By Justina Terhember
The much-talked-about ‘Jaru’s Journey’ mobile game is the story of five heroes on a journey to save their land. Set to be released before the end of the year, it’s already a hot topic among fans, many of whom have expressed that they can’t wait to charge through the beautiful visuals.
The game’s plot sees Jaru, a young hunter who sets off on a quest to restore balance to the land by defeating the evil Council of Elders and bringing the magical Huturu guardian back to her tribe. On her quest, the titular heroine will have to recruit allies in a bid to save their villages, and restore peace and harmony. Feisty warriors, powerful wizards, evil spirits, and incredibly inventive landscapes – this one has it all.
“Developed by Abuja, Nigeria-based Griot Studios and Amateur Heads Productions, the story draws inspiration from different indigenous cultures. It is also noteworthy that the game features a strong female lead, a fact that has generated a lot of positive buzz online.”
Ummi A. Yakubu, Lead Game Designer and Creative Director of Griot Studios expressed excitement, and said: “We’ve managed to weave together a familiar but entertaining story with engaging gameplay.”
“We put a twist on our rich cultural heritage in the visuals and sounds, and overall feedback from early players has been very encouraging. We’re thrilled to share the current version with a larger audience,” she said.
A demo of the game is currently available for a select number of people. You can gain access to the game by visiting www.jarusjourney.com, and by following the social media handles @jarus_journey (Instagram) and @jarusjourneygame (Facebook).
The number of requests for the demo on the website and early user feedback has shown that Jaru’s Journey is indeed one of the most eagerly-anticipated mobile games of 2021, with enough sizzle to last well into 2022.
‘Jaru’s Journey’ launched at glitzy, fun Abuja event
As a hotly-anticipated game debuts in a spectacular Abuja launch, fans ask for more.
By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
One of the most anticipated mobile games of last year was launched today, Sunday, March 20th, at the Art Tech District in Abuja. The adventure game has already gained quite a following online, so it made perfect sense that a massive gathering turned out to celebrate its release.
‘Jaru’s Journey’ tells the story of a young warrior who sets off on a quest to restore balance to the land by defeating the evil Council of Elders and bringing the magical Huturu guardian back to her tribe. On her quest, the titular heroine will have to recruit allies in a bid to save their villages, and restore peace and harmony. Feisty warriors, powerful wizards, evil spirits, and incredibly inventive landscapes.
Experience the game at www.jarusjourney.com
GeekAfrique spoke to a number of attendees, and they expressed excitement at the game’s release. “It’s such a fun, cool concept,” said Umar Hassan, who said he was hooked on the idea as soon as he read about it online. “The concept feels like something I can relate to, and also get my younger ones into,” he added.
Moreino Bent, another attendee, who came with his wife and young son, said its particularly a good feeling because the game is Nigerian. “You have no idea how much of a spark this is, which will definitely grow into a flame that will see us doing well globally in the mobile game scene. And did I mention I’m having so much fun right now?”
Ummi A. Yakubu, Lead Game Designer and Creative Director of Griot Studios, who created the game, expressed excitement: “We put a twist on our rich cultural heritage in the visuals and sounds, and overall feedback from early players has been very encouraging. We’re thrilled to share the current version with a larger audience,” she said.
Drinks, refreshments, and delectable ‘small chops’ were served to guests, while urban Nigerian music played in the background. There were also a number of party games being played by attendees. There was also a platform where ‘Jaru’s Journey’ was being played by visibly excited guests.
Hauwa Aliyu, a self-confessed fan of ‘Jaru’s Journey’, said it helps that she loves the game. “It’s so addictive, and helps me kill time in the most creative of ways. I hope it’s here to stay,” she said.
Amazon in talks over ‘God of War’ live-action TV series
Fans of Kratos are squee-ing over the welcome news that a live-action TV series is being discussed over at Amazon Prime Video.
By Justina Terhember
Amazon Prime Video is in talks to pick up a ‘God of War’ live-action TV series adaptation from Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions, according to a report over at Variety. While no deal has closed yet for the project based on the popular Santa Monica Studio-produced PlayStation game, fans are already buzzing with excitement.
The potential series is from creators of hit sci-fi series ‘The Expanse’ (Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby) and ‘The Wheel of Time’ showrunner Rafe Judkins.
PlayStation’s official description for ‘God of War’ goes: “Starting with the release of ‘God of War’ in 2005 on PlayStation 2, Santa Monica Studio has created seven games across multiple platforms. Up to the most recent release in 2018, the franchise focused on Kratos’ journey in the Greek world, following a path of vengeance as a result of being tricked into killing his family by the Olympian gods. Now, living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfil a deeply personal quest.”
If, or when, the ‘God of War’ show lands at Amazon, it would mark the latest in a line of TV series based on video games that are either in the works or in production, including Amazon’s ‘Fallout’ adaptation from ‘Westworld’ creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ (based on another PlayStation property), Paramount Plus’ upcoming ‘Halo’, the Anthony Mackie-led ‘Twisted Metal’ at Peacock, and Netflix’s ‘Resident Evil’ project.
More to come.