debut action-adventure RPG is based on Indian mythology.

The narrative—influenced by Indian epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata— has a simple premise. It follows a young Indian girl, Raji, as she attempts to rescue her brother Golu from the clutches of demons.

As the heroine, various divinities from the Indian pantheon lend her weaponry and assistance. On top of that, some deities, like Durga and Vishnu also function as narrators, laying out Raji’s tale and spicing it up with occasional banter. Even cutscenes are depicted via puppetry, a welcome nod to its cultural background.

Cutscenes aside, Raji’s main aesthetics package is quite pleasing, featuring minimalist designs with just enough detail to make it appealing. However, if there’s any aspect that really stands out here, it would be the numerous beautiful murals and statues that line the levels.

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