Enjoy this fun casual shooting action game, which has Retro Game Mechanics similar to Space Invaders. Play as the Indian God Krishna, the Guardian of Dwarka City and experience the epic battle with deranged King Salwa, in this story based on Indian Mythology. Destroy the hoards of enemy Vimanas through magical weapons and amazing power-ups!
This game is inspired by ancient Indian artwork such as Mysore paintings, Gopuram temple carvings and Madhubani paintings. We studied various such art pieces and created artwork for this game for an ancient Indian theme and historical feel. Legends say that King Salwa attacked from the sky, thus all enemies are drawn as Vimanas, that Salwa used to use to travel around.
The story of this game comes from a small chapter in Mahabharata. When Krishna had gone for a ceremony (Pandavas Rajya-Abhisheka), King Salwa decided to use the absence of Krishna as an opportunity to destroy his city Dwarka. Krishna had a hint that Salwa, Shishupal's friend, would definitely cause a havoc. Thus he rushed back, but on his return he found his city depleted of beauty. Seeing Dwarka damaged, he promised himself to destroy his enemies.
But why was Salwa angry with Krishna in the first place? Who was Shishupal? Find out in this epic journey! Play as Krishna and experience the epic battle of Dwarka Dheesh and King Salwa.
According to the ancient texts, around 5000 years ago, the deranged King Salwa who used to ride in Vimanas (which were speculatively gravity defying flying machines) attacked Dwarka from the sky. Krishna defended the city, and defeated him from the ground. This was a perfect fit to be a game like Space Invaders with Retro Game Mechanics. So the game design came through, but that wasn’t the main inspiration of Krishna Legends.
Visit the temple establishment of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam and a feeling of grandness takes over you. It doesn’t matter whether you are an agnostic or religious or cultural, the sheer scale at which a single Idol drives a massive operational city is really a humbling experience. It brings you down to your roots and leaves you asking the question, as humans, have we figured ourselves out yet? This gives life to Balaji’s idol, made up of just stone, and we perceive that to be an actual presence of something bigger than us.
Inspired by this, we traveled more around the country and that made our imaginations run wild. We wanted to share that feeling of epic as well as the richness of the Indian culture with everyone (We talk more deeply about this in Company History below). This is not in the context of faith, but it’s more in the realm of culture-craziness, “What life must have been in that contemporary era?”.
We wanted to start a conversation around bringing this culture into unfitting art forms, maintaining the traditional art styles, serving in a modern contemporary medium. Combine this with our passion and expertise in video game development and viola, Krishna Legends is a first direct product of that. The response that we have gotten from regular gamers as well as culture experts are in lines of what we had in mind and it gives us the confidence that as Dhantra Studio we will be able to do this with more serious and bigger projects in the future.
Travel across India and you will find unique rich cultures locked in the wilderness of vernacular regions. This includes jaw dropping architecture, beautiful artwork, amazing sculptures, folk stories and historical marvels which will give you goosebumps. But it never leaves those areas, for the local people have that magic right next to their home and are content with that. The maximum reach this culture gets is when tourists take photographs, but that too gets lost quickly in their travel diaries, again forgotten. Efforts are made by the Government of India for preservation and digitization of various heritage sites, but it still stays within the niche of travellers, historians, archeologists etc.. Never does this makes it way into where we would love to see it, in pop culture!
And we are here to try this tantamount task. We always overlook that Indian mythologies and folk stories are just stories first. They have evolved and been rewritten many times to stay with the contemporary society, and that’s why they are relate-able to our daily lives. We want to bring this to the regular everyday people in the form of video games and in small bytes on social media on the side. We are not going for the masses directly, we are going for the hip popular stage. For the past generation all this happened through books, then along came TV shows and movies, then made its way into comic books, and now it’s time for it to come to video games. Our focus is creative styles that we see in various traditional art forms and modernizing them.
At Dhantra Studio, we want to bring Indian art and culture in modern art forms, such as and especially video games. We want to explore folk, ancient, historical, mythological, and various other styles indigenous to India in it's authenticity. We want to make games with a never before seen Indian art style! Krishna Legends is our first attempt at that and we have gotten a fantastic response and is encouraging us to go after bigger and challenging projects.
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