Breaking and entering has never been this fun...or this legal. Follow Gavin Pike IV as he discovers Harvest Park High School's dark conspiracy.
Cracked is a puzzle adventure game in development for touch screen devices, including iPad, iPhone, and Android. The first game developed by Lightborne Lore, the game is slated for release late 2010.
Who is Lightborne Lore? What is Cracked? Why should you care? Watch the video above and read through the project description below to find out!
Lightborne Lore is a team of 6 students attending Ohio University. Though most of us have worked together on many school projects, we all share a desire to create our own rules, our own worlds. Out of this desire, Cracked was born.
The Cracked Team is:
For most people, high school hallways evoke coming of age, first forays into relationships, and the nebulous early stages of choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life. For Gavin Pike IV, the walls of Harvest Park High School contain nothing but reminders of a turbulent past.
Growing up, Gavin wanted for nothing material. His father's occupation kept the family living in style. But at any moment, he would have gladly given it all away for a family life that didn't include global moves every six months, a rarely present father, and an over-stressed mother. Gavin grew up fast, learning to take care of himself and appreciate his parents when they had time for him. Life, though far from perfect, was bearable. Then, the summer before Gavin was to enter his senior year of high school, his father went missing.
Gavin Pike III was a master thief. An expert burglar. A charming doublecrosser that would discover you, distract you, and rob you blind...IF he was paid to do so. His off-the-job personality, though retaining the same charm and thirst for adventure, was honest and caring. When he was home, he was a great father and an inspiring mentor. With no clues as to his whereabouts, and not even trace amounts of a trail to follow, the authorities ruled his disappearance as an unsolvable circumstance. It was just "one of those things." Mr. Pike's son and wife moved that summer, picking up their life once more and dropping it in Harvest Park.
Gavin IV started school at Harvest Park High that fall, but it was far from a fresh start. His father attended the same school back when he was Gavin's age, and Mr. Pike certainly left his mark on the institution.
During his sophomore year a fire claimed the lives of seven students and destroyed half of the school. The school was rebuilt in time for Gavin III's senior year, and the budding young thief returned to its rooms with a strange sense of determination. His teachers blamed his newfound reclusive nature on the fact that many of the students claimed by the fire were his close friends, but they would never know the truth. The fire was not an accident, and Gavin III was the only survivor of a coverup.
Now, thanks to clues left by his father, Gavin IV is hot on the trail of discovering what really happened to the school 30 years ago. The player will control the apprentice thief as he roams the halls cracking combinations and picking locks. The touchscreen will be utilized for movement and manipulation of objects, but in this first installment of the Cracked series the player will have to use the accelerometer and audio cues to bypass locks and solve puzzles.
In future episodes, Gavin will find himself graduated from high school, and moving on to high security facilities with locks as cryptic as the secrets they keep. Security cameras, laser grids, heat and pressure sensitive rooms - gameplay involving systems such as these fits perfectly with the iPad and other touch screen devices. We are indescribably excited to bring this gameplay to our players, but we need your help to make it happen!
We have been designing, discussing, thinking, living, and breathing Cracked all summer, and expect to have it ready for a fall release, but without a few very important things it simply won't happen. Mainly, we need software, development licenses, and hardware for testing purposes.
$3,000 is a somewhat low figure, but it is the bare minimum we need to make this game happen. Anything over our goal will help bring the game to completion faster, and with more features, but without at least hitting our goal, we won't be able deliver the safe-cracking, lock-picking, super-sleuthing game we've already poured so much of our hearts into.
Every backer will gain access to real-time telemetry as we produce Cracked. News of victories and setbacks, art and gameplay previews, team pictures and videos, in-character updates from Gavin via Facebook...you're practically part of the team once you give at least a dollar.
Furthermore, nearly every donation tier acts as a preorder for the game. All sorts of sweet preorder-exclusive schwag awaits those who give at least ten dollars. Check out the reward list over to the right to learn exactly what your generously donated money will earn you!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Sep 14, 2010 - Oct 29, 2010 (45 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Give any amount of money, starting with one dollar, and enjoy in-character Facebook updates from Gavin, live from Harvest Park. Also, all supporters gain access to backers-only updates, with real-time telemetry on the progress of the game.
Pledge $5 or more
YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS: In the credits of the game, nestled proudly among the other supporters, your name will be visible to all. Additionally, you'll receive two Cracked wallpapers to deck out your computer or touchscreen device.
Pledge $10 or more
STANDARD EDITION: In addition to everything above, a copy of the game is yours for the playing! As an added bonus for preording the game, we'll mail you a thank you card, signed by the team. Snail mail may be slow, but it shows just how much we love you.
Pledge $25 or more
FEELIE EDITION I: As well as everything from all previous donation tiers, you'll receive a limited edition art print, signed by the artist, or a signed copy of the Cracked Original Soundtrack
Pledge $40 or more
FEELIE EDITION II: Same as above, only you receive both a signed, limited-run art print and a signed copy of the Cracked Original Soundtrack.
Pledge $50 or more
COLLECTOR'S EDITION: Ever wanted your very own easter egg in a game? Somewhere in Harvest Park High School, a supporter-only locker, emblazoned with the name of your choice, will be added to reward your contribution. Plus, the collector's edition preorder comes with a lovingly decorated Cracked lockpick keychain, AND everything from all prior reward tiers.
Pledge $75 or more
UNLOCKED EDITION: Here's your chance to be like Gavin. An entire, fully functional set of Cracked lockpicks is yours with this reward tier, plus everything from all previous tiers. Note: Lightborne Lore does not condone breaking into locked places in the real world, unless you own those places and simply misplaced your keys.
Pledge $100 or more
THE SHIRT OFF MY BACK: This tier comes with a Cracked t-shirt! You might as well look great while you're playing Cracked, practicing locksport with your new picks, listening to the game soundtrack, and admiring your signed art print. Don't worry, we haven't actually worn any of the shirts.
Pledge $150 or more
CUSTOM ART I: That's all of the Cracked schwag we have to give, but the awesome doesn't stop there. You'll receive everything from all previous tiers, as well as a custom created desktop background. With your inspiration, our artists will create a one-of-a-kind wallpaper for your computer or touchscreen device!
Pledge $200 or more
CUSTOM ART II: Have a device that you'd love to make truly unique? With this tier, you'll receive all the Cracked schwag, the custom wallpaper, and our artists will create a one-of-a-kind skin for your touchscreen tech, based on your inspiration.
Pledge $500 or more
PIKE FAMILY INHERITANCE: Art, inspired by you. Schwag, lovingly created by us. You'll receive all of it, AND an invitation to voice act for a Cracked character, in either this or a future episode. Additionally, If you can make it to anywhere within a 3 hour radius of Athens, Ohio, the team will drive to you and treat you to dinner and high-fives. Even if you can't make it, the raincheck never expires - if we ever cross paths in life, this offer stands. Oh, and you get a free copy of every game Lightborne Lore ever makes. You. Rock.