I love Norse mythology, I really do. I love how it worms its way into gaming as a whole, from the Fenrir wolf to Midgar and Nibelheim in Final Fantasy VII. The concept of Norse mythology being part of a beat ’em up is certainly intriguing to me. Wotan is definitely on to something unique here.

The closest thing my brain can jump to is God of War, but even that is ferociously different from this artsy 2D experience. A beat ‘em up game where you can choose whether or not to hurt people; it’s something I’d never have considered when I first became a gamer. I wonder if Undertale’s success has help popularized the ‘mercy’ mechanic in the gaming world.

Wotan Kickstarter

I feel like Wotan has a number of Undertale inspired features other than mercy. The enemies have unique names like ‘Knuckle-fist’ and such, for example.

Wotan interests me because I think it is a compelling argument that video games are art. Between its unique style, creativity, and imagination, combined with the fact it is drawing on ancient mythology, I find it hard to say otherwise. I’m really impressed with how tightly woven the concept is – the mechanics actually serve the narrative. Your character is a retired gang leader who is trying to find a new life looking after kids. The mechanics of ‘to pummel or not to pummel’ actually make sense rather than it being a slapdash pacifist run achievement hunters.

WotanLike me, the developer Samuel Lopez De Victoria seems to have an affinity for Norse mythology. I had a peek at some of his previous work in preparation for this piece and noticed a previous game in his roster called Yggdrasil and another of a similar art style to Wotan called Howler.

The Wotan Kickstarter is currently not off to a roaring start so I threw in some bucks. If you could help fan the flames and feel so compelled, please share the Kickstarter around. Do you think video games are an art form? Comment down below!

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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith is an English Teacher in Mianyang China with a passion for gaming. Stephanie is dedicated to Edutainment and wants to bring video games into the classroom and help other teachers do the same. She's a little too overly enthusiastic about collecting Steam badges and fairly grumpy if she doesn't get her daily dose of Markiplier and Game Grumps.

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