Experience the epic journey of Nuna and Fox as they search for the source of an eternal blizzard that threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.
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Release Date: Nov 18, 2014

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Reviews

“a charming, beautiful game”
Should You Play This Game? YES – Kotaku

“stunningly poignant - and quite brilliant.”
10/10 – Eurogamer

“​Never Alone has a message – but first and foremost it is a truly beautiful game.”
4.5/5 – Joystiq

About This Game

Experience the epic journey of Nuna and Fox as they search for the source of an eternal blizzard that threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.

Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people, drawn from a traditional story that has been shared across the generations.

Guide both characters in single-player mode or play cooperatively with a friend as you trek through frozen tundra, leap across treacherous ice floes, swim through underwater caverns and face enemies both strange and familiar. (NOTE: Local co-op play requires at least one Xbox 360 or equivalent game controller).

On over 75 "Best of 2014" lists and winner of "Best Debut Game" at the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards as well as "Game of the Year" and "Most Significant Impact" at the 2015 Games for Change Awards, nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members contributed to the making of the game.

You'll explore awe-inspiring environments, perform heroic deeds and meet legendary characters from Iñupiaq stories — all narrated by a master storyteller in the spoken Iñupiaq language.

Features



  • Play as both Nuna and Fox — Switch between the two companions at any time with one button press, or play side by side in local co-op mode, as you rely on the unique skills of each character to succeed in your quest. Nuna can climb ladders and ropes, move heavy obstacles, and throw her bola at targets to solve puzzles. Fox can fit through small areas that Nuna can't reach, scramble up walls, and jump to great heights.

  • Brave the harsh world of the Arctic — Run under, through, and atop the unstable structures of an abandoned coastal village. Explore the eerily quiet treetops of a mysterious, frozen forest. Brave the fierce winds of the eternal blizzard. Only with the aid of Helping Spirits will Nuna and Fox have any chance of survival in a land where survival seems impossible.

  • Unlock fascinating video insights — Elders, storytellers, and other members of the Alaska Native community share stories and wisdom about their culture, values and the amazing Arctic world encountered by players in over 30 minutes of interviews.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 240 GT or Radeon HD 6570
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 or equivalent gamepad required for local co-op
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.8 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon HD 7790
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or equivalent recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 series
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or equivalent gamepad required for local co-op. Gamepads may require third party driver.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.10.2 (Yosemite) or newer
    • Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or equivalent gamepad required for local co-op. Gamepads may require third party driver.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or later (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 440 GT (1GB) or Radeon HD 6570 (2 GB)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 or equivalent gamepad required for local co-op. 64-bit version of Linux is required to play.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Current version of SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.8 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon HD 7790
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or equivalent recommended
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Sindarian
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fun little crowdfunded title. Very alive and animated. Neat art style. You and your fox are really made to feel like companions in your journey. Lots of platforming and jumping and small puzzles to solve. All in all a good 3-4 hour game, definitely buy when its on sale!
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Pisco Sour
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
everything is great i guess. but..it bored me
so if youre into this kind of game. go ahead!
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NessFirebrand
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Very atmospheric and tells a great story. This is one of the true games you either in it for the story or your better off on another game. The gameplay works but it isn't game changing. The story was very well done, and you will see how it matches history and a certain scene had me crying-that's quite an accomplishment for a 3 hour game.

Beware, there is a glitch near end of game that can make it unbeatable. Solution is simple though just exit to main menu and re-enter the game.
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skeletonsoup
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I really love the way this game looks and the characters were endearing. I'm a little uncoordinated for the controls sometimes, especially when having to do something "timed," but I would definitely recommend it, despite my personal dexterity issues.
A beautiful rendition of a lovely story...
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TheGhostGalleon
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I don't think I've played a game with worse controls than this. It's an okay game (being short makes it better), if you can look past that, but prepare for cheap deaths.
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Zombiewolf
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
One of the cutest and most beautiful platformers I've ever played. Half of the time I kept just admiring the environment and sounds. All kinds of nature and animal oriented worldviews have always been close to my heart, so I kept crying and getting chills every now and then while playing. The only "bad" side about this game is that it's kind of short, but it's not a big minus.
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cg_destro
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Nice little game with some videos about how life is on Alaska.
Good for coop palying
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MiC
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Slow paced platforms game, which is also a cultural introspective clearly made with love from the developers side.

Great artistic design, very enjoyable if you are jaded of all that shooters saturating the gaming market.

On the other hand the controls (at least for me, played the game with XBOX pad) are not responsive at all and sometimes they´re are quite irritating if you are playing alone.

Highly recommended to play cooperative locally.
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[LST] Fighter5810
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Gameplay wise a bit rough around the edges but great story and atmosphere.

Just try it out.
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Shannin
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This is a short, easy game with nice artwork and interesting background information on the people it is based on. The game's story isn't really there, though. It starts off promising, but then trails off with no concrete plotline. The puzzles are fairly straighforward, although there are some parts that I had to look up. They turned out to be really simple, but not very intuitive. There are some puzzles where the 2nd player needs to sit still, but the AI makes them follow you, which can be frustrating. There are also a few glitchy areas where the character will get stuck. I played with a generic Logitech gamepad and the controls were mostly fine. Throwing the bola was really annoying, though, because the aiming was really off.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
Great concept and I'm a sucker for any games involving animals, but awful gameplay. Awful. I'm contantly missing ledges and jumps, the fox was 'swimming' through rock at one point, and restarting at a checkpoint where 3/5 times I'm already drowning -.-
I wanted to like this game so badly
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Product received for free
Never Alone is an action-adventure puzzle platformer in 2.5D that will take you through a wonderful folk story told by the Iñupiat (Alaska Natives) through the ages. While I’m not familiar with the story itself, so I can’t speak for how close it is to the original or how well adapted it was, I can say it is (at least in so far as I played it) definitely a very beautiful story, with gorgeous graphics and sound effects/music to match.
Visually, the game is striking. Playing it… it leaves a lot to be desired.
In Never Alone you switch between two characters: a young girl named Nuna and an Arctic Fox, who go in search of the source of a neverending blizzard in order to stop it and save her people. The puzzles are fairly average, and the controls for the game aren’t what I would call the most comfortable ever but they are also not too bad (WASD, space, and a couple other keys)… when they work. For you see, as beautiful as the game is, the performance leaves a lot to be desired.
It took 4 levels of menu to reach the detailed video settings, and even at its lowest, it performed poorly on my computer. This is rather undesirable, particularly when your introduction to the game involves being chased by a polar bear who likes to glitch back and forth when performance falls, and having to jump lots. Failure to run from it or jump properly results in your death and having to begin from the last checkpoint. Or, you know, glitching the game and running as an invisible form until you reach the fox and then running on and on and having to restart yourself because that’s clearly getting you nowhere…
The game does have many glitches and annoyances. Walls are sometimes impossible to jump onto, the camera can become uncomfortable, the fox can become a little bit unhelpful, you may fall forever from the map, and you will die because of all of these… a lot. It’s one of those games that when it works, it’s a wonder to play for the story and visuals, but when it doesn’t you just want to flip a table and never touch it again.
If you manage to get through the entire eight chapters, you will be rewarded by unlocking the entirety of a documentary on the Iñupiat. What little I managed to unlock of it looked both interesting and very well done, but as beautiful as the game was, the annoyances were much greater than my desire to watch the documentary.
All in all, for the story, looks and sounds, and the documentary, as well as the obvious interest in making more people aware of the Iñupiat, I would like to rate this game highly; but the amount of times low performance and glitches caused my death ended up making me quite frustrated. If you have a low specs PC I would definitely not recommend you try it.
If you have a decent PC you may still get some glitches, but if you’re interested in the story, it might be worth seeing if it works, as it is quite a beautiful experience when it works.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Beautiful game but has very unresposible keyboard controls. Awful platforming..
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Well, this game is really beautiful and interesting. I finished it in one go. It felt more like an interactive documentary or some interactive traditional story telling than like a video game. I like the cultural insight videos, and I got a bit excited whenever I unlocked one. I learned a lot about Iñupiat people. Not only did the game entertain me, but it educated me as well. And I must admit, that I didn't know about their existence before.
The game's art design is really beautiful; a mix of cartoon style with scrimshaw influences is on the spot for this game.
But the game-play was a bit frustrating, sometimes I just wanted to leave the game. The bear cave for example; that part of the game is just annoying. Or bola aiming/throwing; dear God, that was frustrating. Or later in game when Fox turns into a ghost, and then randomly buggers up, letting me die. Or Nuna's randoms jumps into her death while I played with Fox. Other than that, the gameplay was satisfying.
So, if you want to expand your knowledge about different cultures through a game, I recommend getting this one.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
A game depicting 2D picture. The Story told by indigenous people once lived in Alaska that all goes around the inseparable bond of a little girl Nuna and arctic fox and their unpredictably risky trek to far frozen mountains to meet the fictional ice-made Giant man who was believed to be the cause of scary blizzards.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703447473

The game is based on nice story where a girl along with a fox set out on a journey leaving her village and family behind.
Little fox is her one and only best friend. Together they both encounter all the life threatening situations beginning with the polar bear and eventually end on ice-made blizzard-creating Giant man.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703446356

Both the fox and Nuna tackle things differently. The game can be played as co-op or even solo. I went for solo.

Puzzles aren't as tricky as they seem at first glance. Distracting and asisting at the beginning of the game, is fox's job and leading the way is Nuna's task.
Climbing the walls, distracting the bear or any other enemy, drifting the ropes down and detecting the spirit helpers are the things that fox has to take care of.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703446249

Sila is the weather and believed to posses a soul which is why the spirit helpers; particularly souls of animals that only fox can detect, appear to help when the girl and fox have none left to get help from or to move on.
Nuna is the one to deal with scavengers, to use a tool called Bola to break the icicles, catch spirit helpers and fragile wood.

Various "cultural insights" can be viewed and continued to be unlocked during the game showing how native people lived throughout years or maybe centuries on thundra how they ought to live just on snow, dwelling among the gusts of vicious blizzards, even high up on moutain's verge facing the unpredictable waves of the sea and keep out of the reach of the ursa that kept roaming on frozen arcs.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703446544

I quite enjoyed the game. It has not-so-difficult puzzles, we only ought to know few tricks and most importantly the direction of wind because that was, somehow, the forgetable part of the game for me specially when it comes to long jumps that could only be possible with deep blowing gusts of wind.

I'm only recommending the game cos it has nice stories. I really loved the company of fox, I played solo but its fun to have in-game partner to assist and carry on otherwise wandering in ice all alone is pretty scary for me!!
Get it, if you are looking for different stories, solving casual puzzles and fond of ice and discovering things on your own.


http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=703446118
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Unique story and concept, unfortunately let down by clunky gameplay mechanics and poor AI for single players. Not worth the pricetag for a 3hr expirience.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Honestly it is a beautiful platformer but the gameplay is awful and the game has tons of bugs. From failure to grab on to playforms, to switching to your sidekick fox. I would not recommend this, if you want to play a pretty platformer that is actually good - go play Limbo
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Other reviews mention glitches and difficulty with controls. I played this on Linux with a Steam controller and it was all smooth and perfect, especially throwing the bola which was particularly satisfying with the glide pad.

I found the puzzles to be just challenging enough without becoming too frustrating and the graphics are really beautiful. The gameplay is not designed to be innovative or groundbreaking, the main point of it is to teach the player about the Iñupiat in an entertaining way, and it achieves that brilliantly. You complete a section and are rewarded with a nice video of real people talking about their interesting lives.

The whole game can be completed in a few hours and there's little point in replaying, but it should be treated as an experience rather than a game. It burns bright before it fades away.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Really nice puzzle platformer sharing and celebrating an otherwise unexplored culture in videogames. The story is nice and the additional documentaries/ unlocks are great. The visuals are pretty and smart and the environment feels alive. Had great fun playing this co-op with two controllers. The game was decent and cute enough to laugh at minor technical glicthes (unresponsive AI, fiddly aiming). I laughed more than I should have whenever me or my co-op partner died because the character response animations are just so dramatic but adorable. Highly recommend playing co-op.

Too bad it is sooo short.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Great visuals, music, and characters. The fox is very cute! Controls can be clumsy, but not so much that the game is unplayable. Lots of heart and effort put into this game, I especially like the attention to Inuit culture.
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