5 Retro Video Games About Pre-Columbian Culture

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We’re always looking for ways to celebrate indigenous culture in music, books, film, and TV. It turns out that video games have also tapped into pre-Columbian culture, though mostly in the ’80s and ’90s, and mostly in a sort of stereotyped or simplified way.

Ideally, we’d see more games like the one Mexican studio Lienzo set out to make earlier this year about the Rarámuri tribe, Mexico’s world-famous community of endurance runners, which set out to tell the Rarámuri tribe’s stories in a playable format. Though they were able to raise more than $10,000 to fund the project on Kickstarter, they fell short of their $77,000 goal.

We don’t know when video games will finally give indigenous culture their due shine, but we know that we hope it’s not half-assed or treated as something exotic.

In the meantime, here are five games inspired by pre-Columbian cultures you can check out if you’re tired of playing Pac-Man at the arcade.

'Montezuma's Revenge', for Atari.

'Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure', for Game Boy.


'Pyracurse', Arcade game.

'The Gold of the Aztecs', for Amiga and Atari.

'Inca', for Computer.