ARITANA is a platform game which the main aspect of its mechanics is the possibility of changing your stance. This stances define attributes such Speed, Jump Force, Attacks and Special Abilities. The player must choose between these stances to overcome obstacles and fight the Spirits of the Forest in a quick, intuitive and fun gameplay...
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2014
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August 30

Our First Update

Hello, friends. This is our first update! <insert happy face here>

Since Aritana's release, we've been watching and reading everything. Thank you for you comments and suggestions. This update is a first attempt to make Aritana even better. ːguaranaː

Don't forget we are still working to deliver an experience even greater. It means our effort to improve the game will continue. Please share what you think. We'll read it for sure. ːmuiraquitaː

Please find below the updates:

Gameplay Changes
  • Time after losing a life decreased.
  • Ground attack window decreased.
  • Dash attack window decreased.
  • Defense mode activated even if Aritana is in movement.
  • Search mode activated even if Aritana is in movement.
  • Snap attack activated for all enemies in any circumstance.
  • New collectible added: Temporary Checkpoint.
    - Appears next to Aritana’s last location before losing a life.
    - If a new one is created, the old one is deleted.
    - Full health recovery.
  • Falling behavior changed.
    - Fall damage in no more!
    - Fall window in Strenght mode is increased.
    - Fall windows in Agility mode was deactivated.
  • Permanent tutorial added: floating texts for important collectibles, Aritana’s behavior or Spirit’s actions.
    - +Muiraquitã - collected a Muiraquitã.
    - Health Recovery - Full health recovered.
    - Blocked - Spirit defended an attack.
    - Stun - Falling from a high place in Strength Stance.
  • Tutorial update.
    - Down attack
    - Up attack
    - Ground attack
    - Side attack
    - Defense
    - Search
  • Arrows will appear in some tutorials to improve explanation.
Level Design Changes
  • First Steps Stage.
    - New checkpoint added.
    - Some spirits’ position changed.
    - New tutorial added.
  • Great Waterfall.
    - New tutorial added.
    - Alternate path added.
    - New checkpoint added.
  • Mapinguari’s Nest
    - New tutorial added.
    - New tutorial added. (Demo version)
    - Some spirits’ position changed.
  • Towards the Top
    - Defense tutorial changed.
  • Mapinguari.
    - Mapinguari’s collision capsule slightly smaller.

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About This Game



Aritana is a platform game which the main aspect of its mechanics is the possibility of changing your stance. This stances define attributes such Speed, Jump Force, Attacks and Special Abilities. The player must choose between these stances to overcome obstacles and fight the Spirits of the Forest in a quick, intuitive and fun gameplay mechanic.

Aritana will learn new moves and abilities throughout the game and combo movements will help him fight the forest spirits. Meanwhile, Mapinguari will chase him constantly, forcing battles that require concentration and mastery of all skills learned.

With the help of the Shaman's Staff and the benefits of each stance, Aritana will be able to search for the Lost Artifacts and gain access to the Spirit World. This place is a labyrinth that holds pieces of medicinal leaves which, when collected in large quantity, can increase the player's maximum health.

The game follows the old platformer style and brings a high difficulty for those who are careless. Mastering different attacks and avoiding enviroment traps are key elements for the game.



A tribe of brave warriors lies deep inside the Forest. Tabata, the Chieftain, is terribly sick and Raoni, the Wiseman, is taking care of him. A powerful Forest Spirit took over Tabata’s body and only an ancient ritual can undo the spell. Unfortunately, the most important ingredient is missing: a feather of a rare harpy named Uiruuetê. Aritana, against Raoni's decision, embarks in this dangerous mission. The sacred feather can only be found at the top of the highest mountain, through the lands of the man-eater Mapinguari.



  • Uncover the mysteries of a story inspired by the Brazilian Indigenous culture.
  • Upgrade the Shaman's Staff with new Attacks and Special Skills.
  • Create Combos to help overcome the most difficult obstacles.
  • Face the Mapinguari in several epic encounters that will test all your skills.
  • Run through different scenarios such as tropical forests, undeground caves and the Uiruuetê's Mountain.
  • Look for Lost Artifacts to access the labyrinths in the Spirit's World and increase your maximum health.
  • Master a new style of fast paced gameplay inspired by classic games.
  • Play with the keyboard or with your Xbox 360 Controller.


***Only Keyboard or Xbox 360 Controller supported.***

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Dual core 2.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 220 / ATI HD 4600 Series 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Controller: Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual core 2.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 220 / ATI HD 4600 Series 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Controller: Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
This review covers all parts of the game including the upcoming updates.

(edit) 29/aug , the game is still receiving updates and fixes, though there aren't serious issues with the game but the devs are still working to make this the full experience for the gamer.

They weren't kidding when they said " only 360 controllers supported " not even 360ace program worked so i just used my xbox controller.

Aritana And the Harpy's feather, is in a simple world ( Classic ).
I Felt like i am playing Tarazan and Crash bandicoot from Ps1, while playing this game.
It is a beautiful platformer, with great style and immense details and wonderful artwork.

Had a wonderful experience with this game, brought some memories of the classical platformer game.
With its beautiful Tropical-Music and Jungly Theme this game sure is fun.
its amazing how they were able to put so much details on the graphics and animations, this game basically got it all.

Combines both goodOL'FUN with challenge this game sure has some secret treasures all over it that are hard to find.
I like the game's story although Mega spoiler of ending beware ( Its called the harpy's feather but what you find at the end is an eagle or a hawk not a harpy but whatever : 3

Anyway.

What i loved about this game is the attention on each and every detail and animation in the game, and the backgrounds and the lightningEffects and the Graphics/artwork overall , it is very beautiful the Devs have outdone themselves with this game ( they are a very small team worked on it for 3 years ).

Controls are WASD for Movemens and Up down left right for attacking. and other buttons for jump and super jump, stance , charge ... etc
So i recommend a controller, i wouldnt at all like playing this game with a keyboard, its not that type.
the controls with a gamepad is very comforting and relaxing, so its perfect for the game.

The abilities the character's use to get to a certain point and use it to your advantage while going through levels, Finding secrets , killing insects and animals, is good, nice to find a game that took time to make secrets

With lovely Cut-scenes that puts-down the story beautifully, this game sure has some great content stored within it.

However as any other game it has its ups and downs.

as for the Pros.
1 - Beautiful Details, Animation, graphics , artwork, and style in this game that makes it all worthwhile.
2 - Classic type game, like ( Tarazan , Tomba , Crash bandicoot ) it reminds me of them somehow, might be only me.
3 - Lovely Forest type Effects and soundtracks wellput with the game to create that atmosphere.
4 - Nice level designs that keeps the game interesting , and abilities ( Skills ).
5 - good idea on ( Spirit world ) level.
6 - Great experience , took me 4 hours to finish the game with a 65% progress rate, will do it to 100% with this beautiful game.
7 - there are a lot more great stuff stored in this game : ) give it a try.

CONS....

1 - Achievements somehow sounded too easy at first , i was just playing and suddenly seeing them popping up for attacking an enemy and losing health and dying and falling in the water ...etc , there are however more hard achievements than easy.
2 - Spirit world being a small part in the game, because i really liked it and think we should see it more in the game ( Devs responded they are thinking of making it bigger ) So this is no longer a Con



(At first the game wanted players to figure stuff by themselves but many complained calling it "hard" i just think they are lazy, i had no problems with it at all.
however the game is getting PrivateBeta updates, to fix those and added more info's so it wouldn't be as hard to know what to do ( honestly 10 years ago no one would'v complained , gamers are becoming lazier and lazier ) - written in 29/8)


Overall a wonderful Platforming experience i really enjoyed this game a lot, The price is really reasonable considering the effort and graphics placed into this game.

yet there is some room for progress for this game so i will leave it with a 8/10 for everything.
Posted: August 16
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
A terrific 2.5D platformer with gorgeous graphics, amazing soundtrack and better playability than most platformers these days.
If you ever felt, like me, that the new Donkey Kong games are ALL set on ice platforms ALL the time, Aritana got your back, with a movement and maneuverability as precise as in the good old times.

It starts pretty easy but becomes increasingly challenging from the third level onwards, where its mechanics of timed attacks start to resemble a puzzle-platformer and really begin to shine.

I've played it when it first launched in Splitplay, but now, with Steam achievements and trading cards, I'll certainly do it again!

With an innovative theme and clever mechanics, this game is a breath of fresh air in a genre that seems so stalled sometimes. Highly recommended ;)
Posted: August 11
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Aritana was an absolute joy to play and has gave me hope for the future of platform games. I have no problem in associating the game with the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro etc.

As it stands I feel the game has all the makings of a cult classic.

http://youtu.be/jcmRNufgsCw
Posted: August 15
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
So I’ve played this game for two hours so far, I’ve progressed about 30% of the way through the game.I think it’s good.
- I found it really challenging, I died frequently but it was still fun
- I thought that the visuals and sound effects were really well done

http://youtu.be/jQlweOmieOw
http://youtu.be/iLnEoFV4O08
From the very beginning of the game I was dying over and over again. It was like this for me during every single section. You character is only able to take a few hits, healing is not easily obtained and there is not a large amount of room for error i.e. to make jumps, neutralize and avoid hazards. You have to patiently time your maneuvers really well and in the boss battle which I encountered you only have a split second to react to everything it does. I went through a LOT of trial and error to progress through the game. I found this frustrating sometimes, but it was challenging and good fun.
-----I found that I needed time to get the hang of the stance mechanic. For example when you attack an enemy, you are switched automatically to the strength stance. But often I forgot to switch back to the green agility stance and would fall to my death because this meant that I could not make some jumps. Occasionally I sort of scratched my head and wondered why they felt it necessary to have this mechanic in some cases. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing overall, it’s just different. I did like being able to switch to a stance to run faster and jump higher.
-----You gain new abilities as you progress, by the time I finished playing I’d just acquired the ability to activate slow motion. I think that was kind of cool.

I think the game looks quite good. I like the sound effects. This game brought back fond memories of the old side scrolling Donkey Kong games.

I recommend checking this game out. At the rate I was progressing through it should provide five or six hours or so of gameplay. I feel that the time you can spend on this game is mainly because of the difficulty. Not because of the actual number and size of the levels. If it was easy I think the stages would actually be short. The way it is, is not necessarily a bad thing. I think it’s acceptable for a game is challenging rather having physically long levels. I’d rather play a game like that than something easy and unsatisfying.

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Posted: August 15
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34 of 51 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Aritana is a great little indie platformer. The visuals are fun and colourful, but do not let that deceive you cause the gameplay is pretty challenging (in a good way). I'd classify Aritana as a precision platformer with some action elements.

The visuals as you can see from the screenshots above are generally cheery (some levels are darker, like the ones in caves). The soundtrack is the same - cheery, happy-go-lucky music. The setting in the Amazon rainforest is a nice touch.

I wasn't too fond of the default controls, since movement is tied to WASD, but the good thing is that you can fully customize the controls. So I customized it to the way I like it - movement to the arrow keys, and use the left side for the action keys. As for the physics of the game, it feels good. The character is not floaty, and he doesn't feel heavy either.

The gameplay revolves around using your powers. You can switch the state you are in, and then activate a short burst of extra energy as well. The challenge comes from executing moves precisely to continue moving in a level. It gets pretty challenging, suffice to say, and for completionists, I am sure the challenge will be even greater.

It can get frustrating at times, but the checkpoint system here at least saves the day. You can lose 3 "leaves" (more earned later) and restart where you were, after which you go back to the last checkpoint. If you lose all your lives (1 live = 3 leaves, earn more as you play), you kinda get a game over screen. Shocked me the first time really, but actually you can go back and continue playing from the beginning of the current level.

Performance wise, it was decent, except for the parts where there was rain. Noticed a huge hit to my framerate there. I've played it for around 2.5 hours and am nearly halfway completed, so I assume there should be 5 hours of game time here (more if you want to 100% it of course).

Overall, I'd say Aritana is a pretty fun-♥♥♥-challenging platformer (and I never get enough of those!). It's not particularly revolutionary, but it's well-made. Recommended to hardcore platformer fans especially!

PS: I got a key from the dev to test the game, so yeah, just wanna put it out there.

PSS: Steam, you're really censoring that? Come on! (No, it's not the A-word)
Posted: August 15
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