A story-oriented romantic action adventure game for iPad/Mac/PC set on a luxurious singles' cruise that gets hit by a zombie infection.
Imagine a singles' cruise in the Bermuda triangle: sunburns, distastefully decorated drinks, drunkards and lonely hearts roaming the hallways looking for love. Then a zombie infection hits the ship and suddenly the desperate need for company gets a whole new meaning...
Zombie Cruise isn't just another zombie shooter: it's a challenging game of humor, romance and action. Resorting to violence won't get you far - it will get your brains eaten. Survival calls for devious planning, fast reflexes and mastery of the art of hitting on hot babes.
Meet our main character, the ship's DJ Alex. He's not exactly hero material when you look at him, sitting on a pink sofa at the Pink Flamingo club, surrounded by babes. Nearly finished champagne bottle, giggling, lipstick stained cocktail glasses, cheesy pick-up lines... This is Alex's life, all hedonistic and shallow. He has risen in status and fame after his hit songs, and this has somewhat changed his values. His reckless way of life caused a break-up with Kate, the ship's nurse, and this has only contributed to his devil-may-care attitude.
For some reason Alex has lately felt that party nights are kind of repetitive and quickly losing their appeal. And every time he sees Kate - smart, heartfelt and painfully sexy in her nurse uniform - he's feeling strange remorse.
When the zombie infection hits the ship, there's a need for a hero. There's nowhere to run, no weapons on board and nobody seems to be coming to help, so somebody has to step up and try to save the day. Reluctant at first, Alex suddenly finds himself taking more responsibility, not just for himself, but for others too. Fighting zombies is at the same time a fight against his own fears and doubts about responsibility and commitment. And the numerous babes in his life are symbols for the temptations he has not been able to resist.
On his way trying to save the ship and his relationship with Kate, Alex meets helpers and mentors too. Luke Skywalker had Yoda; Alex is pretty much stuck with gonzo-journalist Frank Gambina. Frank, the Hunter S. Thompson of our time, wonders around the ship looking for stories and taking pictures for his “reports”. Frank appears when Alex least expects, always sauced, always incoherent, always willing to share his views of the debauchery, turmoil and signs of apocalypse aboard. Whether he is any help, well, that remains to be seen.
Pictures from the "Frank Cam". Frank definitely sees the world in his own way.
Tuonela Productions is an independent multi-platform game studio from Oulu, northern Finland. Our passion is to make innovative games that touch people from topics that move people. And what would be a better mix than a humorous love story and zombies, combined with a hero's journey!
Our team is a versatile combination of professional game-makers, whose backgrounds vary from coders and graphic designers to masters of literature, history and cultural anthropology.
Tuonela has 10 finished games. Take a look at the video to see some of our former projects.
The first episode of Zombie Cruise is well on its way. What we need is a little push from you guys to have the means to finish it.
With Kickstarter funding we would be able to:
- Polish the game graphics (ooh, shiny!), especially at game's real time events.
- Make proper sounds.
- Make Zombie Cruise the best romantic zombie adventure game ever! With our rather raunchy humor and controversial approach to zombie game genre (less shooting, more kissing), we are not exactly a mainstream investors/publishers wet dream. With your support we'd be able to create a unique game with unique game mechanics: just the way we (and you!) like it!
Should we get even more than we asked for, we could make the game even better with:
- Kick-ass sounds
- Voice acting.
- Making cartoons which serve as cut scenes.
If you can't participate monetarily, please feel free to spread the word about our amazing game and our crowdfunding campaign. That will be great help, too, and we will be ever so grateful!
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The concept of zombies on a cruise ship is too grand to be only a game and nothing more. We're cooperating with the film industry on this baby and Timo Turunen and Ville Jankeri are working on a feature film on the origins of the infection.
Well, zombies are always cool... Seriously speaking, we found the concept of zombie apocalypse on cruise ship so compelling, we couldn't resist. The closed setting of a ship is a great catalyst for character development: you can't run and nobody will come for help, so someone has to step up and do his/her best to save the ship and everyone aboard.
And we are not making yet another zombie shooter. We focus on story, great characters and tongue-in-a-cheek humor. Naturally there will be a lot of action, but the focus is on using your wits. At the first episode the survival depends on sneaking and solving puzzles by using the DJ Alex's unique “semi-famous DJ” -skills.
We use Unity, so we can basically publish for any platform that Unity supports. The first phase of publishing will be for iPad, PC and Mac, but if our project does well, publishing later for Android tablets and Linux is possible.
IPhone and other smartphones are trickier, because Zombie Cruise is optimized to run on tablet. Smartphone version would require some changes in the game, so smartphones are probably not supported in near future.
The iPad provides large enough view to really enjoy the beautifully detailed gameworld and the wacky and wonderful characters. It also has room for the controls: we have our unique functions and we want them to be as easy to use as possible.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 22, 2012.
Aug 23, 2012 - Oct 22, 2012 (60 days)
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You'll get, not only our deepest gratitude, but also a warm fuzzy feeling of supporting something great. It's the same fuzzy feeling one of our team members now can get at a local pub thanks to your support.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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You'll get the Zombie Cruise ringtone (you hear it in the beginning of the video) plus a nice ZC wallpaper for your iPad or PC - with a true romantic zombie feeling.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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You'll get the PC version of the game, straight from the oven, when it's ready.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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With 20 dollars you'll get your name on the game's thank you list. You'll also get a deluxe package of wallpapers, and all the goodies from the lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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You'll get the PC version of the game and when we'll get to make Episodes 2 & 3, you'll get those as well! Plus you'll get all the goodies from the lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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You'll get The Zombie Cruise soundtrack as a digital download. That's your Halloween party playlist right there! Includes all the goodies from the lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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With 45 dollars, we'll send you a personalized thank you card. A great way to get a warm greeting from a cold country! And, of course, all the goodies from the lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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You can get our eternal gratitude with just 60 dollars. Instead of getting into the thank you list, we'll add your name as one of the contributors in the game credits. Additionally, you get all the goodies from the lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Become a tester! And naturally you'll get credited as one. And all the lower tier rewards are included as well.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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You'll get a Zombie Cruise t-shirt. Either we vomit on a regular one to make it a Zombie Cruise t-shirt, or you'll get one with game art on it.You choose! :) Also, you get all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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A digital package of game concept art + compilation of our best zombie growls to go with it. Use the growls to scare your little sister, to freak out your neighbours or to make your visit to the cemetery a bit more exciting. Or whatever catches your fancy. Includes all the prizes from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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With this tier you get to show your love and appreciation to someone you know with a surprise call. We'll make a zombie Skype call to a phone number of your choice with a message of your choosing. Want the zombies to ask someone to marry them? Or pardon in your behalf for being late? You'll have 5 pre-recorded calls to choose from and if you add 20 dollars extra, we'll arrange an extra recording session so we can customise the call with your specifications. "Grrrawwwllll.. isss this Matt? Sorrrrry I couldn't make it to your wedding." is definitely better than just a generic call without names. Please don't choose a recipient without a sense of humour. We'll all walk away more thankful after that. ;) Also includes all the unlimited lower tier rewards.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Become a part of the game's lore. With just 200 dollars you get to appear in the in-game scrap book and become a part of the background story of M/S Birds of Paradise. Includes all the goodies from the lower unlimited tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Your drink will be added to the game's scrap book. You name the drink and let us know what it consists of and it all gets into the game. This is your chance to show your bartending skills. All the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers are of course included.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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With just 500 dollars you can add a picture of your choice to a game character zombie's t-shirt in-game. Again, this is a good way to immortalise yourself. Who knows why the zombies originally came to the cruise, so your picture can be anything. "I love you Sven" will be the Swedish choice, but promoting your band or company or letting people know you love your mom are good choices as well. We will make sure the t-shirt looks cool, no matter what you choose. Includes all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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You'll get the 3D models for our main characters. Make your own spoof videos with them, or use them in your own game. We give you free reign! Remember, even Trixie's tits have been boned so creating your own animations is very easy. Plus of course all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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We'll model your face into the game as a zombie or one the NPCs, depending on how you look and how you fit into the game lore. Includes all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Become a member of our team! Join us making Zombie Cruise 2, when it's time to take our adventure to next episode. Read the scripts, plan quests and make yourself part of Zombie Cruise trilogy. You'll be credited as assistant producer in Zombie Cruise 2. And obviously you'll get all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Join us at the Zombie Cruise launch party and be treated as a VIP for the duration of your visit. With the 2500 dollars you'll not only have free drinks and dinner, but you also get to spend time with the development team in a sauna! Spending time naked with game developers, programmers and artists - in a hot, steamy room! Who wouldn't want that? Please note that the reward does not include travelling costs, so as long as you get yourself to Oulu, we'll handle the rest. Plus you get all the goodies from the unlimited lower tiers.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013