Google Arts & Culture launches an educational game about ancient Mesoamerica
The game “The Descent of the Serpent” allows Internet users of all ages to learn about the Mayan and Aztec cultures, among others.
The application behind the artificial intelligence tool to find its double in paintings from museums around the world, Google Arts & Culture, launches into video games with its first title, The Descent of the Serpent.
The quest: Travel back in time to find 20 lost objects in a maze of four levels: jungle, mountains, coasts and caves. These important artifacts were stolen from a museum by Tezcatlipoca, the god of the Big Dipper and the night sky, and must be returned to the Chichén Itzá Maya monument in time for the solar equinox.
This is when the sun casts a shadow on the sculptures that resembles a snake descending the steps of the monument – which inspired the name of the game, it is explained in a Google blog post.
Each object collected reveals a bit of history about these ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, from costumes to architecture to ball games. Mythological characters also cross the path of the players during the quest to test their new knowledge.
These ancient cultures left behind a great legacy of knowledge and many artifacts once used in rituals, wars, and daily life – some of which are housed in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, the report reads. blog post, noting in passing that the adventure game was created in collaboration with this museum institution.
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In order to further learning, Internet users can be redirected to virtual exhibitions of the Google Arts & Culture.
The Descent of the Serpent, reminiscent of a classic Zelda role-playing game (RPG), can be played (in English only) on the iOS and Android Google Arts & Culture, or on a web browser.
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