6 Brazilian games inspired by our culture that you should know | games

Brazilian games are gaining ground in the independent games market. Despite the lack of investment, developers often manage to present a few titles that, in addition to offering a good experience, represent the country from a cultural point of view. In some cases, such as Éden and Dodgeball Academia, the inspiration in Brazil is more subtle and lies mainly in the atmosphere and customs of the Brazilian people, such as the popular dodgeball matches. In others, however, the thrust of the story is more obvious, reaching back to the early years of the country, still during slavery, and even to lullabies such as Kucka’s.

in this context, TechTudo Prepared a list of games produced in national countries that were also inspired by Brazilian culture to develop this plot. Game availability ranges between PC, PlayStation (PS4 and PS5), XBox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, in addition to Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. Some of them can be downloaded for free.

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Dodgball Academia is an indie game inspired by the popular dodgeball game — Photo: Disclosure/Steam

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Éden is produced by Vortex Studio, formed by students from Anhembi Morumbi College, and is available for free on the Itch.io website (www.itch.io). Inspired by the social problems of Brazil, especially the homeless, Eden presents the story of Abel.

The main character is one of the only people in the world of anthropomorphic creatures, that is, who has human characteristics. According to the developers, the idea was to show how, for a large part of society, the homeless are a different species. According to Vortex’s description, the proposal is to “make people see the street situation in a more fun and motivated way.”

Eden is one of India’s developments in the country, inspired by social issues in Brazil — Photo: Reproduction/Itch.io

Mandinga: The Tale of Banzo

Mandinga: A Tale of Banzo is the third game from Uruca Game studio, set in the world of the developer’s second game, Banzo. The title is available for PC on Steam. Inspired by the classic mechanics of the JRPG genre, the game presents the story of Akili (also known as Mandinga), a Muslim hero of diverse knowledge, and Obadele, a Yoruba capoeirista warrior, during colonial Brazil and a slave owner.

Even though a completely independent development, the game brings innovations to the turn-based combat system and adds a dice mechanic. Despite introducing an original story, the inspiration and scenarios come from the real history of Brazil at the time.

Mandinga: The Tale of Benzo tells the story of two heroes during colonial Brazil — Photo: Disclosure/Steam

Another Brazilian game directly inspired by the country’s history is the indie Dandara from Long Hat House studio. In the game, the game’s eponymous protagonist is inspired by Dandara dos Palmares, one of the leaders of the Black Resistance of Quilombo dos Palmares, and also the wife of another historical figure of the time, Zumbi. In a story that borders on the genre of dystopia and science fiction, the hero must prevent the future destruction of the world by war between two factions. As for the mechanics, the game adopts a metroidvania style with pixel art graphics.

Another curiosity is regarding the movement of the character, who does not run or walk, he just jumps from one platform to another in a mechanic that the developers call “abstract gravity”. The game is available for PlayStation (PS4 and PS5), Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Android, iPhone (iOS) and PC.

Dandara is a Brazilian metroidvania where the character jumps from one point to another according to the script — Photo: Disclosure / Long Hat House

Cuca Catch is a product of Ametista Games and combines face capture with Brazilian folklore and even a popular lullaby. Developed for iPhone (iOS) mobile phones, the game is available on the App Store. The mechanics are simple: players must help Kuka collect ingredients for his products. The detail is that the character will move based on the faces the player makes for the camera. So, in a creative way, Cuca Catch combines Brazilian culture with popular social network filters and brings a fun mobile experience.

Cuca Catch is based on the Cuca’s song in its mechanics — Photo: Reproduction/Luiza M. Martins

Lingua presents the story of Beto, a man from the Northeast who needs hindsight to search for a lost goat. With a simple premise and very nice pixel art design, the Brazilian game brings cultural details through several puzzles that are presented throughout the game. The game, independently developed by Guilherme Giacomini, is available for PC on Steam. Another detail that is important is the fact that Lingua also has a local soundtrack that is very well adapted to the style of the game.

Language tells the story of a man searching for his lost goat — Photo: Disclosure/Steam

Dodgeball Academia is a hot spot on this list as it is available in the Game Pass catalog and was one of the highlights of India 2021. The idea of ​​the Pocket Trap game is to present a world where everything can be solved with dodgeball matches. In this context, Otto joins the most prestigious sports school in the country and must prove himself as the greatest dodgeball player in history.

With a childish premise, Dodgeball Academia hits the nail on the head with the game’s very well-placed text. Of course, Brazilians will identify with dialogues where the debate is whether or not to put pineapple on pizza. Additionally, the children’s school environment is a plate full of nostalgia for those who lived through this time in the early 2000s. The title is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox One and Xbox. Series X/S.

Dodgeball Academia is based on one of Brazil’s most beloved and popular sports: dodgeball — Photo: Disclosure/Steam

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