The Mammoth: A Cave Painting is a bittersweet experience for mobile devices and browsers that tells the story of a mother mammoth desperately searching for her children while keeping up with the rest of her herd. The problem is, a threatening new predator has arisen and is unlike anything the world has ever seen. I am, of course, talking about humans.
As the mother, you have to find and guide your wayward offspring through a harsh landscape made worse by spear-wielding hunters who will attempt to wound you at every opportunity. You may choose to trumpet, which scares your attackers, or perform a powerful charge that leaves a trail of death in your wake. It’s more of a story than a game, with a rather depressing ending and a decidedly nihilistic overtone.
The entire experience runs for roughly five minutes and has the aesthetic of a cave painting come to life, with sepia tones, simplistic figures and a sense of something ancient and forgotten. It may be short, but it’s a sombre experience to be sure, and an interesting one at that. Get it from Google Play, the iTunes App Store or play it in your browser. Take a look at the trailer below to whet your appetite for some prehistoric melancholy.
Editor’s note: The Mammoth: A Cave Painting is made by former Spec Ops: The Line developers. And Spec Ops: The Line is one of our favourite games.