Posted by: Dr. Y. | February 8, 2016

Kiro’o Games: Central Africa’s First Gaming Studio

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A game scene from ‘AURION: Legacy of Kori-Odan’ (source: kickstarter.com)

Video game players, and in particular African video game players will be excited by the latest, the first Gaming studio to see the light in Central Africa, and particularly in Cameroon. The games produced by this company embody African myths and culture. According to its founder, Olivier Madiba, the content of their games combine African characters and folklore. Kiro’o Games, Central Africa’s first video studio, latest project Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is an action-RPG (Role Playing Game) with which the studio intends to unify and transmit African culture by combining various myths, tales and traditional values into the gaming experience.

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A game scene from AURION: Legacy of Kori-Odan (source: kickstarter.com)

“The history of our continent is rich … we took inspiration from local Cameroonian traditions, like the Ngondo Festival celebrated by the Sawa people, and we also incorporated symbolism adapted from that of the Akan people of Ghana, specifically the Adinkra writing style,” said Olivier. Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is set in a world of elemental energies and ancestral powers, where players assume the role of a traditional ruler, Enzo Kori-Odan, rightful ruler of the Zama kingdom, who uses the Aurion power granted him by his ancestors to regain control of his kingdom. To learn more, go to VenturesAfrica and TheNewAfrica. Kudos to Olivier Madiba and his team, all the best in their endeavor! Africa needs more of you.


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  1. Wow. I’m excited by the prospects of this news! I look forward to exploring the gaming aspects, but the REAL story here is… well, the stories- African stories, history, and culture linked to a gaming experience. I’m sure I’m not the only person outside Africa excited by this. I definitely look forward to learning more.

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    • Yes K’lee L. … I, too, am very excited about the use of African stories, history, and culture to enhance the gaming experience of all Africans.

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      • Dr. Y., I truly believe there’s potential for it being the catalyst of a massive shift in consciousness, awareness, and ‘Afro-centric’ pride. I’ll keep my eyes open.

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      • I totally agree with you K’lee L. Let us keep our eyes open!

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  2. I hope there’s an English Version available for windows phone

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    • I hope so too…

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    • Me three

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  4. I’m sure i would have loved this as a kid. can’t wait to see the final product.

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  5. I haven’t been into videos games in a long time. The fact that there’s actually an African video game studio is freaking amazing to me. I know I would want to play this game. It would be phenomenal if this studio and maybe more throughout the continent can make their own aesthetics for various games. Much like how JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games) have dominated for over twenty years now with the Final Fantasy series, Kingdom Hearts, or the Tales series, Kiro’o should lead the charge for ARPGs (African Role Playing Games). Hopefully, they can credit me for that term if they become huge in the gaming industry. Haha!

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    • Yes… it is a big step forward, and I know more Africans are making video games. Hopefully, we will be able to check them out.

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      • Yes, and I’m very impressed. I wonder how many more games or at the very least game studios are out there in Africa. It would be phenomenal if they could compete on the same levels as EA, Capcom, or Rockstar Games to name a few.

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