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Google’s new adventure game takes a top-down trip across ancient Mesoamerica

In a screenshot from The Descent of the Serpent, a character disguised as a wolf stands in a mountain setting.
I love the cute characters in the game. | Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

Google’s Arts & Culture division has released a fascinating new educational game about ancient Mesoamerica. game, The Descent of the SerpentAvailable to play right now in your browser or through the Google Arts & Culture iOS and Android apps.

There is a light plot Descent of the SerpentShown in a short video that plays at the start of the game. While exploring a museum, Tezcatlipoca, Lord of the Smoking Mirror, steals a giant artifact and a living statue asks for your help in recovering 20 symbols embedded in the artifact to prevent a flood from taking over the world. You, of course, agree and the statue says they will send you back to ancient Mesoamerica.

You get to choose from one of four adorable animals…

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