Atop a landscape of spiralling towers, ornate domed buildings and nature overtaking man's designs, a girl wields a staff of mystical power, and faces down a procession of foes each a half-dozen times her size.
Sometimes, all it takes is a quick peek at a game to catch my interest. Raji: An Ancient Epic is one of those immediately appealing indie titles. A hack n' slash action-adventure set in a world taken from the pages of ancient Indian myth.
If you want a fresh take on well-worn tropes and genres, you'll find it more often than not in the mountain of amazing indie titles on PC.
You can see for yourself that Raji is a gorgeous game. The developers - Nodding Head Games - have travelled far and wide to research medieval Indian and Indonesian architecture, and the effort seems to be well reflected in the gorgeous scenery. The game itself looks a little like Bastion, with a flexible combat engine supported by your choice of gods to follow, and the blessings each can offer you in return.