There are many video games out there that are based on different mythologies. We have seen games based on Greek, Norse, Japanese, etc. mythologies, yet there are so few games on Indian mythology, even though Indian mythology is one of the oldest and the richest traditions in the world.

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There are so many good stories in Indian mythology like the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Mahisasuramardini, etc. Whole genres of games based on Indian mythology can be made from the stories; e.g. Mahabharata and Ramayana can be made to role-playing or action-adventure games.

Mahabharata can even be made into a MOBA game. And yet when it comes to video games based on Indian mythology, almost no one can come up with one that has Indian myth as a central theme or background, except for maybe "Uncharted: The Lost Legacy". But don't fret just yet.

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Although Indian mythology has not had a more major game dedicated to it like “Age of Mythology”, there are still quite a few games out there where Indian traditional culture and religion feature quite strongly. Let's take a look at 5 console and PC games based on Indian mythology that you might not know exist:

5 Games on Indian Mythology You Should Know

1. Asura's Wrath

Asura's Wrath is a collaborative action video game by CyberConnect2 and Capcom, that was announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2010. It was released on February 24, 2012, for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3.

According to the video game producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, Asura's Wrath takes elements of Hinduism and Buddhism and mixes them with science fiction. The protagonist and other characters in the video game are based on the asuras of Hindu and Buddhist cosmology.

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In the game, Asura is a demigod with physical characteristics similar to those of a super robot combined with a human. The same thing happens with his peers. By representing these gods in this way, they try to show a physical form superior to that of the human that is constituted by the weak flesh that characterizes it.

These gods instead have the supreme physical form at the universal level, combining the best of engineering with the best of nature, endowing them with the worthy body of an all-powerful god. Asura will fight to recover his daughter from the deities who kidnapped her and banished her from the earth.

2. Skyblazer

Next on this list of games on Indian mythology is Skyblazer, published by Sony Imagesoft, released in early 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It involves Sky, the Skyblazer hero (Garuda in the Japanese version) searching for Ashura, the Lord of War, who had kidnapped the sorceress Ariana (Vishnu in the Japanese version).

In an imaginary world, the evil warrior Ashura was defeated by the sorcerer Skylord. However, the Lord of Destruction, Raglan, manages to free Ashura and now wants revenge on Skylord's son Sky (Garuda). Sky must defeat Ashura before he conquers the world and must save the young sorceress Arianna (Vishnu) who was kidnapped to be sacrificed to Raglan.

3. Smite

The next one of the games on Indian mythology is Smite, a free-to-play, third-person MOBA, created and published by Hi-Rez Studios for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The game is based on two teams, each consisting of five gods, facing each other on a battlefield in order to destroy the enemy titan located in each of the bases.

Each player places themselves in the shoes of a god of different mythologies who has different powers and characteristics. You can also find uncontrolled characters (minions) on the battlefield that provide gold and experience.

The inclusion of Hindu gods and deities even caused some controversies among commentators in India. The deities that were in question were Kali, Agni, and Vamana (the only playable Hindu deities at the time) and there was particular opposition to how Kali was dressed.

Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, released a statement urging Hi-Rez to remove these gods from the game, claiming their presence is trivialized and in other words, offensive to the devoted. Since players control the gods, this is seen as offensive to the faithful.

4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the best known among the games on Indian mythology out there. It is an action-adventure game developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4 by the American developer Naughty Dog. It was released by Sony Interactive Entertainment in August 2017.

The protagonists are Drake's friend Chloe Frazer, who has already appeared in the series Among Thieves and Drake's Deceptionplayed an important role, as did Nadine Ross, who appeared in A Thief's End as the leader of the mercenary group Shoreline

The story takes place about six to twelve months after the events of A Thief's End and focuses on the adventures of female protagonists Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, who reluctantly have to work together to uncover a legendary Indian artifact, the tusk of the deity Ganesha.

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It is in the hands of the warlord Asav, the game's antagonist. During the expedition, it turns out that Samuel Drake, Nathan Drake's brother, is working with Chloe and that Asav should be distracted with bogus information. However, Asav finds out and takes Sam hostage.

When Chloe and Nadine finally track down the tusk, Asav ties them up and almost kills them. However, the two escape along with Sam and chase after Asav, who has exchanged the tusk for a bomb.

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He wants to have the bomb exploded in a city, thereby triggering a civil war in India since he has "divine blood" and he and his rebels should rule the country. Chloe and Nadine manage to divert the train on which the bomb was loaded and destroy the train and the bomb. Asav dies in the process.

5. Unrest

Unrest is a role-playing video game that was created by the Jaipur-based game studio Pyrodactyl Games, the only Indian-made video game about Indian mythology on this list of games on Indian mythology. The game also stands out for being one of the first commercial Role-Playing games on Indian mythology with Ancient India as the central theme.

The story of the game takes place in ancient India at a time of great social upheaval. There are quite a few fantasy elements in the game, such as the Naga, who are snakelike humanoids. There's a total of eight chapters, and players get to take on the role of five different characters, each with their own background.

The playable characters are diverse and representative of Indian society, including a peasant girl who doesn't want to go through her arranged marriage, an elderly priest, the chief of the mercenary guild, and the sole heir of the former royal family who now lives as a street urchin.

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