The Journey to the Beginnings educational adventure puzzle game allows players to discover everyday life of four prehistoric cultures along the Danube river.
Although the story is fictional, the artistic interpretation of everyday life is based on real archeological research done on four prehistoric sites: Százhalombatta in Hungary, Vučedol in Croatia, Lepenski Vir in Serbia, and Gârla Mare in Romania. From these sites, many real heritage objects today kept in museums were introduced in the game. Established scientific knowledge about society, everyday life, technology, language, and culture has been introduced into the game allowing players to seamlessly learn about our ancestors in a fun and interactive way.
The game features original visual artwork and authentic music made by reconstructing prehistoric instruments. The gameplay resembles graphical point-and-click adventures from the 1990s, mixing 2D illustration, 3D animation, audio, and video sequences. The game features 6 levels. Also, beside the main storyline, there are 8 short minigame puzzles as well. The game is playable in 5 languages: English, Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian, and Romanian.
This game is a 2018-2019 coproduction between Novena d.o.o. (Zagreb, Croatia) and Pro Progressione (Budapest, Hungary) and was produced during the Journey to the Beginnings project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Partners on the Creative Europe project were KÖME (Hungary), University of Southampthon (UK), Iron Gates Regional Museum (Romania), Pro Progressione (Hungary), Matrica Múzeum Régészeti Park (Hungary), Novena d.o.o. (Croatia), Vučedol Culture Museum (Croatia), Museum of Lepenski Vir (Serbia).
Travel back in time, discover the prehistoric cultures of the Danube and save the unique Virtual Experimental Archaeology program!