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The Nexatli Expedition

The Nexatli Expedition
is a metroidvania platformer
with GameBoy and early cinema aesthetics.

The famous explorer Joseph Silvester is departing for the Amazon rainforest in search of the legendary "Eye of Nexatli".

Little Kevin tags along and finds himself lost in the jungle.

Will he be able to return home safe and sound?

Drawn and coded by DarkStar
Play the demo!


Low-resolution pixel art augmented with modern graphic effects
The game runs on Unreal Engine 4 and leverages its capabilities to modernize gameboy-styled pixel art with transparencies, glow, distortions and more.
Freedom of exploration
The Nexatli Expedition is a metroidvania at heart but nobody is telling you where to go. Feel free to explore.
Built for platforming
Run, jump, skid and crawl as you would in a platform game. Timed jumps and stomping enemies will be of the essence to navigate the environment.

Latest news

What does Nexatli mean?

October 07, 2020
If you have played the demo, you will have surely noticed that the application refers to itself as Explorer. Despite not being related to Microsoft's longer-than-needed-running browser at all, I still needed a project name when I started working on...
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Building a better throw

September 30, 2020
Playing the demo myself I realized that throwing stuff around is very fun, so you can expect to find a lot more items you can pick up and hurl at your enemies in the final game. However, the current control scheme also made me realize how clunky it...
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