Kawiteros Is A 2D Platformer Inspired By Shamanism

Hey, remember that time you and I did Peyote in the desert during the ’70s? Me neither, but the people of Neko Entertainment have made a game about it.

Kawiteros [official site] is a game that “pulls you into the shamans’ mystical and dreamlike universe,” according to Neko, presumably exhaling some mysterious smoke. “A colourful, living and breathing world, with unique fauna, flora and symbols…”

You play a shaman who can make spiritual links between objects and animals to wield their mighty powers. Kawiteros lets you live out the favourite passtime of the shaman: puzzle solving.

“The idea came to us during a game jam we organised for ourselves,” their dev blog continues. “We had already worked together during our college years in Paris. There was a notion we frequently talked about: shamanism. We wanted to explore it concretely and with game mechanics. One aspect of it caught our interest the most, that “everything is connected”. The connection between the humans and nature, between the past and present, between the mind and the world… These are fundamental aspects of many a shamanic culture…”

The results so far are beautiful. Imagine a 2D, side-scrolling version of Journey: It’s ornate and mystical. And it’s slated to come to Steam in 2016.

9 Comments

  1. Shadowcat says:

    “I’ve never ever been to the desert!”

    “Cool story, Hansel.”

  2. 12inchPlasticToy says:

    And the final boss is Don Juan?

  3. skalpadda says:

    The results so far are beautiful. Imagine a 2D, side-scrolling version of Journey: It’s ornate and mystical. And it’s slated to come to Steam in 2016.

    Are these results viewable somewhere? Their site doesn’t seem to show more than a couple of concept paintings which, while very pretty, don’t say much about the game.

    • Tuhalu says:

      I’m wondering where I can see more actual gameplay myself. They won some awards for their prototype over in France, but that’s about all I could find out. The prototype and any videos of it seem to be pulled or made private.

      The best I could find were some pictures of the actual prototype in an article on this french website: link to gamesidestory.com

      Also some random screenshots: link to screenshotsaturday.com

  4. Ugui says:

    Hi guys! We would like to thank you for your comments. We can’t say much more about our game because, we are still in early development. And some screens comes from our old student prototype! But now, we made a start fresh. So our website is brand new and we’ll post new things on twitter and fb or our devblog as work proceeds.

  5. PancakeWizard says:

    I wish the devs all the best, and hope it’s a good game and that they don’t turn up on the radar of the usual hate-wagon ready to cry ‘cultural appropriation’ at anything that isn’t about white men doing white men things.

    • Rackham says:

      Hi ! I’m the community manager of kawiteros.

      Thanks for your interest!

      For us, Kawiteros must be close of the Huichol Culture.
      That is why we seek to work with experts and members of that culture.

      Thanks fo your support!