Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is an action RPG based on African myths

One of the best things about Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is the art direction and animation. I was able to play a bit of the action role-playing game during PAX East 2016 and came away impressed with the beautiful character design. Based on African myths and stories, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan was developed by Kiro’o Games, a development studio based in Cameroon.

“We are fans of manga, anime and comics too, so the art is a mix of comics, manga, and our own African way to draw,” said Olivier Madiba, founder of Kiro’o Games. “We are trying to create a Kiro’s style of art and telling stories.”

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is an action RPG who follows king and queen Enzo and Erine on their quest to reclaim their throne. Enzo suffered a coup at the hands of his brother-in-law the day he was married to Erine. The couple is then exiled and must fight to return home. The game is a very African story with remarkable African imagery.

“The game is about the inner quest of everyone,” Madiba said. “Our two characters are the king and queen of Zama who must find who they are to become stronger to take back their thrones. But the game is really focused on the purpose of humanity. So in this fantasy we try to answer or give hints on the great questions of life.”

The portion I played in the game sent me as Enzo on a mission to rescue a couple who were captured by a slaver that planned to sell them as slaves. On his way to the slaver’s compound, Enzo is attacked by a variety of enemies including wolves and soldiers. During the mission I learned how to fight which really reminded me of classic Capcom vs. SNK arcade games in terms of the animation and how the character can use his abilities. Enzo can also summon his wife Erine for a devastating attack on groups of enemies.

Although I was only shown the battle system, the characters do level up and are able to unlock different abilities and magic. Even the health pickups are distinctly African as I was able to pick up health batches of couscous from cassava and okra sauce to increase Enzo’s stamina.

“The game is based upon African myth law and also we take a little bit from around the world too, but the main basis is Africa,” Madiba said. “We took some inspiration from Orishas, we took some from our own Cameroonian culture, and some from South Africa culture too.”

The game is about 20 hours long with an in-depth story and its own twists and turns. The game is currently available on Steam for $19.99 and the studio is in talks to bring the game to consoles too. Look for our full review coming soon.