Dark Tales from México. Prelude.

is a saga of 9 short games and a prelude in a 3D survival horror style, based on tales from the real Mexican folklore in which every monster it´s originally a physical sculpture made and painted by hand and then 3D scanned using photogrammetry.

You are Alma Guerrero, a young girl that lives with her grandma Esperanza, she is the only relative that you have left, but last night Esperanza didn´t come back home, the only clue you have to find her, is a dream in where you saw her inside the Cloister of San Jerónimo, an old building in the heart of Mexico City that is now used as a Museum.

Inside this Cloister (that is a recreation of the real Cloister where Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz lived and died), suddenly you find yourself surrounded and trapped by darkness and then, a talking cat named "Roble" appears, it seems to know your grandma and for some reason, he also knows thousands of legends and old stories. The key to finding Grandma Esperanza and to get out the Cloister is to face the specters that arise from those stories, so this cat can help Alma, but each story will question her own being, her true origin, who she really is, and what is she really looking for within the Cloister

Dark Tales from Mexico is a saga of 9 short games plus this prelude that has been in development for more than 4 years in which we manage to collect not just thousands of ancient Mexican horror tales, but also hundreds of references to Mexican horror culture; movies, radio shows, comics, books, etc., which will be hidden as easter eggs everywhere in the games.

Hand made video game By physically sculpting and hand-painting all the spectra, we seek to retain the essential energy that the artists imprint on their pieces to transfer them into the game, just as the ancient Mexican peoples consider that artisans do with their crafts.

This way, the resulting models are unrepeatable, beautifully imperfect and unique, even the artist digital print is often preserved.

  • Luis Cepeda
    Antrophos 1, Antrophos 2, Bóngoro (La Matatena), Skapulario (La Matatena), La vida sin ti (No Break)
  • Ingrid Campos
    Art Director
  • Ingrid Campos
  • Luis Cepeda
  • Patricia Castillo
  • Álan Ramos
  • Ingrid Campos
    3D Artists
  • Moisés Cano
    3D Artists
  • Benigno Fernández
    3D Artists
  • Michelle Ramírez
    3D Artists
  • Aarón Ramirez
    3D Artists
  • Marco Loredo
  • Iván Raviel
    Clay Sculpts
  • Luis Cepeda
  • Luis Cepeda
  • Fernanda Tapia
    Key Collaborators
  • Cuervo De Poe
    Key Collaborators
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dark Tales from México. Preludio.
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Horror, 3D Survival Horror
  • Minimum Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Maximum Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Average Runtime:
    1 hour
  • Variable Runtime Details:
    It´s a videogame, so it depends on the desicions of the player.
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 MXN
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Student Project:
  • Festival Internacional de Cine en Animación Stop Motion Mx
    November 6, 2021
    Winner: Videogame
  • Xsolla’s XDC Contest for LATAM Developers

    July 29, 2021
    Special Price
Director Biography - Luis Cepeda

LUIS CEPEDA (Producer / General Manager of BitAll Force)
- B.A. IN AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION from Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.
- SOUND DESIGNER in the video games Antrophos 1 and Antrophos 2 (Snake & Eagle Studios, 2001 and 2005).
- LEAD DESIGNER / PRODUCER of the video games "LUCHA!" and "Ícaro", as well as more than a dozen virtual reality simulators for CFE-PEMEX (Snake & Eagle Studios).
- LEAD DESIGNER / PRODUCER of the videogame "Dark Tales From Mexico" (BitAll Force, 2021).
- 17 NOMINATIONS and 2 AWARDS at the Crystal Screen Festival for the pre-production, production, post-production, art, animation and retouching of different videoclips including "Skapulario" and "Bóngoro" by La Matatena (7 nominations and winner of "Best Production" and "Best Post-production"), "Inadaptado" by Los Gatos, "La Vida Sin Tí" by No Break, "Ni Fu Ni Fa" by Ska-P, etc.

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Director Statement

Dark Tales from Mexico is an effort to help preserve and spread the Mexican oral tradition of horror legends, and we dream that our way of seeing and understanding the world will be appreciated and valued around the world, and we dream that this cultural promotion will end up changing the living conditions and opening development opportunities for many young Mexican artists.