Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan takes the anime-infested JRPG template and transfers it to an African setting, inspired by African culture and African imagery - it makes a Toto difference.
You won't see anything like Aurion in our list of best RPGs.
“We feel like history is being made for our African culture today as we release Aurion to the world," said Olivier Madiba, founder of Kiro’o Games Studio. “Our team really brought African magic and mythology to life in this great story and action-packed game.”
Aurion is a 20 hour, 2D RPG with real-time, hectic combat complete with a lovely-looking combo system. Developed out of Cameroon, Africa, every aspect of the game is a homage to the country's legacy.
The story begins with a young prince called Enzo who gets tied up in a coup on the eve of his coronation and wedding day. This sees him and his wife, Erine, exiled and forced to try take their land back from their enemies, calling on the Aurion, a powerful energy Enzo can wield to turn the tide of battle. It looks excellent.
Aurion was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that was 124% funded, with 1310 backers pledging more almost 50,000 Euros.
“Response to Aurion has been so amazing and we are so happy to work with Kiro’o Games to bring this labor of love to the gaming community,” said Francis Ingrand, CEO of publisher Plug In Digital.
There's been some criticism of the English translations in the text bubbles on Steam, but the developers said they'll be patching and improving it within the next couple of weeks.