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Edutainment puzzle-platformer based on a Portuguese northern folklore. Collect, build, explore in the form of a Careto!

Careto is a single-player edutainment puzzle-platformer about a centuries-old Portuguese Carnival. Careto is a creature of a mysterious Carnival from a village in the north of Portugal. It celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring. 

Main Features:

  • Portuguese Culture: In order to pass on this tradition from generation to generation, today the boys and girls of the village dress as Facanito (official name of a child Careto) to learn about the tradition that gives identity to the village.
  • Keep the tradition alive: It represents, not only the Carnival of the Caretos held in Podence, but also the obstacles that have existed to keep this tradition alive over the years.
  • Comunication in videogames: More and more this northern Carnival receives attention of foreigners. In this sense, Careto will be in Portuguese and English, to bring Carnival of the Caretos to anyone you wants to know more.


Arrow keys: move
Arrow keys + L Shift: move faster
Space: jump
Control: attack
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Selected Articles:

"Careto follows the process of the carnival ritual from beginning to end."   Inês Moura Pinto, Público P3

"This is a part of our Culture that has to be safeguarded"  Paulo Silva, Pplware

"Careto brings Portuguese tradition to the world of videogames"  Joana Sousa, Squared Potato

"An interactive form of communication to bring a centuries-old Portuguese tradition to the younger generations"  Rui Oliveira, GameHub.pt

"The game follows every step of the Careto ritual"  Filipe Silva, MoshBit Gaming

"Preserving culture is important and in videogame format is even better!"   Eduardo Rodrigues, Café Mais Geek

"A national indie game dedicated to a beautiful tradition."  Telmo Couto, Meus Jogos

"Using a form of interactive communication to bring a century-old Portuguese tradition."  Pedro Almeida, Indie Corner Games

"Careto is being developed both in Portuguese and in English so that the “Carnival of the Caretos” can be shared with locals and international players alike"   Fernando Costa, InforGames

"Careto is the name of the first video game that portrays the tradition, geography and aesthetics of the Caretos de Podence"   Onda Livre, Rádio Onda Livre

The Team:

Matilde Albuquerque, Original Concept & Game Design

João Frade, Game Developer

Special thanks to:

Ivan Barroso
Ricardo Toureiro
Alexandre Apolinário
Joana Franco
João Canelo

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorMA Studios
Tags2D, careto, indiegame, mastudios, Puzzle-Platformer, Side Scroller, Singleplayer


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Careto (Win).zip 151 MB

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Careto starts with a hum, from then on you are carried away like a wave. I cannot wait for what's coming up.