There are seven billion people on this planet, and despite the internet shrinking this pale blue dot smaller than ever before, there are few experiences which truly unite us. However, one thing to which all of us can relate is the love of a pet, and 2014 puzzle platformer Never Alone (also known as Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) by Upper One Games highlighted exactly how important it can be.
Never Alone is based on the Inupiaq tale Kunuuksaayuka, and blends together puzzles, platform hopping, and atmospheric storytelling in a short but powerful adventure. In it, you play as an Inupiaq girl, Nuna, accompanied by her arctic fox as she wanders through the Alaskan tundra. The developers, Upper One Games, were the first video game company owned and run by indigenous people of the USA, a notable point that was much discussed at the time of the game’s release.