Melanin Monday: Mutazione

Hey there Blerdy Tribe, I know it’s been awhile, but, it’s Melanin Monday here on Blerdy Otome and that means I’m spotlighting another Melanin Friendly Game! For those of you just joining the party—every Monday I spotlight games that feature Black and brown characters for anyone looking for titles with just a bit more representation. As a blerd and a gamer, I am always on the lookout for representation in my games. This is largely a personal project for me—there are almost no “diverse game” tags on major game sites—so, it can be pretty difficult find games with characters of color… unless you already know where to look.

Between my move and my birthday last week, things have been a bit hectic on my end… I’m working to get things back on track, starting with Melanin Monday!! My last post, was a list of 5 Women of Color Lead Indie Games You Should Be Playing (which you should totally check out if you missed it)! This week, I’m spotlighting a super cool adventure game developed by indie studio Akupara Games. Mutazione blends together a rich story heavy game with the immersive gameplay of a 2D adventure game. Follow 15 year old Kai, as she explores her lush community of Mutazione to care for her ailing grandfather, Nonno.

Explore an imaginative sci-fi world full of unique characters–make new friends; plant musical gardens; attend BBQs, band nights and boat trips; and embark on a final spiritual journey to save everyone from the strange darkness at the heart of it all.

Mutazione is kind of a cross between Adventure Time and Hilda, where the world of the game is full of all of these strange and unusual goings on, but you’re viewing everything through the lens of someone absolutely normal. Kai, is by far the most intriguing character because when compared with the mutated residents of Mutazione, she is just so ordinary. What makes this game so interesting is that despite all of the supernatural elements, Mutazione isn’t all that different from your run of the mill small town. Sure, there are cat people and sentient plants and magic gardens, but when look beyond that, the residents of Mutazione are just people. There’s a distinct slice of life feel to the story that I think works well with the weird goings on of the town.

Of course like any other small town, Mutazione has it’s fair share of secrets and they are well worth figuring out! This is definitely a game that should be enjoyed at your leisure, so you really get the full scope of the story and the characters… So, if you’re looking for a deep and imaginative adventure game to lose yourself it, look no further than Mutazione!

Available On: PC (Widows, Mac, and Linux) | Steam

Thank you for reading and supporting Blerdy Otome! Have you played Mutazione?  Share your thoughts! Got a Melanin Friendly Game you think I should spotlight? Send it to me! 

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