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Raji: An Ancient Epic is an Indie game developed by Nodding Heads Games and released as a timed console exclusive on Nintendo Switch on August 18, 2020 with a forthcoming release on Steam and other console platforms.

During the next Great War, the demons that had been previously defeated by the gods are now looking to avenge their defeat at their hands. During the long time of peace, the humans of the earth became content yet unprepared to face the reality of an invasion by both groups. After the fall of every major city and major forth, the people of the earth send Raji to defend their race. Gifted by the gods with magical powers, she must not only save the earth but also her kidnapped brother.



  • Action Girl: Raji is the girl chosen by the gods to defend the earth but her journey becomes personal when she learns of her brother's kidnapping.
  • An Ice Person: Shiva can empower Raji's weapons with ice, resulting in up to three possible effects.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Rangda definitely qualifies.
  • Death from Above: If specced properly, empowering Raji's weapon with fire or lightning results in weapon strikes having a chance of dropping a Bolt of Divine Retribution or a Flaming Meteor on opponents.
  • Distressed Dude: Raji's brother's kidnapping triggers the plot.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Like most girls in ancient India, Raji is perpetually barefoot, wearing only a pair of anklets which can be heard as she runs.
  • The Epic: The game is set in ancient India and has a very deep story for its genre.
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  • Energy Bow: Sharanga is a solid bow, but, like Raji's other weapons, can disappear into light when she's not using it. The arrows it fires are definitely energy-based, though.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Raji can infuse her weapons with these elements, providing different effects depending on what the Favor Orbs that she has collected are specced into.
  • God in Human Form: It's unstated but heavily implied that Raji is an incarnation of Durga, as she mentions finding certain areas related to gods familiar despite never having been there before.
  • Great Bow: Sharanga certainly qualifies, being about as big as Raji herself.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: One of the powers resulting from empowering Raji's weapons with ice results in strikes having a chance to freeze struck enemies. Frozen enemies shatter if she gets another hit in before they thaw.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: When wielding Nandaka and Srivatsa, the latter can be used to form a barrier around Raji.
  • Me's a Crowd: Mahabalasura can do this. He ends up using his clones to escape Raji, and manages to achieve his goal while she's still busy fighting them.
  • Playing with Fire: Vishnu can empower Raji's weapons with fire, resulting in up to three possible effects.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Wrong pantheon, but same idea. The trident Trishul is the first weapon that Raji obtains.
  • Rings of Death: The final weapon in the game, and easily the most effective, is the Chakra. Its powerful hits and the fact that you merely have to face your opponent to be able to attack it means that it trivializes normal encounters. Of course, you only get it at the very end of the game, where you only have a few such normal encounters to go through in order to get used to using it before reaching the Final Boss.
  • Sequel Hook: Mahabalasura ultimately achieves his goal, releasing yet-unknown horrors into the world. Raji successfully reunites with Golu, but after he assisted Mahabalasura, for currently unknown reasons.
  • Shock and Awe: Durga can empower Raji's weapons with lightning, resulting in up to three possible effects.
  • Wall Jump: Less for traversal(there aren't many areas where the walls are set up to allow a series of wall jumps), and more that Raji has specific attacks that are performed while still in the air following a wall jump.