Never Alone: An Enchanting Look into Alaskan Storytelling

The unique charm of the Iñupiat culture has for the very first time been captured in a game that can only be described as breathtaking.  

Never Alone, which also goes by its Inupiat name ‘Kisima Initchuna’, is a journey into a fantastical world of ice and snow, and the story of how a young girl, Nuna, must save her people from an endless blizzard. Teamed up with her cute arctic fox, she navigates her way through a myriad of baffling puzzles in order to survive: Braving the glacial waters, tackling dangerous wooden constructions, and step by step, getting closer to the truths hidden behind traditional Iñupiat lore. Fans of the cinematic masterpiece Ico may also recognize some similarities with Never Alone in terms of gameplay, as well as the overall in-game atmosphere.

Developed by Upper One GamesNever Alone was created through collaboration with members of the Alaska Native community, and serves as a fine example of how digital games can be used to record, transmit, and archive history so it is never forgotten. The game itself will feature Iñupiat language voiceovers with English subtitles, which is not only a brilliant way to preserve cultural authenticity, but also something which gives us an insight into the importance of Alaskan cultural values such as interdependence, resilience, and inter-generational connections.

Never Alone is scheduled for release during fall of 2014 for PC, XBox One and PS4.


A keen retrogamer who grew up playing classics like Prince of Persia, Aladdin, and Diddy Kong Racing, Katrina believes that digital games are not just fun, but a great way to learn. These days she enjoys studying Japanese language acquisition, and designing her own games.

  • This game looks truly amazing, I love its atmosphere and it looks very fluid. I felt compelled to mention Last Inua, however, as you said it was the culture captured for the first time. Last Inua came out a few months ago on iOS and I am not sure how close Inua and Inupiat cultures are, but I see lots of similarities in the world design. I thought some of your readers may want to try that out why they wait for Never Alone. Not sure if links are ok in the comments, but you can check out the game here – or a making of feature in our app