Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom
tells the story of the once prosperous Kingdom of Q'umarkaj as it faces being slowly devoured by an entity known only as "The Darkness
", a seemingly unstoppable army of its monstrous minions waging war on every living thing.
For over a century its evil has spread unchallenged. Corrupting everything they touch, they have driven most of civilization to the outskirts of the kingdom and show no signs of relenting.
Faced with The Darkness destroying his forest home and his animal friends, a young thief
enters the long abandoned heart of the Kingdom with the intention of ending the threat once and for all. To this end he seeks out the Majin, legendary guardian
of the Kingdom's founder, whom it's rumored is the only creature capable of actually harming the darkness. However, unable to kill the Majin outright the forces of the Darkness instead imprisioned him and stripped him of his power, spreading it throughout the ruins of the kingdom in magical fruit
And so the Thief and the Majin, or rather Tepeu and Teotl, set out on a quest to restore its power and defeat the darkness.
The game is a mix of action platforming and puzzles that require creative use of the Majin's huge strength. It also throws in some stealth elements in areas the Majin is too big to follow you into, though it's rarely necessary to rely on stealth.
Includes examples of:
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: New outfit pieces can be found in various places, though they usually actually offer some upgrade.
- A Boy and His X
- The Corruption: The Darkness, which turns people into living tar monsters that can't be killed permanently. It also appears to warp their personalities in such a way that they serve the darkness without losing a twisted form of their own personality. Tepeu grows a tar coating from his feet up as he takes damage, though the majin can cleanse him anytime they're not in combat.
- Eldritch Abomination: The final boss, and to a lesser extent, the Darkness in general.
- Fastball Special: One of your combination moves.
- Gentle Giant: The majin is really a sweet guy; he only fights because he wants to protect his friends and would rather not fight if he could avoid it.
- Happy Dance: Both you and the majin dance after defeating a group of enemies with a combo attack, or occasionally after solving puzzles.
- Holler Button: Used to tell the majin to Stay or Follow. (He can get stuck if you tell him to Follow while too far away, though.)
- Hulk Speak: The majin is played as pretty dim. Slightly annoying given how knowledgeable random rats seem to be.
- In-Universe Game Clock: There is a collectable (Memory Shards) that can only be obtained when it's night time. Fortunately they are easy to spot and usually can be reached with ease as well.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests
- No Name Given: The protagonist starts with no name, the majin names him Tepeu soon after they meet. Subverted with the majin, who introduces himself as Teotl but is always referred to as "the majin".
- Raised by Wolves: Tepeu grew up in the forest raised by "the animals". Rats and parrots comprise most of what you actually converse with though. Tepeu seems very well dressed and normal for using this trope, but then he's also a thief.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A minor example — Tepeu can speak to animals, but the lizards apparently have nothing to say... though they do usually appear on walls that you need to climb.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Most notably dual-sword-wielding Action Girl Toci. Also King Xolotl (once he is no longer possessed) is willing to sacrifice himself to protect the kingdom, and the original Tepeu seems to have been very active as well.
- RPG Elements: You gain experience for fighting and pulling off combos, but otherwise it's all action/platforming.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The King of Darkness at the end of the game.
- Sealed Good in a Can: The Majin at the beginning of the game, and also Toci.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Tepeu can speak to animals, which comprise most of the games NPCs.
- Trick Shot Puzzle: There are a number of these using catapults to launch rocks or even Tepeu himself.
- X Meets Y: Prince of Persia (2008) meets The Last Guardian.