Aztaka

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Aztaka
Developer(s) Citérémis
Publisher(s) Citérémis
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows & OS X
Release date(s) May 2009
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Download

Aztaka is a 2D side-scrolling action role-playing video game for Microsoft Windows and OS X developed by Citérémis. The game is set in the Aztec period, with characters and story being re-interpretations of Aztec mythology and pre-Hispanic Mexican culture. It puts the player in the role of an Aztec warrior named "Huitzilo" who must gather seven phonographs to save his civilization from its angry gods.

Gameplay[edit]

Game screenshot

The gameplay is reminiscent of an old-school action role-playing game.[citation needed] The player climbs, crawls and jumps his way around a level to explore it and find new items. Experience points are gained for every enemy killed, and they are spent to upgrade the character's attributes and special skills. There is also an inventory screen where discovered items can be equipped and where merchandise bought from merchants (like potions) can be used.

The game is controlled with the WASD keys and the mouse. The keyboard makes Huitzilo move and jump like in a platform game. The mouse is used to drag-and-drop on-screen energy particles. Doing this allows the player to modify parts of the game world, as well as unlock a variety of doorways or pick-up previously unattainable items. As the player progresses in the game, he gains containers that allows him to store on-screen energy particles for later use. The mouse is also used to cast spells, both offensive and defensive, by selecting them from the bottom-screen magic inventory and then clicking at on-screen targets in succession to launch them.

Artwork throughout the game reflects historical Mesoamerica, with square-shaped pyramids, stone temples, mystic engravings, dense jungles, and barren mountaintops. The game's musical score features vocals, flute, cello, organ, and drums.

Plot[edit]

Aztaka puts the player in the role of an Aztec warrior named "Huitzilo" who must gather seven phonographs to save his civilization from its angry gods.

History[edit]

Aztaka was developed by Citérémis, a 2005 in the Sherbrooke area (Canada) founded independent game developer. The game was released on May 2009 in the digital distribution. In 2011 Citérémis released a "Developer's Edition" for 9.99$ which includes the source code of the game (together with the Art book and soundtrack), what makes Aztaka open source software.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aztaka Developer’s Edition on amanitadesign.com (January 7, 2011)
  2. ^ Aztaka Developer's Edition Released on gamershell.com (January 10, 2011)
  • Aztaka end-of-game credit roll

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