Google Arts & Culture launches an educational game about ancient Mesoamerica

The application behind the artificial intelligence tool for finding its double in paintings in museums around the world, Google Arts & Culture, is launching into video games with its first title, The Descent of the Serpent.

The quest: travel back in time to find 20 lost objects through a maze of four levels: the jungle, the mountains, the coasts and the 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 Mayan monument Chichén Itzá in time for the solar equinox.

This is when the sun casts a shadow on the sculptures to look like a snake descending the steps of the monument – which inspires the name of the gameexplains in a blog post from Google.

Each object collected reveals a bit of history about these ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, from costumes to architecture, including 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 Citycan we read in the blog post, noting in passing that the adventure game was created in collaboration with this museum institution.

In order to further learning, Internet users can be redirected to virtual exhibitions of the Google Arts & Culture application.

The Descent of the Serpentwhich is reminiscent of a classic Zelda role-playing game (RPG), can be launched (in English only) on the Google Arts & Culture iOS and Android app, or on a web browser.

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