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Despelote is a sports adventure where you play an 8-year-old in a school in Ecuador. All you want to do is play football. But you have to wait for the day to be over before you can play. The game is set in 2001, and Ecuador is within reach of qualifying for the World Cup

Play involves exploring the streets, parks and buildings of Ecuador. Along the way, you kick a ball around with your friends. The conversations you have evoke a story of hope and expectation under the shadow of a financial crisis. The world is monochrome and the characters are hand-drawn. The pixelated effect lends the game a retro feel, like looking through the lens of an old camera or watching an old home movie.

You kick the ball and move using the sticks. You can call for the ball from your friends. As you play you inevitably annoy the locals also trying to enjoy the park. All the while you overhear them talk and discuss to the world (and to the ball). In fact, each person reacts to the ball in different ways, which often moves the story along.

Despelote is a semi-autobiographical game about how football can impact a place and its culture. It combines exploration and mischief and the fading of memory.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Despelote 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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This is an Adventure and Communication game with Action, Narrative, Simulation and Sports elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple premise of waiting for school to end, to be able to go and play, is appealing to young children. The controls are quite simple, and the relaxed gameplay mean you don't need fine control to interact with it.



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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Communication (Action, Narrative, Simulation and Sports)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Despelote Game (@DespeloteGame)

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