In a screenshot from The Descent of the Serpent, a character disguised as a wolf stands in a mountainous environment.
I love the cute characters in the game. | Screenshot by Jay Peters/The Verge

Google Arts & Culture has released a fascinating new educational game about ancient Mesoamerica. the game The descent of the serpentis available to play right now in your browser or through the Google Arts & Culture apps for iOS and Android.

There is a slight plot for The descent of the serpentshown in a short video that plays at the beginning of the game. While exploring a museum, a large artifact is stolen by Tezcatlipoca, Lord of the Smoking Mirror, and a living statue asks for your help to recover 20 icons included in the artifact to prevent floods from taking over the world. You, naturally, agree, and the statue says that they will send you back in time to ancient Mesoamerica.

You will be able to choose one of four adorable animals…

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