July 4, 2022

Andreas Betsche

This award-winning game will let you explore the Philippines with your phone

July 4, 2022 | Andreas Betsche

The Philippines are known for its cultural diversity, varied landscapes, and rich cultural and historical past. Exploring all this has become more difficult for people in recent years, and excursions have become a rarity. With their free-to-play mobile game Galà, the Philippine indie developer kendikorp would now like to offer an opportunity to experience the Philippines interactively from the screen of our smartphone.

Galà takes a group of students and us on a field trip through the country’s different regions, where we can make various cultural discoveries based on our students’ hints.

For example, we may discover the mysterious mythology surrounding the snake-like dragon Bakunawa or learn more about the traditional musical instrument Kubing, which can be found in Mindanao, among other places.

Galà is still in a very early development phase, which is why kendikorp has not yet been able to show us any gameplay in motion or in-game screenshots. But we already find this mix of concepts between adventure and learning games exciting. The developers also convinced the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which awarded their promising project a Game Development Grant.

Galà is scheduled to be released for mobile devices towards the end of 2022. You can already follow the developers on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and give your feedback via a survey form.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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